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It's Donald Trump's America, We Just Live in It. Or Is It?

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:36pm
It's Donald Trump's America, We Just Live in It. Or Is It?


Source: It's Donald Trump's America, We Just Live in It. Or Is It?

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Progressives Lost Big Time on the Border Emergency Aid Bill

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:36pm
Progressives Lost Big Time on the Border Emergency Aid Bill


Source: Progressives Lost Big Time on the Border Emergency Aid Bill

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I?m Young, Cuban and Staying to Fight

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:36pm
I?m Young, Cuban and Staying to Fight

The only way to change the future of Cuba is to keep raising our voices and march against the long-lived revolutionary system.
Source: [url=https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/03/opinion/internation...
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Another group that we are not attracting.

ElPasoSpeak - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 5:00am

We recently wrote about El Paso having the highest industrial property tax rate among the 50 largest cities in the United States during the 2018 tax year.

Next we talked about El Paso having the highest residential property tax rate for smaller homes and the second highest rate on larger homes in those same cities.

How did we compare on commercial properties (like call centers, transportation companies and others–as opposed to industrial facilities)?

El Paso had the third highest property tax rate on all sizes of commercial properties during that period.

People who own those kinds of commercial businesses will probably find it hard to justify moving to El Paso and facing the third highest property tax rates on their commercial businesses and the first or second highest rates on their homes.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Ways to be Undocumented But Not a Criminal

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 10:00pm
This part 3 of a 3 part series. Being present in the United States without the proper documentation […]
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When taxes hit home

ElPasoSpeak - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 5:00am

In How not to try to attract industry we pointed out that El Paso had the highest industrial tax rate among the 50 largest cities in the United States for the 2018 tax year.

According to the report we were citing El Paso also had the highest residential tax rate on homesteaded median value homes in areas where there were  assessment limits.

Median value evidently meant less than $150,000.  That means that we taxed the people living in lower value homes proportionately more than anyone else.

For homes valued between $150,000 and $300,000 El Paso’s tax rate was the second highest among the 50 largest cities.

People that manage businesses that are considering a move to El Paso probably fall into the higher home value range.

We offer them the opportunity to be like many El Pasoans and pay the second highest rate shown.

Is it any wonder that people are leaving town and that we don’t attract companies?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Catch and Release

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 10:00pm
This part 2 of a 3 part series. Because of the lack of detention facilities and because individuals […]
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Federal Court Rules Against Trump in Border Wall Cases

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 7:15pm
Federal Court Rules Against Trump in Border Wall Cases


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Stop Collecting Immigrants? Social Media Data

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 7:15pm
Stop Collecting Immigrants? Social Media Data

The Trump administration is continuing a bad policy that doesn?t make us safer.
Source: Stop Collecting Immig...
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Why Detention Centers Remind Us of One of the Worst Periods in History

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 7:15pm
Why Detention Centers Remind Us of One of the Worst Periods in History

[html]Is it right to call the migrant detainment centers on our southern border ?concentration camps,? as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did recently? Her comments w...
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Tax breaks - Vanity vs. Jobs

Refuse the Juice - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 9:06am
I'm watching the comments here and the general attitudes of the public and seeing that people seem to have bias when it comes to "tax breaks." On the one hand you have those who are perfectly fine with rich guys... Brad Kanus
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How not to try to attract industry

ElPasoSpeak - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 5:00am

The Lincoln Institute and the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence jointly publish an annual report comparing property taxes among the 50 states.

The report for the 2018 tax year is out.  You can see the whole thing here.

This year’s report lists El Paso as having the highest property tax rate on industrial properties of the top 50 cities in the United States.

The report shows three breakdowns: smaller industrial firms (land and building value up to $100,000), mid-sized firms (land and building value up to $1 million), and larger firms ($25 million).

We had the highest tax rate in all three categories last year.

Is this the way to attract industry?

We will probably read some comments about the local governments granting tax abatements to incoming industrial firms.  Remember that those abatements have a finite life.  After that the firms end up paying the regular tax rate.

The people that operate those firms have to pay property taxes on their homes, or if they are carpetbaggers through their apartment rentals.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Immigration Law Section 1325

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 06/30/2019 - 10:00pm
Today’s post is part one of three posts explaining the immigration law that Julián Castro alluded to in […]
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Kamala Harris Won the Democratic Debate by Fudging Her Record

US Immigration Reform Forum - Sun, 06/30/2019 - 6:10pm
Kamala Harris Won the Democratic Debate by Fudging Her Record


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Should We Call Detention Centers Concentration Camps?

US Immigration Reform Forum - Sun, 06/30/2019 - 6:10pm
Should We Call Detention Centers Concentration Camps?

A better historical analog would be the internment camps of Vichy France. But that?s no compliment.
Source: [url=https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/29/opinion/sunday/migrant-kids-co...
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Beto O’Rourke takes campaign into Mexico to spotlight ‘cruelty’ of Trump immigration policies

Borderzine - Sun, 06/30/2019 - 4:27pm

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico – Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke took his campaign to Mexico on Sunday to denounce Trump administration policies that he called cruel and counter to U.S. values.

O’Rourke met with asylum seekers at a burrito restaurant and at Juárez’s largest migrant shelter. He criticized several policies: metering, which strictly limits the number of migrants who can approach ports of entry to seek asylum; Migrant Protection Protocols, the “remain in Mexico” policy that has sent thousands of asylum seekers back across the border while their immigration cases are decided by U.S. courts; and family separation.

“We put them in this precarious position, we have caused this suffering. We also have the opportunity to make this better and to make this right,” O’Rourke said after hearing stories from several migrants.

The O’Rourke campaign said the former El Paso congressman is the first Democratic presidential candidate to visit a foreign country this election cycle.

The Trump campaign pounced on O’Rourke’s visit to Juárez shortly after a reporter tweeted a photo of him meeting with migrants at the Casa del Migrante shelter.

“Could Democrats make it any more obvious that they couldn’t care less about actual American citizens?” Matt Wolking, the deputy communications director for the Trump campaign, said in a tweet. “Beto could visit a homeless camp in California or an opioid addiction center in rural West Virginia. He could meet with Angel families. But he’d rather campaign for president by talking to people who can’t even vote.”

O’Rourke and other Democratic candidates have focused on Trump immigration policies in recent days amid reports of inhumane treatment of children in Border Patrol facilities, as well as a viral photo of a father and daughter from El Salvador who died while trying to cross the Rio Grande at Matamoros, Mexico.

O’Rourke on Sunday focused on a policy that hasn’t gotten much attention from other candidates, even though it is a key component of the Trump administration’s efforts to slow the number of families from Central America coming to the U.S.-Mexico border.

The impact of Migrant Protection Protocols

Migrant Protection Protocols, which began in January, requires some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are decided in U.S. immigration courts. The migrants are allowed to come back to the United States for their court dates, but otherwise have to wait in northern Mexico border cities.

The Mexican immigration agency has said more than 15,000 migrants have been sent back, including almost 7,000 from El Paso to Juárez. Mexico and the United States agreed to a massive expansion of the MPP program as a means of heading off President Trump’s threats to impose tariffs on Mexican products if the country didn’t do more to curb the migratory flow from Central America.

A number of people in MPP have said they’ve been raped, kidnapped, beaten and robbed after being returned to Juárez.

At Casa del Migrante, a Catholic Church-run shelter that can hold 800 to 1,000 migrants, O’Rourke talked with Karen, a 19-year-old Salvadoran woman. She entered the United States in April with her parents and younger siblings. She said she was separated from her family and forced to return to Juárez; her family was released from immigration custody and allowed to go to California while their asylum claims were decided.

“It’s a cruelty on a young person who’s already separated from her family, is no longer in her country, has been in Ciudad Juárez for months now, just trying to get help, and is navigating all of this without an attorney,” O’Rourke said at the meeting, which was live-streamed by his campaign.

O’Rourke also talked with a Salvadoran family who said they fled their country after police told them they couldn’t protect them from gang threats. The father, who didn’t give his name, described walking barefoot across parts of Mexico after losing his shoes, carrying his young son on his shoulders. The heat was intense and one man in their group died on the journey, he said.

“Many people do not know, but there have been at least 8,000 migrants and asylum seekers over the last two decades who have died trying to come to the United States of America to escape violence … to contribute to our country. And our policies that we chose, the walls that we’ve already built, this MPP policy that we’re now employing, the metering where we turn people back from our ports of entry, has literally forced people to make this god-awful decision where they’re literally taking their lives into their hands to try to save the lives of their kids and their families,” O’Rourke said.

Child detention in the U.S.

After finishing his conversation with asylum seekers in Juárez, O’Rourke headed back to the United States for a rally at the Border Patrol station in Clint, about 20 miles southeast of El Paso. That is one of the facilities cited by lawyers and health professionals for poor treatment of children, an allegation the Border Patrol has denied.

Julian Castro, a Democratic presidential candidate, held a press conference on Saturday at the
Clint Border Patrol station to denounce the Trump administration’s treatment of migrant
children. Photo by Robert Moore for Borderzine.com

O’Rourke was the second Democratic presidential candidate in as many days to visit the Clint Border Patrol station. Julian Castro, a former San Antonio mayor and former secretary of Housing and Urban Development, had a press conference outside the facility on Saturday.

“I can’t believe that anybody who believes in a god – and I’ll just speak to my own faith tradition – I can’t believe that anybody who believes in Jesus Christ would believe that this is right or that we should treat children like this,” Castro said. “And that has nothing to do with whether you’re Republican or Democrat or conservative or liberal. We just shouldn’t treat people like this.”

Rep. Will Hurd, a Republican whose district includes Clint, also was at the Border Patrol station on Saturday. He said the facility held about 60 children that day, down from 117 when the media toured the facility on Wednesday and well below a peak of 700 several weeks ago. The facility has cell space to hold 106 children; many have been held in a converted driveway and warehouse.

“We shouldn’t be housing people in these kinds of facilities for any length of time, especially not children,” said Hurd, who disagrees with both President Trump and leading Democrats on how to address migration and border security.

Two Texas Democrats in the House, Veronica Escobar of El Paso and Joaquin Castro of San Antonio, will lead a congressional delegation on Monday that will visit Border Patrol stations in El Paso and Clint. At least 14 Democratic House members are expected to attend, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

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EPISD agenda trick

ElPasoSpeak - Sun, 06/30/2019 - 7:55am

EPISD held a special board meeting Monday, June 24, 2019.

From the agenda:

Subject of Meeting 1. Call to Order 2. Meeting to be Closed under Sections 551.071 and 551.072 of the Texas Government Code as follows: A. Consultation with Legal Counsel Concerning Legal Issues Relating To: 1. Sale of Surplus Properties IFB 19-008 and Contract of Sale Between EPISD and MIMCO, Inc. for the Property Known as NE Tennis Center, Described as a Portion of Tract 5, Block 6, Castner Range Subdivision No 1, City of El Paso, El Paso County, Texas; Pursuant to Texas Government Code Sections 551.071 and 551.072 Closed Session Verbiage Any final action as a result of this discussion will be taken at the re-opening of this meeting, later during the Open Session or at a subsequent meeting. 3. Discuss and Take Appropriate Action Regarding the Sale of Surplus Properties IFB 19-008 and Contract of Sale Between EPISD and MIMCO, Inc. for the Property Known as NE Tennis Center, Described as a Portion of Tract 5, Block 6, Castner Range Subdivision No 1, City of El Paso, El Paso County, Texas (To allow the Board to take action if needed) 4. Order Canvassing Returns/Votes and Declaring Results of June 15, 2019, Board of Trustees Runoff Election (To comply with Texas Election Code Sections 67.002, 67.003, 67.004, and 67.016) 5. Oath of Office to Members of the Board of Trustees (To administer the Oath of Office to newly elected Trustees in Districts 3 and 6) 6. Election of Board Officers (To comply with requirements in Board Policy BDAA [Legal and Local]) 7. Selection of Delegate and Alternate to 2019 TASA/TASB Conference (The assembly is the foundation of TASB’s governance structure and provides critical direction as TASB represents members’ interest before state and national policymakers) 8. Adjournment

Notice that they planned to hold a closed meeting and then come out into open session and vote on what to do.

What is really significant is that they scheduled doing this before items 4 and 5 which would recognize new board members.

Evidently the old group did not want the new guys to mess things up.

We deserve better

Brutus

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RumpToons No: 139

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 06/29/2019 - 10:00pm
This is America under Donald Trump:
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The Treatment of Migrants Likely ?Meets the Definition of a Mass Atrocity?

US Immigration Reform Forum - Sat, 06/29/2019 - 8:45pm
The Treatment of Migrants Likely ?Meets the Definition of a Mass Atrocity?

Children are suffering and dying. The fastest way to stop it is to make sure those responsible, including the foot soldiers, face consequences.
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Trump Will Win on DACA in the Supreme Court. He Should Cut a Deal Anyway.

US Immigration Reform Forum - Sat, 06/29/2019 - 12:18pm
Trump Will Win on DACA in the Supreme Court. He Should Cut a Deal Anyway.

[html]The Supreme Court just agreed to hear whether President Donald Trump has the legal authority to scrap the Obama-era DACA
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