Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) isn’t just federal immigration agency, it’s become a political arm of the federal government. Candidate Donald Trump made plenty of promises and has broken plenty of them, but one he’s kept as president is to make life for America’s immigrant families as miserable as possible—and he’s done it with the weight of an unleashed mass deportation force: ICE’s 40 percent increase in arrests within the United States after Trump took office is now closely associated with the president’s political priorities. His sweeping executive orders on immigration broadened the focus of enforcement beyond serious threats to public order. Arrests of immigrants without criminal convictions have spiked. Routine “check-ins” with ICE officials can end with handcuffs and deportation. “Sanctuary cities” — a recurring presidential political obsession — are being targeted with additional personnel. Hundreds of children have been removed from parents seeking asylum and detained separately — compounding their terrible ordeal of persecution and flight. ICE recently announced a new policy that makes it easier to detain pregnant women. Asylum seekers have often been denied “humanitarian parole” while their cases are decided, effectively jailing them without due process. “The attitude of President Trump toward federal law enforcement is, to put it mildly, mixed,” columnist Michael Gerson continued. “The FBI refused to bend to his will. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement has passed the loyalty test”.
It sure is interesting how Donald Trump can find time to tweet condolences after acts of mass murder even in other countries, but can't muster up a single thing to say when the violence is perpetrated by a white American. Trump, as we've long chronicled in this space, has no problem taking to Twitter to denounce even a trace of jihadist perfidy somewhere in the world. The acts of often isolated Islamist extremists repeatedly prompt him to cast suspicion on whole communities of Muslims at home and abroad, and form the basis of his apathy toward Syrian refugees as well as calls for sweeping immigration bans. But Trump has been far more circumspect about nativist or white nationalist hate crimes, which have seen a worrying uptick under his watch. He even struggled to condemn committed neo-Nazis who rallied in his name last year, describing some of them as «very fine people.» The Washington Post writer notes Trump's conspicuous failure in the last few days to mention the conviction of a Kansas trio who plotted to bomb a mosque and the upcoming sentencing of a white nationalist who killed six in a mass shooting in Quebec, but Trump also can't seem to muster any words over the killing of four in a Waffle House in Tennessee, either. That act was perpetrated by white man who claimed to be a «sovereign citizen» and who, reports indicate, suffered from extreme paranoia and delusions; by coincidence or by design his victims were all non-white. The hero of the day, James Shaw Jr., is a black American who rushed the shooter and disarmed him before he could kill others. There could be a lot of explanations for Trump's conspicuous silence.
The latest House special election on April 24, between Democrat Hiral Tipirneni and Republican Debbie Lesko, is in Arizona’s 8th congressional district, located in the western suburbs of Phoenix; polls close at 7 pm local time (or 10 pm Eastern). A satellite photo (as seen above) is maybe the best way to get a feel for the district; it’s not so much a city that evolved organically over the centuries as it's a collection of residential subdivisions quickly dropped in an orderly yet indecipherable fashion on an inhospitable landscape that, geologically and meteorologically, really shouldn’t have anything on it at all. In fact, it might make sense if you thought aliens rather than suburban developers were responsible for its existence; the stark relief of the golf courses snaking through the odd geometric shapes on a parched landscape are more than a little reminiscent of the Nazca Lines in Peru. While Arizona’s 8th is a very conservative district (it went 37 percent for Hillary Clinton and 58 percent for Donald Trump in 2016, little changed from 37 percent for Barack Obama and 62 percent for Mitt Romney in 2012), it isn’t what you’d think of as a district that’s “ancestrally Republican”—or “ancestrally Democratic,” like we saw in the recent pickup in Pennsylvania’s 18th district. It’s more like it’s ancestrally nothing, with almost no one being here at all, say, 40 years ago. (One of the main municipalities in AZ-08, the city of Surprise, Arizona, is a case in point. It currently has an estimated population of 133,000. In 2010, the population was 118,000. In 2000, the population was 31,000. And in 1990, the population was 7,000!) Like some similar districts in Florida’s suburbs that were empty a generation ago and are now filled with retirees from other parts of the country, it’s conservative partly by default, in that there was no already-existing political culture for the new arrivals to assimilate into. What we’ll be looking for tonight is how much new political currents—running in very much the opposite direction of what we saw during the Obama years, as we’ve seen in the last year’s worth of special elections in red territory—can overcome this district’s dark-red—but not particularly baked-in—baseline. With polls showing either a nearly tied race or a Lesko lead in the single digits, we’re seeing signs of a clear swing toward the Democrats here too, though it still seems like a long shot as to whether it’s large enough to get Tipirneni over the top. Usually, in one of my previews of a special election, one of the prominent parts of the story would be county-level benchmarks. Unfortunately, there’s no basis for that kind of analysis in Arizona’s 8th district; it’s found entirely within Maricopa County, which is not only Arizona’s most populous county (3.7 million people live here, more than half of Arizona’s total population) but one of the most populous counties in the nation; four other congressional districts fit entirely within its borders. This means that, if you’re following along with results that are conventionally presented by, say, the Associated Press or Politico, there won’t be any geographic differentiation of the results at all, and there will be no way to know whether the precincts that have reported so far are representative of the district as a whole.
U.S. military veteran Miguel Perez, Jr. spent his 40th birthday in Mexico, not because it was a trip of his own choosing, but because he was deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last month. Perez had been detained since 2016, after getting his green card revoked over a nonviolent drug conviction. Perez “said that what he saw and experienced in Afghanistan sent his life off the rails,” leading him to struggle with PTSD and addiction. He needed help. Instead, the Trump administration deported him, “homeless and penniless in a dangerous place, without food or money or clothes or needed medications,” said Rev. Emma Lozano, one of his advocates. “This is an intolerable way to treat a man who fought bravely for this nation”: Perez was deported last month after a year-and-a-half-long battle with the immigration court system. He said he was left in Matamoros, Mexico, a border city across the bridge from Brownsville, Texas, without money or clothes. Perez says he was given a few doses of Prozac and two other medications that he takes to treat his PTSD. A fellow veteran traveled from Chicago to Matamoros to help Perez get to Tijuana, where he has been living since. Perez, Jr. spent his birthday there and called it “great” because he was “free” from detention. But he misses Chicago, his home. “I’m still fighting to get back home,” he told Latino USA. “My family, friends and my community are there.” Following his deportation, the Chicago Tribune reported that “Perez is one of many veterans, some of whom sustained injuries and emotional trauma during combat, who have been decorated for service, then confronted with the possibility of deportation after committing a crime”: As with many others, Perez mistakenly thought he became a U.S. citizen when he took an oath to protect the nation. He discovered that was not the case when he was summoned to immigration court shortly before his release from a state penitentiary.
Before he came on board as first an adviser, then the chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Paul Manafort had at least two meetings with the FBI. The documents filed late Monday by prosecutors in the office of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, show that the FBI had interviewed Manafort in March 2013 and again in July 2014. Manafort’s deputy, Rick Gates, who also held a top role with Trump’s campaign, was interviewed by the FBI in July 2014, the documents show. They weren’t alone. The FBI had also interviewed Carter Page, who was a known recruitment target for Russia and the world’s least-stealthy would-be double agent. Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page bragged that he was an adviser to the Kremlin in a letter obtained by TIME that raises new questions about the extent of Page’s contacts with the Russian government over the years. Manafort, Gates and Page were already on the FBI’s radar well before they were on Trump’s payroll. And it’s not as if the Moscow connection of any of the three was hidden. Manafort played up his Russian connections and the work he had done in Ukraine as the highlight of his consulting work. And still both Donald Trump—and the RNC—hired Paul Manafort. The information raises fresh questions about how closely the Trump campaign vetted staff members and whether Manafort and Gates told officials about their interactions with the FBI. Actually, it just delivers the definitive answer to the same old question: Donald Trump doesn’t vet anyone. He just hires on the basis of flattery.
The reviews—in the form of public comment on proposed regulation—are in, and the Trump administration's most recent Affordable Care Act sabotage scheme is getting panned by all the right people. Trump wants to expand short-term, stop-gap plans that are currently allowed to be sold without all of the consumer protections in the law and without providing coverage for the essential benefits required in all other plans, like maternity or mental health or prescription drug coverage. The administration has proposed making these plans last longer (for up to one year) and potentially be renewable. While premiums for these plans would be substantially lower, they would provide much less coverage for much larger out-of-pocket costs, and they could leave people bankrupt after an unexpected injury or illness. They would also likely destabilize the individual market and throw much of the system into chaos. For all of these reasons, basically every component of the health sector is opposed to the proposal. The American Medical Association has warned it could “disrupt and destabilize the individual insurance market.” The American Academy of Family Physicians said it would allow insurers to avoid covering “vulnerable, expensive patients.” More than 100 patient groups have signed a letter in opposition. […] America’s Health Insurance Plans, the largest association representing health insurers, yesterday urged HHS to allow such plans to be purchased for just six months, not a full year, and ensure consumers are aware of what the plans don’t cover. “We are concerned that this proposed rule will lead to more people being uninsured and under-insured, and to higher costs in the long run,” incoming AHIP president Matt Eyles said in a statement. “Short-term plans can provide an important temporary bridge for comprehensive coverage. But they are not a replacement for comprehensive coverage.” Likewise, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association says it «would cause rates to increase for those who need or want comprehensive health insurance coverage.»
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Teddy Bridgewater signed a one-year prove-it deal with the New York Jets this offseason during free agency, but according to a report his roster spot is not secure at this point.Mike Garafolo of NFL Network noted that, after the draft, the Jets will have five quarterbacks on their roster. We’ve already covered in some detail that both Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg are both likely to be released.Garafolo added Tuesday that “Bridgewater isn’t a lock for a roster spot, at least until he shows he’s healthy.” New York will certainly use the No. 3 overall pick to draft a quarterback. Consistently, we’ve been hearing that Baker Mayfield is the team’s preferred target there. Regardless of whom does get picked, however, it’s almost a certainty that veteran Josh McCown will start the year out under center for the Jets.Bridgewater’s contract only includes $1 million in guaranteed money. Given the team’s excessive cap space, even after free agency, it wouldn’t be a huge loss to cut him if he’s not the quarterback
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