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These laws added extensively to the list of crimes that made any non-U.S. citizen, including many legal permanent residents, vulnerable to civil incarceration and deportation. Then the George W. Bush administration launched Operation Streamline, which authorized the criminal prosecution — rather than civil deportation — of those apprehended at online shopping essay the border; that’s the program the Trump administration used to separate families. So where we are today is the result of three decades of increasingly aggressive policies under both Democratic and Republican leadership. It is time that we all take responsibility for this system and put forth what former First Lady Laura Bush recently called for: “a kinder, more compassionate and moral answer.” The Trump administration or Congress can implement community accompaniment programs , through which relatives and local organizations take responsibility for making sure immigrants and asylum seekers can have their day in court, with due process, instead of being caged in a system that is deliberately set up to prevent them from accessing legal counsel or other support. We already have a more humane and less expensive response to migration that does not involve tearing kids from parents, or incarceration. My organization, Freedom for Immigrants, has been piloting these programs since 2014. In the first six months of our Bay Area-based program, we were able to secure the safe release and housing of 61 people, showing that our communities do indeed want to welcome immigrants.
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When it was Maria Villarreal’s turn, she pulled out a bottle with dark brown water and complained that the district wasn’t doing enough. She said she had complained many times. “I’m tired, and they don’t do anything,” she said before storming away. For years, discolored and odorous water occasionally came out of Martha Barajas’ faucets. She said it got worse in recent years, flowing chestnut brown or yellow and smelling like rust or chlorine. She said she complained but saw no lasting change. The 47-year-old mother, along with some neighbors, formed a social media group called Sativa Clients. They and other customers posted hundreds of videos chronicling the water conditions. A sea of critics showed up at the forum Monday, denouncing the Sativa Los Angeles County Water District. Among them was a smaller contingent of defenders.
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