Donald Trump’s USA, deportation and militarism

This video from the USA says about itself:

Daughters of Rómulo Avelica-González, detained for deportation in Los Angeles, speak out

3 March 2017

Rómulo Avelica-González was picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on Tuesday morning while dropping two of his daughters off at school. He is currently being held in an ICE facility in Adelanto, California and faces deportation if his emergency visa application is denied. González has lived in the United States for 25 years and has four daughters, who are all US citizens.

The family has not been able to visit the detention center because the facility to which he was sent is under quarantine for a measles outbreak. González was pulled over by unmarked ICE cars shortly after dropping off one of his daughters. He was hauled away as his wife and other daughter remained in the vehicle. The detention and deportation has sent shock-waves through the school that one of his daughters attends, with children fearful that their own parents could be forcibly removed from the country. The WSWS spoke to two of Gonzalez’s daughters, Brenda, 24, and Jocelyn, 19, about their ordeal.

Despite Trump’s anti-immigrant hysteria, US polls show broad support for immigrants: here.

Army Vet Who Served Two Tours In Afghanistan To Be Deported, Judge Rules: here.

Trump’s anti-immigrant orders and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850: here.

Freedom House, a facility in Detroit that has helped asylum seekers for decades, may be forced to close due to the cutoff of federal funding: here.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the Trump administration is considering military attacks and regime-change operations against North Korea as part of a review of US strategy regarding the small, isolated state. Any aggressive US action toward the Pyongyang regime threatens to provoke retaliation that could plunge the Korean Peninsula into conflict: here.

United States military budget, cartoon

Every gun that is made, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed. -Dwight D Eisenhower.

Canada’s Liberal government is set to unveil the extension and possible expansion of two of its foreign military deployments. Announcements are expected in coming days on extending the Canadian Armed Forces’ mission in Ukraine, where 200 soldiers are training Ukrainian Army units to fight pro-Russian separatists in the country’s east, and on continuing Canada’s role in the Mideast war and possibly expanding it into Syria. The latter move would be made in conjunction with an anticipated decision by US President Donald Trump to drastically increase the US military presence in Syria and Iraq: here.

Arrests of immigrants have jumped by nearly one-third since President Donald Trump took office, compared to the same period a year ago. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit of the Department of Homeland Security arrested 21,362 allegedly undocumented immigrants from January 20 through mid-March, according to statistics released to the Washington Post, compared to 16,104 in the same period of 2016: here.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS DEPORTED DREAMER “At stake is whether the Trump administration can credibly claim that it isn’t targeting DACA recipients, even as the president brags that he has unleashed immigration agents to make their own decisions about whom to remove from the country.” [HuffPost]

Agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), working with a host of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, concluded a six-week operation last weekend in which they arrested 1,378 people, of whom 993 were US citizens. Major raids were carried out in Houston, New York City, Atlanta and Newark, New Jersey: here.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested nearly 190 people across Southern California in a five-day operation covering six counties last week: here.

32 thoughts on “Donald Trump’s USA, deportation and militarism

  1. President Trump issued a new executive order recently on immigration — one he hopes you’ve already forgotten about.

    Well, I haven’t forgotten. His hateful executive orders are creating fear and confusion for millions of people across the country — and thousands in Washington state — and I’m going to keep fighting them as hard as I can.

    Join me in sending a message to the Trump administration: Add your name to tell them we will not tolerate families and communities unnecessarily targeted for deportation.

    As soon as my colleagues and I got word of this incredibly dangerous executive order, we got to work: We introduced legislation focusing on protecting the rights and safety of the immigrant communities that make this country so great.

    Instead of pitting people in our country against one another and provoking fear and hate, the administration should be working to actually fix our broken immigration system — not calling for mass deportations that will tear families apart, force people into the shadows, increase fear and uncertainty in our communities, hurt our economy, and do absolutely nothing to keep us safe or help our economy.

    We need to tell President Trump, loud and clear: Immigrants are part of what makes America great, and we will not sit back while you fearmonger and target families and communities.


    Patty Murray
    U.S. Senator


    > Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes
    > A newly updated ITEP report released today provides data that helps dispute the erroneous idea espoused during President Trump’s address to Congress that undocumented immigrants aren’t paying their fair share. In fact, like all others living and working in the United States, undocumented immigrants are taxpayers. They collectively contribute an estimated $11.74 billion to state and local coffers each year via a combination of sales and excise, personal income, and property taxes, according to Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions .
    > As working Americans look to policymakers to address a rigged system in which wages for ordinary working people have stagnated over the past decade while corporate profits and executive compensation have soared, some politicians have found an easy scapegoat in undocumented immigrants. Erroneously blaming them for stagnating wages and the growing chasm between the rich and poor detracts from the real problem: too many of our elected officials are responsible for tax and other public policies that favor special interests and corporations. Mass deportation won’t fix a rigged economic system.
    > Undocumented immigrants pay taxes. On average, the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants pay 8 percent of their incomes in state and local taxes every year. In contrast, the richest 1 percent of taxpayers pay only 5.4 percent on average. Even though they pay a tax rate on par with many middle class citizens, undocumented immigrants are ineligible for many of the services that revenue supports.
    > Just as the horrendous impact of breaking up families under a mass deportation policy should not be ignored, nor should policymakers overlook the significant contributions undocumented immigrants make to our state and local revenues and the economy. It is overly simplistic and wrong to assume every job occupied by an undocumented worker would be readily taken by an American worker . This thinking ignores the reality of our workforce and broader economy. In addition to the disastrous nationwide business and economic impacts of a mass deportation policy, there would also be a tremendous shock to many state and local budgets without the tax contributions of undocumented immigrants.
    > Most state and local taxes are collected from people regardless of citizenship status. Undocumented immigrants, like everyone else, pay sales and excise taxes when they purchase goods and services. They pay property taxes directly on their homes or indirectly as renters. And many undocumented immigrants also pay state income taxes.
    > ITEP’s data on undocumented immigrants’ tax contributions provides critical context at a time when the president is pushing policies and using language that unjustly demonizes our neighbors without legal status. This harmful ideology is reminiscent of other shameful examples of othering in American history. The U.S. has a record of targeting already vulnerable populations in times of crisis (Japanese internment camps during WWII and profiling Muslims post-911) and using malicious stereotypes (e.g. welfare queens and super predators) to unjustly scapegoat and marginalize communities of color.
    > Public policy—not people—by deliberate design has stacked the deck in favor of the elite and corporations. Castigating undocumented immigrants for our nation’s economic struggles plays into xenophobic and hateful ideology, and it won’t fix our rigged system. Public opinion polling shows that most of us know this and favor a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
    > ITEP’s new report focuses on state and local taxes, but its findings mirror those at the federal level. Many undocumented immigrants pay federal payroll and income taxes as well as excise taxes on items such as fuel. A study from the Social Security Administration showed undocumented immigrants contributed $12 billion to the social security trust fund—and only drew down $1 billion from the fund. Full immigration reform at the federal level would decrease the deficit and generate more than $450 billion in additional federal revenue over the next decade, according to a 2010 report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.
    > Immigrants without legal status contribute and help our communities thrive. When it comes to contributing their fair share to state and local revenues, they get the job done.
    > To view the full report or to find state-specific data, go to


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    > Raúl Grijalva of Arizona joins Center for Biological Diversity in call for environmental analysis that could delay any construction for several years

    > 13 April 2017
    > A US congressman and environmental group have filed the first lawsuit targeting Donald Trump’s plan to build a 30ft wall on the US-Mexico border.
    > The suit, brought by Congressman Raúl M Grijalva of Arizona and the Center for Biological Diversity in the US district court for Arizona , seeks to require the government to undertake a comprehensive environmental impact analysis before beginning construction.
    > Such a review would probably take several years to complete, delaying indefinitely the fulfillment of one of Trump’s signature campaign promises.


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