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  • Teen charged in MS-13 killing had avoided deportation

    12/03/2018 12:22:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 3, 2018 | AP
    BOSTON – A Massachusetts teen facing charges in the killing of a 17-year-old boy had been allowed to remain in the country despite being identified by police as an active member of MS-13, recently filed federal court documents show. Homeland Security officials told an immigration judge this summer 19-year-old Henri Salvador Gutierrez should be deported to his native El Salvador because he was a "verified and active member" of MS-13 with multiple weapons-related arrests, prosecutors said in a filing last week. But the judge deemed the information against Gutierrez inconclusive and ordered him released on June 30, just weeks before...
  • MS-13 members charged in Lynn slay

    12/01/2018 10:04:55 PM PST · by bitt · 29 replies
    boston herald ^ | 11/30/2018 | joe dwinell
    Six members of the ruthless MS-13 gang were indicted for racketeering in connection with the murder of a teen in Lynn, with the feds saying bail should be denied because they pose a serious threat to the public. “The nature and circumstances of the (charges) are troubling and horrific,” a federal criminal affidavit reads. That includes killing 17-year-old Herson Rivas on Aug. 2 with a large knife like they were “chopping wood.” One of the accused, according to the affidavit, stabbed the defenseless teen “with such force his knife became warped during the attack.” The teen’s body was found in a...
  • Boston police Commissioner William Gross stands firm against ACLU, Mayor Walsh punts

    11/28/2018 9:00:00 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Boston Herlad ^ | November 27, 2018 | Joe Dwinell, Brooks Sutherland
    Police Commissioner William G. Gross doubled down yesterday on his fiery criticism of an ACLU lawsuit over the city’s gang database, saying through a spokesman that safety of neighborhood residents remains his “top priority.” “Commissioner Gross is passionate about protecting the residents of Boston, and that will always be his first and foremost objective,” said department spokesman Sgt. Detective John Boyle. Gross slammed the ACLU in a private Facebook post Saturday, saying the “paper warriors” — by targeting BPD’s anti-gang measures with a lawsuit — are ignoring the “atrocities” by the ruthless MS-13 gang. Many of those gang members are...
  • No judge has jurisdiction to erase our border

    11/26/2018 7:53:03 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 66 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | November 26, 2018 | Daniel Horowitz
    No court can ever force the president to allow any alien to enter the country. No such lawsuit could ever have legitimate standing, and no such decision could have any constitutional moorings. If we don’t understand that, we are no longer a sovereign Republic. Monday night, Jon Tigar, an Obama-appointed judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, a forum chosen by the ACLU, penned what is essentially an op-ed expressing his desire that Trump’s order on asylum be temporarily enjoined. His desire is just as binding as my desire to place an injunction on...
  • What the Cult of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Got Wrong

    11/24/2018 6:57:37 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 44 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | November 24th 2018 | STEPHANIE MENCIMER
    On the Basis of Sex, a feature film on the pioneering legal work of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is due to roll out in theaters nationwide on Christmas Day. With Felicity Jones’ portrayal of Ginsburg as a hot, young ACLU lawyer, the canonization of “Notorious RGB” will be officially complete. The 85-year-old justice’s celebrity status as a badass feminist has never been higher. CNN, which earlier this year produced a Ginsburg documentary titled RBG, has declared her the “face of the resistance” against President Donald Trump’s agenda, and a new Ginsburg biography was published in October to coincide...
  • Now businesses have to apologize to loitering minorities, and of course, that isn't enough (setups)

    Civil rights activists protested outside a Menchie’s frozen yogurt shop after the owner kicked out a black man because employees were “scared” of him. ....more at source
  • What You Need To Know About The Lawsuit Against Trump’s New Asylum Policies

    11/19/2018 12:30:55 PM PST · by detective · 20 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 19, 2018 | Margot Cleveland
    This morning a federal judge will hear a challenge to the Trump administration’s recently announced changes to the rules governing asylum. The changes came mere days after the midterm election and in response to the Central American caravan’s continued approach to the U.S. border. On November 9, 2018, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen jointly issued new regulations governing asylum claims. Those regulations provide that individuals who enter the United States in contravention of the presidential proclamation suspending entry of aliens through the southern border with Mexico, other than at a port of...
  • Free Speech and its Discontents

    11/19/2018 9:29:40 AM PST · by OddLane · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/19/18 | Gerard Perry
    I examine the recent threats to free speech and civil liberties, including the decision by the ACLU to speak out against due process
  • American Civil Liberties Union, RIP

    11/17/2018 5:45:00 PM PST · by OddLane · 25 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | 11/17/18 | David Bernstein
    In the late 1960s, the ACLU was a small but powerful liberal organization devoted to a civil libertarian agenda composed primarily of devotion to freedom of speech, free exercise of religion, and the rights of accused criminals. In the early 1970s, the ACLU's membership rose from around 70,000 to almost 300,000. Many new members were attracted by the organization's opposition to the Vietnam War and its high-profile battles with President Nixon, but such members were not committed to the ACLU's broader civil libertarian agenda. However, the organization's defense of the KKK's right to march in Skokie, Illinois, in the late...
  • Broward County Deputy Says Attorneys Were Handing Out Absentee Ballots to Inmates AFTER ELECTION

    11/13/2018 8:25:56 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 42 replies
    GP ^ | November 13,2018 | Jim Hoft
    Civil rights attorneys arrived on last Thursday and demanded to see the inmates. They were not the inmates personal attorneys of record. The attorneys wanted to know if the inmates had received their absentee ballots in the mail. As these attorneys were not the inmates’ attorneys of record, Sheriff Scott Israel should not have granted them access to the inmates. Protocol would have the attorneys sign into the jail, yet there is no record. The Deputy stated that the civil rights attorneys providedg the inmates with the narrative that they never received their absentee ballot. The liberal attorneys said the...
  • Why the ACLU supported Trump scrapping rule on limiting guns for mentally ill

    11/10/2018 11:21:34 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 18 replies
    CBC News ^ | Feb 2018 | Mark Gollom
    In February 2017, Trump repealed an Obama-era rule to strengthen the federal gun background check system after the 2012 shooting of 20 young students and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. There are laws in the United States regarding the sale of weapons to some mentally ill individuals. It is unlawful to sell a firearm to a person who "has been adjudicated as a mental defective" or "has been committed to any mental institution." Obama's regulation would also have required the Social Security Administration to send the names of some people unable to manage their disability...
  • Asylum seekers sue Trump, claim border stance violates their Constitutional rights.

    11/02/2018 4:35:22 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11.2.18 | Edmund DeMarche, Amy Lieu
    A dozen migrants traveling by foot from Honduras to the U.S. to seek asylum filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday against President Trump, the Department of Homeland Security and others, claiming a violation of their due process under the Fifth Amendment. The Fifth Amendment states that, "no person… shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." A recent PBS report cited former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who ruled in 1993 case that "it is well established that the Fifth Amendment entitles aliens...
  • 100+ immigrants waited in line for 'fake dates' in court

    10/31/2018 9:05:00 PM PDT · by blueplum · 17 replies
    CNN via msn ^ | 31 Oct 2018 | Catherine E. Shoichet
    Lines snaked around the block outside immigration courts across the United States on Wednesday. But many people standing in them later learned they had no reason to be there. More than 100 immigrants showed up to court carrying paperwork ordering them to appear before a judge, only to find out that their court dates hadn't actually been scheduled, according to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).... ...Attorneys say the practice began after the US Supreme Court ruled in June that notices to appear -- the charging documents that immigration authorities issue to send someone to immigration court who's accused of...
  • Asylum seekers turned away from border bridges ahead of caravan [ACLU WATCH]

    10/31/2018 9:22:16 PM PDT · by blueplum · 18 replies
    LA Times via msn ^ | 31 Oct 2018 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    [Creepy Immigration Lawyer Alert] EL PASO, Texas - Migrants arriving at the U.S. border to seek asylum are routinely subjected to tactics that immigration rights advocates say are designed to drive them away in violation of their rights under federal law. The tactics include forcing them to wait at the border indefinitely or sending them back into Mexico to join a backlogged list maintained by Mexican immigration officials. The Trump administration says such measures are necessary because it is not equipped to deal with a large increase in the number of asylum seekers, many of them from Central America. Last...
  • Court: Obama Admin Dodged State Laws To Get Illegal Minors Abortions

    10/18/2018 5:34:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Federalist ^ | October 18, 2018 | Margot Cleveland
    Last week, a federal judge in California dismissed a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union had filed in 2016 challenging the government’s award of grants to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to provide services to unaccompanied minor illegal aliens and trafficking victims. In the lawsuit, the ACLU argued the grants violated the Establishment Clause because the Department of Health and Human Services allowed the Catholic organization (and its sub-grantees) to deny girls and women in their care contraceptives and abortion. The court rejected the ACLU’s Establishment Clause claim in a methodical 34-page opinion, explaining that the federal funds...
  • ACLU and other groups celebrate first-ever International Pronouns Day to empower nonbinary people

    10/18/2018 1:31:56 AM PDT · by kevcol · 34 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 17, 2018 | Brett T.
    The ACLU is one of those allies, and on Wednesday it celebrated something we had no idea existed: the first-ever International Pronouns Day. . .Today is International Pronouns Day! International Pronouns Day acknowledges that referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic human dignity. We'd love to hear what you're doing to celebrate!
  • A Voice Above the Din of Hysteria

    10/12/2018 3:27:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | October 12, 2018 | Susanne Fields
    The latest lowest of the low in public conversation was struck last week by the American Civil Liberties Union, for its television commercial of spliced-together video clips of former President Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby denying their sexual transgressions and linking them to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein and Charlie Rose. The ACLU's stated mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the country by the Constitution and laws of the United States," and not so long ago, the ACLU was regarded as one of the brave guardians...
  • Alan Dershowitz: ACLU's opposition to Brett Kavanaugh sounds its death knell

    10/12/2018 11:50:37 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 08, 2018 | Alan Dershowitz
    October 08, 2018 Now that Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed, it is appropriate to look at the damage caused by the highly partisan confirmation process. Among the casualties has been an organization I have long admired. After Politico reported that the American Civil Liberties Union was spending more than $1 million to oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, I checked the ACLU website to see if its core mission had changed – if the ACLU had now officially abandoned its nonpartisan nature and become yet another Democratic super PAC. But no, the ACLU still claims it is "nonpartisan." [More:...
  • Chicago rejects 'stop and frisk' advice from 'clueless' Trump

    10/08/2018 12:54:46 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct. 8, 2018
    Chicago officials summarily rejected President Trump's advice Monday to use "stop and frisk" policing to reduce violence, with the mayor's office calling the president "clueless" and motivated by the fear of losing midterm elections. Trump urged Chicago to use "stop and frisk" policing at a police convention earlier in the day and offered federal assistance to undo a 2015 legal agreement between the Chicago Police Department and the American Civil Liberties Union. The office of Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city was uninterested in Trump's idea for reducing violent crime.
  • Former ACLU leaders blast 'appalling' anti-Brett Kavanaugh ad campaign

    10/04/2018 7:05:11 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct. 4, 2018
    Former American Civil Liberties Union leaders say the group is making a serious mistake in opposing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh with a $1 million ad buy focused on sexual misconduct allegations. "They are not civil libertarians. They are serving a different master now," said former ACLU vice president Michael Meyers, who served on the group's national board from 1981 to 2005. Meyers said the TV ad campaign, which compares Kavanaugh to famous sex abusers, violates the civil libertarian principle of presumption of innocence and shows the ACLU is increasingly guided by partisanship over principle. "It's not ironic, it's tragic,"...