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What we know about illegal immigration from Mexico

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Here’s what we know about illegal immigration from Mexico.

Ana Gonzalez-Barrera and Jens Manuel Krogstad, Pew Research Center

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March 2, 2017 | There were 11.7 million immigrants from Mexico living in the U.S. in 2014, and about half of them were in the country illegally, according to Pew Research Center estimates. Mexico is the country’s largest source of immigrants, making up 28% of all U.S. immigrants.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/INS%20Visa%20Approval%20Stamp_0.jpgWith President Donald Trump’s administration taking steps to reduce the number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. — including through the construction of a wall at the southern border — here’s what we know about illegal immigration from Mexico.

http://www.pewresearch.org/files/2016/05/Ana-G.jpgAna Gonzalez-Barrera is a senior researcher focusing on Hispanics, immigration and demographics at Pew Research Center.

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Jens Manuel Krogstad is a writer/editor focusing on Hispanics, immigration and demographics at Pew Research Center.
 

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The Isolation Of Julian Assange Is The Silencing Of Us All

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  • If there is no freedom of speech for Julian Assange, there is no freedom of speech for any of us — regardless of the disparate opinions we hold.
  • Related: Rachel Meeropol on Illegal Detentions,

John Pilger, Dissident Voice

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April 3rd, 2018 | In this letter, twenty-seven writers, journalists, film-makers, artists, academics, former intelligence officers and democrats call on the government of Ecuador to allow Julian Assange his right of freedom of speech.

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John Pilger is an internationally renowned investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker. His latest film is The War on Democracy. His most recent book is Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire (2006).

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Rachel Meeropol on Illegal Detentions, Rachel Meeropol, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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It seems to me incredibly relevant that the communities likely to be subjected to discriminatory and arbitrary national security policies are black and brown communities … . That it seems that the rights of those individuals maybe don’t weigh quite as heavily as the rights of others, and that’s something we have to confront.

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Special Report | Killing Him While He's Dead; This Didn't Have to Happen.

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  • Part 1: Killing Him While He’s Dead
  • The problem isn’t that so many people are hurt and angry; the problem is that more aren’t.
  • Part 2: Sacramento Police Said They Were Making Changes. Then They Killed Stephon Clark.
  • This Didn't Have to Happen.

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Part 1: Killing Him While He’s Dead, A Eulogy For Stephon Clark

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Omar Suleiman

The problem isn’t that so many people are hurt and angry, the problem is that more aren’t.

Omar Suleiman, Huffington Post

Adapted from remarks delivered at Stephon Clark’s funeral, March 29, in Sacramento, California.

03/31/2018 11:30 In the aftermath of the violent shooting death of Stephon Clark, I ― like many of you ― felt the same pain and outrage that I felt after the unwarranted murders of so many others. Some time after, I learned that Stephon was a Muslim. But as Malcolm said, black people aren’t brutalized in this country because they’re Baptist, Methodist, Muslim or Catholic, but because they’re black people in America.

We cannot bring Stephon back from the dead, but we can make sure that his death is not in vain, that his family is loved and properly cared for, that justice is properly served, and that his memory is not slain as well.

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Part 2: Sacramento Police Said They Were Making Changes. Then They Killed Stephon Clark.

This didn’t have to happen.

Les Simmons, Huffington Post

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stephon%20Clark.jpg03/22/2018 | Twenty times. Sacramento Police officers shot Stephon Clark, a young black man, 20 times on Sunday night in his own backyard, while his grandparents and little sister sat inside the house.

This didn’t have to happen.

The first reports from California described a black man with a “tool bar” who had been breaking into cars. Footage of the incident doesn’t show this, but picks up with officers chasing Clark into his own back yard where they shouted “gun.” Except it was a cell phone – there was no gun. Opening fire, they killed Stephon, a 22-year-old father of two.

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5ab3cb4a1e000056107af6e7.png?ops=100_100 Les Simmons, Guest Writer, Huffington Post, is a pastor at South Sacramento Christian Center and director of the Simmons Center and Valley Hi Black Child Legacy Campaign. He is a board member of Sacramento ACT, part of the PICO California network working with Live Free on the H.E.A.T. strategy to build mutual trust between community and law enforcement.

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Disability activists are at the forefront of direct action against Trump.

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  • Despite Republican Claims, Medicaid Work Requirements Would Hurt People With Disabilities * For parents of disabled kids, one of life's biggest struggles comes from outside the home * ‘If We Lose Our Health Care, We Will Begin to Die’
  • Related: House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Week Ending March 17, 2018 | 

Despite Republican Claims, Medicaid Work Requirements Would Hurt People With Disabilities, Robyn Powell, Rewire / Portside

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For parents of disabled kids, one of life's biggest struggles comes from outside the home. Katie Paulson, Upworthy

January 3, 2018 | Everyone knows being a parent is hard. But parenting a disabled child carries challenges you don't expect.

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‘If We Lose Our Health Care, We Will Begin to Die’, Zoë Carpenter, the Nation

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House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act; Justice Department Scraps ADA Guidance, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • A House bill would make it harder for people with disabilities to hold businesses accountable for inaccessibility.
  • Part 2: Justice Department Scraps ADA Guidance
  • Attorney General Sessions is rescinding several guidance documents clarifying the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Weekend Read: It’s past time for white supremacy to die

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  • In the last year we’ve seen the growth of the so-called “alt-right,” a rise in neo-Nazi groups and, in response, a spike in black nationalist groups.

The common thread?

White supremacy.

This weekend we're bringing you an editorial by our Intelligence Project Director Heidi Beirich from our latest Intelligence Report, reminding us that if we want to reverse a trend that saw hate groups rise for the third year in a row, we must dismantle the white supremacy that's embedded so deeply in American society.

  • Related: Hate Groups Attack Southern Poverty Law Center, and Some Journalists Pile On

Heidi Beirich, Southern Poverty Leadership Conference (SPLC)

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February 24, 2018 | There were two dynamics that determined the fate of America's radical right in 2017: the election of President Trump and the fallout from the Charlottesville, Virginia, deadly white nationalist rally.

Extremists rode a wave of euphoria from Trump's January inauguration until August 11, finally having found an uncucked politician who reflected the world they wanted to see: a world where racism was sanctioned by the highest office, immigrants given the boot and Muslims banned. Riding high, a wide range of extremists who usually don't get along — from heavily armed militias, to polo-attired white nationalists, to Klansmen, to neo-Nazis — all joined forces in mid-August in Charlottesville.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Heidi%20Beirich%2C%20Southern%20Poverty%20Law%20Center.jpgHeidi Beirich leads the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, which publishes the award-winning Intelligence Report and the Hatewatch blog. She is an expert on various forms of extremism, including the white supremacist, nativist and neo-Confederate movements as well as racism in academia.

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Hate Groups Attack Southern Poverty Law Center, and Some Journalists Pile On, Sharona Coutts, Rewire 

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  • Far-right groups attacking the SPLC claim that the group has lost its credibility because it has targeted groups such as the Family Research Council and others on the far right.
  • Related: The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom

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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 3 - Trump has put anti-immigrant campaign promises into action

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  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 3: Trump does seem to be making an effort to intensify his immigration policies. On Oct. 8, he released a list of priorities that include hiring more ICE agents, cracking down on visa overstays and sanctuary cities, building a border wall, facilitating deportation of unaccompanied minors and asylum seekers, and shifting to a "merit-based" immigration system.
  • Related: Demanding a Clean DACA Bill, Now!

 

Maria Benevento, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

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Nov 2, 2017 | To the alarm of immigrant rights groups, President Donald Trump has spent the first months of his presidency putting his anti-immigrant campaign promises into action.

"That rhetoric we were hearing in the election season has moved into actual policy," said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. "I think immigration is one of the most prominent policy areas of this administration and ... we're seeing public policy going in the wrong direction."

Maria Benevento is an NCR Bertelsen intern.

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Previously in this Series:

Part 2 - The Trump presidency and Europe's dilemma

Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election? 

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Demanding a Clean DACA Bill, Now! Alvaro Huerta, LA Progressive

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  • While undocumented immigrants and their allies continue to organize against the racist Trump administration and complicit Republican leaders, Democratic leaders, who depend on the Latina/o vote, have failed miserably.
  • Related: Make a Call for Dreamers
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House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act; Justice Department Scraps ADA Guidance

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  • Part 1: House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act
    • A House bill would make it harder for people with disabilities to hold businesses accountable for inaccessibility.
  • Part 2: Justice Department Scraps ADA Guidance
    • Attorney General Sessions is rescinding several guidance documents clarifying the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act

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A House bill would make it harder for people with disabilities to hold businesses accountable for inaccessibility.

Casey Quinlan, Think Progress


Feb 15, 2018 | On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 225 to 192 in favor of a bill that would significantly weaken the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act and let businesses off the hook for failing to provide accommodations for accessibility.

The ADA Education and Reform Act was introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), and was recently adopted in the House Judiciary Committee. It addresses the 1990 civil rights law that protects people with disabilities when it comes to employment; access to public entities, such as transportation; and accommodations to fully enjoy businesses, such as being able to go to a hotel without barriers to getting inside. The law allows people with disabilities to file lawsuits against businesses that don’t provide reasonable accommodations, but supporters of the ADA Education and Reform Act argue that it fuels “drive-by lawsuits.”

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Part 2: Justice Department Scraps ADA Guidance

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Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop
January 4, 2018 | Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he’s rescinding more than two dozen guidance documents including several clarifying the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Among the 25 revoked documents are a number of ADA-related items dating as far back as 1995 offering guidance on everything from service animals to accessible building practices as well as a 2016 letter on employment of people with disabilities.

Michelle Diament is a seasoned journalist whose work has appeared in People, AARP, The Washington Post Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Gannett News Service. As the sibling of an adult with autism, Diament is no stranger to the world of disability issues.

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