Right-Wing Vigilantes Hold Migrants Hostage on U.S. Border. Did Border Patrol Give Tacit Approval?

APRIL 23, 2019
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The FBI has arrested the head of an armed vigilante group that has repeatedly filmed itself detaining migrant border crossers at gunpoint. Sixty-nine-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins is the leader of the far-right, pro-Trump group calling itself United Constitutional Patriots, which the American Civil Liberties Union described as an “armed fascist militia organization.” His arrest came just days after the ACLU accused the vigilantes of illegally detaining 300 migrants, including young children, near Sunland Park, New Mexico, last week. We speak to Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Calls on Congress to Impeach President Trump

APR 22, 2019

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On Friday, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren became the first 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful to call for impeachment proceedings against President Trump over what she called his repeated efforts to obstruct the Mueller investigation.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “I took an oath to the Constitution of the United States. And the Constitution makes clear that the accountability for the president lies through Congress, and that’s the impeachment process.”

Mueller left whether President Trump should be indicted or found guilty of obstruction of justice to Congress. Another Democratic presidential candidate, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, said it would be “perfectly reasonable” for Congress to begin impeachment hearings. House progressives, including prominent freshman lawmakers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, have called for Trump’s impeachment. That contrasts with senior Democrats, including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who said last week impeachment is “not worthwhile at this point.”

ACLU Warns of “Fascist Militia” Holding Migrant Border Crossers at Gunpoint

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The American Civil Liberties Union is warning that armed vigilantes are working directly with the U.S. Border Patrol to unlawfully detain hundreds of migrants at gunpoint along the U.S.-Mexico border. The ACLU cites videos posted on social media showing members of a militia group pursuing migrants in New Mexico’s desert west of El Paso, Texas, and effectively kidnapping them against their will. In one video, vigilantes armed with assault rifles are seen approaching a group of several dozen people seated on the ground, as the video’s narrator, a man named Jim Benvie, films.

Jim Benvie: “Hey, guys. This is Jim with the United Constitutional Patriots and We Build the Wall. … As you can see, we did actually end up getting everybody wound up. It was a combination of us and some good horses over there and basically a team effort here.”

In a letter to New Mexico’s governor and attorney general calling for an investigation, the ACLU called the United Constitutional Patriots an “armed fascist militia organization,” adding, “The Trump administration’s vile racism has emboldened white nationalists and fascists to flagrantly violate the law.”

Trump Admin to Spend $40 MILLION on New Immigration Detention Camps

APR 19, 2019

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The Trump administration is planning to spend $40 million to build a pair of tent cities to imprison migrant families—including children—in southern Texas. Kevin McAleenan said Wednesday the camps would be temporary, calling them part of a strategy to ease strain on Border Patrol agents in El Paso and at other U.S. ports of entry. Critics say the move is aimed at indefinitely detaining whole families in squalid conditions, in a further bid to deter migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S.

 

62 Arrested After Extinction Rebellion Stages Die-In Outside NYC City Hall to Demand Climate Action

APRIL 17, 2019

Protesters shut down traffic outside New York City Hall Wednesday, partially blocking access to the Brooklyn Bridge, staging a die-in to demand radical action on climate change and remaining in the streets until the police arrested at least 62 people. The protest was just one of a series of demonstrations being staged around the world this week by Extinction Rebellion, a global movement taking direct action to demand drastic government action to combat the climate crisis. Protesters say the demonstration is just the beginning of a growing resistance movement, and more actions can be expected later this week.

Bill McKibben: Green New Deal Is a Chance to “Remake Not Just a Broken Planet, But a Broken Society”

APRIL 15, 2019

President Trump signed two executive orders last week to facilitate the approval of pipeline projects at a federal level, limiting states’ ability to regulate such projects. The move is intended in part to clear the way for permitting on the northeastern Constitution pipeline, which has stalled after New York invoked the Clean Water Act to reject the project on environmental grounds. We speak with Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org and the author of the new book “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?”

How Maine Senators have voted on this issue so far:

Maine Senator Susan Collins:

March 26, 2019 S J Res 8 A joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal Cloture Invoked – Senate Nay

Maine Senator Angus King:

March 26, 2019 S J Res 8 A joint resolution recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal Cloture Invoked – Senate Nay

Keep an eye on how your elected officials are voting at: https://votesmart.org

Trump Claims “I Know Nothing About WikiLeaks” Despite Praising Site Repeatedly in 2016

H2 trump wikiAt the White House, President Trump was asked about WikiLeaks on Thursday.

Reporter: “Mr. President, do you still love WikiLeaks?”

President Donald Trump: “I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing.”

While Trump claimed he knew nothing about WikiLeaks, he repeatedly praised the whistleblowing site during the 2016 campaign for publishing internal Democratic Party emails.

Donald Trump: “This just came out. This just came out. WikiLeaks! I love WikiLeaks!”

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