Deportation Raids Split Many Cities, States

by Teresa Wiltz – Carmen was sleeping when they came for her and her two children. It was early Saturday morning, Jan. 2, and about a dozen federal immigration officials banged on her parents’ door in Atlanta. The 27-year-old single mother from El Salvador said she had just enough time to throw on some clothes over her pajamas. Carmen, who illegally crossed the Mexico-Texas border with her children in June 2014, was shocked when the officials said they were deporting her right away. She was in the midst of an appeals process — and even had a court appointment for that Monday — in a bid to stay. “I asked them, ‘Why are you sending me back to my country where it’s so dangerous? I could be killed,’ ” she said from a detention center in Dilley, Texas, where she is being held with her children, ages 6 and 8....

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Worried About Refugees? Just Wait Until We Dust-Bowlify Mexico And Central America

by JOE ROMM – “The Syria conflict has triggered the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II,” explains the European Commission. As Climate Progress has been reporting for years, and as a major 2015 study confirmed, “human-caused climate change was a major trigger of Syria’s brutal civil war.” But the unprecedented multi-year drought that preceded the Syrian civil war is mild compared to the multi-decade megadroughts that unrestricted carbon pollution will make commonplace in the U.S. Southwest, Mexico, and Central America, according to many recent studies. Given the current political debate over immigration policy, it’s worth asking two questions. First: if the United States, through our role as the greatest cumulative carbon polluter in history, plays a central role in rendering large parts of Mexico and Central America virtually uninhabitable, where will the refugees go? And second: will we have some moral obligation to change our immigration policy? If we...

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Disease Specialist Debunks Anti-Immigration Claim On Air, Conservative Host Ends Interview

By STEPHEN D FOSTER JR, Addicting Info – A conservative host rushed to end an interview with an actual doctor as the health expert debunked a favorite anti-immigration claim of the right-wing. Ever since the issue of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the border between Mexico and the United States became big national news, Republicans have pushed the false claim that these kids are bringing disease to spread in this country. So far, conservatives have listed diseases such as tuberculosis, leprosy, scabies, polio, influenza, and even the Ebola virus as afflictions that are being brought over the border from Central America. But during an interview on Newsmax, Dr. Peter Horetz caused former Arizona GOP Rep. J.D. Hayworth to end the discussion early in an effort to stop him from debunking that claim. Unfortunately for Hayworth and conservatives, the effort failed. Hayworth invited the medical professional to be his guest...

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KKK Calls For Violence Against Latino Immigrants: ‘Leave the corpses laying on the border’

By MBD, Political Blind Spot– The infamous Ku Klux Klan organization recently defended the call from their self-described “Imperial Wizard” for “dealing” with the thousands of young Central American immigrants coming to the United States by “shooting to kill”, right at the border. “To me, they’re breaking the law when they come here,” a hooded man said to Al-Jazeera news. The man, identifying himself as Robert Jones said, “if we can’t turn them back, I think if we pop a couple of them off and leave the corpses laying on the border, maybe they’ll see that we’re serious about stopping immigration.” Jones said that his specific branch of the KKK is known as the “Loyal White Knights.” During his 10-minute interview, below, the KKK “Wizard” also said, from a remote field in North Carolina, that the current wave of refugees from El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras is dramatically increasing...

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Bachmann: Obama Keeping Migrant Kids so U.S. Can Perform Medical Experiments on Them

By Hunter, Daily Kos – It seems like we hadn’t heard from Rep. Michele Bachmann for a while. That was nice, wasn’t it? Alas, all good things must come to an end. Rep. Michele Bachmann has a new theory about the unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central America who have come in large numbers to the southern U.S. border: they are future victims of a liberal plot to use unwilling children for medical experiments. The origins of this theory are long and complex and more than a little batshit crazy; see the link if you want the long version. The short version is that the conservative movement is absolutely batshit crazy, and a sizable portion of all the people they elect are similarly batshit crazy, and they all get their news from batshit crazy news sources staffed by batshit crazy people until everything is just a blur of crazy-ass conspiracy theories that...

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Rightwing Targets Shelter Sites for Migrant Children as Feds Search for Safe Housing

By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams– Cities and towns across the country are responding to the influx of migrant children from Central America, with some offering safe haven and others saying: Not In My Backyard. The federal government is reaching out to state officials, seeking places to safely house the tens of thousands of children coming across the U.S.-Mexico border. Some, like Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, are amenable to helping; others, like Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, are not. While xenophobic protests in Arizona and California continue to rage, the crisis has reached far beyond the border states, with elected officials and residents as far away as Michigan and Maryland weighing in. According to Thursday’s New York Times: Overwhelmed by an influx of unaccompanied minors who are fleeing violence in their home countries in Central America, federal officials are searching the country for places to house them and have been forced to scrap some proposed shelter sites in California, Connecticut,...

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Earth Science Radar Imaging Mission Travels to Central and South America

This photo of volcanoes in Guatemala was taken from NASA’s C-20A aircraft during a four-week Earth science radar imaging mission deployment over Central and South America. The conical volcano in the center is “Volcan de Agua.” The two volcanoes behind it are, right to left, “Volcan de Fuego” and “Acatenango.” “Volcan de Pacaya” is in the foreground. The radar imaging mission got underway in early April when the C-20A departed its base in Palmdale, Calif., to collect data over targets in the Gulf Coast area of the southeastern United States. The aircraft, a modified Gulfstream III, is carrying NASA’s Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) instrument in a specialized pod. Developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., UAVSAR measures ground deformation over large areas to a precision of 0.04 to 0.2 inches (0.1 to 0.5 centimeters). The mission schedule calls for the aircraft to make stops...

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Americas overtake Africa in U.N. homicide study

by  Dexter Mullins, U.N. study shows violence in Central and South America put region in top spot; Honduras has world’s highest rate The Americas have overtaken Africa as the region with the most murders in a single year, the United Nations said in a report published Thursday. The Global Study on Homicide 2013 ranks regions of the world according to the number of homicides they experienced and tracks the weapons most commonly used to commit them. For the first time, homicide in the Americas (North, Central and South) outranks the total number of homicides in all of Africa — despite the numerous ongoing crises in various African nations. There were 437,000 homicides worldwide in 2013, and 36 percent of them occurred in the Americas, followed by Africa at 31 percent and Asia at 28 percent. Europe and Oceania had the lowest rates, at 5 percent and 0.3 percent respectively. Honduras...

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