By Chris Davion and Jeff Lusanne in the USA:
Thousands demonstrate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin against deportations
14 February 2017
Tens of thousands of workers, families and youth marched through Milwaukee in the “Day Without Latinos, Refugees and Immigrants” protest against the Trump Administration’s raft of anti-immigrant measures. The larger-than-expected turnout reflects enormous opposition to Trump’s xenophobic and racist plans to deport millions of immigrants and refugees. The demonstrations took place in the wake of last week’s ICE raids rounding up nearly 700 immigrants and following Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s decision to enroll the Milwaukee County law enforcement in Section 287(g) program (referring to the Immigration and Nationality Act). This deputizes local Milwaukee County police officers to carry out raids against immigrants as an extension of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The protest was striking both in the number of workers, families and youth attending to denounce the anti-immigrant policies and in the broadly working-class character of the population that attended.
On January 27, Clarke announced that he enrolled in Section 287 to support the Trump Administration’s executive orders and plans to deport millions of immigrants and refugees. He declared: “President Trump made it clear with his Executive Order on enforcement of our immigration laws… No more catch and release of criminal illegal aliens. I will assign as many deputies to this initiative as I can. It is a public safety priority.”
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to demonstrators at the rally. Yesenia said the deportations are “not fair, they are breaking up families. This is their home. Even though they say they are sending them back where they came from, they don’t know anything there; they live here, this is their home. And then parents have to leave their kids behind, because they are the ones that are being sent back.”
Many demonstrators explained that the anti-immigration policies of the Trump administration were prepared by the Obama administration, which deported 2.5 million migrants, more than all previous presidents combined.
Jeider, a young demonstrator, noted, “Even throughout the Obama Administration, this march has been going on for every single year that I can remember. There is a lack of humanity in these deportations. I see it in my house, it is right there, my parents suffer, I suffer. People are denied access to opportunities— federal aid, for example. I couldn’t go to the university I wanted to.”
His friend Favi added, “Immigrants are here for a reason. They believe this is a great place, and they are already working. Sheriff Clarke’s new law is just a new way of making us fear, of keeping us on our toes, and we already live like that. It is unnecessary, and it is based on prejudice and discrimination. That should not be allowed, ever.”
Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke has distinguished himself as an ultra-right and fascistic proponent of police state measures and is closely aligned with the Trump Administration. An African-American and registered Democrat, Clarke posted tweets endorsing a martial law-like response to social unrest regarding Trump and popular anger over police shootings, calling for a state of emergency and the use of “all non-lethal force” to “quell” the anti-Trump protests that erupted across the country after the elections.
Earlier in January, it came to light that Clarke had made bullying threats to the Milwaukee County chief medical examiner after the examiner released information about two inmates who died from horrific neglect in Milwaukee County Jail. Under Clarke’s tenure, four people died in Milwaukee jails over a six-month period in 2016, including a newborn baby birthed by a mentally-ill woman who was “laughed at” by prison guards when she cried for help while going into labor. In addition, a black man died in jail from dehydration after jail staff shut off his water supply.
In Clarke’s myriad interviews in right-wing news outlets, he has referred to demonstrators against police violence participating in Black Lives Matter protests as “subhuman creeps” and made dubious claims about the group’s potential to collaborate with ISIS and that the protesters should be eradicated “from American society”. In a 2015 radio interview, Clarke said impoverished African-Americans turn to crimes of desperation “because they’re uneducated, they’re lazy, and they’re morally bankrupt. That’s why.” He epitomizes the brutal and fascistic social outlook of the American police, who serve to protect private property and the privilege of the wealthy.
The tens of thousands of marchers carried a variety of signs denouncing Trump and Clarke and opposing the anti-democratic and discriminatory measures. Workers, families and students came from across Wisconsin, and as the mostly Latino crowd marched up 5th Avenue, a cheer erupted at the sight of hundreds of Muslim protesters and others defending refugee rights.
General strike Friday 17th February as anti Trump demos go viral: here.
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CONFIRMS DEPORTATION RAIDS Experts say there has been an uptick in Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation raids, with 680 people picked up last week. [HuffPost]
Donald Trump’s national security advisor, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, resigned late Monday following an escalating controversy in Washington over reports that he discussed anti-Russian sanctions with Moscow’s ambassador to the US in the month before President Donald Trump took office. … Just a week and a half ago, Flynn came forward as the spokesman for the real policy of escalating militarism and war that underlies Trump’s “America First” policy, when he marched into a White House press conference announcing that “we are officially putting Iran on notice” over the country’s ballistic missile test. At the time, there was no comparable hue and cry over this ultimatum and implied threat of a new and far bloodier war in the Middle East. Rather, the reaction of the Democrats and the media that supports them was either subdued or sympathetic … Meanwhile, it was also reported that Trump has arranged an interview with David Petraeus on Tuesday, possibly to take the post of national security advisor. Petraeus, a former CIA director and four-star general, was forced to resign in 2012 and was subsequently convicted in connection with sharing classified information with his mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell. In testimony to before a House panel at the end of last month, Petraeus portrayed Russia and the Putin government as attempting to undermine “our entire democratic way of life”: here.
Petraeus, contrary to whistleblower on war crimes Chelsea Manning, was not tortured and not sentenced to decades in prison, but got just a slap on the wrist.
Behind the Flynn resignation and Trump crisis: A bitter conflict over imperialist policy: here.
The US Senate confirmed Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Treasury Department on Monday night, voting by 53 to 47 to install former Goldman Sachs banker Steven Mnuchin as secretary of the treasury. It was virtually a party-line vote, with only one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, supporting confirmation, joining all 52 Republicans. Mnuchin, who was the principal fundraiser for Trump’s presidential campaign, has no previous government or regulatory experience: here.
Restaurant Co-Owner: I Was Beaten Because I’m Gay And I Blame Trump: here.
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Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:18 pm (PST) . Posted by:
GOP chairman won’t request Trump’s tax returns from Treasury
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) on Monday said he would not request President Trump’s tax returns from the Treasury secretary, as a Democratic committee member had urged.
“My belief is that if Congress begins to use its powers to rummage around in the tax returns of a president, what prevents Congress from doing the same to average Americans,” Brady said. “Privacy and civil liberties are still important rights in this country, and [the] Ways and Means Committee is not going to start to weaken that.”
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) sent Brady a letter earlier this month asking him to take advantage of a provision in the federal tax code and request Trump’s tax returns from Treasury so that the Ways and Means Committee could review them in a closed session and consider whether they should be made public. Under federal tax law, the chairmen of the Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation can make such a request. The Hill’s Naomi Jagoda reports:
The record of Andy Puzder, Donald Trump’s pick for Labor Secretary, is so terrible when it comes to protecting the interests of U.S. workers, it’s no wonder that some have referred to him as the Anti-Labor Secretary nominee.
Puzder is CEO of the company that owns Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s; more than half of the chains’ restaurants have been cited with wage and hour violations by the very department he would oversee. And that’s not all — a recent survey of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s employees found widespread reports of sexual harassment sustained on the job.
That’s why Our Revolution members are joining with Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Keith Ellison in sending a message to Capitol Hill: workers deserve better than Puzder.
Sign our petition calling on the U.S. Senate to reject Andy Puzder, Trump’s anti-worker nominee for Secretary of Labor. We’ll deliver your message to Capitol Hill during our rally on Thursday.
Puzder has been a vocal critic of some of the most fundamental battles for workers’ rights today including raising the minimum wage, paid sick leave, the expansion of overtime pay, and the Affordable Care Act.
The CEO of Carl’s Jr. & Hardee’s restaurants once described the employees at his chains as the “best of the worst” and says he wants to use automation robots instead of workers.
By confirming Andy Puzder, the U.S. Senate would endorsing Puzder’s agenda of rolling back wages and workplace rights for employees. If you believe workers deserve a living wage and that big money has no place in politics, this is your chance to make your voice heard and impact the future of our labor system.
We need a Labor Secretary who will put the American people ahead of corporate profits. Sign our petition opposing Andy Puzder and we’ll deliver your message to Capitol Hill.
Thank you for standing with us, and with the millions of American workers that would be negatively impacted by Puzder’s nomination.
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