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Wall Street's Border Wall: How 5 Firms Benefit Financially from Anti-Immigrant Policy

This report looks at a set of players who are generally left out of Trump’s narrative about the border wall, but who have positioned themselves to be direct beneficiaries: the investors who could enjoy financial gain from its construction. 

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FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ARE USING PLEA BARGAINS AS A SECRET WEAPON FOR DEPORTATIONS

ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF Sessions is pushing federal prosecutors to bypass immigration courts as part of the Trump administration’s hard-line strategy on deportation. Behind closed doors, prosecutors are pressing noncitizens to sign away their rights to make a case for remaining in the country.

In the most dramatic cases, immigrants charged with crimes are signing plea agreements in which they promise they have “no present fear of torture” on returning to their home country. The pleas can block them from seeking asylum or protection from persecution.

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Welcome Amazon, But...

October 19th is the due date for interested cities to bid to become the home of Amazon’s second headquarters, dubbed “HQ2.” Based on earlier reports, Irvine Company (presumably in partnership with the City of Irvine) may be submitting its proposal in hopes of bringing Amazon to our community. Since Amazon announced its search in September, the company has been waving the prospect of 50,000 new jobs in front of city leaders everywhere. We welcome the idea but caution the taxpayers and the City of Irvine to watch out. Here is why:

In its request for proposals, Amazon provided a laundry list of the kind of things that any family would look for, if they are moving to a new city — great schools, cultural diversity, functioning public transit, excellent cellphone and fiber optic coverage, access to museums and theaters. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Who would not want these folks as neighbors — they sound just like us!

Of course, what Amazon is also looking for, is a “stable and business-friendly and tax structure,” coupled with “incentives…to offset initial capital outlay and ongoing operational costs…”

In other words, they would like us, the tax-paying public to subsidize their move, and to keep subsidizing their business for years to come. This is an inevitable fact. Look no further but at the relationship between The Walt Disney Company & the City of Anaheim.

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Hold those who tread on our freedom accountable

In Orange County last week, a car pushed through a group of mostly Latino families protesting outside Congressman Ed Royce’s office, sending several to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

Officials won’t even call it a crime.

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MLC - Dia de Los Muertos event 10/25 picture album

Muslim Latino Collaborative - Dia de Los Muertos 10/25/17 picture album

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MLC - Building Bridges 10/21 picture album

Muslim Latino Collaborative - Building Bridges 10/21/17 picture album.

On Saturday October 21, 2017 the Bridging Communities program was launched bringing 30 Muslim and Latinx youth gathered at CSUF’s Dreamer Resource Center beginning one of three sessions that will take place over the course of the next two months.

At this first session the youth spent this Saturday together learning about both communities and exploring identity. Through a series of activities, we discussed and debunked myths and stereotypes that exist about the Muslim and Latinx community. They learned about the impact and real-world consequences that other people’s perceptions can have on a community and the importance of educating one another. We defined identifying terms such as “Latinx” and “Muslim”. We had two wonderful speakers from the Muslim community, Al Jabbar, Anaheim Union High School District School Board Member and Imam Tarik Ata. Through Bridging communities, we hope to build on the solidarity among Muslim and Latinx community through education and leadership development.

The next two sessions are scheduled for Nov 11th and Dec 2nd. The cohort will meet Latino leaders, visit neighborhoods and also do some service work in the field. This is first of several cohorts we hope to develop as we move forward. Following are couple of pics from this past Saturday.

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California becomes ‘sanctuary state’ as governor signs bill

California becomes ‘sanctuary state’ as governor signs bill

 

The “sanctuary state” bill — a far-reaching proposal aimed at preventing California law enforcement officers from helping to carry out President Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on illegal immigration — has been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, along with 10 other measures to protect undocumented immigrants.

“This action protects public safety and ensures hard-working people who contribute to our state are respected,” Brown said in a statement Thursday. The law takes effect Jan.1.

To many, Senate Bill 54 was the centerpiece of California’s anti-Trump resistance on immigration. It was introduced on the first day of the legislative session in December — just weeks after Trump’s election — and passed in the session’s final hours.

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September 2017 Citizenship Fair


DACA March & Protest


August 2017 Citizenship Fair pictures