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U.S. Prepares to Arrest Thousands of Immigrant Family Members

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Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday, according to two current and one former homeland security officials, moving forward with a rapidly changing operation, the final details of which remain in flux. The operation, backed by President Trump, had been postponed, partly because of resistance among officials at his own immigration agency.

The raids, which will be conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over multiple days, will include “collateral” deportations, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the preliminary stage of the operation. In those deportations, the authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids.

When possible, family members who are arrested together will be held in family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania. But because of space limitations, some might end up staying in hotel rooms until their travel documents can be prepared. ICE’s goal is to deport the families as quickly as possible.

The officials said ICE agents were targeting at least 2,000 immigrants who have been ordered deported — some as a result of their failure to appear in court — but who remain in the country illegally. The operation is expected to take place in at least 10 major cities.

The families being targeted crossed the border recently: The Trump administration expedited their immigration proceedings last fall. In February, many of those immigrants were given notice to report to an ICE office and leave the United States, the homeland security officials said.

Matthew Bourke, an ICE spokesman, said in a statement on Wednesday that the agency would not comment on specific details related to enforcement operations, to ensure the safety and security of agency personnel.

The threat of deportation has rattled immigrant communities across the country, prompted backlash from local politicians and police officials and stoked division inside the Department of Homeland Security — the agency that is charged with carrying out the deportations. The Trump administration’s goal is to use the operation as a show of force to deter families from approaching the southwestern border, the officials said.

Agents have expressed apprehensions about arresting babies and young children, officials have said. The agents have also noted that the operation might have limited success because word has already spread among immigrant communities about how to avoid arrest — namely, by refusing to open the door when an agent approaches one’s home. ICE agents are not legally allowed to forcibly enter a home.

Immigration defense lawyers are likely to file motions to reopen the families’ immigration cases, which would significantly delay, if not stop altogether, their removal from the United States.

For weeks last month, the ICE director at the time, Mark Morgan, signaled that agents would escalate efforts to round up families. Days before the operation was to begin, Mr. Trump forecast the plan on Twitter, blindsiding ICE agents whose safety officials feared would be compromised as a result.

In early June, the Department of Homeland Security’s acting secretary, Kevin K. McAleenan, told Mr. Morgan to call off the operation. Mr. McAleenan did not support the raids, officials said at the time, in part out of concern that undocumented parents could be separated from any of their children who are American citizens.

Mr. Morgan then directly lobbied Mr. Trump to move forward with the raids. He is now the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, another arm of the Department of Homeland Security.

In a tense meeting with White House officials on June 21, two days before the raids were scheduled to begin, Mr. McAleenan again outlined the challenges of the operation, including the separation of families and the logistics of housing them until they can be removed. If undocumented parents are found to have children who are United States citizens, for example, ICE agents will need to wait with the children in a hotel room until a relative in the United States can claim them.

Homeland security officials also worried that many of the families that the administration had hoped to detain might have left the addresses known to ICE after Mr. Trump tweeted the agency’s plans.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Mr. Trump after his tweet and urged him to halt the operation, which in a statement hours later she described as “heartless.”

Mr. Trump then tweeted that he would delay the effort at the Democrats’ request. But he also threatened to resume the deportations if Democrats refused to join with Republican lawmakers to “work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border.”

Days later, the Senate passed a $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package for the border.

Migrant crossings have declined since May, when 144,200 migrants were taken into custody at the southwestern border — a 13-year high.

Last Friday, Mr. Trump said the raids would begin “fairly soon.”

“I say they came in illegally, and we’re bringing them out legally,” the president told reporters.

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New York City proposes building new jails with more ‘welcoming’ experience

The four jails that New York City wants to build to replace its Rikers Island facility will have cells with natural sunlight, space for programming and a children’s play area, officials said Wednesday.

During a public hearing on Wednesday, city officials presented design highlights of the four proposed jails to the City Planning Commission as a part of the next phase of the project’s approval process. The new jails, which would be built in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, are a part of a larger plan by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration to close all of the jail facilities on Rikers Island by 2026. The city has allocated $8.7 billion for the project.

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New York City officials have proposed four new jails that will serve as an alternative to the jail facilities on Rikers Island.  (Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice)

The City Planning Commission will vote on the proposal later this summer. If approved, the proposal would head to the New York City Council for a vote.

Cynthia Brann, commissioner of the Department of Correction, displayed a rendering of the facilities that showed a large dayroom surrounded by jail cells, all bathed in sunlight. She said inmates would also have direct access to outdoor recreation spaces.

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“Our current facilities are designed for a different era of corrections,” Ms. Brann said. “Modern jails have all of these designs in them, and that is what we are going forward with.”

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The jails will provide visitors with a more “welcoming” experience, said Ms. Brann. The lobby would have information desks and kiosks, a place to pay bail and an area for children to play while waiting to visit inmates.

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NYPD Investigates Vandalized Megan Rapinoe Posters As Possible Hate Crime

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The New York Police Department said its hate crimes task force had launched an investigation after posters of soccer star Megan Rapinoe were vandalized with misogynistic comments and homophobic slurs at a Manhattan subway station.

According to USA Today, the defaced posters, which were located around the Bryant Park subway stop, were reported to authorities on Monday morning — two days before the U.S. women’s national soccer team celebrated its World Cup victory at a ticker-tape parade in the city. 

Rapinoe, the team’s co-captain, was awarded the tournament’s Golden Boot and Golden Ball trophies Sunday for being the Women’s World Cup’s top scorer and best player, respectively. Tens of thousands of people clogged the streets of Manhattan to celebrate the athlete and her teammates on Wednesday.

“Hate has no place in the transit system and we work hard to make the subway a welcoming, safe environment for everyone,” a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority told the New York Post of the vandalism. “We referred this to NYPD which responded to investigate. Our maintenance teams got the posters cleaned and we will have them replaced with new ones if necessary.”

Rapinoe, who is gay, is a vocal advocate for LGBTQ rights. She’s made national headlines for her ongoing feud with President Donald Trump, whom she criticized during a Tuesday interview for pushing an exclusionary agenda.

“Your message is excluding people. You’re excluding me. You’re excluding people that look like me. You’re excluding people of color. You’re excluding … Americans that maybe support you,” she said on CNN, addressing Trump.

“You need to do better for everyone,” she added. 

Rapinoe echoed this message during the parade, telling the crowd gathered that we all “have to be better.”

“We have to love more. Hate less. We got to listen more and talk less. We got to know that this is everybody’s responsibility. Every single person here. Every single person’s who’s not here. Every single person who doesn’t want to be here. Every single person who agrees and doesn’t agree. It’s our responsibility to make this world a better place,” Rapinoe said.

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Pelosi Stands By Her Dismissal Of Freshman Democrats: ‘Regrets Is Not What I Do’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday stood by her comments that downplayed the power of four high-profile freshman women in the House, increasing the tension between the congressional leader and her colleagues.

“I have no regrets about anything. Regrets is not what I do,” Pelosi told reporters about her Sunday remarks about the so-called “Squad” ― a group of progressives that includes Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.).

The comments came after Pelosi left a closed-door meeting Wednesday in which she reportedly warned the Democratic left, specifically Capitol Hill staffers, to keep their criticism of more moderate colleagues in the party to themselves. According to two attendees at the meeting who spoke to The Washington Post on condition of anonymity, Pelosi’s remarks appeared to at least partially be a jab at Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarty, who recently urged his fellow Twitter followers to support a primary challenger to Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and tweeted, “Pelosi is just mad that she got outmaneuvered (again) by Republicans.”

“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it,” Pelosi reportedly said in the meeting, according to the Post. “But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK.”

In an interview published Sunday with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, Pelosi slammed the four women of color and dismissed them as a tiny squad with no real power in Congress.

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she told Dowd of the first-year congresswomen, some of whom she was happy to pose with on the January cover of Rolling Stone. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”

Ninety-five House Democrats, including the four women, voted against the Senate version of the immigration bill, which increased funding to deal with conditions at the border but lacked humanitarian guarantees for detained migrants, specifically children. Pelosi chose not to amend the bill before it passed, leading to sharp criticism from some Democrats, including the “Squad.”

“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that [Pelosi] was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Post later that Wednesday. “But the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”

Pressley told the Post that the speaker’s comments were “demoralizing.”

“Thank God my mother gave me broad shoulders and a strong back. I can handle it. I’m not worried about me,” the Massachusetts Democrat said. “I am worried about the signal that it sends to people I speak to and for, who sent me here with a mandate, and how it affects them.”

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Kentucky police, FBI searching home linked to Savannah Spurlock’s disappearance

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Several law enforcement agencies began a search Wednesday night of what is believed to be the last known location of missing Kentucky mom Savannah Spurlock who disappeared seven months ago after leaving a bar in January, officials said.

Spurlock, a mom of four who had given birth to twins in December, was last seen on surveillance video Jan. 4 after leaving the Other Bar in Lexington with two men. Lt. Col. Rodney Richardson, assistant chief of police with the Richmond Police Department, told Fox News that Spurlock’s last known location was at a home in Garrard County – located some 40 miles from the bar.

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Kentucky State Police said they received a tip around 5 p.m. on Wednesday that lead them back to a Garrard County residence. The house belongs to the parents of one of the men Spurlock was last seen with, police said, according to Lexington’s WLEX-TV.  Police have searched the home several times before in the months since Spurlock went missing.

FBI Louisville Evidence Response Team, Kentucky State Police troopers, Richmond Police officers and reps from the coroner’s office began searching the home around 10:30 p.m. after being granted a warrant, WDRB reported. A body has not been found at this time, police said. The coroner’s office was called in as a precaution in case a discovery is made.

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Police questioned the two men seen on surveillance as well as a third man but have not filed charges against them. Search and rescue teams that specialize in K9 searches swept the cornfields and a bridge near the home where the mother of four was last tracked in the months since her disappearance. In April, police received a tip that lead them to search a cave but nothing was found, WLEX-TV reported.

Fox News’ Cristina Corbin, Kathleen Joyce and Matt Finn contributed to this report.

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Ingraham: California a ‘Democrat-induced disaster’

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Fox News’ Laura Ingraham spoke directly to California Governor Gavin Newsom Wednesday criticizing his response to the homeless crisis after his state gave illegal immigrants Medicaid benefits.

“Gavin, you have runaway homelessness in your state, it’s a total crisis right now. Most notably in San Francisco and L.A. It’s creating filthy and infectious conditions for Californians and especially those low income citizens who don’t send their kids to fancy private schools,” Ingraham said Wednesday on “The Ingraham Angle.”

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Newsom signed a bill into law Tuesday making young illegal immigrants eligible for the Medicaid program in California, making it the first state to offer such taxpayer-funded health benefits to low-income adults age 25 and younger regardless of their immigration status.

The Fox News host criticized California Democrats and warned that the rest of the country could become like California if Democrats have their way.

“My friends, it’s all a Democrat-induced disaster. Instead of focusing on things like, I don’t know, mental health, infectious disease problems that are plaguing this state, the politicians of California are spending $98 million more to extend health care to illegals. That’s on top of the billions they already spend on them,” Ingraham said.

“The whole country will soon become the next California if the Democrats get their way.”

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Ingraham pointed out that Democrats should prioritize Americans over other nationalities who “violate our laws.”

“These California Democrats and those seeking national office need to recognize that they were elected to represent the American people in this country, not the people from elsewhere who violate our laws to enter our country,” Ingraham said.

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report.

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The Nordic Model May Be the Best Cushion Against Capitalism. Can It Survive Immigration?

FILIPSTAD, Sweden — At first, local leaders were inclined to see the refugees as an opportunity. The iron ore mines had shut down. So had a factory that made machinery for the logging industry. The town had been abandoned, its population cut in half. A shot at replenishment appeared at hand.

It was the summer of 2015, and people were arriving from some of the most troubled places on earth — Syria, Somalia, Iraq. They would fill vacant homes, learn Swedish, and take jobs caring for older Swedes. They would pay taxes, helping finance the extensive social welfare programs that have made Sweden a rarity in the world, a country seemingly at peace in an age of tempestuous global capitalism.

But four years after the influx, growing numbers of native-born Swedes have come to see the refugees as a drain on public finances. Some decry an assault on “Swedish heritage,” or “Swedish culture,” or other words that mean white, Christian and familiar. Antipathy for immigrants now threatens to erode support for Sweden’s social welfare state.

“People don’t want to pay taxes to support people who don’t work,” says Urban Pettersson, 62, a member of the local council here in Filipstad, a town set in lake country west of Stockholm. “Ninety percent of the refugees don’t contribute to society. These people are going to have a lifelong dependence on social welfare. This is a huge problem.”

In a global economy increasingly besieged by rage over inequality and the pitfalls of winner-take-all capitalism, Sweden has long stood out as a kinder, gentler sort of country, a potential template for other nations eager to avoid destructive populism.

The so-called Nordic model that prevails in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland has been engineered to protect people from the commonplace economic afflictions assailing many developed countries, and especially the United States. There, the loss of a job can swiftly imperil health care, housing, sustenance and mental well-being. Under the Nordic model, governments typically furnish health care, education and pensions to everyone.

The state delivers subsidized housing and child care. When people lose jobs, they gain unemployment benefits and highly effective job training programs. When children are born, parents avail themselves of paid leave that seems unimaginable in most societies — 480 days in Sweden.

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“People don’t want to pay taxes to support people who don’t work,” says Urban Pettersson, a member of the Sweden Democrats party, which has expressed frustration over the wave of immigration.CreditNora Lorek for The New York Times

“If you’re born in Sweden, you’ve basically won at life,” says Adam S. Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington.

As world leaders debate how to keep the innovative forces of capitalism while more equitably spreading the bounty, the Nordic model is often played up as a promising approach.

In the rest of the world, workers generally fear automation as a threat to paychecks. In Sweden, people are strikingly optimistic about robots given their faith in the social welfare model. If technology destroys some jobs, it will create others, they reckon, while training and state support will enable them to manage the transition.

But the endurance of the Nordic model has long depended on two crucial elements — the public’s willingness to pay some of the highest taxes on earth, and the understanding that everyone is supposed to work. The state ensures that working-age people are prepared with the skills for high-wage jobs, in industries like technology and advanced manufacturing.

Sweden’s sharp influx of immigrants — the largest of any European nation, as a share of the overall population — directly tests this proposition.

At the peak in 2015, 160,000 refugees sought asylum in Sweden, a country of 10 million people. That is equivalent to more than five million refugees arriving in the United States in a year.

Over the last two decades, the share of foreign-born people has risen from 11 percent of the Swedish population to 19 percent. Many of the refugees have little education and do not speak Swedish, making them difficult to employ.

Local leaders in Filipstad, which had seen its population dwindle, originally saw refugees as an economic opportunity.CreditNora Lorek for The New York Times

Public opinion surveys show that Swedes remain willing to accept their tax burden. But as citizens absorb the reality that many refugees will rely on welfare for years, some are balking at the cost while demanding limits on government aid for jobless people.

“People are quite open to showing solidarity for people who are like themselves,” says Carl Melin, policy director at Futurion, a research institution in Stockholm. “They don’t show solidarity for people who are different.”

The primary vessel of discontent is the Sweden Democrats, a right-wing political party with roots in the neo-Nazi movement. Over the last decade, the party has emerged from the extremist wilderness to secure mainstream status, last year capturing the third largest bloc of seats in Parliament.

The party has gained force amid anger over an economy that has stagnated in recent years, and frustration over cuts to social services that have been unfolding for a quarter-century.

The party has also been propelled by revulsion over multiculturalism in towns like Filipstad, where Muslim women in headscarves now wheel toddlers down sidewalks.

“These immigrants don’t speak the same language,” complains Mr. Pettersson, a Sweden Democrat, over coffee in a downtown cafe specializing in Swedish pastries. “They have different religions, different ways of life. If there are too many differences, it’s harder to get along. It’s interesting to meet someone from another country for maybe half an hour, but if you’re going to live together, it’s tough.”

He favors sending refugees back to their home countries through “voluntary repatriation,” he says, rather than squandering public money on doomed efforts to integrate them.

Saadia Osman, a mother of three, arrived in Sweden six years ago, having fled the war in her native Somalia.CreditNora Lorek for The New York Times

“We don’t have infinite resources,” Mr. Pettersson says. “Either it’s higher taxes, or you have to cut something.”

Sweden has long had a reputation for welcoming the exiles of war. And it also claims distinction as the nation that spends the largest percentage of its wealth on aid for developing countries.

“We’ve seen ourselves as a superpower in terms of doing good things,” says Marten Blix, an economist at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics in Stockholm.

When the national government began bringing refugees to Filipstad in 2012, local officials received assurances they would not be left to fend for themselves.

The state was eager to put refugees in small towns rather than in cities like Stockholm, where housing was scarce and expensive. National authorities agreed to cover rent, food, clothing and specialized medical care for the first two years. After that, municipalities would inherit responsibility, though costs were assumed to be minimal: By then, most refugees would supposedly be able to support themselves.

That was a fantasy, says Hannes Fellsman.

He manages work and education programs at a unit the local government set up in 2015 to prepare refugees for careers. He and his colleagues quickly grasped this was going to require substantial resources.

Early waves of refugees from Syria and Iraq included doctors, accountants and other professionals. Language training allowed them to resume their careers. The people arriving later tended to have little education. Many had suffered trauma, requiring mental health counseling.

Hannes Fellsman manages work and education programs at a unit the local government set up in 2015 to prepare refugees for careers.CreditNora Lorek for The New York Times

Roughly one-fifth of Filipstad’s nearly 11,000 inhabitants are now foreign-born. Among the 750 working-age people, 500 have received less than a high school education. Two hundred are illiterate.

“The state keeps saying we need to prepare people to get jobs fast,” Mr. Fellsman says. “That’s impossible. You have to educate them.”

Preparing lower-skilled refugees for work would be a challenge anywhere. In Sweden it is uniquely difficult, given how the economy is centered on highly skilled, highly paid pursuits. It has been engineered to minimize the sorts of low-paying service sector jobs that consign people in other countries to the ranks of the working poor.

Some argue that Sweden must allow lower-wage service sector jobs to emerge, enabling immigrants to secure a hold in the economy by cleaning homes or taking care of children — ideally with a government subsidy.

But unions are hostile, seeing this as a dangerous precedent that could expose Sweden to the forces of downward mobility at work in other countries. Until recently, Swedes were not accustomed to hiring people for menial work, typically preferring to clean their own homes.

Yet absent some fresh approach to increasing employment, an alarming divide seems certain to widen.

The unemployment rate was only 3.8 percent among the Swedish-born populace last year, but 15 percent among foreign-born, notes Marika Lindgren Asbrink, a researcher at LO, Sweden’s largest labor union. Roughly half of all jobless people in Sweden were foreign-born.

Among supporters of the Sweden Democrats, these sorts of numbers are cited as evidence that refugees have flocked here to enjoy lives of state-financed sloth.

A Flag Day barbecue hosted by the right-wing Sweden Democrats in the southern town of Horby.CreditCarsten Snejbjerg for The New York Times

“We have to demand that people work or they cannot get benefits,” says Ted Bondesson, a 22-year-old university student, as he celebrates Flag Day at a barbecue thrown by the Sweden Democrats in the southern town of Horby. “We can’t pay for the whole world.”

The mayor of the town, Cecilia In Zito, a Sweden Democrat, says refugees have refused to assimilate. “I would start by forcing them to learn Swedish,” she says.

Such depictions astonish Babak Jamali.

Six years ago, when he was 13, he left his home in war-torn Afghanistan, riding in the trunk of a car through Pakistan and into Iran. There, he found construction jobs for about $2 a day, squatting in half-finished apartment blocks while struggling to evade police.

He paid a smuggler to truck him into Turkey. He rode buses up the Balkan Peninsula and eventually to Germany, where he slept on the floor of a mosque. He rode a train to the Swedish city of Malmo and applied for asylum. For the last year, he has lived with a pro-refugee activist in the fields outside Horby in a house heated by a wood stove and lacking plumbing.

On paper, Mr. Jamali, 19, is the worst case for Sweden. Before arriving, he had no formal schooling, making him another illiterate, unskilled person ill-suited for work. But he chafes at the notion that he is a drain on society.

He cannot work while his asylum case is pending, so he goes into Horby six days a week to study Swedish. He walks 15 minutes up a dirt road to the highway, even in subzero temperatures, and then waits for a bus that takes 40 minutes. One bus driver refuses to pick him up. Swedes holler at him from passing cars, telling him to go home.

“What home?” he says. “I have no home.”

His first asylum claim was denied. He has filed an appeal. If he loses, he faces deportation.

In Sweden, Babak Jamali, who left his home in war-torn Afghanistan, is a full-time student, nearly fluent in Swedish, and keen to forge a career as an electrician.CreditCarsten Snejbjerg for The New York Times

This possibility fills him with dread. If he lands back in Afghanistan, he will be just another jobless young person. In Sweden, he has become a full-time student, nearly fluent in Swedish, and keen to forge a career as an electrician.

“I want to live the way other people live,” he says.

For most Swedes, the benefits of immigration remain intact. The Nordic model is proven, justifying taxpayer investments toward settling refugees, say economists. Many will struggle to work, but their children will grow up speaking Swedish. They will graduate from Swedish schools into jobs.

“Immigration doesn’t shake the Swedish welfare model in any way,” says Claes Hultgren, the municipal manager in Filipstad. “When we have succeeded with these people, this is a huge resource for Sweden.”

The average refugee in Sweden receives about 74,000 Swedish kronor (about $7,800) more in government services than they pay into the system, Joakim Ruist, an economist at the University of Gothenburg, concluded in a report released last year and commissioned by the Ministry of Finance.

Over all, the cost of social programs for refugees runs about 1 percent of Sweden’s annual national economic output, about as much as Sweden now spends on international aid. The economy is growing. The government’s finances are solid.

“Sweden can bear this cost,” Mr. Ruist says. “This seemingly unsolvable refugee crisis is fully solvable.”

In Filipstad, refugee families of five and more are packed into apartments built for two. Local schools have seen multiplying reports of concern — anything from students missing class to evidence of hunger. Violent crime is increasing. So is drug use.

For the last year, Mr. Jamali has lived with a pro-refugee activist in the fields outside Horby in a house heated by a wood stove.CreditCarsten Snejbjerg for The New York Times

The job training unit represents an effort to arrest that trajectory.

On a recent morning, Saadia Osman sits in a classroom on the second floor of a government building overlooking a lake. She and 11 other refugees are learning Swedish tailored to work in a restaurant kitchen.

A mother of three, Ms. Osman, 39, arrived in Sweden six years ago, having fled the war in her native Somalia.

At first, the government paid the 6,400 kronor a month rent (about $675) on their two-room apartment. It gave them money for food and clothing.

Her husband studied Swedish and attended city-run work trainings. Three years ago, he landed a job at a nearby factory that makes Swedish crisp bread, earning 20,000 kronor a month (about $2,100). They now pay their own rent. Ms. Osman, a preschool teacher in Somalia, wants her own job.

“We are all eager to work,” she says. “It’s not good to sit around at home and do nothing.”

But as the local government seeks to multiply such successes, it is operating with a shortage of money. Most refugees can study only part time.

“We don’t have the money for more,” says Mr. Fellsman.

Three years ago, the national government gave Filipstad 55 million kronor (about $5.8 million) to cover the extra costs of supporting refugees. That money runs out this year. National authorities recently approved plans for an additional $34 million in aid for local governments, less than initially proposed.

Sweden sits at a crossroads. Taxpayers can swallow the costs of integrating refugees, or reject that burden and risk a defining division: White, native-born Swedes will retain jobs and comfortable lives, while dark-skinned immigrants sink into poverty and joblessness in isolated ghettos.

Johnny Grahn, a bus driver, occupies a seat on the Filipstad government council, representing the Sweden Democrats.CreditNora Lorek for The New York Times

“We are creating more and more hostility in our country,” says Dan Andersson, a former chief economist at LO. “We are creating an underclass of unskilled people, because we aren’t helping them with resources.”

From where Johnny Grahn sits, Sweden is already helping too much.

A bus driver by profession, he occupies a seat on the Filipstad government council, representing the Sweden Democrats. His face tightens at mention of the refugees. As he describes it, they have overwhelmed the community.

The mosque established in the former home of a prominent Swedish conservative intellectual, Sven Stolpe, rudely awakens neighbors with the call to prayer, Mr. Grahn complains. Local housing complexes are full of foreigners, he says, while preschools have been “inundated” with refugee children.

But the greatest indignity is the impact on the local budget, Mr. Grahn says.

People are waiting weeks to see dentists. The council recently cut a popular activity coordinator at a local senior center. At the same time, the local government’s welfare payments have soared over the past decade from 6 million kronor (about $632,00) to 29 million (more than $3 million).

To Mr. Grahn and his allies in the Sweden Democrat party, the takeaway is obvious: Refugees are absorbing an outsize share of resources, leaving less money for everyone else.

“The services that you pay taxes for have been reduced drastically,” he says. “There is almost a collapse in the system. When there are so many people arriving who don’t work, the whole thing falls apart.”

In fact, public dismay over cuts to government programs is an old story in Sweden, one that long predates the recent influx of refugees.

In Filipstad, as in other communities, some native-born Swedes have come to see the refugees as a drain on public finances.CreditNora Lorek for The New York Times

After an economic crisis in the early 1990s, Sweden lowered taxes and reduced spending, trimming unemployment benefits and pensions. Complaints about delays in the health care system have become legion, with wealthier people resorting to private insurance.

But that picture is complicated, involving history, the changing ideological whims of the electorate and the complexities of national programs.

In Filipstad, as in other communities, a simpler, readily identified culprit now takes blame for nearly every social problem — the refugees. Driving the narrative is an assumption shared widely among Sweden Democrats that money spent trying to integrate refugees is money wasted.

“We are taking in people who don’t want to learn Swedish and don’t want to enter society,” says Mr. Grahn. “Integration isn’t just about us helping them. They have to want it.”

Beyond Sweden, this sort of thinking tears at the foundations of the Nordic model in an era of mass migration.

“People’s willingness to continue paying the very high taxes needed to finance the social welfare programs is not something that can be taken for granted,” says Mr. Blix, the economist. “We are now beginning to see the emergence of some serious cracks.”

To outsiders, the Nordic model may seem governed by benevolence, by a collectivist spirit that places value on ensuring that no one goes without fundamental needs like health care and housing.

But Sweden’s experience with refugees suggests a more pragmatic, even transactional conception of the social welfare state, a sort of membership club in which people pay dues for expected services. If too many people get the benefits for free — especially people who stand out as different from the majority — faith in the system is imperiled.

“Before, we got something back,” Mr. Grahn says. “Now, we’re not getting back what we paid for.”

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Census asks too many questions – it’s just supposed to determine our population size

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Late last month, the Supreme Court ruled on a challenge to a question that the Commerce Department announced it would add to the 2020 census. The census itself has been mandated by the Constitution to be taken every 10 years so that representation in the House of Representatives could be fairly apportioned to reflect population changes.

Over the years, the folks who prepare the census developed an appetite for peering into the personal lives of everyone living in America, and Congress – which has the same mentality as the census bureaucrats – permitted this. So, the Census Bureau began adding personal questions in the census itself.

The First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments constitutionally limit the only question that the census may ask, and the only question the recipient of the census must answer: How many persons reside in the responder’s home?

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Yet, that constitutional question was not good enough for the bureaucrats. In addition to asking about bedrooms and toilets and education, this year, the census folks were instructed by President Trump to ask the citizenship status of all persons. But the Supreme Court ruled that, on the justification offered by the Commerce Department, the question may not be asked.

Here is the backstory.

Though this has taken on serious political overtones, it is simply an issue about the government rejecting personal liberties – again. So, when the census folks first revealed their intention to ask the citizenship question, two challenges were filed in different federal courts, and each sought to ascertain the reason for the question.

That’s because – even though the Constitution only mandates and only permits one question: “How many persons live here?” – federal law, in defiance of the Constitution, permits ancillary questions if the answers to those questions will assist the mission of the Census Bureau or the broader federal government.

Thus, the lawsuits challenging the proposed citizenship question forced the federal government to explain how the answers received from this question would help the government to do its work.

Both federal courts enjoined the printing of census forms until the feds explained themselves. When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross refused to be interrogated at a deposition, a bureaucrat unfamiliar with the secretary’s and the president’s thinking came and testified. He told lawyers for the challengers and the Department of Justice that the feds needed citizenship data to enforce the Voting Rights Act.

In addition to asking about bedrooms and toilets and education, this year, the census folks were instructed by President Trump to ask the citizenship status of all persons. But the Supreme Court ruled that, on the justification offered by the Commerce Department, the question may not be asked.

All courts that examined that basis for the citizenship question — including the Supreme Court — disbelieved it. The Supreme Court characterized the stated reason as “contrived” and it directed the lower courts to keep their injunctions in place while they sought to determine the true motivations for the question.

When senior officials at the Commerce Department and the Justice Department read the Supreme Court decision and examined the relevant law, they instructed the Justice Department lawyers who were trying the cases to inform the judges in each case that the government recognized its defeat; the census would proceed without the citizenship question.

Then the president got involved and characterized what Justice Department lawyers – his Justice Department lawyers – told two federal judges as “fake news.” The Justice Department then pulled these career lawyers off the cases and sent in new teams of lawyers to try to come up with a lawful and credible reason to justify the citizenship question.

The Department of Justice is in a pickle on this because judges are always skeptical when lawyers – particularly government lawyers who needn’t worry about collecting a fee from a client – are replaced during a case with no rational explanation. It is far more likely that the career Justice Department lawyers resigned from the cases – rather than reverse or contradict themselves – than it is that the department brass removed them.

Can new Justice Department trial teams salvage the department’s cases? I don’t see how. The Commerce Department alleged that the reason for the census question was to assist in the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The Supreme Court declined to accept that explanation because the Voting Rights Act does not apply to three-quarters of the states and there was no request from the Justice Department – which enforces the Voting Rights Act – asking for this.

Moreover, federal courts uphold a doctrine that prohibits the government in a constitutional challenge from supplying reasons for its behavior as an afterthought – an after-the-fact rationalization. That doctrine will bar the judicial consideration of any reason that has not already been offered to support the citizenship question.

Compounding this is a statement that the president made last weekend; namely, that the citizenship question was being asked for reapportionment purposes. Hold on. That statement directly defies the consistent Justice Department arguments that reapportionment has nothing to do with this.

Does the census count only citizens, citizens and lawfully resident noncitizens, or all persons? It counts all persons. Thus, citizenship is irrelevant to its counting mission and to the government’s enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, as noncitizens cannot vote.

Can the president rectify this with an executive order? In a word: no. The judicial injunctions against asking the question would apply to and supersede an executive order.

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This mess is yet another example of personal liberty versus government power. On one side is the right to privacy in the home, expressly guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment, and the right to silence, expressly guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment and by implication in the First Amendment. On the other side is an avaricious government that wants to know all it can about persons in America – whether constitutional or not.

Could a future Commerce Department ask how many guns are kept in the house or who living there goes to Mass on Sunday or if any resident has had an abortion? How much longer will a free people permit these intrusions? How much longer will we be a free people?

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If everyone had voted, Hillary Clinton would probably be president. Republicans owe much of their electoral success to liberals who don’t vote

Westlake Legal Group KKjHnSpvyDiByceFsj-EWZYVZv_BkqUhVM-vHIgTZHU If everyone had voted, Hillary Clinton would probably be president. Republicans owe much of their electoral success to liberals who don’t vote r/politics

Sorry, I really hate to hijack your comment, but voter suppression is such a soft excuse.

2008

Obama: 69,498,516 McCain: 59,948,323

2012

Obama: 65,915,795 Romney: 60,933,504

2016

Clinton: 65,853,514 Trump: 62,984,828

Hillary had just roughly only 60,000 fewer votes than Obama did in 2012. Her problem? She failed to properly identify swing states. She ran an absolutely terrible campaign. Pair that with Trump getting 2M+ more votes than Romney did, campaigning in the right places, it’s clear to see how he won.

I’m sick of Democrats trying to put the blame on everything and everyone by ourselves. Obama in 2008 was a transcendent candidate. He was younger, black, charismatic, and he inspired hope. We won that election going away because the people took it upon themselves to vote for him.

And if I’m really digging deep and getting unpopular, I’m looking directly at the African-American community for not getting out to vote in 2016. They may be a minority, but with margins of victories so slim, their voice matters and their voice makes an enormous impact.

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Odell Beckham Sports A New Look At The ESPYs, And Twitter Users Are Confused

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made a splash off the field by unveiling a whole new look at the 2019 ESPY Awards on Wednesday. 

And it left people a little confused. 

Beckham sported a white shirt and a tan sleeveless top over it with what looked like a large pouch in the front, and he completed the look with matching tan Bermuda shorts.

He also cut his trademark blond locks: 

Twitter users had some strong feelings about the football star’s look: 

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