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Texas Police Officers Are Prowling Highways For Undocumented People To Report To Immigration Officials

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Texas State Troopers have created a deportation pipeline along the border.

According to The Intercept, Texas State Troopers are engaging in what they are calling a “deportation pipeline.” The tactic used by law enforcement officials is simple: they stop drivers for minor to non-existent traffic violations, question everyone in the vehicle, and call immigration officials to detain anyone who is undocumented or suspected to be undocumented. Other times, troopers stop pedestrians and pressure them about their immigration status so they can be detained, according to video obtained by The Intercept.

Reporter Debbie Nathan teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas to figure out what is happening with the undocumented population in Texas. Nathan was able to obtain dash cam footage of several traffic stops and arrests that ended in people being handed over to immigration officials. Videos show police officers pulling over cars and questioning passengers about their immigration status, despite no crime having been committed that warrants interrogation or questioning. This didn’t happen overnight. The Intercept reports that the system under which the current Texas law enforcement operates has been in the making for a few years.

The Intercept reports that this system of Texas state troopers acting with immigration enforcement has its roots in 9/11. The Department of Homeland Security was established in 2002 and by 2006 then-governor Rick Perry gave law enforcement on the border and the state’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) large amounts of money. The report shows that the Texas legislature began to fund law officials strictly for border security to the tune of $110 million from 2008-2009. For 2018-2019, $800 million will pour into these departments to up their border security agenda.

You can read the full story from The Intercept here.

(H/T: The Intercept)

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A Man In Canada Attacked A Colombian Family With A Bat Claiming They Were Terrorists

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A Man In Canada Attacked A Colombian Family With A Bat Claiming They Were Terrorists

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A Colombian-Canadian family was in a shopping mall in St. Thomas, Ontario, when a man carrying a baseball bat approached Sergio Estepa, the father, and demanded to see what was in his pockets. The man with the baseball bat became angry when Estepa refused, and that’s when things escalated. The man began to claim that the family were ‘French terrorists” despite the fact that they were speaking Spanish and being attacked.

A man was caught on camera attacking a Colombian-Canadian family in a mall parking lot.

According to the caption on the video, the man tried to attack the couple’s 13-year-old son but Estepa stepped in the way to protect the teenager. A woman can be heard screaming in the background as the man, identified as 36-year-old Mark Phillips, beat Estepa. Estepa’s partner Mari Zambrano posted the video to Instagram.

During the attack, Phillips can be heard screaming, “You better get the f*ck out of here, Frenchie. You better get out of here. Terrorists! Terrorists! We got terrorists here! We got French terrorists! Terrorists! Terrorists! We got terrorists! ISIS! ISIS!”

Estepa is recovering from a broken rib and multiple severe bruises on his back. According to CBC, only one person in the busy mall parking lot offered to give a statement to the police and it was the principal of their son’s former pre-school. The indifference of those who witnessed the attack is what bothers the family most, especially considering they fled Colombia to escape violence. According to their interview with CBC, the parents had recently talked with their son about stepping up to help people who are being attacked or bullied.

“The reason why we came to Canada is because we lost our country Colombia because of indifference,” Estepa told CBC. “The war was in the countryside. We live in the city. We don’t care who is killed there. That is the big enemy we have: indifference.”

Estepa added: “It’s not this city, it’s not this country. It’s a person with mental [issues]. But try not to be indifferent. Try to help people.”

Phillips was arrested just hours after the attack in London, Ontario, and is being held in the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre. He made an appearance before a judge via a video stream on Monday and will be making another appearance on Friday. Phillips was denied.

(H/T: CBC)

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