Humanitarian Activists Convicted

Four female humanitarian activists are facing jail time for leaving food and water in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge for migrants.

The four women left gallons of water and cans of beans scattered throughout the refuge for immigrants making the oftentimes deadly crossing into the United States.

All four activists have been convicted of entering the refuge without a permit, and one activist, Ms. Hoffman, was also convicted of operating a vehicle inside the refuge; all face up to six months in prison and a $500 fine.

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Trump Shutdown: Day 20

The president literally walked out of a meeting with legislators discussing the shutdown, his favorite agency is suing him, and no one is making sure our food is safe anymore.

The consequences of the prolonged government shutdown are beginning to impact even the president, who is being sued by his favorite agency for forcing them to work without pay.

Trump walked out of a meeting with Democratic lawmakers who held firm against providing additional funding for the border wall, saying it was a “waste of time,” thereby prolonging the shutdown even further.

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Border Patrol Shooter Found Not Guilty

Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol officer who shot and killed 16-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodríguez through the border fence, was found not guilty last week.

Swartz claims that Rodríguez was throwing rocks through the fence and that this action justified his taking aim at the 16-year-old and shooting him dead.

The second jury to try Swartz has hung on whether to bring a charge of voluntary manslaughter, leaving open the possibility that prosecutors would try him for a third time.

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President May Triple Military Presence at U.S.-Mexico Border

The president is threatening to send as many as 15,000 troops to guard the U.S.-Mexico border as a large group of migrants attempt to gain entry into the country.

The heavy-handed response would see three times the number of troops stationed in Iraq sent to the U.S.-Mexico border; it would also exceed the number of troops in Afghanistan.

It is unclear whether or not the troops at the border will be required to adhere to posse comitatus, which is a law which was passed after the Civil War and prohibits anyone from using the armed forces to uphold domestic laws.

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President to Deploy Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border

The administration is reportedly planning to send some 5,000 troops to block the approaching group of migrants.

Original estimates saw roughly 800 troops being sent to the border, but the president’s inflammatory rhetoric has stirred up hysteria surrounding the asylum seekers and refugees making their way through Mexico.

Many of the individuals in the so-called caravan are from Honduras, a country the United States helped to destabilize in 2009.

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Migrant Caravan Approaches U.S.

The caravan of central American migrants is approaching the United States-Mexico border, its numbers having swelled to at least 7,000.

The president’s response thus far has been to threaten to withdraw aid from Honduras, to call for the declaration of a national emergency, and to threaten to send the military to the border to keep the caravan from entering the United States.

He has also claimed that “unknown Middle Easterners” have taken up with the caravan in an effort to enter the country.

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ACLU, Administration to Agree on Reunification Plan

Reuters is reporting that the administration and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have virtually come to an agreement on a family reunification plan.

While there are still certain details that need ironing out, both organizations have agreed to the second stage plans for reuniting immigrant families separated at the border by the Trump administration.

At this time, more than 500 children remain separated from their parents despite the court-ordered deadline that demanded total reunification by July 26 — nearly a month ago.

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A Lesser Justice

A Mexican family has received approval to move forward with their lawsuit against a Border Patrol agent who killed their son.

José Antonio Rodríguez was 16-years old and unarmed when he was shot 10 times by a Border Patrol agent despite the fact that he was walking on the Nogales side of the border.

A federal jury acquitted the accused agent of second-degree murder back in April and is now facing a retrial on charges of manslaughter.

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The People versus The President

Tens of thousands of Americans rallied and marched in hundreds of cities in every state across the country to protest against the administration’s immigration policy and the ban against predominantly Muslim countries.

The overwhelming attendance at these protests across the nation show that the vast majority of the American people are opposed to the administration’s current approach to immigration, outlining the ever-increasing divide between the American people and the United States government.

Although the main focus of the protests was the administration’s immigration policy, a great deal of the protests also took time to highlight the separation of Muslim families under the administration’s infamous “Muslim Ban,” which was recently upheld by the Supreme Court.

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