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Third Person In A Month Has Been Detained By ICE While Riding A Greyhound Bus

Border Patrol agents in Florida entered a Greyhound bus and asked people to show I.D.

According Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), who posted the video on Twitter, agents boarded the Greyhound bus on Saturday at around 4:30 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale and asked passengers to provide paperwork proving their citizenship. The group added “Proof of citizenship is NOT required to ride a bus!”

FLIC also asked several organizations, including Greyhound, to comment publicly about this incident, saying “[they should] speak out about how these enforcement sweeps are scaring away customers and violating the constitutional rights of riders. Or does Greyhound believe anyone that rides their buses must prove citizenship?”

FLIC later confirmed that the woman seen in the video was detained by ICE, adding “her daughter-in-law who dropped her off at Greyhound Friday morning has not heard from her since.”

The group has raised concern for the woman’s safety and has questioned whether Greyhound had collaborated with ICE in this raid.

The woman complied with the agents without any issue. She got her things and got off the bus.

“My mother-in-law came to visit me last week,” the woman’s daughter-in-law told FLIC. “She’s my daughter’s grandmother and this was the first time meeting each other. I dropped her off at the Greyhound bus stop Friday morning and never got word of her arrival. I’m very concerned about these officers questioning her without a lawyer present.”

This is not the first time agents have boarded a bus and detained people for not having ID.

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Earlier this month, a father and son were also detained aboard a Greyhound bus. Sergio Vera, 18, and his dad Martin Vera were headed from Seattle to Montana when Border Patrol agents stopped them and asked for I.D., according to Komonews.com.

When they failed to provide documentation, they were escorted off the bus. Sergio says that while he is undocumented, he does have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. Neither of them have a criminal record.

When Sergio informed officers of his DACA status, he was told it had expired.

“I had DACA. They said it expired. They said Trump already took that away,” Sergio told komonews.com.

He was released hours later after providing a photo of his DACA paperwork and extension notification, which his mother sent to him via text.

Greyhound has yet to release a statement regarding Border Patrol agents entering their buses.

READ: Bay Area Prepares For Possible Massive Raids of Undocumented Immigrants

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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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