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Fox News Correspondent Is Furious That Immigrants Are Being Informed Of Their Rights When Approached By ICE

On Thursday, Fox News Correspondent Griff Jenkins complained about the fact that undocumented immigrants know their rights, he claimed that it “makes it harder” for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to make arrests.

Fox News correspondent Griff Jenkins followed Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in Los Angeles as they pursued criminal aliens and detailed the difficulties of making apprehensions in a recent reporting for Fox & Friends. “If you had a criminal warrant from a judge on a specific person, you could go forcibly in, but ICE cannot. They’re abiding by the law,” Jenkins explained Thursday on the morning talk show. 

Earlier this year, Los Angeles declared itself a sancturay city, reaffirming policies for the protection of immigrants’ rights. 

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The city of Los Angeles declared itself a sanctuary city earlier this year. The resolution doesn’t provide any new legal protections for immigrants, but instead reaffirms existing policies, including Special Order 40, which bars Los Angeles police officers from initiating contact with someone solely to determine whether they are in the country legally, as well as Senate Bill 54, which prevents state and local law enforcement agencies from using “money or personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes.”

Fox & Friends condemned Democratic leaders for sharing information for undocumented immigrants and their families.

“How damaging is it that they put —all these lawmakers in California— put out a how to avoid being arrested by ICE video?” Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Jenkins after playing footage of Jenkins’ reporting from Los Angeles County. 

Kilmeade did not explain what video he is referring to exactly. Following reports of “nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families” back in July, top democrats responded by sharing information about the legal rights that immigrants have when approached by ICE as part of the “know your rights” campaign. During a press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shared information regarding the differences between warrants that are signed by a judge and the administrative warrants used by ICE. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared a video from the National Immigration Law center with information for undocumented immigrants and their family members. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also tweeted a graphic in Spanish outlining what immigrants can do if they are approached by ICE. In addition to these Democtratic leaders, lawyers from the ACLU have also shared information about legal protection for immigrants.

Jenkins and Kilmeade berated Los Angeles lawmakers for supposedly encouraging lawbreaking by sharing information about immigrants’ rights. 

Fox & Friends’ hosts criticized Democratic lawmakers for “telling the people who might get a knock on the door…what to do if ICE shows up” instead of writing legislation; “Makes it a lot harder, Brian, because as you saw in that video, no one has to come out,” Jenkins responded. “Now if you had a criminal warrant from a judge on a specific person, you can go forcibly in, but ICE cannot. They’re abiding by the law. They have an administrative warrant for someone deemed deportable, and so that’s what they’re trying to follow up on. And so that is why they’re very frustrated when lawmakers, particularly, help these illegal criminal aliens to evade being taken into custody when it could be done without all of what you just watched, and done very peacefully and very calmly.”

When did it become a crime to notify people about their rights? 

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It  seems as American as it can get—to make sure everyone’s rights are upheld by the Constitution. Fox & Friends has regularly showed support for president Trump’s policies by depicting undocumented immigrants as a dangerous threat to society and fueling the fear of immigrants. 

Jenkins and Kilmeade’s exchange went on to focus on the topic of sanctuary cities, an issue that Fox News shows discuss on the regular. The Trump administration has authorized ICE to conduct sweeping arrests and has expanded the agency’s focus. ICE is also allowed to make “collateral” deportations in which agents may “detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids.” Officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said that “the Trump administration’s goal is to use the operation as a show of force to deter families from approaching the southwestern border.”

While speaking with an ICE official in May, Kilmeade said “city councils who vote on these sanctuary city policies are accomplices to murder.”

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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In another incident that highlights the anti-Asian sentiment that is on the rise in recent months, a 70-year-old California woman was attacked in Eagle Rock, earlier this month. According to news reports, a young woman attacked her while she was exiting the bus to pick up groceries.

The elderly woman, who goes by Becky, is Mexican-American. But her attacker yelled an anti-Asian slur at her before physically assaulting her.

According to AAPI news site Asian Dawn, Becky’s attacker was a 23-year-old woman who was also riding the bus with her. The woman did nothing to provoke the attack. The young woman ended up dragging the older woman from the back of the bus to the front of the bus. Becky ended up in the hospital with a broken nose, a concussion, two severely swollen eyes, and chunks of her hair torn from her head.

According to Becky’s son, who only goes by Pete, while the family are Mexican-American, people often mistake their family for being of Asian descent. According to Pete, no one intervened to stop the young woman from attacking his mother.

“Nobody would help. Not even the bus driver,” the woman’s son told The Eastsider.

Finally, the young woman stopped her attack after a fellow passenger called 911. The police were able to apprehend the young woman after issuing a bulletin for her arrest.

According to Pete, his mother has a long road of recovery ahead of her. Already suffering from lupus and arthritis, her mother is having trouble walking. Her leg is badly bruised from the assault.

The fact that the victim was Mexican-American serves to illustrate how ignorant and hateful these racist attacks are. There is no rhyme or reason to hate.

Many are linking the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus originated in Wuhan, China. The violent racists that have been attacking people who appear to be of Asian descent believe that Asian-Americans are somehow personally responsible for the pandemic.

If you to support the #StopAsianHate cause, donate to organizations like gofundme.com/AAPI or the Asian American Legal defense fund here.

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

Police have taken another Black man’s life, this time it’s 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Protests have broken out in cities across the country as the nation reacts to the killing of yet another young Black man.

But as the nation reacts to the murder, Wright’s family – his mother and child – need all the support they can get right now and thankfully there are many ways that we can all be better allies while helping support the family that Wright leaves behind.

Daunte Wright is the third high-profile police murder in Minneapolis.

Daunte Wright was driving to his older brother’s house with his girlfriend on Sunday afternoon, when police pulled him over for expired tags. Police said they found an existing warrant for Wright’s arrest and attempted to handcuff him.

Bodycam footage revealed Officer Kim Potter shot Wright when she claimed to be reaching for her taser. He died on the scene, just 10 miles from where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the death of George Floyd.

According to CNN, Daunte’s death is at least the third high-profile death of a Black man at the hands of police in Minnesota in the last five years. And Daunte Wright’s death comes less than a year after the police killing of George Floyd, which sparked protests around the world.

Daunte Wright leaves behind a family still struggling with such an immense loss.

Daunte’s mother, Katie Wright, spoke out about the fear he experienced before his death. Daunte called her after the police pulled him over, at the suggestion of his older brother. “I know my son was scared. He’s afraid of the police, and I just seen and heard the fear in his voice. But I don’t know why, and it should have never escalated the way it did,” Katie told Good Morning America on April 13.

According to Katie, Daunte believed he was getting pulled over for his hanging air fresheners, then she heard “scuffling” and an officer told him to hang up the phone. “I tried to call back three, four times and the girl that was with him answered the phone and she said that they shot him and he was lying in the driver’s seat unresponsive.”

If you’d like to help support Daunte’s family and demand justice, below are a few resources and action items:

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