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Trump Supporter Joe Giudice Chose Deportation Instead Of ICE Detention Because Of How Bad It Is

In case you missed it, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” star couple, Teresa and Joe Giudice’s family has been in the throes of the US legal system for quite some time. Teresa recently served nearly a year in prison, and her husband, Joe was released from a 41-month prison sentence, only to be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in March. Last month, ICE denied his appeal to await his immigration hearing date from home.

In a recent interview with Andy Cohen, Joe reveals that the ICE facility was so unbearable, he volunteered his own deportation back to his native Italy. In the interview, they reveal that the fate of their marriage essentially lies in the hands of the court, but that they support Trump regardless. Let’s unpack this.

Cohen asked Joe Giudice how he came to the decision not to wait out the appeal in an ICE facility.

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“Sitting in immigration was a waste of time,” he tells Cohen. “You’re doing a whole other sentence for no reason in there.” The strongest comparison Joe could come up with for life inside an ICE facility? A panini press. “There was no way I was going to do another year in that prison facility,” he said. “Being in there is like having your head in a panini press, or in a vice.” 

Teresa and Joe have four daughters together. 

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The youngest is 10 years old. Teresa remarked, “We were getting the phone calls every day and we all said ‘he needs to go.’” She did note that their youngest daughter was “too young to really understand what we were going through.” The family hasn’t been reunited in over three and a half years.

Joe has mixed feelings about his deportation – the silver lining is that he’s no longer in an ICE detention center.

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Cohen asked Joe what it was like to leave the United States, “knowing you may never return.” Joe’s face dropped significantly as he revealed, “It’s never a good feeling. Listen, I’m here. I’m happy that I’m out, but I’m sad at the same time. I’m sad that I’m not with my family. I’m sad that I’m not with my wife and my friends back at home. That’s where my life is. It’s not here. It’s there.”

That said, Joe’s experience of being deported was a celebrity fan fair.

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“They wanted to handcuff me and I was like listen I’m not getting in no handcuffs…” Joe humble-bragged. He said that he would have beat them up if he wanted to escape, but that he wanted to be deported rather than spend one more day in the ICE facility.

Joe said that the two ICE officers assigned to him “were taking selfies with me the whole time.”

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Cohen interrupts to offer a blanket statement: “Tax dollars.” Joe went on to recall, “I think there was someone else that carried a gun or something on the plane. I don’t know. I’m a very dangerous guy I guess. They stood on the plane all the way until we got to Rome. I told them where to go to have a good time cause they were staying there till Monday. So they were heading to a few islands in Naples and then they were heading home.”

Cohen asked Teresa if she’d make a personal plea to Trump to grant Joe citizenship.

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Remember when Trump was just a reality TV star? Teresa enjoyed one season on “Celebrity Apprentice” and has been an outspoken supporter of Trump, even as the Commander in Chief of the facility her husband was wasting away in. Joe admitted in the interview that he wouldn’t wish the ICE facility on anybody. 

Joe also revealed that he’d support Trump “regardless.” 

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Teresa seems to think Trump’s anti-immigration fight is more important than her husband’s fight for immigration. “With the whole immigration thing that’s going on, that he’s fighting for, I would never do that to him,” Teresa tells Cohen. ICE has destroyed their family, and yet, the Giudice’s seem to think their plight for family reunification is second to Trump’s plight for family separation.

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ICE Subpoenas Denver Officials Requesting Info On Undocumented Migrants But State Lawyer Says They’re Not Valid

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ICE Subpoenas Denver Officials Requesting Info On Undocumented Migrants But State Lawyer Says They’re Not Valid

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It is the right, under the constitution, of state and local governments, including law enforcement, to refuse to cooperate with federal law. In other words, if the federal government issues a mandate, local officials do not have to comply. That is why some cities abide by Sanctuary policies to protect undocumented immigrants that are being persecuted by government agencies such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). However, ICE isn’t bowing down to the constitution and is taking matters to the courts. 

Earlier this week, Homeland Security has issued a subpoena to Denver law enforcement to get information on three Mexican nationals and one Honduran who were previously in custody. 

“Since we have no cooperation at the Denver justice center, we are modifying our tactics to produce information,” Henry Lucero, deputy executive associate director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, said, according to the Associated Press

According to the AP, Denver officials have 14 days to respond to the subpoena in three of the cases, but in the other, they have three days to respond. ICE officials allege that all four foreign nationals have been in jail for sexual assault and child abuse and have been previously deported.

“In the past, we had full support. We collaborated in the interest of public safety,” Lucero added. “This is a drastic change. And one ICE is forced to do and puts other agencies on notice that we don’t want this to happen. We want to protect the public.”

Officials at the Denver mayor’s office said they would not comply with the demands of ICE because the paperwork issued by ICE are not proper subpoenas but rather administrative forms and not legal document signed by a judge. 

“The documents appear to be a request for information related to alleged violations of civil immigration law,” Chad Sublet, Senior Counsel to the Department of Safety in Denver, wrote, according to Time magazine. “Based on these facts, we are denying your request.”

Sublet also said that Denver officials have collaborated with ICE on information previously with other requests. He showed documentation that proves Denver responded to “88 requests by ICE between October and December of last year.”

Despite the support of local officials of Sanctuary policies, the majority of those cities have been struck by ICE as they have conducted numerous raids there, including in Denver. 

Cities including Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago all have protections in place for undocumented people, but that has only fueled ICE to conduct raids there and elsewhere. Last year in September, ICE conducted raids in Colorado and Wyoming and, within four days, arrested 42 undocumented immigrants. 

“It is our belief that state sanctuary policies [do] not keep the community safe,” John Fabbricatore, the acting director of the Denver ICE field office, said last year, according to KDVR news. 

“We don’t believe deportation is ever the answer to what criminal activity might be going on,” Jordan García, with the Colorado Rapid Response Network, said in response to the raids

In 2017, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock signed a law that stated law officials would not comply with ICE in any capacity. 

The Denver Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Act was first signed unanimously by the Denver City Council, which was then signed by Mayor Hancock. The mandate “bans city officials from asking an arrested individual’s immigration status.”

While some city officials have prohibited the collaboration between local officials and federal agencies, that has not stopped some from working with ICE to arrest undocumented immigrants. 

Last year in September, the Milwaukee Police Department assisted ICE agents in the detainment of a local resident who was undocumented. Even though Milwaukee does not have a Sanctuary policy in place, Police Chief Morales had previously said a year before they would not collaborate with ICE. 

“I promised to bring back the public trust,” Morales said in 2018. “My job is to bring (back) trust from the community and work with them; my job is not to go out and enforce those types of laws.”

Those statements are why people were outraged that local Milwaukee officers assisted ICE in the detainment of an undocumented father. 

“Chief Morales is gonna love to see police collaborating with ICE,” a bystander said last year as he witnessed ICE and local police working together during that arrest. The Mayor of Milwaukee and police stood on the same grounds that police would “not inform federal immigration officials of whereabouts or behavior of any suspect illegal immigrant.” However, that’s only if a person has never been arrested for a serious crime. 

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Guatemala’s President Is Going To Have To Settle The Immigration Negotiation With Trump

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Guatemala’s President Is Going To Have To Settle The Immigration Negotiation With Trump

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Tuesday marked a new era of leadership in Guatemala as the Latin country swore in Alejandro Giammattei, a conservative doctor and former prison system director from the right-wing Vamos party. The 63-year-old won the presidency on his fourth attempt back in August with bold promises of changing a corrupt government and restoring the rule-of-law in city streets. 

“Today, we are putting a full stop on corrupt practices so they disappear from the face of this country,” Giammattei said at his swearing-in ceremony that had a five-hour delay.

His ceremony somewhat overshadowed by delays and protests against ex-President Jimmy Morales, who for four years dodged accusations of corruption. The scene of protestors throwing eggs and voicing anger at the outgoing administration was a reminder of the displeasure against the country’s deep-seated political corruption. It’s also a key reason why many are looking to Giammattei to bring change to the struggling country. 

As Giammattei takes office, there are questions on what his presidency will mean to Guatemala in the short and long term as issues over the future of an asylum deal with the United States comes into focus. 

One of the biggest issues confronting Guatemala and one that Giammattei will have to address early is the Asylum Cooperation Agreement (ACA) that was signed by Morales last July with the U.S. government. The agreement, which was highly opposed in Guatemala, lets U.S. immigration officials send Honduran and Salvadoran migrants that are requesting asylum at the U.S.-Mexican border to apply for protection here instead. There is now increasing skepticism as reports say that the U.S. wants to expand the deal to include Mexican asylum seekers as well.

Last year, there were many Guatemalans that were part of a 3,000 migrant caravan that made its way up from Latin America to the U.S. The caravan consisted of people that were looking to claim asylum and became a symbol of the growing migration crisis at the southern border. President Trump frequently attacked the caravan and eventually threatened to impose tariffs on Guatemala if it didn’t agree to the asylum deal.

According to the Guatemalan Migration Institute, “as of Friday, 128 Salvadoran and Honduran asylum seekers had been sent as part of the agreement,” with only a limited number actually applying for asylum there and others returning home. Giammattei has previously said that he’s willing to make changes to the agreement but on Tuesday said he would revisit details later. 

The country, one of Latin America’s poorest nations, is a key part of President Trump’s plan to curb illegal immigration and asylum claims. mostly from those coming to the U.S. Southern border. The issue for many living in Guatemala is how to let those seeking asylum when itself has become a major source of U.S. bound migrants. 

Poverty levels have only grown in the last 20 years and income inequality levels continue to be a big problem in the country. 

One of the big platform issues that Giammattei ran his campaign on was helping the shorten income inequality gap and poverty levels that have only grown in the last 20 years. Fifty-nine percent of Guatemalan citizens live below the poverty line and almost 1 million children under the age of 5 are believed to live with chronic malnutrition, according to the AP. 

There is also the rampant problem of street violence and cartel gangs that have had a major effect on the daily lives of many in the country. Giammattei plans to address this with reforms that include designating “street gangs as terrorist groups.”

“This is the moment to rescue Guatemala from the absurd. It is the moment to combat corruption and malnutrition,” Giammattei said on Tuesday in his first address to the country as president. “There is no peace without security, I will present a law that aims to declare street gangs for what they are – terrorist groups.”

There is hope that Giammattei will turn a new page in Guatemala that will see change come to all in the country that has faced uncertainty for years. But only time will tell if this is indeed new leadership or business as usual.

“We will bring back the peace this country so dearly needs,” Giammattei said. “We will govern with decency, with honourability, and with ethical values.”

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