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September 7, 2018

Blumenthal, DeLauro Decry Latest Trump Action on Child Detention

by Peter Urban | Sep 7, 2018 3:00am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | DC News Junkie | Immigration

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A Trump administration proposal this week to lift court-ordered limits on the length of time it can detain immigrant children drew swift rebukes from U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro.

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August 16, 2018

Lawsuits Seeking To Block Citizenship Question Advance

by Brian Woodman Jr. | Aug 16, 2018 8:00am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Courts | Immigration | White House

Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

For the first time since 1950, the U.S. Census Bureau wants to ask everyone whether they are a U.S. citizen. It may seem to some like an innocent enough question, but it could have a big impact and it’s why states like Connecticut have joined a multi-state lawsuit to block it.

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July 31, 2018

DOJ Warned of ‘Zero-Tolerance’ Harm to Children

by Peter Urban | Jul 31, 2018 4:02pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Immigration | Poverty | Public Safety | White House

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WASHINGTON — Before launching its “zero-tolerance” policy in April, the Trump Administration was warned that it could do serious harm to children separated from their parents at the border.

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July 23, 2018

DOMINIC A. RAPINI OP-ED | Immigration - The Walmart Solution

by Dominic A. Rapini | Jul 23, 2018 8:54pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Election 2018 | Immigration | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion


It is not complicated — solve the immigration problem on conservative terms or it will be solved for us — Republicans won’t like the other solution.

With one piece of legislation, we can craft a solution that will save the United States hundreds of billions of dollars in deportation costs, end the civil war created by sanctuary cities, and develop programs based on merit and the economic needs of our country. How? Walmart can save the day.

Let’s be clear: no solution is possible until we build the wall, eject the criminal illegals, end the visa lottery, and limit chain migration to immediate family. With these goals obtained — then we can begin to develop a solution for the 10M to 30M immigrants here illegally in the US. Illegals that came here against US Law but were allowed to stay because of our lack of courage and conviction to follow through on our laws. At an estimated deportation cost of $10,000 each it would cost up to $300 billion dollars to deport everyone. Why would we even do that? They are baked into our economy, they are our friends and neighbors, here because we allowed them to stay.

Instead of spending $300 billion to deport people, rip apart families and disrupt our economy, let’s send everyone to Walmart. Ninety percent of all illegal immigrants live within 10 miles of Walmart. Walmart is where families shop for clothing, household needs, and food. Imagine a private-public partnership with Walmart that establishes Freedom Centers within each of their stores. Small stores-within-a-store much like the H&R Block pop-up stores found within Walmarts each tax season.

Staffed with trained government employees, Freedom Centers would be the location where Illegal Immigrants come to register with the United States to gain legal status in our country. They must fulfill minimum requirements. They cannot have felonies or a DUI conviction. Applicants must be able to speak English, show documentation from their country of origin, be off social welfare programs, and pay a fee. Once registered they can legally get jobs, pay taxes, get a legal drivers license. They cannot vote nor have a path to citizenship. To become citizens, they must follow current US Law, leave the country and re-enter as legal immigrants.

Does it have to be Walmart? No, it can be any retailer that has a national footprint and an interest in being part of the immigration solution. What retailer doesn’t want to be the hero in this story? Plus, they get to sell a lot of ‘bread and milk’ to these families. In other words, it’s good business. In the end, we have a solution that involves the US Government and a business partner. It is self-funding with fees and savings from not deporting people. This is a solution that will unify our country and give us the freedom we need to conquer other pressing issues. Let’s get it done and eliminate one of the greatest wedge issues of our time.

Dominic A. Rapini is a Republican candidate for United States Senate.

DISCLAIMER: Paid for by Dominic for U.S. Senate, Michele Berardo, Treasurer. The views, opinions, positions, or strategies expressed by the author are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or positions of CTNewsJunkie.com.

If Tolls Become Reality, The ACLU Wants Privacy

by Christine Stuart | Jul 23, 2018 1:00pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Legal | Privacy | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut wants to make sure that data gathered by any future electronic tolling system on state highways isn’t sold or used by the government to track down undocumented immigrants.

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July 16, 2018

Feds Release Separated Parents

by Thomas Breen, Paul Bass, & Christine Stuart | Jul 16, 2018 11:55am
Posted to: Courts | Immigration

Thomas Breen / New Haven Independent

Updated—In response to a landmark ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Victor Bolden, two immigrant children being held in Connecticut will be reunited with their parents.

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July 13, 2018

OP-ED | ‘Most Republicans Won’t Believe This’ and Other Media-Literacy Challenges

by Barth Keck | Jul 13, 2018 3:15am
Posted to: Analysis | US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Education | Immigration | Media Matters | Opinion | White House

screengrab composite from axios

If you’re a Republican, you probably think this op-ed is “fake news.” Indeed, a full 92 percent of Republicans believe that news sources “report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading” either “a lot or sometimes,” according to a recent Axios/SurveyMonkey poll.

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July 12, 2018

Hearing Reveals Migrant Kids’ Trauma

by Thomas Breen | Jul 12, 2018 10:27am
Posted to: Courts | Immigration | Bridgeport

Thomas Breen / New Haven Independent

BRIDGEPORT, CT — Immigrant rights lawyers and a leading child psychiatrist from New Haven tried to convince a federal judge to reunite two traumatized migrant children in Connecticut with their parents who are in Texas.

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July 5, 2018

Yale Law Sues Federal Government On Behalf of Immigrant Children

by Christine Stuart & Allan Appel | Jul 5, 2018 5:26pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | Courts | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Immigration | White House | Groton

Allan Appel / New Haven Independent photo

NEW HAVEN, CT —(Updated 3:30 p.m. July 6) A 9-year-old boy from Honduras and a 14-year-old girl from El Salvador are suing the federal government after being separated from their parents at the U.S. border and then transported Connecticut.

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July 2, 2018

ICE Protest Shuts Down Main Street, 35 Arrested

by Christine Stuart | Jul 2, 2018 10:03am
Posted to: Immigration | Hartford

Photo copyright Scott D. Friedman / used with written permission only

HARTFORD, CT — With the Mexican border and family separation at the center of the immigration debate, hundreds of protesters blocked the entrance to the federal building where Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has its offices.

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