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Judge Rules For Sanctuary Cities

Trump’s order against ‘sanctuary cities’ is unconstitutional. WaPo: "A federal appeals court in California ruled Wednesday that President Trump acted beyond his authority when issuing an executive order attempting to penalize 'sanctuary cities' for refusing to cooperate with the administration’s immigration crackdown... Cities and states across the country had varying responses to Trump’s executive order, which he signed in January 2017. Some initiated lawsuits and others introduced noncooperation legislation. California, which has clashed with the administration repeatedly over efforts to curtail legal and illegal immigration, refused to comply with Trump’s order."

MI To Vote On Independent Redistricting Commission

Independent redistricting commission to appear on MI ballot. Crooks and Liars: "A proposal to create an independent redistricting commission will appear on the November ballot, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled late Tuesday in a closely watched case. The 4-3 decision is rife with political implications in Michigan, where Republicans have maintained or grown congressional and legislative advantages since last drawing the state's political boundaries in 2011. Volunteers with the Voters Not Politicians committee gathered nearly 400,000 valid signatures to put the anti-gerrymandering plan before voters. The Board of State Canvassers certified the group’s petitions, but the proposal was challenged as being overly broad. In a split decision, the state’s highest court ruled that voter-initiated proposals are permissible if they do not 'significantly alter or abolish the form or structure of our government, making it tantamount to creating a new constitution.'"

Immigrant Toddler Died After Detention

Migrant toddler died after release from ICE detention. ThinkProgress: "The American Immigration Lawyers Association confirmed reports on Wednesday that a migrant child died after being released from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Dilley, Texas. 'AILA has learned that a toddler died soon after release from the Dilley South Texas Family Residential Center,”' Gregory Z. Chen, director of government relations, said in a statement, according to The Washington Post. 'We do not have information on the cause of death or information that confirms a connection between medical treatment at STFRC and this death.' The allegations first surfaced Tuesday evening, when Houston-based immigration lawyer Mana Yegani tweeted that a child died 'as a result of possible negligent care and a respiratory illness she contracted from one of the other children.'"

Rich Immigrants Only, Please

The Trump administration proposed a new financial test for immigrants. Alternet: "Under President Donald Trump, the Department of Homeland Security is considering an immigration plan that would place much more emphasis on applicants’ income and assets as well as the condition of their health. The plan would revive the antiquated “public charge” test, which started with the Immigration Act of 1882. When the Immigration Act of 1882 was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Chester A. Arthur—the Republican who had become president after President James A. Garfield’s assassination a year earlier—the term “public charge” was used to describe someone who was likely to need some type of help from the government. And under the Trump administration’s immigration plan, many people would fit the definition of a 'public charge.'"

NOLA Cops Arrest Beat U.S. Citizen, Veteran Who "Looks" Hispanic

Rookie cops arrested, fired after attacking U.S. citizen: 'He asked me if I was American'. DailyKOS: "It’s frustratingly rare that law enforcement officers are held accountable for wrongdoing, especially when people of color are the victims of violence at the hands of white cops. Perhaps that’s what makes this story so surprising: less than 24 hours after George Gomez was beaten to a pulp near his New Orleans home, the cops responsible found themselves in handcuffs—and out of a job. Gomez said [...] one said he didn't like the military camouflage shirt and pants being worn by Gomez, who is Hispanic. 'He asked me if I was American. I told him yes, and he got mad because he said I was fake,' said Gomez, who described himself as a U.S. native who was raised in Honduras before returning to live in New Orleans. Gomez, who speaks Spanish as well as English with an accent, also described being asked if he served in the military. Gomez said he did serve, including with the Louisiana National Guard, but the man who took issue with his clothing wasn't satisfied with any of his answers."

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Don’t Believe Reports that New Orleans is Regaining Control of its Schools. Ashana Bigard: "Pundits say Louisiana has finally returned control of New Orleans charter schools to a locally elected school board, and that they are now accountable to the city’s residents. But New Orleanians will tell you: that’s not the case."

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