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Trump Lists The 3 Requirements He Deems Necessary For The New Bill That Is To Replace DACA, And People On The Internet Are Concerned About The Funds

This Tuesday, January 9th, a federal judge from California ordered the Trump administration to partially reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Program (DACA) program allowing for renewals, but not for any new applications. The ruling came hours after a heated negotiations meeting was held amongst members of the House and Senate to discuss a possible bipartisan solution for the program.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled in favor of safeguards against deportation yesterday.

Alsup’s decision partially blocks the Trump Administration from ending protection to roughly 690,000 immigrants of the Obama-era immigration program. The federal judge also ordered the government to continue to accept DACA renewal applications until the members of the House and Senate are able to come to a final decision on the program.

In the lead-up to Judge Alsup’s decision, Trump scrambled to compromise with bipartisan lawmakers.

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For more than an hour, the president convened with over two dozen members of the House and Senate to find a potential resolution for DACA. During the meeting, Trump laid out his requirements for any new bill meant to replace DACA. Trump called for a bill that would provide border security and a wall. He also underlined the Republican Party’s request for a bill that would put an end to both “chain migration” and visa lotteries.

Held just days after Trump declared his status as a “very stable genius,” the meeting put the president’s tangled understanding of immigration policy on full display.

At one point during the meeting, a Republican representative told Trump “You need to be clear.”

After Californian Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, encouraged Congress to pass a clean DACA bill first and then move onto a “comprehensive immigration reform procedure” Trump surprised Republicans by agreeing. “I would like that,” he said. “I think a lot of people would like to see that.”

Representative Kevin McCarthy quickly cut into the conversation to ensure Trump had not agreed to a deal that excluded the Republican party’s push for a wall and increased border security. It’s a policy the president has staunchly maintained since his early campaign days.

Alsup expressed concern for DACA recipients later that evening after Trump’s meeting.

In his decision, Alsup argued that putting an end to the program would ultimately cause DACA recipients irreparable harm. “Plaintiffs have clearly demonstrated that they are likely to suffer serious irreparable harm absent an injunction,” Alsup wrote. “Before DACA, individual plaintiffs, brought to America as children, faced a tough set of life and career choices turning on the comparative probabilities of being deported versus remaining here. DACA gave them a more tolerable set of choices, including joining the mainstream workforce.”

According to the Washington Post, the ruling gives those who had been recipients of DACA before Sep. 5, 2017 the ability to renew their DACA status. For now, no new DACA applications will be accepted.

You can find the detailed court case on this decision here.


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Rudy Giuliani Compared Himself To A ‘Cartel’ Boss After Apartment Raid

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Rudy Giuliani Compared Himself To A ‘Cartel’ Boss After Apartment Raid

Updated May 17, 2021.

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to in April.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home in April.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

Now, lawyers for Giuliani are accusing federal investigators of behaving as if they were “taking down a terrorist or the head of a drug cartel.”

Robert Costello, a lawyer for Giuliani called “The validity of the 2019 covert warrant, and the handling of the information obtained by the prosecutor are serious questions that must be resolved before any further damage is done.”

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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This Migrant Mother Spent Three Years In Church Sanctuary But Now She’s Free

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This Migrant Mother Spent Three Years In Church Sanctuary But Now She’s Free

Lawyers are working hard to get a deportation order removed against a woman who just left a church sanctuary after three years in the refuge. Although she was previously denied asylum in the U.S., advocates are hoping that under new direction from the Biden administration, her case will be reviewed and she’ll be able to stay with her family in Ohio – where she’s lived for more than twenty years.

A mother of three is back with her family after living three years inside a church.

A mother of three who sought refugee inside an Ohio church from immigration authorities has finally been able to leave three years later. Edith Espinal, who herself is an immigrant rights advocate, had been living at the Columbus Mennonite Church since October 2017 to avoid being deported to Mexico. She’s now out of the church and back with her family following a meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, who have agreed that she’s not an immediate priority for deportation.

“Finally, I can go home,” Espinal told reporters after meeting with the officials. With tears of relief, she celebrated the small victory in the presence of dozens of supporters who accompanied her to the ICE building.

“But it is not the end of her case. We’re still going to have to fight,” her attorney Lizbeth Mateo said.

ICE has agreed to hold off on her deportation proceedings pending her asylum request.

Espinal was released under an order of supervision, meaning that while she’s not considered an immediate priority for deportation, she must periodically check in with ICE officials to inform them about her whereabouts.

She has lived in Columbus for more than two decades and had previously applied for asylum, citing rising violence in her home state of Michoacán. But she eventually was ordered to leave the country, which is when she sought refuge inside the Columbus, Ohio church.

“We’re going to continue pressing the Biden administration to do the right thing, and try to get rid of that order of deportation against Edith, so she can walk freely like everyone else does without fear,” Mateo said during the press conference.

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