Trump administration wants censorship of their media critics


This video from the USA says about itself:

Sarah Huckabee scrambles after reporter asks why Trump thinks ‘very fine people’ march with racists

25 August 2017

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to say why President Donald Trump thought there were some “very fine people” who protested alongside neo-Nazis in Charlottesville.

At a press briefing on Friday, ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl asked if Trump had spoken to his economic adviser Gary Cohn about his recent comments. Cohn said the president needed to do more to condemn hatred and bigotry.

“The president has been very outspoken in his condemnation of racism of bigotry, of hate of all forms,” Sanders replied. …

“What did the president mean”, Karl began to ask, before being cut off.

“Sorry, we are really short on time,” Sanders said.

By Chris D’Angelo in the USA today:

Updated 28 minutes ago

ESPN Host Committed ‘Fireable Offense’ With Trump ‘White Supremacist’ Tweet: White House Aide

″I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

WASHINGTON — ESPN should consider firing host Jemele Hill for calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist”, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says.

“I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make, and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN,” Sanders said during Wednesday’s press briefing.

So, the Trump administration demands censorship of someone who is not a government employee for criticizing Donald Trump. Welcome to Big Brother’s 1984.

Did Sarah Huckabee Sanders Break the Law When She Attacked a Black ESPN Reporter? Certain government employees are prohibited from influencing the employment decisions of private entities: here.

Asked by The Washington Post’s David Nakamura why an influential African American sportscaster might make such a comment, Sanders said, “I’m not going to speak for that individual, but I know that the president has met, again, with people like Senator [Tim] Scott, who are highly respected leaders in the African-American community.”

Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, met with Trump Wednesday at the White House, in part to discuss the president’s controversial comments following the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month that sparked deadly violence. After Trump at a news conference said there was “blame of both sides” for the violence, Scott told Vice News that the president’s “moral authority” had been “compromised.”

ESPN’s Jemele Hill is not backing down from her Trump comments.

The White House continues its war on ESPN’s Jemele Hill. A black woman criticized the president and the White House is very upset: here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

12 September 2017

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R[epublican]) reversed course on pursuing allegations made against Trump University, a month after the Trump charitable foundation paid $25,000 to a group supporting Bondi’s campaign, and now Bondi has accepted a role in the Trump administration.

THAT TIME TREASURY SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN ASKED TO USE A GOVERNMENT PLANE FOR HIS EUROPEAN HONEYMOON Which would have cost taxpayers $25,000 per hour to operate. [HuffPost]

United States demonstrations against Trump’s DACA repeal


This video from the USA says about itself:

Interviews: New York City youth oppose DACA repeal

9 September 2017

Unite all workers against the attack on immigrants!

Thousands of people in the US participated in demonstrations over the weekend in response to the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The action marks a new stage in the administration’s attack on immigrant workers and youth: here.

Democratic Congressional leaders said Wednesday night that they had reached an agreement with the Trump administration on immigration policy. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hailed the deal after their dinner with Trump, who has overseen a brutal escalation of the attack on immigrant workers and youth: here.

Trump’s Mexican border wall threatens humans and wildlife


This video from the USA says about itself:

U.S.-Mexico Border Wall: Are Animals at Risk? | National Geographic

5 September 2017

President Trump’s plan to dramatically expand the border wall between the United States and Mexico has been subject to passionate debate, but one thing that’s certain is its detrimental impact on wildlife.

Like earlier border walls by, eg, George W Bush; and barbed wire around, eg, Hungary already do.

Big United States protests against Trump abolishing DACA


Pro-Dreamer demonstration in New York City, USA

From the World Socialist Web Site in the USA:

Protesters denounce Trump’s repeal of DACA program

By our reporters

6 September 2017

Demonstrators marched throughout the United States Tuesday to protest the Trump administration’s decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and to defend an estimated 800,000 children of undocumented immigrants who could face deportation.

Hundreds of protesters in Washington, DC gathered in front of the White House and then marched to the Department of Justice, where Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced “an orderly and lawful” wind-down of the program. In a right-wing rant, Sessions denounced DACA recipients as “mostly adult illegal aliens” who had “taken the jobs of hundreds of thousands of Americans.”

Outside the Trump Tower in New York City, around 400 protesters blocked a stretch of Fifth Avenue. Demonstrations were also held in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Nashville, Tennessee and scores of other cities.

Walkouts in Denver and Phoenix were part of a wave of walkouts by high school and college students on the first day of classes. In Phoenix, more than 500 students walked out of South Mountain and North high schools and marched more than a mile to local police and Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) headquarters to protest the anti-immigrant attack and heavy-handed police presence in their schools. Many students chanted, “Trump is not our president,” as passing cars honked in support, according to local media reports.

In Denver, hundreds of students at several schools walked out of classes shortly after Sessions’ announcement. Other DACA rallies were held in Colorado Springs, Longmont, Glenwood Springs and Boulder.

WSWS reporting teams spoke with protesters in several cities.

New York City

Protests took place throughout the day in New York City, home to some 30,000 immigrants in the DACA program, and additional protests are expected this weekend. Around noon, hundreds of protesters blocked 5th Avenue and 57th Street by Trump Tower. New York Police Department officers, including Counterterrorism officers, arrested 34 people. One of the participating organizations, Movimiento Cosecha, tweeted that nine of the arrestees are DACA enrollees, also known as DREAMers.

New York police surrounds protesters

Protesters chanted slogans in English and Spanish, including “Aquí estamos, y no nos vamos” (“We’re here and we’re not leaving”) and “When DACA is under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!”

Fidel, a cook who is saving money to go back to college, told the WSWS, “We are here to fight for our rights. I am protesting for DACA not to be eliminated because it has changed my life since I got it.

“It opened doors for me to education and to work, and to getting a driver’s license. School means everything. I went to regular high school in New Jersey, and I learned English. Without it you are in trouble, and when I came to this country, I couldn’t even say ‘Hi.’

“When I learned the language, I could apply for college. I want to get a degree in mechanical engineering. I was working as a cook while I was studying. DACA opened the door to getting a driver’s license to drive without fear to school and to work. It would have been much harder to go to school and go to work without a valid driver’s license and a car.

“All my friends from high school are being affected by this attack on DACA. One was here with me this morning, and got arrested.”

“I think they should pass a law so that there are equal rights for all.

“I don’t trust Trump, and with the Democrats we have to see. I know what Obama did to be called the ‘Deporter-in-Chief.’ Right now, the government of this country is so messed up.

“We are here fighting for our rights, and we are not going anywhere. We are going to stay here fighting.”

A young woman holding a homemade sign stopped briefly on the side of the march to tell the WSWS: “I don’t agree with the decision that was made by Trump. My family is affected, my sister-in-law. I am here to support them. The government needs to provide a legal path for DREAMers. These people are helping to provide for the country.”

Detroit

In Detroit, a couple hundred protesters gathered in Clark Park in the southwest side, the home of large Hispanic and Arabic communities. Students from Western International High School joined the afternoon protest when their first day of classes let out.

The rally was organized by the immigrant advocacy group Michigan United, which includes sections of the trade union bureaucracy, including the United Auto Workers, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the HERE hotel workers union. While there was a spirited participation of some neighborhood residents, the official speakers, including a representative from Mayor Duggan’s office, encouraged illusions in the Democrats, even though under President Obama more immigrants were deported than any previous administration.

Juan

Juan, who came to the United States from Mexico when he was one, is part of the DACA program and could now face deportation. “I could lose my job, my house, my car and my family and be sent to a foreign land I don’t know. I was born in Mexico and I’m proud of it, but I was raised in southwest Detroit. My dad worked here with a visa, he was legal. He decided to bring his family here. Three of my siblings were born here, and are all citizens. But my sister and I were born in Mexico and we both face the same threat.

“DACA was never meant to be permanent. I want to be an American citizen. I’m speaking out because I don’t want to live in the shadows. We are all living in anxiety. In Houston, immigrants are afraid to appeal to the authorities for help because they could be deported. There was a case of an undocumented worker who was out saving other people and was swept away and killed. The government wouldn’t let his mother in to bury her son.

“Trump is feeding his base. Everything Sessions said today was a lie. He said DACA had caused the humanitarian disaster with the surge of Central American refugees in 2008. But DACA wasn’t signed until 2012. Sessions never mentioned the US-backed wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala that was the real cause.”

Adam, a retired industrial worker, said, “It’s not fair to young people who were brought over many years ago and know the US more than their original countries. They came over from Third World countries and had to overcome a lot to adjust, and they adjusted well. Now they could be thrown back into countries they don’t know. Trump is doing what the rich have always done. They turned the black against the white, the native-born against the immigrant. It’s to divide and conquer.”

“It’s horrible what is going on,” said Michele, a worker from the east side. “This country is made up of immigrants. Michigan is a diverse society, and everything we build or consume in Detroit and Michigan is touched by immigrant workers. Our future depends on immigrant workers and Dreamers.

“It’s a lie to say immigrants are stealing jobs. These are the worst jobs—the hours are horrible, the pay and conditions are horrible. It’s capitalism, not immigrants, that’s at fault.”

Nashville, Tennessee

Between 300-400 people gathered at Nashville’s Centennial Park to hear a few speakers before marching along one of the city’s main thoroughfares, West End Avenue.

Randy and Wesley, both university students, said they had come out to show their support. “I have met a lot of DACA students and seen them do awesome things,” Wesley said. “I think it is important to be standing in solidarity with people who are having a hard time.”

Randy said he had met and knew DACA students and it was time for the US Congress to pass a law approving the program. “That would be a solution but I don’t have much hope.”

Asked about a socialist solution to abolish borders and give workers the same right as capital to go wherever they choose to earn a living, Randy said he was uncertain. Asked what is necessary if Congress balks at preserving the DACA program, he responded, “That’s hard to say (and) that’s the problem. That’s why I’m here today because I don’t know.”

But Wesley added, “I think we have a duty to accept people.”

Charles

Charles, a junior and international business student at a local college, said he had grown up in a mixed cultural environment and “built bridges” during that time.

“I have a lot of undocumented friends, and they have benefited from DACA. I have seen the contributions they have made, I’ve gone to their homes and seen the sacrifices they have made. I appreciate that and what they have had to endure. I am supporting them now like they have supported me.”

New Mexico

In New Mexico, where over 7,000 students and workers could be affected by the DACA phase-out, high school and college students across the state left their classes to participate in protest actions. Students and faculty at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque gathered to protest in front of the university bookstore in the morning.

Hundreds of students at several Albuquerque high schools walked out after lunch, chanted and marched. According to a KRQE report, “A lot of the students are not DACA recipients, but they know plenty of kids who are.” Student protesters decried the measure. One Albuquerque High student, Rowan Ortega, told reporters, “Immigrants are allowed here. You do have a right to be here. No matter where you come from, you have a right to be who you are.”

Protest in New Mexico

Many of the students then joined immigrant and native-born protesters later that afternoon at the downtown Civic Plaza, where speakers, some of them DREAMers, denounced Trump’s decision … Their advice to the protesters consisted mostly of urging them to contact elected officials and to hold more protests.

PRO-DACA PROTESTS ERUPT AROUND THE COUNTRY After the Trump administration announced the decision to end Obama-era protections for undocumented immigrants. And here’s what Republicans are saying about a potential DACA fix. [HuffPost]

San Diego protests against Trump’s repeal of DACA program: here.

AS TRUMP KILLS DACA, DREAMERS WORRY FOR THEIR FAMILIES “When Karla Pérez handed over a stack of paperwork including her home address, photographs and her fingerprints to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services five years ago to apply for DACA, she was still living at home with her parents. To gain the ability to work legally under the new program despite being undocumented, Pérez had to make the tough choice to give the Department of Homeland Security not just her own address, but the one for her mom and dad as well.” [HuffPost]

Former President Barack Obama spoke out about Trump’s DACA decision, but Cher’s commentary took the cake.

The decision of the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program marks a new stage in the attack on immigrant workers and youth in the United States and internationally. Nearly 800,000 young people who have spent most of their lives in the US will, beginning in six months, be left at the mercy of the apparatus of repression, violence and deportation called the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the US Border Patrol: here.

United States Trump administration attacks immigrant children


This video from the USA says about itself:

Targeting Immigrant Children, Jeff Sessions Announces End of DACA

5 September 2017

Across the country, thousands rallied, walked out of school and carried out civil disobedience to protest the decision.

From Our Revolution in the USA today:

Donald Trump just sent Jeff Sessions in front of reporters to announce an end to DACA. He didn’t even have the courage to tell us himself.

The decision to throw 800,000 young people who came to the U.S. as children into legal jeopardy is despicable and immoral. Our Revolution believes that no human being is illegal. We need a path to citizenship not only for DREAMers, but all 11 million undocumented people living in the shadows today. When we bring people together and build stronger communities, everyone benefits.

It’s up to Congress to act and protect the DREAMers who came out of the shadows in the good faith of a government now threatening to betray them. Please call your member of Congress and tell them to pass protections for DACA recipients NOW.

There is a bipartisan consensus that DACA should be protected. It includes the most conservative and most progressive members of Congress. That’s why your action is so important.

Call your member of Congress to protect DACA recipients, and all those who are vulnerable, from deportation.

In solidarity,

Erika Andiola
Political Director
Our Revolution
DACA Recipient