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A Trump-Supporting College Student Tried To Get A DACA Recipient Deported. Now He’s No Longer Enrolled At The School

Paola Garcia is a student at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. She is open about being a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). It’s that openness that made her the target of a classmate.

The classmate, identified as Taylor Ragg, tried to rally supporters to report Garcia to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) so she would be deported. Why? Because she had the phrase “Undocumented, Unapologetic, Unafraid” in her Facebook bio. That was all Ragg needed to says she was bragging about breaking the law and needed to be deported. He is no longer enrolled at Transylvania University, leaving the school after the story broke. Garcia spoke with mitú about what it happened.

Taylor Ragg is no longer a student at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. after his attempts to get a classmate deported.

According to Lexington Herald Leader, Transylvania University spokesperson Michele Sparks could not say whether Ragg left the university on his own accord or was expelled because of federal privacy laws. At first, the university was slow to respond to the threat made by Ragg. Garcia made a video that was posted to YouTube talking about her ordeal and how the university didn’t respond to the situation because “his actions don’t violate the schools non-discrimination policy.”

Here is the screenshot of the social media post that caused the controversy between Ragg, Garcia and Transylvania University.

Paola Garcia / Facebook

Ragg took the screenshot of Garcia’s Facebook page and posted it to an alt-right Facebook group called “10th Crusade Enthusiasts,” calling for members to report Garcia to Homeland Security.

The post and lack of urgency from the university prompted Garcia to record a plea for help.

“On Tuesday September 12, I was notified by the administration that ‘new evidence’ had been acquired and we could proceed with a judicial case,” Garcia says. “Taylor had received an email on the morning of September 13 notifying him of the charges against him and the trial hearing date. That afternoon he withdrew from the university on advice from his lawyers.”

Now that Ragg is gone from campus, Garcia says she can relax a little but remains on alert for more of this kind of treatment.

Paola Garcia / Facebook

“I’m relieved [he’s gone] to say the least, but I’m also frustrated that he left without facing any consequences,” Garcia says. “I also know that this is far from over. So I’m wary, and still vigilant. But I do not intend to back down from whatever comes my way next.”


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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to a head Wednesday morning.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home on Wednesday morning.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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