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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Citing contributions to U.S., migrants demand permanent status

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U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., a Catholic, consoles Brian Pineda June 30 after Pineda told Kennedy about the Temporary Protected Status held by his father, Jose, following Kennedy's address to a crowd of thousands of protesters on Boston's City Hall Plaza as they prepared to march against immigration policies of U.S. President Donald Trump. (Credit: CNS photo/C.J. Gunther, EPA)


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Some attended the rally with hard hats on as others spoke about how an immigration program in peril helped them over the years pour millions into the U.S. economy, and also contributed to their role in physically rebuilding the country's iconic structures and cities after disasters.

"Honest workers who have been here more than 20 years rebuilt the Pentagon (after the 9/11 attacks), New Orleans and now Houston," Edwin Murillo, of the National TPS Alliance, said Sept. 25, speaking at a rally about migrants protected by a program known as Temporary Protected Status, or TPS.

Some beneficiaries, who have worked as construction workers, hotel workers, nurse's aides and caretakers, looked on nearby as Murillo spoke near the base of the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Those who gathered at the rally called on Congress to help them keep benefits they have had for a decade or more under the program, which allows people from certain countries affected by humanitarian crises to legally live and work in the U.S. Like other immigration programs, TPS came under fire by the Trump administration, which has swiftly moved over the last year and a half to end it, threatening to take away work permits and legal documentation from some recipients.

Last year, the Department of Homeland Security, which administers the program, announced it was ending TPS status for recipients from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador in late 2018 and throughout 2019, saying conditions in those countries had improved and the migrants could safely return, even as the U.S. Department of State warned against travel to those nations. In May, the administration added Honduras to the list of countries for which it was halting TPS.

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Nelsy Umanzor, a hotel worker and TPS holder from Maryland, said he joined the delegation that spoke with lawmakers on Capitol Hill Sept. 25. While some lawmakers said they supported their efforts, Congress didn't offer much hope on what can be done in the immediate future.

The U.S. Catholic bishops and other advocates for immigrants have issued numerous statements calling on the Trump administration to reverse course on its decisions on TPS and asking Congress to keep TPS programs in place, saying the future of TPS recipients and their loved ones is "an issue of family unity and human dignity."

TPS holders are hoping for reprieve by the courts and are closely watching upcoming decisions in cases filed by different states questioning the administration's decision to end the program. Even if the program continues, those like Umanzor said what they ultimately want is a more permanent solution, not just a renewable permit.

Though they have little hope to achieve any decision with this session of Congress, the TPS holders present at the rally said that even though they want immediate action, they will return to speak with a new set of lawmakers that may be selected during the November mid-term elections.

"We will return in January," said Umanzor. "And we'll return to raise their consciousness."

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If they have been here for 20 years, why have they never taken the steps necessary to become naturalized?

Generations of immigrants before these went through the proper, legal process so these immigrants can, as well. They are now just acting like whiny babies and they want yet another free handout--tough shit. Start becoming a naturalized citizen like you were supposed to or risk deportation.

Seriously, if the rest of us can comply with the law then why can't these people?

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Scathing report on family separations finds agencies were ill-prepared to handle zero-tolerance policy

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WASHINGTON -- Government agencies were ill-prepared to handle family separations that occurred due to the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy and their decisions probably led to more illegal border crossings, a federal report has found.

The Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General's report released Tuesday said that the administration's choice to limit entrances at legal ports of entry due to a lack of resources "likely resulted in additional border crossings." More illegal crossings meant more detentions and criminal prosecutions of migrants who may otherwise have sought asylum legally.

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In a response to the report, DHS contended that the inspector general was conflating two separate policies of zero tolerance and limiting admission to ports of entry. The inspector general maintained that the policies' consequences overlapped.

The inspector general also found that Customs and Border Protection in Texas held significant numbers of children in short-term detention longer than the legal 72-hour limit. Many of these children were held in pens surrounded by chain-link fences without beds or showers, The Washington Post reported.

The Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol sector held at least 564 children, or 44 percent of children detained between May 5 and June 20, for longer than the legal limit. One child was held for 25 days.

The El Paso sector held at least 297 children, or 40 percent, longer than allowable limits. All other sectors held 13 percent of children longer than allowed.

DHS information technology systems were also found to be incompatible with those used by ICE and Health and Human Services staff, which led to relevant information being omitted as migrants were transferred between departments.

In some cases, inspectors found that Border Patrol agents made no effort to track or identify children who had not yet learned to talk who had been separated from their parents. Several parents the inspector general interviewed said they had not been notified that they would be separated from their children.

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Federal judge blocks Trump administration from deporting 300,000 immigrants under TPS [In-Depth]

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Immigration advocates rally near the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 8, 2018, to support Temporary Protected Status for foreigners living in the U.S. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)


A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to temporarily halt its plan to end a special federal immigration program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of immigrants to legally live and work in the United States for decades.

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen ruled that the administration may have side-stepped federal rule-making guidelines, imposed undue political pressure on staffers, and violated the Equal Protection Clause by basing its decision "on animus against non-white, non-European immigrants."

[...]

The preliminary injunction ordered by Chen prevents the deportation of an estimated 240,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan, who were facing a series of deadlines starting in November to depart the country or risk becoming undocumented immigrants.

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The Department of Homeland Security, which manages TPS, has argued that the program has been wrongly extended for years, and that conditions in those four countries are now suitable for thousands of their residents to return home.

But the northern California federal judge disagreed with the administration and sided -- at least for now -- with the plaintiffs. He set a hearing for Oct. 26.

In reaching his decision, Chen, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, ruled that there is no immediate harm to the federal government if its decision to end TPS is temporarily halted. But he wrote that there would be enduring, longstanding harm to TPS holders, and the communities in which they live, if they're forced to leave the country.



A caravan of immigrants is traveling across the country to protest the Trump administration's phase-out of temporary protections for several hundred thousand immigrants from countries recovering from war and natural disaster. The caravan stopped in Phoenix, where immigrants and supporters held a rally at the State Capitol. (Photo: Daniel Gonzalez)


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TPS holders are "faced with a Hobson's choice of bringing their children with them (and tearing them away from the only country and community they have known) or splitting their families apart," the judge wrote.

[...]

When focused much of his 43-page decision on the way that the Trump administration reached its decision. He wrote that former Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke did not appear to have reached her decision to end TPS based on the facts before her, but was "largely carrying out or conforming with a predetermined presidential agenda to end TPS."



A caravan of immigrants is traveling across the country to protest the Trump administration's phase-out of temporary protections for several hundred thousand immigrants from countries recovering from war and natural disaster. Immigrants from the caravan held up signs listing countries with Temporary Protected Status, including El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and Sudan. (Photo: Daniel Gonzalez)


Judge suspects taint of bias

Chen said that agenda may have been tainted by racial bias. The judge listed off multiple comments and actions by Trump, during his presidential campaign and after moving into the White House, as indications that the TPS termination had a racial component behind it.

The judge listed:

  • Trump's comments during his June 2015 speech announcing his candidacy when he characterized Mexicans as drug dealers, criminals and rapists.
  • His December 2015 call for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."
  • A report in the Washington Post in January 2018 that President Trump referred to El Salvador, Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries."
  • A February 2018 speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference where Trump "used MS-13 ... to disparage immigrants, indicating that they are criminals and comparing them to snakes."

"The issues are at least serious enough to preserve the status quo," he wrote.

The Justice Department said Chen's decision "usurps the role of the executive branch" and vowed to fight his ruling in court.

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Mercy sisters decry report of immigrant children moved to tent city

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In this July 26, 2018, file photo, a child holds the hand of a Lutheran Social Services worker as she looks back to a man as they arrive at Lutheran Social Services in Phoenix. (Credit: Matt York/AP)


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas said they are "outraged and appalled" by a recent report of migrant children being moved to a tent city in Texas, adding that what is happening now "pales in comparison to the trauma and uncertainty these young girls and boys and their families will experience for years to come."

"The photos and reports of these detention centers for children are the most recent example of how the Trump administration has continued to ratchet up its aggressive approach to tearing immigrant families apart while offering no remedy to decades of failed U.S. foreign policy that has produced the conditions from which people are fleeing for their lives," said an Oct. 3 statement by the Mercy sisters, based in the Washington suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, sent an Oct. 2 letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar asking what is being done to protect the children at this tent city and how long they're expected to remain there. He also asked whether the government plans to open more such facilities.

"I inspected the Tornillo tent camps in June and can attest that it is no place for a child to live," the Catholic representative wrote.

He also urged that these children be released to sponsors as soon as possible, pointing out that "studies show that these shelters cause children stress, prolonged illness and can lead to long-lasting mental and physical consequences."


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Judge blocks TPS cancellation, says ending program unconstitutional

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U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., a Catholic, consoles Brian Pineda June 30 after Pineda told Kennedy about the Temporary Protected Status held by his father, Jose, following Kennedy's address to a crowd of thousands of protesters on Boston's City Hall Plaza as they prepared to march against immigration policies of U.S. President Donald Trump. Citing contributions to the U.S., migrants with TPS status are demanding permanent immigration status. (Credit: C.J. Gunther/EPA via CNS)


SILVER SPRING, Maryland -- A federal judge's Oct. 3 preliminary injunction blocking cancellation of Temporary Protected Status for people from four countries living in the United States is a welcome step, said the executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California will protect, for now, about 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan currently covered by the program who would be deported if it ends.

"The court rightly pointed to problems with the administration's decision-making process in terminating TPS, including possible constitutional violations," Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC's executive director, said in an Oct. 4 statement.

[...]

Atkinson said in her statement that in addition to legal flaws in the administration's actions, the judge made note of what she called the "Hobson's choice" with which families covered by TPS families have to contend.

"TPS holders facing cancellation of the program are weighing unthinkable decisions," Atkinson said. "They are considering whether to bring their children back to countries where rampant violence; inadequate housing; crippled economies; insufficient food and clean water would put their lives at risk, or to break the family apart, leaving children behind without their parents as they return to unstable situations."

CLINIC and other advocates for people covered by TPS have urged Congress to enact legislation that will permanently protect TPS holders and their families.

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Inspired by Lady Liberty, statue of Mary envisioned for San Ysidro

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Artist Jim Bliesner stands next to a model of his statue of the Mary as Lady Liberty. Named "Welcome the Stranger", the 40-foot-tall statue at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church will overlook the U.S.-Mexico border. (Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)


She will stand tall, with a torch held high, on a hilltop in San Ysidro, overlooking the U.S.-Mexico border region.

Inspired by the Statue of Liberty, the 40-foot-tall monument of Mary, mother of Jesus, will stand as a symbol intended to welcome immigrants and refugees headed to the U.S.

The statue will go up on the hilltop parking lot of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, where community members convened Friday to kick off a crowdfunding campaign to raise $1 million to build the monument.

"It will stand as a beacon of hope and encouragement for people engaged in the struggle of the migrant," said artist Jim Bliesner, who drew inspiration from immigrants across San Diego for the statue's design.

The $2 million project, spearheaded by nonprofit San Diego Organizing Project, already has received $1 million from the California Endowment, a private health foundation. The hope is to raise the next $1 million and build the statue by early 2019.



Rendering of the "Welcome the Stranger, a monument of Mary inspired by the Statue of Liberty. (Michael Ojeda)


It will be named "Welcome the Stranger."

Bishop Robert McElroy, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, said the monument and its location will send a strong message about the border.

"It is a symbol and powerful reminder that for us, for us as people of faith, for us as America, the border represents not a line of separation," he said, "but a line that unites us to Latin America."

He said the statue will commemorate the past, the present and the future of the U.S.

First, he said, it will be a reminder that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants who contributed to "help build America."

"That gets lost in the current conversation so easily," he said.

The statue also will represent hope for a brighter future for the waves of immigrants and refuges who one day will begin what McElroy described as an arduous journey to the U.S.

Artist Jim Bliesner presented on Friday his stainless steel sculpture that is a model of what will be a 40 foot tall Virgin Mary as the Statue of Liberty, titled "Welcome the Stranger", that will face toward the U.S.-Mexican border from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in San Ysidro. The statue, which will be illuminated at night, is designed to be a welcoming sight for immigrants and refugees waiting on the other side of the border.

[...]

The idea of the sculpture surfaced roughly a year ago. It was designed by Bliesner with input from community members who attended workshops, where they shared their ideas and personal stories.

"Most of the inspiration came from listening to members of the congregation and the community about how emotional this subject is. People were crying, people were telling their stories," Bliesner said. "I couldn't help but take that away as the primary element in creating the piece."

As ideas were generated, Mary emerged as a symbol of hope. Community members noted she fled with her family to Egypt as a refugee soon after the birth of Jesus.

The statue incorporates several symbolic elements. The "turgid, severe geometry" of Mary's robe, which has several perforations, represents the difficult trek immigrants embark on, while spots of color in the folds of her robe symbolize moments of kindness in their journeys, Bliesner said.

The torch, he said, represents hope for a brighter future.

LEED lighting within the statue will illuminate it at night. Seating and drought-tolerant landscaping will surround the base.

As part of the fundraising campaign's kickoff, community members tied ribbons to a makeshift fence at the site where the statue will stand. The pink, orange, green and yellow ribbons had written on them the names of loved ones affected by the country's immigration policies, including relatives who were deported or who are living in the U.S. illegally.

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Report: Deported Immigrants Can Lose Custody of Kids to Foster Parents

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The Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy has created a "recipe for disaster" where deported immigrant parents may lose custody of their children to American foster parents, an investigation by the Associated Press has found. Court documents and immigration records reviewed by the AP reportedly showed a disconnect between state and federal authorities that could allow state judges to grant custody of children to foster families without even notifying the parents. Experts say one such case that occurred during the Obama administration reveals loopholes that could prove disastrous with President Trump's family separation policy, under which hundreds of parents were separated from their children and many alleged they were forced to sign waivers agreeing to leave their kids behind.

Araceli Ramos Bonilla, a native of El Salvador, was separated from her daughter, Alexa, for nearly two years after a Michigan judge granted custody to the girl's foster parents after Bonilla had been deported. Alexa, who'd been brought to the U.S. at the age of 2, was reportedly labeled an "unaccompanied minor" after her mother was deported. A Michigan family later successfully gained custody of her. Bonilla only regained custody when Salvadoran government officials got involved and the Justice Department intervened.

Experts fear many more immigrant families will suffer a similar fate under Trump's harsher immigration policies. "We have the kids in the U.S. and the parents down in Central America, and now they'll bring all these child welfare agencies into play," John Sandweg, who headed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Obama administration, told the AP. "It's just a recipe for disaster."

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An ICE Memo Lays Out The Differences Between Trump And Obama On Immigration Enforcement

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Among the instructions: Attorneys were told they no longer had to check the inbox where immigration lawyers emailed requests for deportation relief.


Attorneys for Immigration and Customs Enforcement were restricted from granting reprieves for certain immigrants facing deportation, ordered to review and potentially reopen previously closed cases, and told that nearly all undocumented immigrants were priorities for deportation, according to a previously unreleased memo obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The memo, which was issued Aug. 15, 2017, and obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, provided a roadmap for how ICE attorneys were to prosecute cases under the Trump administration. It was written by Tracy Short, ICE's principal legal adviser and head of the attorneys who handle deportation cases in court.

While immigration lawyers had long reported anecdotally that such changes had taken place in the courtroom, the memo is the first detailed explanation of how government attorneys were told to handle deportation cases and how to implement Trump's executive order on immigration enforcement issued Jan. 25, 2017.

"Prosecutorial discretion is an act of administrative leniency, it is not an entitlement," Short wrote.

[...]

"The revelation of the memo is important because it shows how the ICE trial attorneys were instructed to stop exercising prosecutorial discretion in all but the most extreme circumstances," said David Leopold, an immigration attorney at Ulmer and Berne in Cleveland. "The memo changed prosecutorial discretion by all but forbidding ICE prosecutors from using their common sense or showing any compassion."

Sarah Pierce, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, said the "memo is in line with the broader interior enforcement goal of the administration: Enforce immigration laws against everyone."

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Outrage in Queens over fliers calling on residents to report undocumented immigrants [Video]

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Lucy Yang reports on the controversy over anti-immigrant fliers in Queens.


There is outrage over some anti-immigrant fliers that were found posted in Queens.

The signs urge people to report undocumented immigrants to the government, calling it "civic duty".

The posters are turning up in Sunnyside Queens, an ethnically rich neighborhood in a city full of immigrants.

"We are the home to so many immigrants from so many different countries, speaking so many different languages," said New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. "That's what makes Queens so unique and so special."

But it seems someone doesn't quite agree. While out on a jog this weekend, Van Bramer says he was shocked to see a flier posted on Skillman Avenue that called on residents to report undocumented immigrants.

"It drew my attention because it looked semi-official," he said. "And then I started reading it and I really got chills."

The councilman says he promptly tore down the flier and tweeted the incident.

The number at the bottom of the poster is a legitimate number for Homeland Security. It's not clear if any tips were actually reported.

The councilman says a white supremacy, neo-Nazi group from Texas has claimed responsibility for the flier. Two have been ripped down so far.

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I agree with taking those signs down--it is not your "civic duty" to report illegal immigration.
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Not to mention the dangers inherent in encouraging people to inform on each other...

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I agree with taking those signs down--it is not your "civic duty" to report illegal immigration.
It's not someone's civic duty to report crimes? Seriously?
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Hashi Lebwohl wrote:
I agree with taking those signs down--it is not your "civic duty" to report illegal immigration.
It's not someone's civic duty to report crimes? Seriously?


I believe there is a difference between "Hey there is a crack house over there. Or "The corner store is getting robbed",

and

"Hey I think there are some illegal aliens living in Mr. Smith's back yard cottage"


Sounds a bit too much like "Hey, I think that Mr. Smith is hiding some Juden in his back yard cottage"
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Hashi Lebwohl wrote:
I agree with taking those signs down--it is not your "civic duty" to report illegal immigration.
It's not someone's civic duty to report crimes? Seriously?


I believe there is a difference between "Hey there is a crack house over there. Or "The corner store is getting robbed",

and

"Hey I think there are some illegal aliens living in Mr. Smith's back yard cottage"


Sounds a bit too much like "Hey, I think that Mr. Smith is hiding some Juden in his back yard cottage"
That's a bit over the top. Unless you're saying that we should only report crimes that are politically correct.
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Rawedge Rim has is correct. Any rational person would report a store being robbed but how can you tell if immigration laws are being broken? Do illegal immigrants have some aura or identifying tattoo which denotes them as being an illegal immigrant? Are we supposed to go around asking people what their immigration status might be?

You can't tell illegal immigrant by looking at them.

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The local PBS station was interviewing a journalist who recently "came out" about his illegal status after living in the country for 20 years. The only thing I could think was: if you have been in the country for 20 years, why have you never completed the naturalization process? Are you really that lazy?

Why would you not want to become a citizen of the United States, especially if you broke the law to get here?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hashi Lebwohl wrote:
Rawedge Rim has is correct. Any rational person would report a store being robbed but how can you tell if immigration laws are being broken? Do illegal immigrants have some aura or identifying tattoo which denotes them as being an illegal immigrant? Are we supposed to go around asking people what their immigration status might be?

You can't tell illegal immigrant by looking at them.
You sure can't, and I didn't say anything of the sort. I spent two decades working in construction. It was no secret who was legal and who wasn't, as the illegals were getting paid under the table, and the legals were on the payroll.

So again, if you know someone is an illegal, how is it not your civic duty to report that, if we're all in agreement that "rational" people would report a store being robbed?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So again, if you know someone is an illegal, how is it not your civic duty to report that, if we're all in agreement that "rational" people would report a store being robbed?


Got a point.
Remember these foreign national have broken a US law.
Illegal entry.
So not reporting a foreign national whose has entered the US not by the legal means is by right aide and accessory after the fact the harboring of a criminal.
That fact is the person entered the US against the law forbidding entry other
than the port of entry and knowingly concealing their whereabouts.
The condition is that you have to know that status.

Which thus becomes a civic duty.

US laws can be very tricky and ignorance of the law is not an excuse.
(How many times has that been used and rejected)
This is fairly on the Federal level (Homeland Security) but there may be
State laws and local ordinance that also places a person at risk.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Baltimore police to recognize Catholic Church-issued ID cards for immigrants [Video]

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Parish identification cards that will be recognized by city agencies are introduced at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. (Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun video)


The Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore will issue identity cards to undocumented immigrants and other vulnerable people that the Baltimore Police Department has agreed to recognize -- a program activists hope will make people more willing to cooperate with law enforcement.

Mayor Catherine Pugh and Archbishop William E. Lori joined church and community leaders Wednesday at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Canton, which is home to a large immigrant congregation and will run a pilot of the card system.

Pugh said that if the card gives even one person the confidence to report a crime, it will be a success.

"No one should become a victim and be afraid to call the police," Pugh said.

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Advocates for immigrant communities say people without legal status in the United States are reluctant to come forward as victims or witnesses of crime. They say helping immigrants get an identity card from a trusted institution -- the Catholic Church -- will make people more comfortable talking to officers.

Pugh committed to the program at a town hall meeting in June.

Lori said the program has the backing of the archdiocese and its designers hope that vulnerable immigrants will be more willing to come forward and deal with the church, rather than the government, to get an identity document.

"Together, we are standing here. We are sending a clear message," Lori said. "People have a right to be safe. People have a right to live in a city where we see each other as neighbors and friends, rather than strangers and enemies."

To qualify for a card, an applicant will need to have been a member of a parish for three months, present other identity documents and have a witness testify to their identity. The cards will be linked to parish membership records, but there will not be a specific database of cardholders, which could guard against any future attempt by federal immigration officials to track cardholders.

Each card will bear the holder's picture, the Sacred Heart parish logo and contact information for the church.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Separation of church and State. Won't be sanction by the SCOTUS.
May put the Police Chief, Mayor and City Commission in jail for violating the US Constitution.

But it will ID those illegals for ICE to pickup and deport.

Good Job Mackerels Snappers, you really know how to FUBAR the illegals.
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