I’m out of town, with spotty wifi reception, so this post will be brief. Highlights: an excellent article from Ibrahim Hirsi at MinnPost about Somali money transfers, further debunking the Fox News reports and MN Republican Erik Paulsen signs on to the discharge petition in the House;. Low-lifes*: DeVos, Trump, and Homan.
What you need to know about Somali money transfers and ‘mysterious bags full of cash’ flying out of MSP airport (MinnPost, 5/23/18) How do Somali-Minnesotans send money to family members in Somalia? What is a hawala? Who has suitcases full of cash and why? Ibrahim Hirsi explains—clearly and accurately.
“Like many immigrant communities, Somalis in Minnesota tend to have many family members, relatives and friends who still live in Somalia or other lesser developed nations. With the high unemployment rate and the lack of opportunities in some of those countries, Somalis in Minnesota often represent a significant source of income for their relatives. It’s not uncommon for Somalis in Minnesota to send funds on a monthly basis to sustain family members living in other places.”
“Minnesota Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen on Wednesday signed the petition to force a series of votes on immigration proposals, bringing the total number of House Republican members to sign to 21 and making him the first GOP congressman to sign since leaders and conservatives intensified their efforts to stave off the moderate Republican rebellion.”
Administration officials continue to target immigrants
‘Astounding ignorance of the law’: Civil rights groups slam DeVos for saying schools can report undocumented students (Washington Post, 5/23/18) DeVos said schools should decide for themselves whether to report undocumented students.
“Not so, say civil rights groups. The Supreme Court made clear in Plyler v. Doe that public schools have a constitutional obligation to provide schooling for children, regardless of immigration status. That means schools also cannot enforce measures that would deter undocumented children from registering. They cannot ask about immigration status. And according to the American Civil Liberties Union, they cannot report students or their families to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”
Trump again smears large immigrant community with violent actions of a few people (Washington Post, 5/23/18) Trump keeps denouncing young immigrants as MS-13 members. Once again, in a roundtable he convened on Long Island, he repeated the details of grisly crimes committed over the years, and says MS-13 is responsible for making Long Island into “bloodstained killing fields.” The facts say nothing of the sort.
“[T]here were 37 homicides in all of Nassau and Suffolk counties in 2017 — the entirety of Long Island east of New York City. That total was down from 59 the year before. The counties are home to 2.8 million people.
“What’s more, one speaker during the roundtable noted that there had been 235 arrests of MS-13 beginning in late 2016 — and that there hadn’t been a murder linked to MS-13 in the county since April 2017….
“Business Insider’s Christopher Woody reported on a 2017 statement from the head of the Border Patrol, who said that, of about 250,000 unaccompanied minors who entered the United States from 2011 to 2017, only 56 had a demonstrated or suspected affiliation with MS-13….”
Trump floats cutting aid for countries over illegal immigrants, MS-13 (CBS, 5/23/18) As both Trump and acting ICE director Thomas Homan repeatedly called MS-13 members animals, Trump issued threats against countries where people are fleeing gang violence.
“Mr. Trump, in the context of the discussion about violent MS-13 gangs, floated the idea of withholding a “rather large amount of money” from countries where violent illegal immigrants hail from, “if we give them aid at all.”
“They don’t want the people that we’re getting in that country,” Mr. Trump said. “So we’re going to work out something where every time someone comes from a certain country, we’re going to deduct a rather large amount of money from what we give them in aid — if we give them aid at all, which we may not just give them aid at all, because despite the reports I hear, I don’t believe they’re helping us one bit.”
*Urban Dictionary: “Low-life is a person who has not evolved past the level of primordial ooze in the scheme of things. A low-life is an opportunist and has no guilt over doing rotten or heinous things. If they hurt the innocent or the naive.”