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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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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck is opening up about the early 2000s when he and Jennifer Lopez were Hollywood’s It Couple. The duo–formerly known by the moniker “Bennifer”–captivated the world with their glamourous and somewhat surprising courtship.

But the relationship eventually unraveled under the intense pressure of public scrutiny.

In a recent podcast appearance, Affleck revealed just how terrible and racially-charged the criticism on their relationship was.

“People were so f–king mean about her,” he said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “Sexist, racist, ugly, vicious s–t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now, you would literally be fired for saying those things you said.”

“At first At first it was like Dick and Liz [Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor], it was this sort of infatuation: ‘What an interesting couple‘. And then there was a ton of resentment. A ton of resentment against me, a ton of resentment against Jennifer.”

He went on to explain that what was so fascinating about the relationship to the general public–namely, how they had such vastly different backgrounds–wasn’t something he thought twice about.

Affleck went on to sing JLo’s praises, saying that she deserves all of the praise and adulation she now receives.

“Now it’s like, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished–as well she f**king should be!” he said.

“She was very much like the kind of girl I went to high school with,” he explained. “It was a very socioeconomically mixed, ethnically mixed place–those kinds of differences that just seem to shock America were meaningless to me.”

“I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today…just on a pure odds level.”

He concluded: “I never met anyone who worked harder than Jennifer Lopez.” On that, we can definitely agree.

Jennifer Lopez has also been candid about how traumatic the public response was back then to her relationship with Ben Affleck.

“I was eviscerated,” she told Vanity Fair in 2017 about the media coverage of her and Ben’s relationship we well as their much-maligned film, “Gigli”. “I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything. And my relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again.”

But now, it appears they’re both in happier places. Ben Affleck has two children with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner and JLo is happily engaged to Alex Rodriguez.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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