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The Supreme Court Just Let Trump’s Border Wall Move Forward Using Billions In Military Funds To Pay For It

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Donald Trump will stop at nothing to close our borders and build his beloved border wall and now he’s seemingly closer to reaching that goal. Despite constant opposition by immigrant rights advocates and politicians, Trump just received funding for his administration to move forward with the construction of a border wall. 

On Friday, the Supreme Court gave Trump a victory in his fight for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border allowing his administration to use $2.5 billion for it.

According to the New York Times, the $2.5 billion in funding will come from the Pentagon. “In a 5-to-4 ruling, the court overturned an appellate decision and said that the administration could tap the money while litigation over the matter proceeds,” reports the NYT. “But that will most likely take many months or longer, allowing Mr. Trump to move ahead before the case returns to the Supreme Court after further proceedings in the appeals court.” 

When news broke, Trump, of course, took to Twitter to gloat about his latest “victory.” 

Trump also followed up his initial tweet by saying: “Democrats don’t care about Border Security. They refuse to give the votes necessary to fix the Loopholes and Asylum. Would be so easy! They want Open Borders, which means CRIME, CRIME, CRIME!” 

The ruling on Trump’s border wall construction–using military funds–happened on the same day that he signed an agreement with Guatemala to limit asylum seekers. According to NPR, Guatemala agreed to sign a so-called “safe third country asylum agreement.” The agreement states that migrants traveling through Guatemala from countries including Honduras and El Salvador would need to claim asylum in Guatemala first instead of the United States. The “safe third country asylum agreement” was met with a lot of backlash on social media by immigration advocates.

NPR also reports that the $2.5 billion in funds for Trump’s border wall had initially been frozen by another lower court. Then the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to review the freeze leading the high court to grant funding. 

The majority of the justices representing the court, however, are more on the conservative side. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer dissented. They “would have kept in place an injunction blocking construction while the litigation went forward,” reports BuzzFeed News

The $2.5 billion in funding for a border wall marks a major win for Trump since this was one of his campaign promises.

After all, during his 2016 presidential campaign, he constantly expressed that he would have Mexico for pay for the wall. Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto came forward when Trump began making those claims to say that Mexico, of course, would not pay for a border wall. Another former Mexican President, Vicente Fox, also had some strong words about Trump’s claims that Mexico would be funding construction for the wall. “I said, I’m not paying for that f*cking wall,” Fox said in a Comedy Central interview. 

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Clarence Thomas ruled in favor of lifting U.S. District Court Judge Hawywood S. Gilliam, Jr. of Oakland’s injunction. Gilliam had blocked funds initially approved for military personnel and training to be allocated toward the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

According to BuzzFeed News, Justice Stephen Breyer didn’t support either side. He proposed a compromise instead.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also criticized the Supreme Court’s decision made on Friday. 

According to Vox, Pelosi said in a statement that: “The Supreme Court’s decision tonight to allow President Trump to defy the bipartisan will of the Congress and proceed with contracts to spend billions of dollars on his wall undermines the Constitution and the law.” 

People on Twitter also had some thoughts about the latest development in funding and where that money is coming from.

One user said that this might bode well for him in the 2020 presidential election.

The ACLU said in a statement to the New York Times that they will continue to ask the federal appeals court to “halt the irreversible and imminent damage from Trump’s border wall.” 

“Our Constitution’s separation of powers will be permanently harmed should Trump get away with pillaging military funds for a xenophobic border wall Congress denied,” Dror Ladin, an attorney with the ACLU, told the NYT

Selena Gomez Announces New Netflix Series ‘Living Undocumented’

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Selena Gomez Announces New Netflix Series ‘Living Undocumented’

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Selena Gomez continues her reign as a Netflix producer with Living Undocumented. It is always great when celebrities use their platforms to enrich and educate. Gomez has a huge platform and can generate huge numbers. 13 Reasons Why blew Netflix’s expectations out of the water, and I can’t help but think it’s because of Gomez’s enormous Instagram following. The girl has reach. 

As you might have guessed, Living Undocumented is a documentary series that follows the lives of undocumented immigrants as they navigate life under the looming threat of increasingly cruel immigration policies and ICE raids.

Selena Gomez announces Living Undocumented on Instagram

“I am so humbled to be a part of Netflix’s documentary series Living Undocumented. The immigration issue is more complex than one administration, one law or the story you hear about on the news. These are real people in your community, your neighbors, your friends—they are all part of the country we call home. I can’t wait for you guys to see this and hope it impacts you like it impacted me. Available globally October 2,” Gomez wrote.

Living Undocumented 

Living Undocumented will focus on eight undocumented families. Premiering on October 2nd on Netflix, the show will chronicle the families as they face possible deportation. The narratives will range from hopeful to infuriating, but the series will put a human face on a dehumanized group of people. 

It cannot be said again that the United States has always struggled with two contradictory narratives: the one where it is a beacon of hope for the tired, hungry, and poor, versus the one where it has upheld numerous racist and xenophobic immigration policies. This is an issue that predates Trumpito, even if he has kicked it into it’s most degrading form. 

“I chose to produce this series, Living Undocumented because, over the past few years, the word ‘immigrant’ has seemingly become a negative word,” said Gomez. “My hope is that the series can shed light on what it’s like to live in this country as an undocumented immigrant firsthand, from the courageous people who have chosen to share their stories.”

Gomez is joined by executive producers Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Mandy Teefey, Anna Chai, and Sean O’Grady. Chai will also co-direct the series.

“Living Undocumented is designed to illuminate one of the most important issues of our time. But rather than discussing this issue with only statistics and policy debates, we wanted viewers to hear directly from the immigrants themselves, in their own words, with all the power and emotion that these stories reflect.”

Humanizing immigrants is key

People don’t just bring guns into Walmarts to kill 22 innocent humans beings for no reason. It is no secret that President Trump’s dehumanizing language was a catalyst for the El Paso shooting. The suspect whose name shall not be invoked told officers he was looking to kill “Mexicans.” Mexicans — the Latinxs Trump referred to as rapists and criminals. The mass murderer also said he wanted to stop a “Hispanic Invasion,” in his manifesto. Trump called Central Americans “invaders.” 

According to Pew Research Center, this year they found that 58 percent of Latinx adults say they experienced discrimination because of their race or ethnicity. Across all races and ethnic groups, two-thirds of individuals surveyed say that expressing racist views has become more common since Trump was elected. 

This year, at a Trump rally, supporters were cheering about shooting immigrants. 

“How do you stop these people?” Trump asks. Then someone yelled back, “Shoot them.” Trump smiled. The crowd cheered. Three months later, the El Paso shooting took 22 lives.

“The language that criminalizes and makes Latinos out to be evil is affecting our own citizens and it’s going to have both short- and long-term consequences that we are starting to see in the Latino population,” Elizabeth Vaquera, an associate professor at George Washington University who studies vulnerable groups, told the Washington Post.

A Bipartisan Non-Issue Becomes A Partisan Issue

This immigration “issue” started off as a hoax but through Trump’s horrible policies he created this new immigration crisis. In 2017, when Trump took office, migrants arrested at the border were at the lowest level in three decades. 

Three former employees of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wrote in Politico, the border crisis is all Trump’s fault.

 “It is Donald Trump himself who is responsible. Through misguided policies, political stunts and a failure of leadership, the president has created the conditions that allowed the asylum problem at the border to explode into a crisis.” 

Public Religion Research Institute survey found that 80 percent of Democrats view the fact that the majority of the United States will be nonwhite by 2045 as a good thing, while 61 percent of Republicans say it is bad. 

The barrage of harmful rhetoric has turned what was not even a problem into a national crisis with opinions straddling partisan lines, and a heightened hatred of Latinx people. Living Undocumented might be exactly what this country needs. 

Samantha Bee Sat Down With Four Undocumented People Who Once Worked For President Trump

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Samantha Bee Sat Down With Four Undocumented People Who Once Worked For President Trump

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President Trump has made it a key part of his presidency to go after undocumented immigrants. He has used tactics to demonize them and uses fearmongering to make sure his base of supporters blame the undocumented community for their problems. Samantha Bee recently sat down with three undocumented people who were once employees of Trump and how they saw a change after his practices were exposed.

Samantha Bee started by asking them if they needed papers when they were first hired.

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“When I got there I asked the supervisor, ‘Do we need papers here?’” one of the women recalled. “And she says, ‘No, no, it doesn’t matter. But in 2016, they started asking for documents. And then my manager told me, ‘This guy will take you somewhere where they make those papers.’”

That’s right. A former housekeeper for President Trump told Samantha Bee that she was not required to have papers are the start of her job but was eventually taken to get fake ones made.

Originally, the undocumented workers for Trump did think that things might get better for them when he was running to be president.

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However, they quickly realized that he was going to do anything but help them if he won the race. Unfortunately, they were right. Trump has a documented record of attacking undocumented immigrants and has started taking aim at legal immigrants.

Within the company, things did change when Trump started his presidential campaign.

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“When he started his campaign, from then on they didn’t let me go to his house,” one woman told Samantha Bee. “So, I would go into Ivanka’s house and sometimes Eric’s when he would visit.”

Yet, instead of firing people for being undocumented when he became the president, he gave them certificates.

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The certificates were to show the employees how much Trump appreciated their hard work while working for him. They originally thought they were pretty cool because they are from the White House. Yet, it was not enough to combat the darkness to come.

It wasn’t long until there was abuse from the supervisors, according to one woman.

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“The supervisor would assign me double shifts,” the first source said. “And she would tell me, ‘This is how we should treat immigrants’—and if we said anything, immigration would come. And when [Trump] called us ‘immigrant rapists,’ the supervisor would say, ‘Good, good, that’s nice because immigrants are no good. Garbage.’ … There were many insults, and she even hit me three times,” she alleged. “So I decided to speak out, because there was so much injustice.”

Watch the full interview below!

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