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ICE Is Using A Program To Target Gang Members To Arrest Undocumented Immigrants And Some Teens Have Been Affected

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in New York City are engaging in an arrest strategy called Operation Matador. The operation is an attempt by law enforcement to arrest suspected gang members, according to ICE. The operation focuses more on people associated with MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha. However, reports from CBS and AlterNet have cast doubt on its integrity. Officers are now being accused of using the operation to detain undocumented immigrants rather than targeting gang members. ICE has arrested nearly 350 people in the New York area in connection with Operation Matador .

Recently, a group of almost 32 undocumented teenagers were detained as part of the operation. Officials suspected the teens were members of MS-13, as reported by The New York Times. The teens, who are not identified because of their age, were held in centers across the country until a judge decided that immigration officials did not have enough evidence to detain them, according to NPR. Officers arrested one teen because they believed him to be associated with gang members.

“Arrests were based on nothing more than a third-hand report from an unidentified local police officer that a child was wearing a certain article of clothing or was seen with certain people,” William Freeman, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, told NPR.

CBS This Morning followed ICE officers in New York as they made an arrest of a 20-year-old man. According to the report, ICE agents had photos of the young man flashing gang signs but it is not illegal to be a member of a gang. Yet, the officers told CBS that they would use the gang affiliation against the man in immigration court to deny him a chance at bail.

“The purpose of classifying him as a gang member or a gang associate is because once he goes in front of an immigration judge, we don’t want him to get bail, because the whole point of this operation is to get these known gang members off the street,” Jason Molina, the assistant special agent at the arrest, told CBS This Morning.

(H/T: CBS This Morning)


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A-Rod And J.Lo Are Trying To Raise Enough Money To Buy The New York Mets

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A-Rod And J.Lo Are Trying To Raise Enough Money To Buy The New York Mets

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Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are always in the headlines. The power couple was vocal and present when it came to helping Puerto Rico after the devastating hurricanes in 2017. Then their engagement set the Internet on fire. Now, with a wedding postponed, the couple found another way to grab headlines thanks to the New York Mets.

Alex Rodriguez and J.Lo are allegedly considering buying the New York Mets.

First reported by Variety, several reports allege that J.Lo and A-Rod have retained JP Morgan Chase to help raise the funds needed to make the purchase of the New York Mets. The baseball team was founded after both the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants left leaving behind no baseball for city residents.

A-Rod and J.Lo aren’t the first people interested in the baseball team.

According to Variety, the Wilpon family, the current owners, were trying to sell 80 percent of the team to hedge fund manager Steve Cohen. The team was valued at $2.6 billion ahead of that deal. The deal with Cohen fell through which put the New York Mets back up for sale.

People are comparing this move to buy the New York Mets to mirroring his former teammate Derek Jeter.

Jeter is a part-owner of the Miami Marlins owning 4 percent of the Florida team. For his 4 percent, Jeter reportedly paid $25 million in a deal valued at $1.2 billion. Combined, J.Lo and A-Rod have a net value of $700 million meaning they would need to partner with some other deep-pocket investors. JP Morgan Chase would have to help J.Lo and A-Rod find people to make up the rest of the $2.4 billion deal.

A-Rod, a former professional baseball player is familiar with the Mets.

A-Rod was considering signing with the Mets when he was a free agent. Instead, A-Rod signed with the Texas Rangers before being traded to the New York Yankees. While at the Yankees with Jeter, A-Rod helped the team win a World Series.

We will all just have to wait and see if the power couple ends up being part-owners of the Mets.

One thing is for sure, A-Rod has some expertise in what makes a baseball franchise great. It also shouldn’t be too surprising that a former baseball player of A-Rod’s caliber is purchasing a Major League Baseball team. It just seems like a natural progression of his involvement with the sport.

What do you think about the potential selling of the New York Mets?

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NYC Mayor Cancels All Major June Gatherings, Including Puerto Rico Day Parade, Because, Well, You Know

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NYC Mayor Cancels All Major June Gatherings, Including Puerto Rico Day Parade, Because, Well, You Know

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has canceled all nonessential gatherings in June, including NYC Pride and Puerto Rican Day parades. The news is just another in a long line of major cancellations across the globe because, well, you guessed it, the coronavirus.

The coronavirus has forced NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to cancel all nonessential gatherings in June.

The Puerto Rico Day parade is one of the most important and celebrated events to happen in New York City. It is a time when Puerto Rican New Yorkers take to the streets and revel in their cultural pride as Americans.

Rep. Nydia Velazquez, a Puerto Rican woman representing New York’s 7th Congressional district tweeted her own disappointment about the cancellation. However, the representative reminded her constituents who might be upset that it is all necessary for the greater good.

Mayor de Blasio acknowledged that he was not sure when major cultural events would go back to normal.

Tbh, a ticker tape parade for all of the women and men serving in the frontlines of this virus seems like a must. The healthcare workers are not only putting themselves at risk to save us but their families are also sacrificing their time with them and, potentially, their own health.

While some residents agree, many would like to see the first responders paid more for the work they do.

According to Glassdoor, Salaray.com, and Indeed, the average pay for an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is around $32,000 a year. For reference, ZipRecruiter ranks New York state as the highest salary for EMT workers making $15.32 an hour. California is ranked 17th with EMTs making $13.74 an hour.

While the loss of these events might be saddening, New Yorkers seem ready to sacrifice to fight the coronavirus.

Health experts have warned Americans to prepare for longer safe-at-home orders as the virus continues to spread. There is talk about opening some states sooner than others and some experts have warned that opening too early could lead to more spikes and deaths as well as a harder economic time ahead.

We all just need to hold on until the end so we can get this virus in check and we can return to the outside world.

We’ve made it this far, we can go all of the way. Just hold on tight and know that we are all in this together.

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