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Unable or unwilling to appreciate the fact that the #American people really did, of their own free will, choose #Trump as their #president, his opponents have focused on undermining the #democratic nature of his #victory. One sees this tactic, for instance, not only in the farcical notion that #Russia ‘ #hacked our democracy,’ but also in the peculiar regularity with which the word ‘democracy’ graces the titles of a variety of institutions whose sole purpose is to negate #populist victories or causes.Keep reading
They would do far better on a different tack: highlighting the ensuing #failure of Trump to implement the #populist #agenda which won him the #election. True, Trump has brought about #tax #reform, #deregulation, and a potential #peace #negotiation breakthrough with #NorthKorea.
But he has achieved much less when it comes to the signature issues of #immigration and #foreign policy that energized his campaign. The #Wall has become a fence, zero new miles of which have been built since Trump took office; #illegal #immigrants are pouring in at record highs and the president is curiously calling for more legal immigrants in record numbers; the #trade #deficit with #China has reached an all-time high and the long-promised #troop #withdrawal from #Syria has failed to materialize, along with a number of key executive orders.
If a populist #electoral victory is a signal of democratic robustness, an ensuing #failure on the part of a populist leader to implement the #agenda he ran on runs the risk of unleashing a profound #cynicism — a #cynicism of the sort captured by Emma Goldman’s famous remark that if #voting mattered, they’d make it illegal.
There is a parallel between Trump and that other great populist triumph, #Britain’s vote for #Brexit. Three years on, the choice of the #British people has been undermined at every level of government, and there is a serious possibility it may end up being #nullified entirely. It is a #betrayal of democratic good faith which invites cynicism in the democratic process.
#ultranationalists #Jerusalem #trans #migrant #AbolishICE
#JohanaMedina #SadiqKhan #London #Trump #fascists #uk
#Honduras #Canada #CanadianGenocide #IndigenousWomen #IndigenousLGBTQIA #socialmedia
#immigrants #ACLU #Boeing #DuncanHunter #Iraq #murder
The #Court didn't even tell the #victim's #family about the decision, they learned about it through social media
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The #brutal act triggered nationwide horror in May 2016: Pupil #NiklasP. (17) passes by a group of young men, is brutally beaten and kicked in the head that he dies in hospital. For years, the prosecutor's office is in search of the culprit. But now the files are closed - because witnesses are still silent ...
"The culprit could not be determined because the entire environment is adamantly silent," said the chief prosecutor in #Bonn Robin Faßbender. "We still assume that many people #know who did it, but #nobody tells us," Faßbender said. "In this case, however, we depend on the #testimony of #witnesses."
If somebody would someday persuade himself to break his #silence, the #investigation would resume, assured Faßbender.
Dr. Wolfgang Picken (51), city dean of Bonn, who has looked after the #family since the terrible attack: "For the family, this is extremely #painful. It's almost the anniversary. The timing could not be more unfavorable. Worst of all, that the family learns about the dismissal from the #media and is not personally taught a single word. In my opinion, that is more than insensitive. "
Die brutale Tat löste im Mai 2016 bundesweit Bestürzung aus: Schüler Niklas P. (17) gerät an eine Gruppe junger Männer, wird so brutal zusammengeschlagen und gegen den Kopf getreten, dass er im Krankenhaus stirbt. Jahrelang ist die Staatsanwaltschaft auf der Suche nach dem Schuldigen. Aber: Jetzt sind die Akten geschlossen – weil Zeugen immer noch schweigen …
„Der Täter konnte nicht ermittelt werden, da das gesamte Umfeld eisern schweigt“, sagte der Bonner Oberstaatsanwalt Robin Faßbender. „Wir gehen nach wie vor davon aus, dass viele Leute wissen, wer das getan hat, aber keiner erzählt es uns“, sagte Faßbender. „Wir sind in diesem Fall aber auf die Aussagen von Zeugen angewiesen.“
Sollte sich eines Tages doch noch jemand dazu durchringen, sein Schweigen zu brechen, würden die Ermittlungen wieder aufgenommen, versicherte Faßbender.
Dr. Wolfgang Picken (51), Stadtdechant von Bonn, der die Familie seit dem schrecklichen Vorfall betreut: „Für die Familie ist das extrem schmerzhaft. Es ist quasi der Jahrestag. Ungünstiger konnte der Zeitpunkt nicht sein. Schlimm vor allem, dass die Familie von der Einstellung aus den Medien erfährt und mit keiner Silbe persönlich unterrichtetet wird. In meinen Augen ist das mehr als unsensibel.“
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One of these apps is Up & Go, which lets you order house-cleaning services in New York City. The cleaners are trained professionals—many of them Latin American #immigrants, who formed worker-run #cooperatives long before they ever started thinking about an app. That was a crucial part of what made Up & Go possible: The workers were already organized.#software #freedom #economy #Future #labour #work #job #humanity #source #technology #change
FindHello is a resource finder app that uses the Google Maps API combined with a database curated specifically for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
The backend API has been developed with the Django framework and uses a number of plugins, including Django Rest Framework and GeoDjango.
We are looking for volunteers to help with minor bug fixes and improvements to the front end as well making some tweaks and additions to the Django API and Admin Dashboard on the back end.
This would be a great learning opportunity and you would know that your work is going to helping newcomers find the resources they need to build successful lives in the United States.
The Refugee Center
We are small nonprofit that uses technology to help immigrants and refugees connect to resources that will help them create new lives in their host countries. We are currently operating in the United States and Italy and have plans for further international expansion.
We recently launched a resource finder app called FindHello that uses the Google Maps API and database that is curated specifically for newcomers. We are also launching redesigned WordPress sites in Italy and the United States.
#immigrants #immigration #refugees #activism #python #django #maps
Rolling back work permits for the spouses of H-1B visa holders could have sweeping consequences for the Bay Area, where tech companies heavily rely on high-skilled immigrants. Many of those workers…
HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19221146
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WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of delays, the Trump administration is moving ahead with its plan to stop granting work permits to the spouses of many high-skilled visa holders, an effort that could jeopardize tens of thousands of immigrant families in California alone.
Rolling back the permits could have sweeping consequences for the Bay Area, where tech companies heavily rely on high-skilled immigrants. Many of those workers come to the U.S. with spouses and children, and the loss of the spousal work permits could imperil families’ ability to stay in the country or deter workers from accepting jobs here to begin with.
The step forward for the regulation comes as a federal appeals court ran out of patience with the administration’s delays in issuing it.
The proposed regulation was officially sent to the White House for review on Wednesday, a government database shows. That procedural step means that the Department of Homeland Security has completed its work on the policy. The White House will now put the regulation through review with other agencies, a process that can take anywhere from days to months, depending on the regulation’s complexity.
At issue are work permits for nearly 100,000 immigrants who are here with spouses, working on high-tech visas and seeking green cards. (Spouses and children of H-1B visa holders have H-4 visas granting residence.) The largest share of those, nearly 30,000 of them, live in California, according to a Congressional Research Service report.
In 2015, the Obama administration created the H-4 employment authorization document, known as H-4 EAD, to allow those spouses to work until the family can get green cards. Getting those permanent residency permits can often take many years, especially for immigrants of countries like India and China that send a lot of high-skilled talent to the U.S. In the meantime, their spouses are unable to work legally in the U.S. unless they have an employer who can separately sponsor them for a visa.
Since it went into effect, more than 90,000 immigrants have been approved for work permits under the program. President Trump pledged early on to rescind the H-4 permit program, but the administration has delayed. As it continued to promise the regulation would come, a lawsuit challenging the program has been on hold in the courts.
That changed in December, when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped granting the Department of Homeland Security extensions and ordered that the case proceed. A group of technology workers called Save Jobs USA who argue the program jeopardizes American jobs sued the Obama administration and, after losing in D.C. federal court, appealed the case. The Trump administration after taking power had it postponed until December.
The reasons for the delay, and sudden step forward, are not entirely clear. Government lawyers had assured the court the rule was being written and reviewed. In September, the lawyers had predicted a rule would be out in three months. The first briefs in the case are due in March.
Experts suspect that with the government finishing a separate rule blocking immigrants who might use public benefits, and with the lawsuit moving forward, the work was expedited. Once the rule is published, the government could argue the court should indefinitely postpone the lawsuit, as the underlying regulation is being rewritten. That would avoid the chance that the appellate court decides the program is legal, setting a precedent contrary to the objectives of the Trump administration.
“The agency doesn’t want to risk having a judicial ruling that would go against it,” said Natalie Tynan, an attorney with Hunton Andrews Kurth who worked in the Department of Homeland Security for more than 11 years. “In general from an agency’s perspective, the agency prefers to issue its regulations rather than have the courts opine on what the regulations should say. So any opportunity to moot out litigation is a positive one for the agency.”
Fifteen members of California’s congressional delegation signed a letter urging the Trump administration to preserve the permit program last year. They included Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose and Ro Khanna, D-Fremont. Eshoo and Lofgren introduced legislation late last year to keep the H-4 spousal work permit program in place.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency within Homeland Security that manages the program, is “committed to upholding our nation’s immigration laws, helping ensure they are faithfully carried out, and safeguarding the integrity of our immigration system designed to protect the wages and working conditions of U.S. workers,” according to spokeswoman Jessica Collins.
She would not comment on the substance of the regulation, but noted it’s not final until the review and comment process is complete.
Once the White House signs off on the draft regulation, it will be published in the Federal Register. That will start a clock on a comment period, usually 30 to 90 days, after which the administration legally has to review the comments and make any necessary revisions. Only after that can the regulation be finalized, and litigation could potentially hold it up for months or years longer.
Still, the uncertainty of future job status and symbolism of the Trump administration proposal could have immediate ripple effects for families that rely on the visas, and companies struggling to attract top talent.
“If you have 100,000 people who are extremely well-educated, and on the path to getting green cards, and are either indirectly stimulating economic growth or directly creating jobs for native-born Americans by starting companies in this country, why would you pull out the rug from all these people?” said Doug Rand, co-founder of Boundless, a tech startup designed to help immigrants navigate the legal system. Rand also worked on the original H-4 regulation in the Obama administration.
Rand pointed out that only families already approved for green cards qualify for the work visa, meaning the government has already determined there are no Americans who could be working the high-skilled job. Once approved, they still must wait for the green card to be issued, and the spouses need the H-4 work permit because of the lengthy processing backlog for people from some countries, including India. Until they actually receive their green cards, they remain ineligible to work. Lofgren has co-authored legislation to eliminate per-country green card caps, shortening the wait.
John Miano, the attorney representing Save Jobs USA, said the focus should be on American workers, and argued that the Obama administration overstepped its legal authority to create the work permit without explicit congressional action.
“Why are congressmen creating regulations to protect the jobs of foreign workers when they have done nothing to advance legislation to prevent Americans from being replaced by H-1B workers?” Miano said. He added that the high-skilled visas have requirements that spousal work authorizations lack, including proving that Americans could not fill the jobs they are taking.
More than 93 percent of those affected by the potential removal of the work permit are women, which especially concerns advocates.
“It undermines the agency and dignity of these spouses and it harms their career prospects; it leaves them less empowered to leave abusive situations,” said Amanda Baran, an attorney and advocate with the San Francisco-based Immigrant Legal Resource Center and a veteran of the Department of Homeland Security.
“I feel like it’s just another part of Trump’s larger agenda, which is to expel immigrants, prevent them from coming in and make life uncomfortable for them here and compel them to leave,” she said.
Tal Kopan is The San Francisco Chronicle’s Washington correspondent. Email: tal.kopan@
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Twitter trolls stoked debates about immigrants and pipelines in Canada, data show
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Twitter trolls tried to stoke fears about pipelines and immigration in Canada, according to a CBC/Radio-Canada analysis of 9.6 million tweets from accounts linked to suspected foreign influence campaigns.
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