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The Dept. Of Homeland Security Has Confirmed That DACA And Temporary Protected Status Are At Stake

Despite promises from President Trump, the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is still unclear. DACA is an Obama-era policy that protects people who were brought to the U.S. as children, some when they were too old to even walk, from being deported. TPS is a program that offers citizens of designated countries to stay in the U.S. and get employment authorization under three conditions: “ongoing armed conflict (such as civil war) an environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane), or an epidemic, other extraordinary and temporary conditions.” Currently, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua are under TPS, but their status is set to expire in January 2018. If not renewed, people previously protected by TPS will be subject to deportation. Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly has confirmed that both programs are at risk of ending under the Trump administration.

Recently, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), which would have offered the parents of U.S. citizens (or permanent residents) protection from deportation, was scrapped after a very lengthy legal battle with a lawsuit brought forth by the states of Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Now, those same states have started to urge the Trump administration to do away with DACA or they will adjust their lawsuit to directly attack DACA, according to The Washington Post.

The risk of losing DACA stems directly from the lawsuit and not from any action from the Department of Homeland Security, according to The Washington Post. It is being reported that Kelly is in favor of the program that gives some 800,000 immigrants in the U.S. work permits but the legal challenge might be too much for DACA to withstand in court. Kelly delivered the news to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in a closed meeting and did not give an interview after the meeting.

“This is what he’s being told by different attorneys, that if it goes to court it might not survive,” DHS spokesman David Lapan told The Washington Post after Kelly broke the news to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Representative Luis Gutierrez spoke to the press after the meeting and confirmed the shaky future of DACA. Gutierrez himself appeared visibly upset after leaving the meeting according to a photo he tweeted out of him talking with reporters.

“I think we have to prepare for the worst and get ready to fight mass deportation,” Gutierrez said in a press release. “We showed up at airports to fight the Muslim and Refugee Ban and now DREAMers and people who have lived here legally for decades with TPS are in imminent danger.”

Check back for updates from mitú about this story as it continues to develop.

(H/T: The Washington Post)


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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

For years, Mexicans have been taking to the streets to denounce violence against women and to demand accountability from their leaders. However, much of that messaging doesn’t seem to have reached the very top as President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to support a candidate for governor facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A candidate for governor faces multiple sexual assault allegations and still enjoys widespread support.

Félix Salgado Macedonio, a federal senator (currently on leave) is accused of sexually assaulting five women and yet is still in the running for governor of Guerrero.

Despite the accusations he faces, 64-year-old Salgado, has maintained the support of President AMLO, who has claimed that the allegations are politically motivated, and other high-ranking party officials including national party president Mario Delgado. He was considered the frontrunner in the election for governor.

AMLO came to the candidates defense, calling on people to stop politicking and avoid “media lynchings” and asserting that people should trust the party process that was used to select Salgado as candidate.

“We have to have confidence in the people, it’s the people who decide. If polls are taken and and the people say ‘I agree with this colleague [being candidate],’ I think that must be respected. Politics is a matter for everyone, not just the elites,” López Obrador said.

The MORENA party has committed to reselecting its candidate for governor but Salgado is still in the running.

Officials from the MORENA party announced that they would conduct a new selection process to find a contender for the June 6 election. The party’s honesty and justice commission said its members had voted unanimously to order a repeat of the selection process.

While the honesty and justice commission has ordered a new candidate selection process, Salgado was not precluded from participating in it. He indicated in a social media post on Friday night that he planned to seek the party’s backing for a second time.

“Cheer up colleagues! There is [still fight in the] bull,” Salgado wrote on Facebook.

Activists continue to fight back against his candidacy and the president’s support for an alleged rapist.

Women have protested in Mexico City and Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo and the hashtag #NingúnVioladorSeráGobernador (No Rapist Will be Governor) has been used countless times on Twitter.

Yolitzin Jaimes, a member of the feminist collective Las Revueltas, said the withdrawal of Salgado’s candidacy is a positive first step but urged the authorities to continue investigating the rape allegations.

“… He has to go to jail, … he mustn’t return to the Senate and he mustn’t be nominated [for governor] by any political party because … it’s very probable that he’s seeking to go to the Labor Party [a Morena ally],” she said.

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