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Rhode Island guard resigns after video shows truck driving into anti-ICE protesters

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A Rhode Island correctional officer resigned Friday, one day after being placed on administrative leave following an incident in which a truck driver plowed the vehicle into a small crowd of anti-ICE protesters — reportedly injuring two of them.

It remained unclear whether Capt. Thomas Woodworth — who had worked at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, a government facility operated by a private contractor — was behind the wheel of the truck in the Wednesday incident. The operator holds contracts to detain illegal immigrants on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Providence Journal reported.

In a now-viral video posted on social media, a black pickup truck is seen advancing toward a group of protesters as they block the entranceway to the ICE facility. The truck stops briefly as protesters rise to their feet and move toward the vehicle, chanting “Shame!” and “The whole world is watching!”

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The truck then suddenly moves forward while some protesters remain in its path. A female protester can be seen jumping on the back bed of the truck. A second video shows a group of detention officers approach the protesters after the confrontation with the truck driver. The officers reportedly told the crowd to back away before allegedly using pepper spray on them.

The Rhode Island State Police and facility officials are both investigating the incident, the Providence Journal reported.

The protest was organized by Never Again Action, a Jewish youth movement that compares current federal immigration policies, including immigrants being held at detention facilities, to the atrocities of the Holocaust. The group’s Twitter page has more than 53,000 followers.

The detention facility’s managers have not confirmed the identity of the driver, citing the ongoing investigation, the Journal reported.

Never Again Action, which claims Woodworth was the driver, issued a statement Friday after the officer’s resignation. In addition to the two injuries, the group also claims three people were treated for exposure to pepper spray, the Journal reported.

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One of the protesters, Jerry Belair, 64, suffered a broken leg and internal bleeding and was being examined for a possible back injury, the organization told Boston’s WBZ-TV.

“We hope that will not be the end of an effort to hold him accountable for attempting to run over multiple Jewish youth and elders peacefully protesting,” Never Again Action’s statement said.

Never Again Action said about 300 protesters gathered at the detention center Wednesday, and about 30 of them were blocking the entrance when the truck first approached.

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Homan shares new video on ICE facility attack: Result of ‘hateful rhetoric’ from AOC’s ‘Squad,’ 2020 Dems

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Former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Tom Homan said on “Fox & Friends” Thursday that the “hateful rhetoric” from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the so-called “Squad,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 2020 presidential candidates is having a dangerous effect on ICE employees around the country.

Homan reacted on the show to new exclusive surveillance video obtained by Fox News of a man — armed with guns and explosives — attacking an ICE facility in Tacoma, Wash., last month. The suspect fired a rifle at the building, set a vehicle on fire and attempted to light propane tanks in an effort to burn the facility to the ground.

Homan said numerous lives could have been lost in the attack if not for the quick response of local police since the building houses more than 1,300 immigrants and about 100 ICE agents. The 69-year-old suspect had penned a manifesto declaring his support for Antifa.

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Shots were fired at an ICE office building in San Antonio early Tuesday in what the FBI called a “targeted attack,” according to the San Antonio Express-News. The outlet also reported there was also gunfire at another facility where an ICE contractor was located.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) workers have faced a rapidly escalating series of threats, including protesters menacing their children and shots being fired at their offices, amid a rising tide of anti-ICE rhetoric from the left fueled by congressional Democrats, media voices and presidential hopefuls.

Footage published Tuesday by Breitbart News shows protesters in Florida from groups such as Never Again Action and Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward County threatening workers and former employees of the GEO Group, a private contractor used by ICE. One protester threatened the family of GEO Group’s former general counsel, John Bulfin.

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Homan, who also wrote an op-ed for Fox News on Wednesday about the dangers of left-wing immigration rhetoric, said he was threatened when he was acting ICE director and he had to place armed security around his home to protect his family.

“I have to blame the Democratic hateful rhetoric that you hear from The Squad, AOC, the Speaker of the House, just about everybody running for president on the Democratic ticket wants to abolish ICE, you know, we’re Nazis, we’re racists, we run concentration camps and they wonder why people are emboldened to do these things,” he said, referring to the inflammatory statements against ICE since President Trump came into office.

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Homan said the ICE agents and officials who are now being vilified by the left are the same men and women who served under President Barack Obama and are devoted to keeping communities safe. He said the left was quick to blame the El Paso mass shooting on Trump, yet they are silent when ICE buildings are attacked.

“It has to stop. … It’s a matter of time before one of our [ICE] employees or Border Patrol agents or families of one of our contractors is killed and I don’t hear anything from the left on that.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Buttigieg reportedly helped create a phone tree to alert families about ICE raids

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South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg reportedly helped create an alert system that would notify families if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided his residents’ homes or businesses.

The “phone tree,” according to The Daily Beast on Wednesday, was one of several actions Buttigieg took to protect illegal immigrants in his town. Phone trees consist of an automated calling system that helps spread messages quickly and efficiently.

Those would presumably help alert immigrants to the type of surprise raids that resulted in nearly 700 arrests in Mississippi.

His approach to immigration came under legal scrutiny when Judicial Watch, a right-leaning organization, sued the city over a “Community Resident Card” program that Buttigieg reportedly developed with the help of La Casa, a left-wing, pro-immigration group.

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The program allowed residents to open bank accounts, fill prescriptions, and use public services without fear that authorities would find out their immigration status. Buttigieg specifically partnered with local businesses on the program and directed utilities and other services to accept the cards as a valid form of identification.

Buttigieg was just one of many 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who sought to help immigrants avoid interactions with federal immigration enforcement.

A long list of Democrats has criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policy as racist, xenophobic, and even as a way of terrorizing families.

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On Monday, the administration prompted criticism by releasing a controversial rule that would limit green card recipients depending on whether they met a certain income threshold or relied on public assistance.

Trump has also leveled fierce criticism at “sanctuary cities” that refuse to cooperate with federal law enforcement on requests to continue detaining illegal immigrants. Buttigieg has blasted that type of cooperation as “conscription,” although Indiana has banned “sanctuary cities” in the state.

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Former acting ICE director Tom Homan: Attack on immigration offices was an act of ‘domestic terrorism’

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The former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Tom Homan, said the attack on federal immigration offices in San Antonio, Texas, should be considered an act of “domestic terrorism,” and he warned against the effects of extreme political rhetoric.

The FBI is calling the early-Tuesday event a “targeted attack” after shots were fired at an ICE building where two floors of administrative and executive offices were housed, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The outlet also reported there was also gunfire at another facility where an ICE contractor was located.

“I think this was an act of terrorism. I mean, look at the definition of terrorism, this is exactly what they’re doing,” Homan said during an interview on “Outnumbered Overtime” on Wednesday. “This is domestic terrorism.”

Homan, who also wrote an op-ed for Fox News on Wednesday about the dangers of left-wing immigration rhetoric, took issue with House Democrats for radicalizing their talking points, and said hate should have no place in policymaking.

ICE OFFICES, WORKERS HIT BY WAVE OF VIOLENCE AND THREATS: ‘WE KNOW WHERE ALL YOUR CHILDREN LIVE’

“We’ve got to stop the hate,” he said. “They say the Trump administration — all hate rhetoric is coming out of there. No, there’s just as much hate rhetoric, if not more, on the left. So when you sit there and vilify the men and women of ICE and the Border Patrol every day — the media outlets, and the people running for president, and the Democratic leadership, that catches on.”

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Homan said the escalation has risen to such a high level that most policymakers and government workers need some form of personal security, to protect against physical attacks.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report

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Juan Williams: Trump’s new green card rule aims to ‘punish’ immigrants

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President Trump’s new rule governing the issuance of green cards marks the White House’s latest attempt to punish the immigrant population, according to Juan Williams.

The president has conducted himself in ways that reflect an anti-immigrant sentiment and displeasure at his struggle to complete a wall along the Mexican border, Williams claimed Monday on “The Story.”

“I think this is really about punishing immigrants,” he said.

“I think it is sending a message to the Trump base that he’s anti-immigrant, that he didn’t get the wall. He tried to get merit-based admission to the country into the books and didn’t do so, and so I think this is a way to circumvent that.”

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Earlier Monday, the administration’s acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) explained the purpose of the so-called “public charge” rule.

“The principle driving it is an old American value, and that’s self-sufficiency,” Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general, told Fox News.

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“It’s a core principle — the American Dream itself — and it’s one of the things that distinguishes us, and it’s central to the legal history in the U.S. back into the 1800s,” Cuccinelli, a Republican, added.

Speaking to Martha MacCallum, Williams added the president’s backing of this new rule suggested he’d support curtailing immigration from underprivileged countries.

He said Trump had “a particular interest in halting people who come from low-income countries,” pointing to Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean.

Regarding the new rule, Williams criticized how it marked receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), food stamps and most forms of Medicaid as factors counting against admissibility.

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“It is difficult to say to us as Americans… that is a disqualification,” he said.

In his comments to Fox News, Cuccinelli said the rule was not so much about limiting successful applications (noting that President Trump has sworn in more new citizens on an annual basis than were sworn in during the tail end of former President Barack Obama’s administration) as it was about providing clarity to both USCIS staff in charge of enforcing the law, and also to immigrants about what benefits would factor in to a public charge determination.

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum and Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Cuccinelli: New Trump green card rule simply gives ‘meaningful effect’ to 140-year-old directive

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The White House’s new green card rule strengthens a question asked of immigrants for more than a century, according to the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Ken Cuccinelli.

The rule announced earlier Monday strengthened a long-held standard for potential immigrants and green card holders, Cuccinelli said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“For the last couple of decades, because of the guidance issued after the 1996 version of this law, it’s been ineffective,” he said.

Regarding the policy, host Mark Steyn noted he appeared to be held to the rule’s standard many years ago when he applied for U.S. citizenship from his native Canada.

“The official was deeply concerned,” Steyn said, adding he was self-employed at the time.

“He wanted to ensure I wouldn’t become a charge on the public purse. So, that question was around a while ago. Is it just not being asked anymore?”

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In response, Cuccinelli said Steyn’s experience was not an aberration.

“It’s actually been around for almost 140 years, so it wasn’t new to you,” the former Virginia attorney general said, appearing to reference similar language from the Immigration Act of 1882.

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“We try to avoid having immigrants come through our process… who are likely in the future to become welfare-dependent.”

On Monday, the Trump administration issued a long-awaited rule strengthening the ability of federal officials to deny green cards to immigrants deemed likely to rely on government aid.

The rule was likely to cause significant backlash from Democrats and immigration rights groups, who have warned that it may spook migrants away from claiming the benefits they need, fearing it would lead to them being deemed inadmissible when requesting a green card.

There already have been signs that the rule could significantly reshape who receives permanent residency. Politico reported last week that the State Department has been cracking down on potential public charges — with rejections on such grounds surging to 12,179 in the 2019 fiscal year from 1,033 in fiscal-year 2016.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Ken Cuccinelli is asked if Lady Liberty’s plaque should come down amid immigration changes

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The acting director of the Citizenship and Immigration Service office, Ken Cuccinelli, fielded question during Monday’s White House press briefing regarding new immigration regulations. One of the more pointed questions: Should the plaque on the Statue of Liberty be removed?

Cuccinelli outlined the new “public charge” rule that allows the federal government to take into account income and education while reviewing a potential immigrant’s request for a visa or green card. Officials say this will ensure that those who are granted access to the U.S. can be financially self-sufficient taxpayers who aren’t in need of federal entitlements.

CBS Radio’s Steven Portnoy asked if the new rule comes into conflict with the Statue of Liberty’s embrace of the downtrodden. He asked if the plaque should be removed.

“As long as the public charge has been in effect since the late 1800s, there’s also been, almost as long, the words at the base of the Statue of Liberty that read, ‘Give us your tired, your poor…’ You’re implementing a public charge rule for the first time,” Portnoy said. “Is that sentiment … still operative in the United States … or should the plaque come down off the statue?”

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Cucinelli said there are no plans to remove the famous plaque and cheered America’s track record as having a wide embrace.

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“Well I’m certainly not prepared to take anything down off the Statue of Liberty,” he replied. “We have a long history of being one of the most welcoming nations in the world, on a lot of bases. Whether you be an asylee, whether you be coming here to join your family, or emigrating yourself … I do not think, by any means, we’re ready to take anything off the Statue of Liberty.”

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Nearly 100 protesters arrested after part of New York freeway shut down in anti-ICE demonstration

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Nearly 100 protestors in New York City were arrested Saturday during a demonstration outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office where they shut down part of a major highway.

Protestors sat down and linked arms in the middle of the West Side Highway near 26th Street, bringing traffic in both directions to a halt, as Fox 5 reported. Some were seen holding signs that read  “Abolish ICE” and “Close the camps.”

“We are protesting the camps at the border and the children being separated from their parents,” Miriam Bernstein told WLNY-TV.

Bernstein said the protest location was chosen because ICE has offices nearby.

The highway appeared to be shut down for about an hour before the lanes were reopened.

ICE has come under scrutiny amid reports of the separation of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border and unsanitary conditions at detention facilities. Many Republicans have pointed the blame at policies that started under President Obama’s administration.

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“I am absolutely infuriated by children being broken up and split from their families as our government detains people rounded up all these immigrants last week,” Nikki Blazek told the news outlet.

Those arrested Saturday were charged with disorderly conduct and released.

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Chicken plants raided by ICE ‘willfully and unlawfully’ hired unauthorized workers: court documents

Almost all of the Mississippi chicken plants raided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on Wednesday were “willfully and unlawfully” employing people without proper work documentation authorizing them to hold jobs in the U.S., according to unsealed court documents.

Federal investigators who executed the raid on seven plants in all arrested 680 people, drawing in part on informant information — in what’s been described as the largest immigration raid in a decade. (Roughly 30 of those arrested were released on humanitarian grounds, while another 270 were released after being processed by ICE, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi said Thursday.)

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Handcuffed workers await transportation to a processing center following a raid by U.S. immigration officials at Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (AP)

An informant posing as a worker at the latter of two chicken processing plants, PH Food Inc. in Morton and A&B Inc. in Pelahatchie, told Homeland Security investigators that both are owned by a Chinese man from California, Huo You Liang, more commonly referred to as Victor by his employees in Mississippi. The informant contended that Victor, as well as managers at other plants, did not follow state regulations which require employers to utilize E-Verify, a federal electronic verification system, to validate the authenticity of work documents including identification, Social Security numbers and tax information.

“The payroll companies as well as PH Food Inc. and A&B Inc. do not verify the authenticity of their documents,” the informant told investigators, according to court documents, allowing employees to use their real names supported by fake documents to get hired.

Another informant at PH Food said that the majority of the 240 employees at PH’s plant as well as 80 employees at A&B’s plant employed many Guatemalan immigrants lacking in proper work authorizations and documentation.

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In addition, investigators gathered evidence from electronic monitoring bracelets from migrants who had previously been arrested for immigration violations — thus barring them from employment in the U.S. — and noted that all seven raided plants employed these immigrants illegally.

Three members of the House Oversight Committee Friday sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan asking that, among other things, documents and information be turned over showing whether the companies involved in the Mississippi raids would be facing criminal charges or other fines and penalties for hiring illegal immigrants.

The letter, signed by panel chairs Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., requested documents on “whether any owners, employers or individuals otherwise responsible for hiring at targeted worksites were charged and the nature of those charges.”

“It appears that these DOJ and ICE enforcement actions are targeting only immigrant workers and not their employers,” the letter said.

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Bringing criminal charges against companies that illegally hire workers is difficult because prosecutors must prove that the employer did so knowingly, a claim easily rebutted via claims of being duped by fraudulent documentation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump administration seeks to break up immigration judges’ union

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The Trump administration announced Friday that it is petitioning to decertify the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) — a move that, if successful, could give the administration more control over where judges are sent and how many cases they’re expected to handle.

A Department of Justice spokesperson said the department is submitting a petition to the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to look at whether the NAIJ’s certification of representation should be revoked, as it claims the judges meet the statutory definition of “management officials.”

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A management official is defined as “any individual employed by an agency in a position the duties and responsibilities of which require or authorize the individual to formulate, determine, or influence the policies of the agency.” Such officials cannot be part of a bargaining unit like a union.

“The role and importance of immigration judges in meeting the Department’s mission and determining or influencing its immigration policies have greatly evolved over the past several years,” a DOJ spokesperson said. “In recognition of that evolution, including changes in the law, the Department of Justice believes appropriate action is necessary to update [the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s] workforce relations in conformity with the law and to continue to further the Department’s mission.”

The union is a voluntary association but is frequently vocal about the issues facing its members, often opposing some of the policies and demands placed on them. The U.S. is facing a significant backlog of cases as it has seen tens of thousands of migrants, many of them family units, crossing the border and claiming asylum in recent months.

NAIJ President Ashley Tabaddor said last month that the a judge can typically have as many as 5,000 cases on their docket, and criticized “surreal decisions” by the DOJ, including the demand that they complete more than 700 cases a year.

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“So even in the last few months and — so in the last fiscal year, we have now been facing quotas and deadlines on judges, something that you would never do to a judge because you would not place a judge’s financial interest into the mix of his or her decision when it comes to a case,” she said in an interview with National Public Radio.

Tabaddor told Fox News in an email Friday that while the NAIJ has not been formally notified, “it appears that the DOJ is repeating their previous unsuccessful effort before the FLRA to disband the union based on the same set of unfounded claims.”

The petition is being submitted to the regional office of the FLRA, where both sides will make their cases. According to a DOJ spokesman, an investigation will be conducted and the department will submit its arguments in support of its petition. The regional director could issue a decision, or could decide a hearing is necessary to reach a conclusion.

Should the administration be successful in decertifying the union, it would not give the administration a say over the decisions that judges make, but it would allow further supervision over work schedules, where judges are sent and the number of cases judges can complete every year.

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The administration has called for a number of measures to combat the migration crisis, including more immigration judges as well as fixes to “loopholes” that limit how long family units can be held in detention. In March, the DOJ said it was aiming to hire more than 100 new immigration judges and support staff, including hundreds of, “attorneys, judicial law clerks, legal assistants and administrative support staff, including interpreters.”

The goal would be to have 659 immigration judges in place by sometime in 2020, officials said in the budget request.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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