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Secret Plans are the Best Kind of Plans

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Via TPM Livewire:  Top White House Advisor Claims Trump’s Wall ‘Will Pay For Itself’ “How are you going to guarantee that Mexico is going to pay for this wall?” Stephanopoulos asked. “They have said absolutely not, they will not pay for it.” “There’s all kinds of things we can do. I’m not going to make […]

Walls are not Unidirectional

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All the effects of a wall, given its cost, needs to be taken into consideration.

Appeals Court Upholds Restraining Order Barring Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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Another judicial slap at the Trump Administration.

Appeals Court Judges Appear Skeptical Of Federal Government’s Defense Of Muslim Travel Ban

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By the end of last night’s oral argument, at least two of the three judges hearing the appeal of the stay on the President’s Muslim travel ban appeared to be skeptical of the Federal Government’s arguments.

Ninth Circuit To Live Stream Hearing In Muslim Travel Ban Order Appeal

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The Ninth Circuit will be making the oral argument in the appeal of Judge Robart’s order halting an Executive Order issued by President Trump barring travel from seven majority Muslim nations. You can access the stream, by clicking this link. Oral argument begins at 6:00pm Eastern time. If you miss the hearing, it should still […]

Republicans Against Legal Immigration

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Two Republican Senators are introducing legislation that would result in drastic reductions in the number of people allowed into the country legally.

Most Americans Oppose Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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Two new polls show that most Americans oppose President Trump’s ban on travel from seven majority Muslim countries, but that most Republicans support it.

Appeals Court Denies Federal Government’s Request For Stay Of Travel Ban Order

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An initial setback for the Federal Government in its appeal of the ruling putting President Trump’s Muslim travel ban on hold.

Federal Judge Halts Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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A legal victory, at least for now, for opponents of Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from seven majority Muslim nations.

Trump Invokes The Name Of Frederick Douglass, Ignores What Douglass Said About Immigration

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During a meeting today at the White House kicking off Black History Month, President Trump invoked the name of Frederick Douglass, the former slave who became a leading abolitionist before the Civil War and an advocate for liberty and equality thereafter. It leads one to wonder if he was aware of what Douglass had to […]

Firing Sally Yates Was Not A “Monday Night Massacre”

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The Acting Attorney General was fired last night after announcing that she would refuse to defend President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration. As a result she was fired. Contrary to some arguments, this was not improper.

Protests And Court Orders Push Back Against Trump’s Muslim Ban

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The first day of implementation of President Trump’s order barring immigration from certain Muslim nations did not go smoothly for the Administration.

“It’s working out very nicely”

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“You see it at the airports. You see it all over. It’s working out very nicely and we’re going to have a very, very strict ban, and we’re going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years.”-President Donald J. Trump. Here’s the thing:  either he doesn’t understand the […]

Trump Imposes Ban On Travel From Several Muslim Countries, Halts Refugee Program

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As expected, Donald Trump yesterday signed Executive Orders targeting Muslims and refugees.

After One Week, Donald Trump Has Soured Relations With Mexico

Nice work, Mr. President.

Donald Trump Asks Congress, Not Mexico, To Pay For His Border Wall

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Once again, Donald Trump has played his supporters for suckers.

Donald Trump: Establishment Candidate

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On Tuesday night the Establishment won and won yuge. (From new OTB contributor, Michael Bailey)

Even If Trump Loses, Trumpism Will Remain A Powerful Force In The GOP

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Even if Donald Trump loses next month, the political forces inside the GOP he tapped into are likely to remain very powerful.

No, Immigrants Aren’t Taking Your Job

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A new study debunks an old idea.

Even Trump’s Supporters Don’t Believe Mexico Would Pay For Trump’s Border Wall

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Apparently, even people who support Donald Trump don’t believe his claim that he can get Mexico to pay for his border wall.

Trump Surrogate: Without Donald Trump There Will Be ‘A Taco Truck On Every Corner’

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A Trump surrogate warns of a “taco truck on every corner” if Trump loses. That sounds like more of a promise than a threat if you ask me.

Donald Trump Doubles Down On Hard Line Immigration Policies

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After some two weeks in which it seemed like he might be moderating, Donald Trump doubled down on the most anti-immigrant portions of his immigration plan.

Most Americans Oppose Trump’s Positions On Immigration And Border Wall, Poll Finds

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Sorry Donald Trump, but most Americans believe that people here illegally deserve a path to citizenship and oppose building a border wall.

Trump Flip Flops On Immigration Again

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Over the course of twenty-four hours, Donald Trump has had three separate positions on how he’d deal with illegal immigrants already in the country.

Donald Trump’s Immigration Flip Flop

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Donald Trump is signaling a big shift in his immigration position.

Deadlocked Supreme Court Leaves Obama’s Immigration Relief Plan Blocked

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Thanks to a 4-4 tie, President Obama’s temporary immigration relief program remains blocked by a Federal Court Injunction.

SBC also Passed Resolution on Refugees

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I meant to note this yesterday along with the battle flag resolution via WaPo:  Southern Baptist Convention urges churches to welcome refugees In the midst of a political season in which political leaders have frequently decried refugees as a security threat to the United States, the nation’s second-largest religious group sent a different message about refugees […]

Donald Trump Renews Call For Ban On Muslim Immigration

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Donald Trump responded to the attack on the Pulse nightclub by renewing his call to ban members of an entire religion from coming to the United States.

Sharply Divided Supreme Court Hears Argument In Challenge To Obama’s Deportation Relief Plan

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The Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case challenging the President’s deportation relief plan, but it’s unlikely we’ll see a ruling on the merits.

Latinos Are Becoming Citizens For The Chance To Vote Against Donald Trump

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Donald Trump is motivating people! The problem for Republicans is that he’s motivating them to become citizens so they can vote against him and, potentially, other Republicans.

Yet More Evidence of our Broken Immigration System

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Via the LAT:  This judge says toddlers can defend themselves in immigration court On Friday, the ACLU posted a transcript of the deposition in that case in which Weil asserted that toddlers can represent themselves in his court. “Are you aware of any experts in child psychology or comparable experts who agree with the assessment that […]

Candidate Positions on Immigration

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This piece from NPR has a very useful chart that outlines the various candidates’ views on immigration reform:  Where The 2016 Candidates Stand On Immigration, In One Chart (h/t:  the FB feed of Alan Cross).

Supreme Court Accepts Appeal Of Ruling Halting Obama’s Deportation Relief Programs

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The Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal in what is guaranteed to be a high profile case heading into the 2016 elections.

Another Poll Shows Republicans Support Donald Trump’s ‘Ban All Muslims’ Immigration Plan

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Heading into another Presidential debate, a new poll shows that Republicans are very receptive to Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S.

Majority Opposes Trump’s Muslim Immigration Ban, But It’s A Different Story With Republicans

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Polling shows that most Americans oppose Donald Trump’s plan to bar Muslim’s from immigrating to the United States, but Republicans are far more receptive to the idea.

FBI: San Bernardino Shooters Tashfeen Malik And Syed Farook Radicalized Years Before Marriage

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The Director of the F.B.i. told Congress today that the San Bernardino shooters were apparently radicalized much earlier than previously believed.

Trump’s Plan To Bar Muslim Immigration Widely Condemned, But It’s Unlikely To Hurt Him

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Donald Trump’s plan to bar all Muslim immigration to the United States is being widely condemned by his fellow Republicans and others, but the proposal probably won’t hurt him politically in a Republican Party that is deeply bigoted against Muslims in general.

Donald Trump Calls For Ban On All Muslim Immigration

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Donald J. Trump continues to turn the dial higher and higher on his fascist demagoguery.

SCOTUS Makes It More Likely Immigration Appeal Can Be Heard And Decided By June

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After requesting a 30 day extension to reply to the Federal Government’s request for appeal in the case challenging President Obama’s immigration executive action, the states get only eight days.

Illegal Border Crossings Surge

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Via the NYT:  Number of Migrants Illegally Crossing Rio Grande Rises Sharply The numbers of migrants crossing the Rio Grande illegally have risen sharply in recent weeks, replaying scenes from the influx of Central American children and families in South Texas last year. […] The new flows here are smaller than the surge in the summer […]

Obama Administration Appeals Fifth Circuit Immigration Ruling To Supreme Court

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The Obama Administration is asking the Supreme Court to review a ruling that kept a hold on last year’s immigration execution action in place.

More Mexicans Are Leaving The U.S. To Return Home Than Arriving In The U.S.

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Mexicans are more likely to be returning home than migrating to the United States, a new report finds.

House Passes Bill To Limit Syrian Refugee Program, But Its Fate Remains Uncertain

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With little actual debate and despite Paul Ryan’s promise of a return to ‘regular order,’ the House has passed a hastily drafted bill in response to the largely fear-based response to Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Syrian Refugees: Separating The Truth And The Facts From Myth, Paranoia, Fear, And Xenophobia

A collection of material that tries to separate the facts of the U.S. Syrian refugee screen process from the fear, myth, paranoia, and xenophobia.

On The Syrian Refugee Issue And The Internment Of Japanese-Americans During World War II

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Remarks by a Democratic politician in Virginia regarding the Administration’s Syrian refugee program have brought up disturbing reminders of a shameful time in American history.

Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Oppose Administration’s Syrian Refugee Policy

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Not surprisingly, a new poll shows that most Americans are at the very least skeptical about the Administration’s plans regarding Syrian refugees.

Paul Ryan Joins Republican Calls For Halt To Accepting Syrian Refugees

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is the latest Republican to call for a halt to the processing of Syrian refugees who may eventually be brought to the United States: WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan called Tuesday for the suspension of a program to accept Syrian refugees into the United States, and two […]

Jeb Bush Breaks With Most Other Republicans On Refugee Policy

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Jeb Bush seems to split with nearly all of the Republican Governors in the United States, and most of his fellow candidates for President, Jeb Bush told Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin that the United States shouldn’t bar Syrian refugees regardless of religion absent any evidence for concern: Jeb Bush said he wouldn’t ban Syrian refugees from entering the […]

War Refugees And Public Opinion: Some Historical Perspective

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In the context of the ongoing discussions about Syrian refugees, a look at some past polling about refugees from a different time and a different conflict are instructive. These tweets come from the Twitter Account Historical Opinion, which curates poll results on issues of interest from the past: US Dec 12 ’38: College students: Should […]

Thanks To Pandering And Fearmongering, Syrian Refugees Are Now Pawns In American Politics

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Syrian refugees have quickly become political footballs in the United States in the wake of the Paris attacks, and it’s become an exceedingly shameful display of pandering and fearmongering by a group of largely Republican politicians.

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