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The past few months have seen a fierce debate on the left — with progressives and immigrant rights groups saying Democrats “caved” by voting to reopen the government twice in two weeks — and others saying Senate Democrats managed to preserve their leverage.

But among some high-profile rumored 2020 contenders, there has been no debate. Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) all voted against every recent spending bill because they have not seen a vote on an immigration fix. They did it again on Thursday night, joining a handful of other Democrats voting against a long-term spending bill.

The intraparty debate about whether or not to vote against government spending bills over DACA says a lot about where the Democratic party’s base is at — and how much influence that base has among the party’s rising stars.



Wilson Rodriguez Macarreno and his family heard an intruder so he called police for help. About an hour later, he was in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Rodriguez’s detention Thursday sent shockwaves through the Seattle suburb of Tukwila and is now garnering national attention from immigration advocates, warning that the way authorities handled the case could make immigrants scared to call police to report crimes.

Early Thursday morning, Rodriguez saw someone trespassing on his property in Tukwila. In the last few weeks, someone had been repeatedly trying to break in to his home and car.

Police arriving on the scene apprehended a trespasser, according to Rodriguez’s attorney, Luis Cortes.

Officers then put Rodriguez in handcuffs after he gave them his ID for what he thought was “report purposes,” the lawyer said. Officers saw he had an outstanding warrant when they ran his information through the National Crime Information Center database.

Less than an hour after making the trespassing call, Rodriguez faced an uncertain future as he was driven to an ICE field office in Seattle for processing. His attorney said ICE never arrived to pick up his client, so Tukwila police volunteered to take him to the ICE field office.

Jorge Barón, executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, said the ICE warrants are a big problem.

“When people think of a warrant, (they think) a judge has signed off on it. An independent fact finder has said whatever the police officer or law enforcement said appears to meet a threshold,” Barón said. “That’s the thing with these ICE ‘warrants,’ they’re not approved by an immigration judge. They’re not approved by a federal judge. Nobody independently reviews them.”


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Here’s a very interesting article on how cities can scare off extremist rallies without threatening the First Amendment.


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‘A Big Scare Tactic’: ExxonMobil Files ‘Conspiracy’ Counter Suits Against Climate Defenders

ExxonMobil has named the supposed “coordinated” campaign against them “The La Jolla playbook,” inspired by a 2012 meeting of a couple dozen people in La Jolla, California, to explore legal strategies that could be taken to address climate change—a meeting which the company, as Bloomberg notes, is framing “as ground zero for its conspiracy claim.”

“It’s crazy that people are subpoenaed for attending a meeting,” Sharon Eubanks, an attorney who attended the La Jolla event, told Bloomberg. She sees the actions as “a big scare tactic: reframe the debate, use it as a diversionary tactic, and scare the heck out of everybody.”

When ExxonMobil made moves indicating potential counter suits in California last month, Peter Frumhoff, chief climate scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists, declared that its strategy “to intimidate these communities by threatening lawsuits is just another effort to evade accountability for its decades-long campaign to deceive the public about climate science, and block policies that could have limited the climate impacts that California residents are now facing.”


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