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After Criticism, Border Patrol Announces It Will Close Immigration Checkpoints In Path Of Hurricane Harvey

As Texas braces for Hurricane Harvey, officials have encouraged some residents to evacuate.

The hurricane, which has already made landfall in Corpus Christi and as of now has been upgraded to a category 3 hurricane, is expected to bring as much as 52 inches of rain in some areas through Wednesday.

“This is really going to stretch the emergency services in the state of Texas in the days ahead,” CNN meteorologist Tom Sater said.

For those people who have chosen not to evacuate, have taken precautions by getting supplies and boarding up their homes.

With so much chaos, you’d think that certain law enforcement would clear the streets to make room for serious emergencies, but that is not the case.

In some parts of Texas, the U.S. Border Patrol will still have checkpoints open.

NPR reports that the Border Patrol has “checkpoints up to 100 miles north of the border.” Typically, the undocumented immigrants that live in the area known as the Rio Grande Valley stay put in order to avoid the Border Patrol.

As Hurricane Harvey nears, undocumented immigrants that want to evacuate and remain out of harms away are now stuck. They can try to leave and get detained by the Border Patrol, or they can travel south back to Mexico.

The American Civil Liberties Union said the Border Patrol’s move to stay open was “disgusting.”

“As people seek refuge from Hurricane Harvey, they are likely to have to go north or west of Texas and would have to go through a checkpoint,” Lorella Praeli, ACLU director of immigration policy and campaigns, said in a statement. “By keeping checkpoints open, the Border Patrol is putting undocumented people and mixed-status families at risk out of fear of deportations. This is a disgusting move from the Border Patrol that breaks with past practices. The Border Patrol should never keep checkpoints open during any natural disasters in the United States. Everyone, no matter the color of their skin or background, is worth saving.”

This is the first time the Border Patrol has chosen not to close checkpoints during a hurricane.

According to NPR, ICE said that they will not make detainments at “evacuation sites, or assistance centers such as shelters or food banks,” but they will, however, enforce the law elsewhere.

“The laws will not be suspended, and we will be vigilant against any effort by criminals to exploit disruptions caused by the storm.”

Undocumented immigrants who chose not to evacuate out of fear of being deported now face an even bigger danger.

UPDATE:The Border Patrol just released a new statement saying they will close checkpoints that are in the path of the hurricane.

The Border Patrol just released a new statement on Friday afternoon, saying they will close checkpoints that are in the path of the hurricane.

“These closures will occur in a manner that ensures the safety of the traveling public and our agents. Border Patrol checkpoints that are outside of the path of the hurricane will remain operational.”

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Ivanka Trump Violates Ethical Standards By Posting Tacky Photo ‘Supporting’ Goya

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Ivanka Trump Violates Ethical Standards By Posting Tacky Photo ‘Supporting’ Goya

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Goya CEO Robert Unanue caused a big stir when he celebrated President Donald Trump. Ivanka, never one to be forgotten, took the time to post her own photo celebrating the Latino food brand after calls for a boycott.

Ivanka Trump tweeted a photo celebrating Goya and it allegedly violates ethical standards.

There has been a concerted effort from Conservatives and Republicans to uplift a Latino food brand for all the wrong reasons. After Goya CEO Robert Unanue praised President Trump, Latinos began a boycott against the brand. The protests aren’t because Unanue praised President Trump. The issue is that Unanue praised an administration that locked Latino migrant children in cages, called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists, and has dehumanized the Latino community at any chance.

Those promoting Goya are trying to further dehumanize the Latino community by frivolously supporting a brand that had never been in their pantries.

Ethics organizations are calling for Ivanka to be held accountable for willfully flouting ethical standards.

“With an apparent endorsement of Goya products in her official capacity, It looks like Ivanka Trump violated the government’s misuse of public regulation, the same one Kellyanne Conway violated by endorsing Ivanka’s products,” reads a statement by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “There’s been a running theme in the Trump administration of senior officials showing a complete disregard for any and all ethics regulations. This just continues it.”

The Trump family is taking cues here and even President Trump is pushing the product against ethical standards.

According to the Department of Justice: “An employee may not use his public office for his own private gain or for that of persons or organizations with which he is associated personally. An employee’s position or title should not be used to coerce; to endorse any product, service or enterprise; or to give the appearance of governmental sanction.”

Outrage is building and people are demanding that Ivanka be held accountable.

Latinos have banded together sharing recipes and highlighting alternative companies to cut Goya out of their pantries. Even abuleas has started to share their secret recipes to let Goya know that they are totally against the statement made by the CEO.

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Republican Radio Personality Fired For Telling People To ‘Speak English’

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Republican Radio Personality Fired For Telling People To ‘Speak English’

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Dianna Ploss is a New Hampshire Republican who is ready and willing to defend President Donald Trump at every turn. His presidency apparently emboldened her to try to police what language people speak in the U.S. and it cost her her job.

Dianna Ploss was on her way to her radio hosting job when she confronted Spanish-speaking workers.

On her way to the studio, Ploss comes across a group of construction workers and proceeds to start a Facebook Live video. In the video, Ploss can be heard yelling at the workers to speak English since they are in America. Though, you probably already guessed that. Ploss claims that the situation shows Communism happening in the U.S. simply because the workers were speaking Spanish.

During the video, a man comes from across the street to defend the working men from the woman’s verbal assault. When confronted, Ploss started to ask if they were speaking Spanish because they are “illegal aliens.” She then goes on to ask why he is wearing a mask and implying that COVID-19 is not a real thing.

Ploss ends the video by making it about race. She states, “He’s a Black man and he’s going to protect the brown man from this white woman who is practicing white privilege because she happened to walk by and heard this guy talking to all of these guys doing this work in Spanish.”

The offensive tirade got her fired from her radio hosting job.

A statement on the WSMN1590 website announced her termination.

“Dianna Ploss is no longer associated or affiliated in any way with WSMN or Bartis-Russell Broadcasting, LLC. We at WSMN value freedom of speech,  freedom of expression and assembly,” reads the statement. “We will not tolerate discrimination,  racism or hatred. We continue to present and offer on air opportunities for discussion, education and the exchange of opinions and ideas.”

Ploss had deleted the video of the confrontation but has continued to make videos to amplify her beliefs.

During this rant, Ploss doubles down on her hatred of all things that have a non-English option. She is very upset that she has to press one to hear English instructions. Don’t even get her started on the inconvenience of calling customer service for help.

Some people on social media who are familiar with Ploss are happy the radio station took action against her.

Ploss remains undeterred and has started to create talk show videos pertaining to her views for her audience on social media.

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