Democrats are using the 2019 budget debate to block the deportations of economic migrants who get past border guards while allowing the deportations of some dangerous criminals. The goal was sketched in a statement from Democratic Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, who is part of the 17-member committee now trying to draft a 2019 budget for the Department of Homeland Security. She represents a Los Angeles district where almost 90 percent of the population is Latino, and which likely includes many illegal migrants who face possible deportation.Her statement said: For far too long, the Trump administration has been tearing communities apart with its cruel immigration policies. A cap on ICE detention beds will force the Trump administration to prioritize deportation for criminals and people who pose real security threats, not law-abiding immigrants who are contributing to our country.” … Right now, the Trump administration is pursuing an out-of-control deportation … [Read more...] about Democrats Demand: Freeze ICE, Shrink Deportations of Economic Migrants
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NEWARK, N.J. — Senator Cory Booker was educated at Stanford, Oxford and Yale, but he likes to say he got his real education at Brick Towers, the dilapidated and dangerous housing project in inner-city Newark where he spent eight years as a tenant—not by necessity, but by choice. Living in a 16th-floor apartment that often lacked heat, hot water and elevator service, among poor neighbors trapped on the slum side of the American Dream, this celebrated black prodigy from a comfortable white suburb took an extended tutorial in urban adversity. He got a firsthand introduction to the policy issues that drove his agenda as a city councilor, mayor and New Jersey senator, and will now drive his newly announced presidential campaign. Brick Towers is gone now, but on a chilly gray morning in January, Booker was back at the intersection it loomed over for decades, riffing on the difference between thinking about policy and experiencing it up close. He noted that his former neighbor … [Read more...] about Is Cory Booker for Real?
Tommy Lee Hubbard Tommy Lee Hubbard Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Amid a deadly 2014 crossfire between two Chattanooga street gangs, a 40-year-old man sat down with three police investigators, told them what he knew about the recent homicide of a 13-year-old, outed a few drug dealers and offered to arrange a peacemaking meeting so officers could arrest anyone illegally carrying a firearm. The investigators had an end goal with Tommy Hubbard: They wanted him to be a "silent killer" and give information on his friends in the Athens Park Bloods and Bounty Hunter Bloods. They told Hubbard "there ain't gonna be no more passes" and asked if he could arrange a meeting with members of both groups so officers could serve a search warrant. Otherwise? "We're going to focus on y'all until you go to prison," said one of the officers. "Doesn't matter if it's a [drug] dime bag, doesn't matter if it's a murder." A review of arrest records and newspaper archives suggests the … [Read more...] about Police interview from 2014 raises questions about helping versus hurting gang members
Produced by Clare Friedland, Lourdes Aguiar, Elena DiFiore and Shoshanah Wolfson [This story previously aired on July 15, 2017. It was updated on Dec. 29, 2018.] Matt Herren still struggles to make sense of what happened the night of Oct. 12, 2012, when his close friend, Ryan Poston, was killed. "I think about him every day," Herren said. "You don't think something like that is ever going to happen to someone you know." "Is there something I could've done that could've prevented that? And I know a lot of people in his life had to have felt the same way," Herren told "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant. How did things spiral so out of control between Ryan and his girlfriend, Shayna Hubers, that she shot him to death -- insisting it was to protect herself? "What was lost when your friend was shot and killed?" Van Sant asked Herren. "He's the type of person that you want in your life," he replied. "Not just a friend, but a loving son, a protective, adoring older brother." "He had … [Read more...] about New murder trial for Shayna Hubers: Why did she shoot Ryan Poston six times?
They saw it coming, the media theorists, book-bound intellectuals, Jesuit priests, classicists, and sociologists who attempted to make sense of what they called “electronic media,” and we now think of as prehistoric radio and TV. With their long-winded tomes from an age of longer attention spans, authors like Marshall McLuhan, Harold Innis, Walter Ong, and others form a sort of prophetic canon that collectively catalogs our species’ first reaction to these newfangled contraptions, with their blinking lights and blaring speakers. Of course, they didn’t wholly foretell our present. Most were still stuck in the mass-market age of Hollywood studios and New York producers, taking the centralized control of media as a given. Nobody imagined the DIY democratization of media whereby a guy with a smartphone would have all the documentary and distribution power of NBC or The New York Times. Antonio García Martínez (@antoniogm) is an Ideas contributor for WIRED. … [Read more...] about Used Wisely, the Internet Can Actually Help Public Discourse