Human Rights

Trump Lies About Immigrants

anti-Racism DSA - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 23:30
President Trump has made up three tall tales to criminalize, criticize and reject immigrants in the United States. These stories are full of lies, but he’s repeated them so often that many Americans have started to believe them.
So let’s refute all three, one by one.
1. Undocumented immigrants are criminals.This is Trump’s core story. When he launched his presidential bid in June 2015, he famously said that undocumented immigrants from Mexico are “bringing drugs; they’re bringing crime; they’re rapists.” And during his first speech before Congress recently, he again likened immigrants to “gang members, drug dealers and criminals.”Here’s the truth about undocumented immigrants in the U.S.: A huge majority, 97% in fact, are good people. That number comes from a Migration Policy Institute study, which found that less than 3% of undocumented immigrants have committed a felony. It also found that American-born residents are twice as likely to commit a felony as immigrants are.Crime statistics also demonstrate a correlation between having more undocumented immigrants and lower crime rates at the national level. Between 1990 and 2013, the number of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. tripled, from 3.5 million to 11.2 million. During that time, violent crime in America dropped by 48%, according to data from the FBI. Despite these facts, Trump insists on vilifying immigrants, and continues to push his “bad hombres” myth.2. Immigrants are costly for the United States.Another lie — and one that’s easy to refute by doing the math. Yes, it’s true that undocumented immigrants benefit from some social services and that their children get free public education all the way through high school. That costs money — but immigrants also contribute by paying taxes and creating jobs. The greatest irony is that undocumented workers also contribute part of their earnings to Social Security and Medicare, services from which they will never benefit.
In fact, immigrants contribute more than $2 billion to the economy every year, and produced some $54 billion dollars in net gain from 1994 through 2013, according to a study by the National Academy of Sciences. Trump blames immigrants for being a burden on the country, but they give back much more than they take.3. Immigrants steal jobs from Americans.The president likes to blame undocumented immigrants for the economic woes of workers in the United States. But again, he’s wrong. Immigrants almost never compete for the same jobs as American-born residents.They usually do the jobs nobody else wants to do — especially in the agriculture and services sectors. I dare any American to try doing the harsh work that undocumented residents do in the farm fields of Florida or California, at restaurants in New York or Chicago, or at the hotels in any other city in the country. They work hard, their pay tends to be low and they benefit from very few labor protections. Immigrants complement the work of Americans; they’re not directly competing with them.For years, protest groups have called for a “day without immigrants” — and last month, local actions were taken in various cities. But such a nationwide work stoppage has never happened. If it did, the United States would be paralyzed.Indeed, Trump lies a lot — and about more than just these three issues. For instance, he lied for years about President Obama not being born in the United States. He lied when he said that 3 million undocumented immigrants voted in the last election, and blamed them for his losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. And just a few days ago, he lied that Obama ordered a wiretap on him during the presidential campaign (Trump has produced no evidence). These claims are just as false as his lies about immigration.So no, Mr. Trump, immigrants aren’t criminals, they’re not an economic burden on the United States, and they don’t steal jobs from Americans. Those are just myths — and nobody should believe them.By Jorge Ramos.
(March 15, 2017)
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Gorsuch Dodges But Hearing Throws Spotlight on Shadowy Conservatives Funding SCOTUS Bid

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:25
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Putting a rare spotlight on the shadowy conservatives pushing for confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Tuesday directly questioned the nominee on the dark money groups supporting his bid.

During the second day of questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Whitehouse called on Gorsuch to urge his undisclosed donors to reveal themselves "as a matter of respect for the we can evaluate who is behind this effort."

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Gorsuch Could Undermine Trump Travel Ban

Brennan Center - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:05
Gorsuch Could Undermine Trump Travel BanCiara Torres-SpelliscyMarch 21, 2017

When he was on the Tenth Circuit, Judge Gorsuch ruled that a corporation could have religious rights. That same expansive view of religious freedom could prompt a Justice Gorsuch to void Trump’s travel ban.

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'There’s a Smell of Treason in the Air'

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:02
Michael Winship

Monday’s hearing of the House Intelligence Committee was proof positive of the absolute need for both a special prosecutor and an independent, bipartisan commission with subpoena power to conduct a full investigation of the Trump campaign’s connections with Russian intelligence — as well as Russia’s multipronged attack on our elections and Trump’s business connections with that country’s oligarchs.

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As Vote on TrumpCare Nears, #SaveMedicaid Movement Grows

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:02
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

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Call your senators today SB 54, SB 6

anti-Racism DSA - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:02

Dear community partner,
Last week, the California Values Act, SB 54 (de León), and the Due Process for All Act, SB 6 (Hueso), cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee and are now heading to a vote by the full Senate. The Due Process for All Act (SB 6) would provide access to qualified counsel to immigrants in deportation or removal proceedings, while the California Values Act (SB 54) would ensure that state and local resources are not used to fuel mass deportations, separate families, or spread fear throughout our communities. We need your help to pass these critical bills in the Senate! .CALL YOUR SENATORS to support both SB 54 and SB 6 TODAY:The following Senators need to hear from you!
.Northern California Senator Mike McGuire (Healdsburg): 916-651-4002Senator Bill Dodd (Napa): 916-651-4003Senator Cathleen Galgiani (Stockton): 916-651-4005Senator Steve Glazer (Contra Costa): 916-651-4007.Central Coast Senator Hannah Beth Jackson (Santa Barbara): 916-651-4019 .Southern California Senator Ben Allen (Santa Monica): 916-651-4026 Senator Steven Bradford (Gardena): 916-651-4035Senator Connie Leyva (Chino): 916-651-4020Senator Tony Mendoza (Artesia): 916-651-4032 Senator Josh Newman (Fullerton): 916-651-4029Senator Anthony Portantino (Pasadena): (916) 651-4025 Senator Richard Roth (Riverside):  916-651-4031Senator Henry Stern (Canoga Park, Ventura): 916-651-4027 . Call-in Script: Hello, my name is _______ and I am calling from _______ (indicate city if you are a constituent) to ask Senator ________ to support an inclusive SB 6, the Due Process for All Act, and a strong SB 54, the California Values Act, which will both be voted on in the Senate floor next week. I urge the Senator be on the right side of history, not on the side of the California Sheriff's shameful collusion with Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. Will the Senator support SB 54 and SB 6? . PROTEST LA SHERIFF MCDONNELLAs we call our Senators to stay committed to the immigrant community in California, we also need to hold Sheriffs accountable for their efforts to kill this bill. If you are in Los Angeles this Wednesday, come out to this community action against Sheriff McDonnell’s opposition to SB 54.. SHARE WITH YOUR NETWORKS
As opposition mounts for proposals that aim to protect our communities, we need you to help lead the resistance. We cannot let Trump and his racist administration destroy our communities. Call the State Senators today, and share this email with others in your network. Together we can make these bills a reality!
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RESIST DAY #61: What You Can Do Today

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 15:52
Common Dreams staff

Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe

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Ivanka Trump To Get Security Clearance, West Wing Office—But No 'Official' Role

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 15:05
Nika Knight, staff writer

Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, is to receive a West Wing office next to a National Security Council advisor. She'll receive a security clearance, allowing her to access classified information. And she'll be given government-issued communication devices.

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Hiding in Plain Sight

Brennan Center - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:42
Hiding in Plain Sight

Over the last several decades, the range and capabilities of easily available technologies that enable a granular view of citizens’ movements and associations in public, over long periods of time and at a relatively cheap cost, have expanded at an astonishing pace. Where law enforcement is involved, these powerful new technologies raise questions about how their use can be harmonized with the U.S. Constitution.

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US Ditches Human Rights Hearing in 'Unprecedented Show of Disrespect'

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:27
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

"Today's no-show is a new low."

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As Trump Looks to Dismantle the EPA, Concerned Americans Rally to Demand Lawmakers Defend Public Health and the Environment

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:08
Food & Water Watch

As details of the Trump administration’s plans to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and attack fundamental health and safety standards steadily come to light, thousands of concerned residents and community leaders rallied at dozens of actions across the country today to demand that lawmakers resist Trump’s agenda and defend the funding and mission of the EPA. The National Day of Action to Defend Public Health and the Environment was organized by the advocacy groups Food & Water Watch and People’s Action.

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NIAC Statement on Secretary Tillerson's Norooz Message

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 14:06
National Iranian-American Council

The National Iranian American Council released the following statement in response to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's message on Norooz:

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Despite Every Reason to Stop Gorsuch, Are Dems Letting Him 'Off the Hook'?

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:59
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

As the reasons for blocking Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch continue to mount, there is growing concern that Democrats are simply going to let President Donald Trump's nominee "off the hook," as Sen. Dianne Feinstein did during questioning Tuesday.

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Words Not to Die For

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:58
Andrew Bacevich

By way of explaining his eight failed marriages, the American bandleader Artie Shaw once remarked,  “I am an incurable optimist.” In reality, Artie was an incurable narcissist. Utterly devoid of self-awareness, he never looked back, only forward.

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The Republican’s Healthcare Plan Puts “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” in a Whole New Light

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:52
Roger Bybee

After seven long years, the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act has finally come lurching across America’s political stage, devised by House Speaker Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, and backed by an uncomprehending President Trump, who promises something “far less expensive and far better.”

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Trump Makes Paris Targets Moot as Scorching Temps Send Planet into 'Uncharted Territory'

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:23
Nika Knight, staff writer

President Donald Trump's efforts to dismantle climate policies enacted under former President Barack Obama have put the United States' targets to reduce CO2 emissions under the Paris climate accord permanently beyond reach, according to multiple recent analyses examined by InsideClimate News.

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It Is Comey Who Should Be Investigated

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:23
Juan Cole

FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday that his agency has since last summer been investigating the circle of Donald J. Trump for their contacts with the Russian Federation during last year’s election campaign.

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TODAY: Advocates Rally to Encourage Senators to Oppose Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:10
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Today, March 21 at 12:30 p.m. EDT, U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will join advocates calling on the Senate to oppose the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

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In Unprecedented Move, U.S. Fails to Show Up for Human Rights Hearing

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:04

In a surprise move, the U.S. government today refused to attend a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The human rights body, which is part of the Organization of American States, was scheduled this morning to question U.S. officials on the effects of several of President Trump’s executive orders, including orders on the Muslim ban, immigration enforcement and detention, and the approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Experts Slam Surprise US "Electronics Ban" on Flights from Muslim-Majority Countries

Common Dreams - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:59
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Criticism abounded Tuesday after the U.S. government announced a surprise ban on any electronics "larger than a cell phone" on flights from eight Muslim-majority countries—Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

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