Deportation, pollution in Donald Trump’s USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

2 March 2017

Daniela Vargas, who was brought into the US by her parents at age 7, was arrested by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement after speaking out about her family’s story.

By Elise Foley and Dana Liebelson in the USA today:

Dreamer Arrested After Speaking To Media Will Be Deported Without Hearing, Attorney Says

“ICE’s assertion that her detention is ‘routine’ is absurd and seems anything but,” one lawmaker said.

WASHINGTON ― A 22-year-old undocumented immigrant arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Jackson, Mississippi, on Wednesday after speaking to the media about her family’s detention is set to be deported without a court hearing, her attorney said on Thursday.

Daniela Vargas, who came to the U.S. from Argentina when she was 7 years old, previously had a work permit and deportation reprieve under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Her DACA status expired last November, and because she was saving money for the renewal — which costs $495 — her new application wasn’t received until Feb. 10.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for ICE said Vargas would go through court proceedings to determine whether she is eligible for some type of relief, adding that the agency would take no further action until those proceedings were completed.

But Abby Peterson, Vargas’ attorney, said ICE agents told her on Thursday that they would instead pursue immediate deportation without a court hearing or bond because Vargas entered the country through the visa waiver program, which allows certain foreign nationals to enter the U.S. for under 90 days without a visa. (Argentina was previously part of the program, although it no longer is.) Individuals who use the visa waiver program have no right to a hearing or to contest their removal unless they are seeking asylum.

Peterson argued that the facts of Vargas’ case should be considered, including that she received DACA relief and had reapplied to the program.

“She was 7 years old at the time [she came to the U.S.],” Peterson said. “She didn’t waive those rights, her parents waived those rights. And now she’s an adult trying to assert her own rights.”

An ICE spokesman said the agency has no additional comment on Vargas’ case and directed The Huffington Post to the statement it made on Wednesday.

Vargas’ father and brother were detained on their way to work on Feb. 15. After her father was apprehended in the driveway, Vargas hid in the house for hours until ICE agents came in with a warrant, wielding guns. Agents questioned Vargas about her DACA status — an ICE official claimed she said she had it — but let her go.

When HuffPost emailed with her on Tuesday, Vargas — who was planning to go back to school to study to be a math professor — said she was moving around because she was “afraid to stay in one spot and be taken back to Argentina.”

Vargas talked to news outlets about ICE picking up her brother and father, and on Wednesday, she appeared at a press conference about immigrants’ contributions to the community. She was pulled over and arrested by ICE after leaving the press conference that day.

Vargas’ plight has drawn the attention of numerous immigration advocates, inspiring several social media hashtags — including #FreeDaniela. United We Dream, an immigrant rights group, also started a petition asking DHS Secretary John Kelly to grant her protection from deportation, which had received more than 11,000 signatures by Thursday.

Several lawmakers have raised questions about Vargas’ detention. “ICE’s assertion that her detention is ‘routine’ is absurd and seems anything but,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said in a statement on Thursday. “Those like Ms. Vargas just want a better life for themselves and their families.”

Vargas is currently being held at an ICE detention facility in Louisiana. She asked Peterson to share her message that she wants a chance to contribute to the U.S.

“I strongly feel that I belong here and I strongly feel that I should be given a chance to be here and do something good and work in this economy,” Vargas said, according to Peterson, who recorded their conversation.

“I don’t understand why they don’t want me. I’m doing the best I can. I mean I can’t help that I was brought here but I don’t know anything else besides being here and I didn’t realize that until I was in a holding cell last night for 5 hours. I was brought here. I didn’t choose to be here. And when I was brought here, I had to learn a whole new country and leave behind the one that I did know. And I barely knew that one.”

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Seeks Ease on Restrictions for Polluting Drinking Water

2 March 2017

Research shows regulations cause virtually no layoffs, says Environmental Integrity Project’s Tom Pelton

From the League of Conservation Voters in the USA:

A few days ago, Donald Trump signed a new executive order to gut critical drinking water protections President Obama and the EPA put in place to protect our health, our economy, and our environment.

Now we’re getting word that the Clean Power Plan, our nation’s biggest step in the fight against climate change, is next on his chopping block and it could be rolled back at any moment.

Only a month in, Trump has already signed executive orders advancing the dangerous Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines, put fossil fuel industry insider Scott Pruitt in charge of the EPA, and threatened to remove the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. Enough is enough!

We may not be able to convince Trump’s hardcore base — or his polluter pals in Congress — to value climate action, but we know how thin-skinned Donald Trump truly is, and we know he pays attention to what people say about him. Right now, Trump’s approval numbers are awful. This is our moment to show him that the people are angry and demand action!

STAND TOGETHER: Don’t let Trump and Big Polluter insiders to get away with their awful plans for the environment.

There’s no sugar coating it: Trump and his administration are a menace to everything we’ve worked for. And with Scott Pruitt now officially confirmed as the head of the EPA, the forces working against us are even greater.

But we will not give up. When the EPA first proposed the Clean Power Plan, LCV supporters sent in 420,000 comments to the EPA supporting the plan. And we joined over 800,000 people in calling for drinking water protections under the Clean Water Rule. We need that same energy again right now!

People who care about breathing clean air and drinking clean water, who are worried about the dangers of climate change, and who want to save our planet are rallying together and fighting back harder than ever!

LCV is putting all our resources to build a network of engaged citizens that will prepare for the long fight ahead and push back against Trump’s radical agenda.

Clean air and clean water are fundamental rights! Don’t let Trump get away with his attacks on our environment.

Let’s build a people-powered movement to protect our environment from Trump’s disastrous plans! Thank you for standing up to Donald Trump’s dangerous, anti-environment agenda.

Petition to Donald Trump:

The overwhelming majority of Americans want safe drinking water and action on climate change to protect our health, our economy, and our environment. I urge you to see reason and STOP attacking our bedrock environmental protections.



Kristin Brown
Director of Digital Strategy
League of Conservation Voters

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