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Canada court rules US 'not safe' for asylum seekers

Canada court rules US 'not safe' for asylum seekers

Canada's federal court has ruled that an asylum agreement the country has with the US is invalid because America violates the human rights of refugees.

BBC World News
22 July 2020

Read it here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53494561

Excerpts:
The Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA), in place since 2004, requires refugee claimants to request protection in the first safe country they reach.

But on Wednesday, a judge declared the deal unconstitutional due to the chance that the US will imprison the migrants. The ruling marks a major victory for Canadian immigration activists.

Lawyers for refugees who had been turned away at the Canadian border had challenged the agreement, arguing that the US did not qualify as "safe" for asylum seekers.

"We're all too familiar with the treatment that the US metes out to asylum seekers," Maureen Silcoff, president of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, told Reuters news agency.

Canada again tries to do the right thing for human rights. Unfortunately, the judge delayed the ruling for six months to allow Canada's parliament and the US Congress to respond. The ruling can also be appealed.

KY

Judge hears Oregon request to restrain federal agents

Source: AP News

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge heard arguments Wednesday on Oregon’s request for a restraining order against federal agents sent to the state’s biggest city to quell protests that have spiraled into nightly clashes between authorities and demonstrators.

The lawsuit, filed by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, alleges that federal agents sent by President Donald Trump have arrested people with no probable cause, whisked protesters away in unmarked cars and used excessive force to quell the unrest. It’s part of growing pushback against the Trump administration’s use of federal agents in Portland and its plans to do the same in other cities.

The motion for a temporary restraining order asks the judge to immediately command agents from the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the Federal Protective Service and the U.S. Marshals Service to immediately stop detaining protesters without probable cause, to identify themselves before arresting anyone and to explain why an arrest is taking place.

During the hearing — held by videoconference because of the coronavirus pandemic — Rosenblum said she was asking the court to “declare it not acceptable for federal officers to use unconstitutional police state-type acts to detain citizens of Oregon without cause.” There are 114 federal agents in Portland, according to Steve Lippold, another attorney for the state.

Read more: https://apnews.com/edebeb4a7df1c97b10b9ab55a53caa84



The article goes to to detail another lawsuit to be heard on Thursday filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of journalists and legal observers who say they were targeted and attacked by police while documenting demonstrations.

An additional lawsuit has been filed accusing federal agents of violating protesters’ 10th Amendment rights by engaging in police activities designated to local and state governments. That legal action was filed by the Western States Center.


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Oregon Has an Ugly Racial History. Kerry Tymchuk's Job Is to Make Sure We Never Forget It.



Oregon Has an Ugly Racial History. Kerry Tymchuk’s Job Is to Make Sure We Never Forget It.

The head of the Oregon Historical Society weighs in on the renaming of schools, the removal of monuments, and the Oregon historical figure who has an entire county named after him, and probably shouldn't.

Originally found in Willamette Week:

https://www.wweek.com/news/state/2020/07/20/oregon-has-an-ugly-racial-history-kerry-tymchucks-job-is-to-make-sure-we-never-forget-it/

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As with any U.S. state, Oregon's history is quite complex. This is just a quick primer on the roots of Oregon's deep history of racism.


KY........

Powerful statement from Philadelphia DA on Trump's goon squads...

District Attorney Krasner Statement on Trump Administration Actions Targeting Cities

Philadelphia DAO

Jul 20

Read it here: https://medium.com/philadelphia-justice/district-attorney-krasner-statement-on-trump-administration-actions-targeting-cities-f5a8add29d59

Because it's brief, I'm posting it in its entirety here:

PHILADELPHIA (July 20, 2020) — District Attorney Larry Krasner on Monday issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s verbiage claiming he may deploy federal law enforcement to American cities including Philadelphia:

“My dad volunteered and served in World War II to fight fascism, like most of my uncles, so we would not have an American president brutalizing and kidnapping Americans for exercising their constitutional rights and trying to make America a better place, which is what patriots do. Anyone, including federal law enforcement, who unlawfully assaults and kidnaps people will face criminal charges from my office. At trial, they will face a Philadelphia jury. It’s the least we can do to honor those who fought fascism, including those who are fighting it even now.”


The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is the largest prosecutor’s office in Pennsylvania, and one of the largest in the nation. It serves the more than 1.5 million citizens of the City and County of Philadelphia, employing 600 lawyers, detectives, and support staff. The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecution of approximately 40,000 criminal cases annually.

More like this!........

Woman takes selfie as wild bear sniffs her hair

Woman takes selfie as wild bear sniffs her hair

Footage shows a brown bear pawing at an amazingly calm park visitor in a tense encounter believed to have unfolded at the Chipinque Ecological Park in Mexico. Many experts and park staff encourage humans not to interact with wildlife in parks when possible.

See video here: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-53482294/woman-takes-selfie-as-wild-bear-sniffs-her-hair

That girl is lucky to still have all her parts and pieces intact.

KY........

Esther Salas case: 'Feminazi' rants of lawyer who shot judge's family

Esther Salas case: 'Feminazi' rants of lawyer who shot judge's family
BBC News

A lawyer who shot dead a female judge's son before turning the gun on himself had ranted online about "Feminazi rule"

Read it here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53480166

Excerpts:
Roy Den Hollander gunned down Judge Esther Salas' son in New Jersey on Sunday and badly wounded her husband. Den Hollander wrote on his website that the jurist was "a lazy and incompetent Latina judge appointed by Obama".

Den Hollander was a self-described "anti-feminist" lawyer who had sued nightclubs over ladies' night discounts, the federal government over a law protecting women from violence and a university over women's studies courses.

He also brought a lawsuit before Judge Salas in 2015 challenging the male-only military draft. In a 1,700-page memoir he published online, Den Hollander said he had "wanted to ask the Judge out, but thought she might hold me in contempt".

NBC News reports that he also wrote of fantasising about the rape of a female judge who had presided over his divorce case.


Hollander's body was discovered near Liberty in New York's Sullivan County, about 130 miles (210km) from the crime scene, according to CBS News.

Sonds like a typical Trumpster to me.


KY........

Homeland Security is crafting plans to deploy about 150 federal agents to Chicago this week

https://twitter.com/chicagotribune/status/1285306870245269510
Text:
Chicago Tribune @chicagotribune

U.S. Department of Homeland Security is crafting plans to deploy about 150 federal agents to Chicago this week, the Chicago Tribune has learned, a move that would come amid growing controversy nationally about federal force being used in American cities.

4:13 PM · Jul 20, 2020


Link to Tribune article: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-chicago-police-dhs-deployment-20200720-dftu5ychwbcxtg4ltarh5qnwma-story.html

Homeland Security making plans to deploy some 150 agents in Chicago this week, with scope of duty unknown
By Gregory Pratt and Jeremy Gorner
Chicago Tribune
Jul 20, 2020 at 4:52 PM

(snips)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is crafting plans to deploy about 150 federal agents to Chicago this week, the Chicago Tribune has learned, a move that would come amid growing controversy nationally about federal force being used in American cities.

The Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI, agents are set to assist other federal law enforcement and Chicago police in crime-fighting efforts, according to sources familiar with the matter, though a specific plan on what the agents will be doing had not been made public. One city official said the city was aware of the plan but not any specifics.

One Immigration and Customs Enforcement official in Chicago, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak on the matter, confirmed the deployment was expected to take place. The official noted that the HSI agents, who are part of ICE, would not be involved in immigration or deportation matters.

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The Chicago Police Department issued a statement Monday: “The Chicago Police Department does not maintain any authority over the federal government’s deployment of federal law enforcement agents to the City of Chicago. We regularly work alongside our local and federal law enforcement agency partners toward the common goal of keeping Chicago residents safe,” the statement read. “If federal agents are deployed, it is critical that they coordinate with the Chicago Police Department and work alongside us to fight violent crime in Chicago.”


Shit be getting crazy. Chicago people will not like this move one damn bit.

KY........

Local Portland news source on the Fed invasion...

News Blog Link: https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2020/07/17/28649587/good-afternoon-news-feds-meet-with-police-union-instead-of-mayor-your-social-gatherings-are-killing-us-and-not-another-rbg-scare

Good Afternoon, News: Feds Meet with Police Union Instead of Mayor, Your Social Gatherings Are Killing Us, and Not Another RBG Scare!
by Wm. Steven Humphrey • Jul 17, 2020 at 5:32 pm

Typical posts:
• In great news for us media types who law enforcement loves to tear gas and harass, U.S. District Judge Michael Simon has allowed the ACLU to lump federal officers in with the Portland Police in a lawsuit designed to make them stop targeting journalists (like the Mercury who's listed as one of the plaintiffs) as well as legal observers. Kelly Simon of the ACLU had this to say: "[Federal and local officers] cannot disperse, or target with direct force, those trying to document the truth about what is happening in our communities.”

• U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams has asked for an investigation into the federal officers (the same ones who swooped in and snatched up law-abiding protesters into an unmarked van) for detaining Portland civilians without probable cause.

• In a move that's not shady at all (jk, it's super shady), Portland Police Union boss Daryl Turner met with Trump cohort/DHS head Chad "CHAD!" Wolf who, by the way, refused to invite Mayor Wheeler or Police Chief Lovell to the meeting. Our Alex Zielinski has more on this totally shady meet-up.

Portland Mercury web site: https://www.portlandmercury.com/

Trump and Barr done poked the bear with this one.......

KY..........

Hospitals are suddenly short of young doctors because of Trump's visa ban

Hospitals are suddenly short of young doctors — because of Trump’s visa ban
Doctors treating coronavirus patients were supposed to be allowed into the U.S. But hundreds of young doctors have their visas put on hold indefinitely.
ProPublica
by Dara Lind July 17, 6 a.m. EDT

Read it here: https://www.propublica.org/article/hospitals-are-suddenly-short-of-young-doctors-because-of-trumps-visa-ban?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=majorinvestigations&utm_content=feature

Excerpts:
As hospitals across the United States brace for a difficult six months — with the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic still raging and concerns about a second wave in the fall — some are acutely short-staffed because of an ill-timed change to immigration policy and its inconsistent implementation.

A proclamation issued by President Donald Trump on June 22, barring the entry of most immigrants on work visas, came right as hospitals were expecting a new class of medical residents. Hundreds of young doctors were unable to start their residencies on time.

Trump’s order included the H1-B visa for highly skilled workers, which is used by some practicing doctors abroad who get U.S. residency slots. The proclamation stated that doctors “involved with the provision of medical care to individuals who have contracted COVID-19 and are currently hospitalized” should be exempt from the ban, but it delegated the issuing of guidance to the departments of State and Homeland Security. That guidance has been slow and inconsistent.

This problem will greatly increase stress on older, more experienced doctors, many of which are probably already stressed beyond their physical, mental and emotional limits.

Trump and the GOP simply cannot govern and their sloppy election-driven knee-jerk policies are killing people in dozens of ways every day.

KY.......

OK, time for a little cute overload from Australia....

The bilbies 'thriving' after a 100-year absence in New South Wales

Populations of the Australian bilby have been devastated over the past 200 years after being hunted by cats and foxes. Now a conservation programme has helped the species to breed in the wild in New South Wales for the first time in more than a century. Ecologists say it gives hope to the threatened species.

BBC News Australia
Video by Isabelle Rodd
17 Jul 2020

Watch it here: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-australia-53359714/the-bilbies-thriving-after-a-100-year-absence-in-new-south-wales


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