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ICE Suspends Weekly List Of Crimes Committed By Undocumented Immigrants Because They Made Too Many Errors

During his presidential campaign, President Trump promised the American people he would be tough on sanctuary cities by going after their federal funding. This promise morphed into a weekly list of crimes committed by undocumented people to be released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in an attempt to shame sanctuary cities and counties into complying with federal immigration officials.

The list is a requirement under Executive Order 13768, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, which was signed by Trump on Jan. 25, 2017. The ICE website claims that the list is intended to keep communities safe from criminals being released back into the communities “where they can commit more crimes and are subject to at-large arrests which may be disruptive to communities.” However, critics of the report have said that they do nothing for safety of U.S. citizens and instead are simply done to shame counties and cities who don’t cooperate with federal immigration orders.

However, after releasing just three lists, ICE has suspended the lists due to several reporting errors and incomplete data. The lists are on pause until ICE can figure out what happened and how to avoid the errors again.

The most outspoken critics of the list are the cities and counties named in the lists, who questioned the accuracy and legitimacy of the information that was provided. According to The New York Times, an immigration official who works for the mayor of New York City called ICE out on saying the city has been uncooperative, which is not the case. According to Nisha Agarwal, the commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, as reported by The New York Times, NYC does cooperate with ICE when they have inmates who have committed violent crimes or are on the terror watch list. NYC does not alert ICE when they have an inmate who has been convicted of a low-level crime or when the charges are dropped.

According to the corrections page on the Decline Detainer Outcome Report, ICE admits that their own data entries were inaccurate and contributed decline detainers to the wrong counties.


“Due to a data entry error, a detainer issued to Santa Barbara, CA was incorrectly documented by ICE as being declined in the Jan. 28 – Feb 03, 2017 Declined Detainer Outcome Report,” reads the correction on the Declined Detainer Outcome Report.

“Due to a data processing error, the Jan. 28 – Feb 03, 2017 Declined Detainer Outcome Report incorrectly attributed issued detainers to Franklin County, Iowa; Franklin County, New York; Franklin County, Pennsylvania; and Montgomery County, Iowa that were in fact issued to agencies outside of the respective county’s jurisdiction in similarly named locations. Additionally, detainers that appeared as being declined by Williamson County, TX and Bastrop County, TX were cases where the individual was transferred to another facility where they were released. Finally, detainers appeared as being declined by Chester County, PA and Richmond County, NC when those detainers were incorrectly issued to those locations. The subjects of those detainers were in different locations.”

According to Keystone Crossroads, ICE will be releasing more corrections next week for the other reports rather than a new list of crimes. Frank Sharry, the executive director of America’s Voice an immigration rights advocacy group, told USA Today that he isn’t surprised by the mix up in ICE’s data, saying, “As ICE comes under increased scrutiny, people will be shocked to find how incompetent, unaccountable and rogue they are. I think what the (Trump administration) is doing will go down in history as a really dark chapter in American history.”


READ: ICE Has Released Their First Weekly List Of Crimes Committed By Undocumented People

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Carlos Villagrán Is Running To Be Governor Of Querétaro

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Carlos Villagrán Is Running To Be Governor Of Querétaro

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We all remember Carlos Villagrán as Quico from “El Chavo del Ocho.” The actor and Mexican icon is now entering the world of politics. Villagrán is entering the race for governor of Querétaro.

Actor and comedian Carlos Villagrán wants to be governor of Querétaro.

Affectionately known as Quico from “El Chavo del Ocho,” Villagrán is someone we grew up with. Now, decades after his famous role ended, Villagrán is hoping to open a brand new chapter in his life: politics.

“After 50 years of making people laugh, I find myself on another platform, which does me a tremendous honor,” Villagrán said during a press conference after filing paperwork.

Villagrán has been thinking about entering Mexican politics for a while.

It is never easy to decide if you want to become a politician. Your private life is no longer private and everything you do is suddenly under intense scrutiny. Villagrán did take time mulling over the idea before filing his paperwork to be a candidate for governor of Querétaro. He registered under the local Querétaro Independiente Party.

“I can’t say anything, because I still don’t know anyone and I have to talk to people to find out what it is about. So, I could not say anything at this moment,” Villagrán told El Universal when still debating the idea.

Villagrán created a Twitter account after announcing his candidacy and is hitting the talking points hard.

Villagrán’s official Twitter account has only pushed tweets highlighting QiBook. The social media platform is specific to Querétaro and is hoping to foster some economic and commercial success in the state.

Fans around the world are wishing him so much success.

Villagrán character Quico is one of the most celebrated characters in Latin America. The wild success of “El Chavo del Ocho” has made Villagrán a face that people throughout Latin America know and love.

However, some people are not excited to see another entertainer enter politics.

We have seen entertainers become politicians and it isn’t always a good thing. The current governor of Morales is Cuauhtémoc Blanco, a former soccer player, and people are not loving him and his leadership. We will no better about his chances of running on Feb. 8 when things are finalized.

READ: FIFA21 Releasing ‘El Chavo Del Ocho’ Uniforms To Honor The Icon For Limited Time

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is not a contentious topic among Americans. The program offers young adults who entered the U.S. as children relief from deportation and a chance to live out of the shadows. Now that it has been reinstated, Google wants to help some people achieve the dream of being a DACA recipient.

Google is pledging a quarter of a million dollars to help people apply for DACA.

The Trump administration did everything in their power to end DACA. The constant uncertainty has left hundreds of thousands of young people in limbo. The war waged against Dreamers by the Trump administration came to a temporary end when a federal judge ruled that Chad Wolf was illegally installed as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. It invalidated a member from Wolf stating that no new DACA applications would be approved.

Kent Walker, the SVP of Global Affairs, laid out the case for DACA in an essay.

Walker discusses the uncertainty the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients currently face after the tumultuous time for the program. He also touches on the economic hardships that has befallen so many because of the pandemic. With so many people out of work, some Dreamers do not have the money to apply or renew their DACA due to a lack of financial resources. For that reason, Google is getting involved.

“We want to do our part, so Google.org is making a $250,000 grant to United We Dream to cover the DACA application fees of over 500 Dreamers,” writes Walker. “This grant builds on over $35 million in support that Google.org and Google employees have contributed over the years to support immigrants and refugees worldwide, including more than $1 million from Googlers and Google.org specifically supporting DACA and domestic immigration efforts through employee giving campaigns led by HOLA (Google’s Latino Employee Resource Group).”

People are celebrating Google for their decision but are calling on Congress to do more.

Congress will ultimately have to decide on what to do for the Dreamers. There has been growing pressure from both sides of the aisle calling on Congress to work towards granting them citizenship. DACA is a risk of being dismantled at any moment. It is up to Congress to come through and deliver a bill to fix the issue once and for all.

“We know this is only a temporary solution. We need legislation that not only protects Dreamers, but also delivers other much-needed reforms,” writes Walker. “We will support efforts by the new Congress and incoming Administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform that improves employment-based visa programs that enhance American competitiveness, gives greater assurance to immigrant workers and employers, and promotes better and more humane immigration processing and border security practices.”

READ: New DACA Applications Were Processed At The End Of 2020 For The First Time In Years

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