Truthout Tuesday


The most successful of Trump’s anti-immigrant measures up until now — and possibly the most vicious — hasn’t been getting the attention it deserves.

In operation since late January, Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), originally called “Remain in Mexico,” allows the U.S. government to push most non-Mexican asylum seekers into Mexico once immigration officials have cleared them to make an asylum claim. As of early September, the number of people forced into Mexico under MPP had reportedly risen to more than 42,000.

Immigration authorities say that these migrants are able to pursue their asylum cases while waiting in Mexico, but this is nonsense. It’s difficult for impoverished asylum seekers to get legal representation even while inside the United States; from across the border, it’s virtually impossible. At the end of June, a grand total of 1.3 percent of these asylum-seekers had succeeded in finding a lawyer, according to an August report by the U.S. nonprofit Human Rights First. So far, only one of the applicants is known to have won asylum.

David L. Wilson, Truthout

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15 Responses to Truthout Tuesday

  1. Micki says:

    Worth reading, IMO…


  2. Micki says:

    VICTOR WALLIS, author, said today: “Greta Thunberg told the UN on Monday: ‘People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth, How dare you!’

    She captures it in a nutshell … The diagnosis is no longer at issue. What is missing is the political force to compel the necessary steps….

    “As of now we are confronted by two forms of denial: the open rejection of science by the Republicans vs. the ‘yes but’ approach of the establishment Democrats. These approaches reinforce each other in practice.

    “So far the political energy and organization for such steps is still lacking…”

    “The action of the Democrats in quashing the effort to have in-depth discussion of environmental policy is symptomatic of the corporate-inspired resistance that has to be overcome. They fear debate precisely because any thorough discussion would point toward the need for more radical steps than they are willing to have us even think about — let alone put into practice.”


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Den, do you still have power?


  4. Micki says:

    Yes. Without exception, all customers in the areas affected have their power shut off. Emergency facilities such as hospitals and fire and police stations typically use generators to remain open.

    This Public Safety Power Shutoff could last for several days. If you have special medical needs that require electricity, take these steps:

    Make sure we have your current contact information. PG&E will use this information to alert customers through automated calls, texts and emails, when possible, prior to and during, a Public Safety Power Shutoff. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date. Or, update your contact information by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours.
    Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power. Download the Pacific ADA Center’s Emergency Power Planning Fact Sheet (PDF, 272 KB)PDF. Opens in new Window..
    If you have a generator or other electric backup power, we encourage you to do a safety check and make sure you have enough fuel to last a few days.


    • Den says:

      PG&E are essentially the power grid mafia in CA, installing sub-standard equipment, refusing to use Reclosers on their power lines, causing fires that have harmed millions. This is a ‘cover your ass’ maneuver by PG&E to cover up their use of substandard equipment, not “Public Safety” as they have stated repeatedly. If you tell the same story often enough it becomes true in the eyes of many. And to throw salt in the wounds of many, one cannot seek damages from PG&E for lost freezer, refrigerator food because it was done for “Public Safety”. And to top it all off they got permission from CA to raise their rates to pay for the numerous lawsuits resulting from their inadequate equipment.
      Glad I getting out of here!


      • David B. Benson says:

        If the utility commission won’t allow RoI then the operating company won’t install it. Ordinarily the operating companies are most happy to install new gear to up the rate of return. As always, the rate payers pay.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Going to have an early taste of winter here.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    A whopping big, sturdy, tall crane has appeared over on C Street. Still just 14 minutes to the north door of the Hillside Cafe.


  7. Carol says:

    AT LAST! The weak-kneed Democrats are making a stand. Nancy McConnell seems to have snapped out of it.

    I can hardly wait to see what Trump says and does.


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