There are 3.6M ‘DREAMers’ — a number far greater than commonly known

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By Alan Gomez

The political debate over the fate of “DREAMers” — undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — has overlooked just how many there are in the country today: about 3.6 million.

That number of people whose lives risk being uprooted is not widely known, in large part because so much public attention has been focused recently on 800,000 mostly young DREAMers accepted into the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

This smaller group of DREAMers is in the spotlight because President Trump terminated DACA in September, saying it was an illegal overreach of executive authority that can only come from Congress, which is negotiating with Trump on a compromise immigration plan.

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While many politicians use DREAMer and DACA interchangeably, the terms are “not a distinction without a difference,” said House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

The 3.6 million estimate of undocumented immigrants brought to U.S. before their 18th birthday comes from the Migration Policy Institute, a non-profit research group that promotes better understanding of immigration issues. That is roughly a third of all undocumented immigrants in the country and does not include millions of their immediate family members who are U.S. citizens.

A number so large raises the stakes for both sides in the dispute over whether to deport DREAMers, allow them to stay under prescribed conditions or provide them with a path to citizenship.

Ali Noorani, executive director of the pro-immigrant National Immigration Forum, said exposing millions of DREAMers to deportations would be a moral and economic calamity.

“At a time when our economy is growing and our labor market is extremely tight, these are all folks of working age who have skills to immediately contribute,” Noorani said. “We would be spending billions of dollars to remove folks who have the potential to help the country grow.”

On the other side is Mark Krikorian, executive director for the Center for Immigration Status, which favors lower levels of immigration. He argues for only extending protections for the 800,000 in DACA. “It’s not like they’re entitled to anything, but prudence suggests an extraordinary act of mercy,” he said. “Amnesty is warranted for them alone, at least this time.”

In exchange for DREAMer protections, Republicans want enhanced border security, the end of a diversity visa program for people from under-represented countries, including several from Africa, and a reduction in relatives that U.S. citizens can sponsor for visas.

The impact of what may happen to DREAMers was highlighted this week when Jorge Garcia, 39, a Detroit landscaper who has lived in the U.S. for 30 years, was deported back to his native Mexico even though he arrived in the country when he was 10 years. Garcia, whose wife and two children are all U.S. citizens, did not qualify for DACA because he was just over the age limit.

To qualify for DACA, created in 2012, DREAMers had to undergo a thorough background check, prove they arrived in the U.S. before their 16th birthday, were 30 or younger, were attending school or in the military, and had not committed a felony or serious misdemeanor. The program provided work permits and two-year reprieves from deportation that could be renewed.

Cecilia Muñoz, Obama’s domestic policy director, said he chose to protect a limited number of DREAMers because he could go only so far through executive action. Now that Congress is involved, Muñoz said, far more DREAMers should be protected.

“The right policy is to be as generous as possible,” Muñoz said. “We know the success of DACA. It’s good for the country, and this has overwhelming support around the country from people on both sides of the aisle. There’s no reason to limit who is eligible.”

There are several legislative proposals that each protect different numbers of DREAMers. Some deal only with those who entered the country before their 16th birthday. Others set age limits and include education or military requirements and clean criminal records.

According to an analysis by the Migration Policy Institute:

•The most generous proposal is the American Hope Act introduced by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., which would provide legal status to 3.5 million DREAMers, excluding a small group who pose public safety threats.

•Another plan known as the DREAM Act presented to Trump by a bipartisan group of senators last week would allow 2.1 million to stay in the country.

“There is support across the country for allowing Dreamers — who have records of achievement — to stay, work, and reach their full potential,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said. “We should not squander these young people’s talents and penalize our own nation.”


Harvard professor claims failed Democrat candidate still has a chance

Adan Salazar | – JANUARY 18, 2018

Two-time presidential loser Hillary Clinton can still be president, a Harvard law professor tells Newsweek.

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Nearly a year into Donald Trump’s presidency, law professor Lawrence Lessig says the failed Democrat candidate still has a chance if Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe concludes the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

Trump “should resign, or, if he doesn’t, he should be impeached,” writes Lessig, if the flimsy Russian collusion narrative is proven.

Vice President Mike Pence would be next to resign or be impeached, leaving House Speaker Paul Ryan as POTUS.

Next Ryan should step down as “the person defeated by the treason of his own party, and then step aside, and let her become President.”

The scenario is “still a possibility” according to Lessig, writes Newsweek.

However, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership is less than confident the sequence of events he describes will play out, and conceded there’s no evidence Trump colluded with the foreign superpower.

“This is one way it could happen,” Lessig said. “But that’s very different from saying I think it will happen, or should happen, or [that] the evidence is there for it to happen.”

In the end, Professor Lessig says Russian collusion is the only thing powerful enough to bring Trump down and hand Hillary the presidency.

“The remedy that I…outline[d] only makes sense if you believe the election was stolen,” he said. “If you don’t believe the election was stolen, there might have been a hundred other things [Trump] did that would lead you to believe he ought to be removed, but none of those justify the remedy I described.”

The former secretary of state recently emerged from the woods to criticize President Trump’s reported use of the word “shitholes” in describing Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.

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A Newsweek story was named #8 in President Trump’s recent Fake News Awards, for an article claiming he never shook hands with Polish First Lady Agata Kohnhauser-Duda.

The “Russian Collusion” narrative came in at #11 in the fake news contest.


Soros Feels ‘More Than Ready’ to Strike Back at His Global Political Opponents

Billionaire and chairman of the global board of the Open Society Foundations George Soros has signaled that he is ready to strike back at his enemies belonging to the Right side of the world’s political spectrum. Soros has repeatedly come under heavy criticism for interference in the domestic affairs of other countries.

Legendary Hungarian-American business magnate George Soros said he feels “more than ready to fight back” against the ideology of “nationalism,” while speaking to the Financial Times.

“It’s déjà vu all over again with one big change — the dominant ideology in the world now is nationalism,” Soros, who is largely seen as the adept of “globalism” claimed, dubbing Russia “the resurgent power” and warning that the EU is “on the verge of a breakdown.”

Recently the billionaire has come under heavy criticism from Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and American conservatives. However, the magnate believes that Russia is behind much of the attacks against him. According to Soros, Moscow dislikes him over his support to the former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili since the times of the so-called Rose revolution of 2003.

In 2015, The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office banned Soros’ Open Society Foundations and its affiliates as “undesirable groups,” threatening the country’s national security.

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However, the magnate denies his involvement in regime change operations in Georgia, Ukraine and recent protests in Macedonia.

We were not involved in the actual fighting — that’s against our guidelines and principles,” Soros told the media outlet while commenting on the 2014 Euromaidan Revolution. “But we were supporters of the fighters and that was also during Maidan.”

Meanwhile, Hungarian Prime Minister Orban has done nothing short of declaring war on the American billionaire. In April 2017 the Hungarian government passed a law which poses a serious challenge to the Soros-founded Central European University (CEU) in the country.The legislation requires foreign institutions registered in Hungary to provide educational services in the countries of their origin and prohibits them from granting Hungarian diplomas in the absence of an official agreement between Budapest and the country of accreditation.

While the CEU is accredited in the US, it does not provide educational services there, making it easy prey for the new law. Simultaneously, Budapest kicked off “National Consultation 2017,” targeting dozens of the magnate-linked non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the country.

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In addition, Hungary’s ruling party, Fidesz, attacked the magnate over what it calls “the Soros plan”to flood Europe with migrants. Indeed, in September 2015 Soros published an op-ed entitled “Rebuilding the Asylum System.” In his article, the famous investor proposed a plan which envisions the accommodation of at least “a million asylum-seekers annually for the foreseeable future.”

The standoff between the billionaire and the Hungarian prime minister got new wind in June 2017 after Soros accused Orban of establishing a “mafia state.” The Hungarian official’s response was not long in coming: “The only network which operates in mafia ways, which is not transparent… in Hungary is the Soros network,” Orban told state radio.

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Besides Hungary, Israel has voiced its concerns over George Soros’ foreign activities in July 2017.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry underscored in an official statement that the billionaire is continuously undermining Israel’s democracy.

“George Soros… continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself,” the foreign ministry stated.

In an apparent effort to fight back against his foreign “enemies,” most of whom belong to conservative and rightwing parties, the billionaire boosted investments in his Open Society Foundation (OSF), although he had previously planned to wind the organization down before his death.

In October, Soros poured additional $18 billion to OSF, thus making it the largest charitable organization ever, with his total transfers amounting to $32 billion.

Twitter to inform users if ‘Russian trolls’ affected their accounts

Following in Facebook’s footsteps, Twitter has announced it will let users know if they had interacted with content generated by “Russian trolls” during the 2016 US presidential election.

Executives from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday on whether ‘Big Tech’ was doing enough to “combat the spread of extremist propaganda” on the internet. Yet much of the proceedings revolved around conspiracy theories about “Russian trolls.”

“I’m assuming that none of you have any doubt that the Russians meddled in our 2016 election and attacked our democracy,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) told the witness panel, going on to ask what the social media companies were doing to deal with “false, misleading and inflammatory posts generated by Russian agents,” in particular the Internet Research Agency (IRA), an entity presented by US lawmakers and mainstream media as a “Russian troll factory” sitting in St. Petersburg.

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“We will be working to identify and inform individually the users who may have been exposed to the IRA accounts during the election,” Twitter executive Carlos Monje replied.

In his prepared remarks at the hearing, Monje said the microblogging service “devoted significant resources to the issue of misinformation and interference in the election context by foreign state actors.”

Accusations that Russian agents somehow used social media to influence the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election emerged as Democrats have sought to explain the shocking loss their candidate, Hillary Clinton, suffered to political newcomer Donald Trump.

Social media giants came under intense scrutiny last November, after lawmakers blamed them for not doing enough to protect Americans from content generated by “Russian trolls”supposedly intent on “hacking American democracy.”

By the end of November, Facebook had announced a new tool that would let its users check if Moscow tried to win their hearts and minds during last year’s US presidential election.

Since then, it has emerged that major social media platforms act as “gatekeepers” capable of filtering out news content. For instance, Facebook apparently censors political speech and bans personal accounts on government orders, while YouTube has algorithms allowing to edit their “news carousel.”

Twitter, for its part, reportedly practices shadow banning,” using an algorithm which allows blocking users or their content from reaching a wider audience without their knowledge. According to some reports, Twitter also collects all private message content, deleted tweets, and metadata associated with users.