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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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Prince Harry Says Being Married to Meghan Markle Taught Him About Unconscious Bias: ‘I Had No Idea it Existed’

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Prince Harry Says Being Married to Meghan Markle Taught Him About Unconscious Bias: ‘I Had No Idea it Existed’

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Prince Harry continues to shed his upper crust image by tackling important social issues head-on. On Monday, the Duke of Sussex sat down with UK Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Hutchinson for a conversation with GQ. In the conversation, Prince Harry admitted that he “had no idea” unconscious bias existed before he experienced it firsthand through the treatment of his wife, Meghan Markle.

The GQ conversation focused on hot-button topics like structural racism, unconscious bias, and the responsibility of white people to educate themselves on the aforementioned topics.

Prince Harry started the conversation of by commending Hutchinson for his activist worth and adding that there’s still “lots of work to do” when it comes to dismantling racism worldwide. The conversation turned personal when the two began to discuss unconscious bias, with Hutchinson broaching the subject.

“There are a lot of people who either don’t think that [racism] exists or they don’t want change and they’re fighting against it. And I don’t know what these people are afraid of,” said Hutchinson.

Prince Harry became personal, revealing that his background as the literal Prince of England had made him ignorant to the widespread nature of racism before.

“Unconscious bias… having the upbringing and the education that I had, I had no idea what it was. I had no idea it existed.” He then admitted: “Sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realize it [existed], especially then living a day or a week in my wife [Meghan]’s shoes.”

Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle started dating in 2016, Markle has been on the receiving end of vicious media attacks–many of them fueled by racism.

At the time, Prince Harry condemned the British press for their treatment of Markle. He released a statement decrying the “racial undertones of comment pieces” and the “outright sexism and racism of social media trolls” that Markle has to deal with. Recently, Meghan spoke about the hate her and Harry receive for being in an interracial marriage.

Prince Harry described unconscious bias to Hutchinson as largely beyond people’s control, but worth addressing once you’re aware of it. “No one’s blaming anybody,” Prince Harry said.

“You can’t really point fingers, especially when it comes to unconscious bias. But once you realize or you feel a little bit uncomfortable, then the onus is on you to go out and educate yourself, because ignorance is no longer an excuse.”

Both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been on the receiving end of criticism for their vocal support of the Black Lives Matter movement and their video campaigns urging people to vote in the upcoming election.

About dismantling structural racism, Prince Harry said, “It’s going to take every single one of us to really change things and anyone that’s pushing against it really needs to take a long, hard look at themselves in the mirror.”

He continued: “This isn’t black versus white…This is a global movement. The train has left the station. If you’re not on it now, then get on it because there’s so much that we can do.”

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Amy Coney Barrett Has Refused To Acknowledge That Systematic Racism Exists

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Amy Coney Barrett Has Refused To Acknowledge That Systematic Racism Exists

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We know LGBTQ rights, birth control, and race are under threat as Amy Coney Barrett as President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. We know that that conservative judge has been evasive in answering comments about her beliefs which, if appointed, would steer her in making fundamental decisions that could affect American citizens’ lives for decades. Still, though we knew things are bound to go sideways as most things under the Trump administration have, we didn’t realize that an educated woman living in today’s world would refuse to acknowledge a basic societal fact: that “systemic racism” exists in the United States.

In written responses submitted Tuesday night, Barrett repeated her refusal to say whether “systemic racism” exists in our country.

After Sen. Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii asked her to explain her view of the existence of “systemic racism” in the United States, Barret refused the opportunity to acknowledge its existence.

“At the hearing, you acknowledged that racism persists in our country, but you refused to answer where there is systemic racism, calling it a ‘policy question.’ You also refused to answer other questions based on your view that they are ‘policy questions,’” Hirono wrote in his questions. “What makes a statement a policy question rather than a question of fact?”

“I believe that racism persists in our country, but as I explained at the hearing, whether there is ‘systemic racism’ is a public policy question of substantial controversy, as evidenced by the disagreement among senators on this very question during the hearing,” Barrett replied. “As a sitting judge and judicial nominee, it would be inappropriate for me to offer an opinion on the matter.”

Barrett’s approach to the question is not totally uncommon. Previous Supreme Court nominees have avoided answering questions concerning precedent. Barrett clung to the approach during her confirmation hearing last week while sitting before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barrett used this as a standard and repeatedly cited it as a reason for dodging questions.

Systemic racism exists within our country without question.

It persists in our academic settings, workplaces, as well as in our court and judicial system. The fact is that when a certain group dominates a majority of positions of decision-making power, others struggle to exist and get by let alone get ahead. For generations and right now, white people have been the dominating group with decision-making power and people of color have suffered as a result. Acknowledgment is a vital part of making this change. Particularly from our leaders.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Barrett’s confirmation on Thursday afternoon.

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