ICE Detains Mexican Man After Speaking to Newspapers About Girlfriend’s Deportation

U.S. immigration authorities detained last week an illegal Mexican immigrant after he was featured in newspapers following his girlfriend’s immigration arrest in June.

Baltazar “Rosas” Aburto Gutierrez, who has lived in the country for 18 years, was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last Monday after he talked about his girlfriend’s arrest with the local Chinook Observer and The Seattle Times. Their story was featured prominently in multiple newspapers, portraying the increased deportation efforts under the Trump administration and a crackdown on illegal immigrants who have not committed other crimes.

Gutierrez said he cannot afford the $25,000 bond and has not yet been given a court date. His girlfriend has since been deported and lives in Mexico with their children. She, speaking from Mexico, said the arrest is putting the family in jeopardy as he was sending his earnings to them

President Trump Overrules Deputy, Deflates U.N.’s Pro-Immigration Treaty

President Donald Trump overruled objections by his United Nations ambassador when he directed the U.S. leave the “Global Compact on Migration” treaty, which is intended to promote mass-migration into countries regardless of national laws and voters’ preferences. Trump made the pro-American decision on Friday, as Senators prepared to vote on the tax bill.

White House chief of staff John Kelly, who previously led the Department of Homeland Security’s crackdown on illegal immigrants, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions strongly backed a pullout.

The meeting ended in deadlock, with Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, expressing the lone dissent. She was ultimately overruled by the president, according to diplomatic sources.

GOP Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Punish Officials Who Don’t Enforce Immigration Laws

Rep Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced legislation Monday that would punish elected officials who refuse to enforce immigration laws with large fines and jail time.

Rokita’s “Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians Act” (SLAP) targets state and local lawmakers who refuse to comply with federal immigration law and enforcement efforts with a $1 million fine and up to five years in prison if they are convicted.

“Politicians don’t get to pick and choose what laws to comply with,” Rokita said. “Americans are dying because politicians sworn to uphold the law refuse to do so.”

 

President Trump Reached Out to an ICE Union Chief Over Feud with Homan

Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, Thomas D. Homan, and a vocal labor union that represents part of the agency’s workforce are both big fans of President Trump’s tough deportation policies. Still, tensions spilled over in November when Trump nominated Homan to serve in the role permanently.

The National ICE Council went public with allegations that the agency is “grossly mismanaged” and urged Trump to investigate. Trump reached out to union president Chris Crane to set up a meeting. But the White House also says it steadfastly supports Homan, who is awaiting a Senate confirmation hearing and has backing from Republicans in Congress. The dispute pits two of Trump’s loyal supporters against each other, the union that endorsed him for president and the top ICE official who defends his hard-line views.

 

Senate Republican Leader Says it’s “Ridiculous” to Consider Government Shutdown Over DACA Issue

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) dismissed as “ridiculous” the idea among some Democrats of forcing a government shutdown if Congress doesn’t resolve the issue of young undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation with the ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Stephanopoulos, the chief political correspondent for ABC News, asked McConnell about a growing number of Democrats “saying they’re not going to agree to a deal to keep the government open,” unless Congress addresses the situation of about 800,000 young immigrants covered by DACA.

“That’s a ridiculous idea,” the Senate leader said. “There is no crisis. The president has given us until March to address the issue of undocumented children who came into the country … through no choice of their own and are in a kind of difficult spot.”

 

US College Lets Students Train How To Document Immigration Raids

Sonoma State University, a public university in California, has organized an event for students to receive a “legal observer training” where they will be taught how to “document immigration raids” happening in their neighborhoods, according to a Facebook event description. Unlike the usual street protests, the approach appears more proactive, focused and arguably, more effective even.

Scheduled to take place on December 7, the event will be run by the Sonoma Country Rapid Response Network, an external organization with expertise on filming immigration raids.

As Dreamers Protested Outside Marco Rubio’s Office, a U.S. Border Patrol Truck Showed Up

As immigrant advocacy groups rallied outside Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart’s offices in Doral Monday, protesters say a U.S. Customs and Border Protection truck circled around the group. The protest was organized to demand the protection for Dreamers.

Many of those participating launched a week-long hunger strike Friday, urging local politicians to fight the Trump administration’s repeal of the country’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to a request for comment, according to the Miami Herald.

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