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Veteran ICE Agent Reveals Racist Practices Used During Deportations

“You have guys who are doing whatever they want in the field, going after whoever they want.”

The Trump administration has taken a heavy hand to the topic of immigration with very critical results. Activists and legal professionals have shared their thoughts on the new era of ICE, but someone from the inside has decided to share their thoughts on the problematic climate change in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

In piece by Jonathan Blitzer for The New Yorker on Monday (Jul. 24), a veteran ICE agent shared his ongoing frustrations with the agency and how personal bias has grown in the workplace since President Donald Trump took office earlier this year.

“We used to look at things through the totality of the circumstances when it came to a removal order—that’s out the window,” the agent who has been employed since the Clinton administration said. “I don’t know that there’s that appreciation of the entire realm of what we’re doing. It’s not just the person we’re removing. It’s their entire family." The amount of deportations handled this year rose by 33 percent in 2016. CNN reports the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement removal group made 21,362 arrests from Jan. 20 to March 13, including 5,441 non-criminals. The agent, who remained anonymous, says there's little compassion left in the field.

"People say, ‘Well, they put themselves in this position because they came illegally.’ I totally understand that. But you have to remember that our job is not to judge," he said. "The problem is that now there are lots of people who feel free to feel contempt.”

In addition to increase of raids, the demonizing of undocumented immigrants has continued with some agents refusing to provide interpreters in many of the deportation cases.

“I have officers who are more likely now to push back,” the agent said. “I’d never have someone say, ‘Why do I have to call an interpreter? Why don’t they speak English?’ Now I get it frequently. I get this from people who are younger. That’s one group. And I also get it from people who are ethnocentric: ‘Our way is the right way—I shouldn’t have to speak in your language. This is America.’ "

“I don’t see the point in it,” the agent said. “The plan is to take them back into custody, and then figure it out. I don’t understand it. We’re doing it because we can, and it bothers the hell out of me.”

The agent's most poignant concern is the ambitious route taken to remove young adults from their homes who traveled into the country with their parents as infants. “The whole idea is targeting kids. I know that technically they meet the legal definition of being adults. Fine. But if they were my kids traveling in a foreign country, I wouldn’t be O.K. with this," the agent said. "We’re not doing what we tell people we do. If you look next month, or at the end of this month, at the people in custody, it’s people who’ve been here for years. They’re supposed to be in high school.”

Cases are now stacking up due to the overflow of holding cells. A breakthrough however, came in the form of a ruling at Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Monday when it was determined that law enforcement do not have the authority to detain a person based solely on a request from ICE. This may cut down their reach, but the roots still pose worries for undocumented residents.

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Missy Elliott and H.E.R. are teaming up to star in a Super Bowl commercial for Pepsi.  The 30-second commercial will plug Pepsi Zero Sugar’s new matte black can, Ad Age reports.

“We are about to drop some [fire],” Elliott captioned a photo from the commercial on social media on Tuesday (Jan. 21), to which the “Hard Place” singer who replied, “You’re legendary!!! Can’t wait!”

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Pays Tribute To His Late Father Rocky “Soulman” Johnson

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson's father was his hero.

The Jumanji star paid emotional tribute to his late father, WWE hall of famer, Rocky “Soulman” Johnson, in wake of the 75-year-old former wrestler's sudden death last week.

“I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way through this world,” Dwayne wrote last Friday (Jan. 17). “I was the boy sitting in the seat, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar.

“Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. I’m in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass. Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally,I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease.”

“I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son,” he wrote in closing.

In an additional post thanking fans for their support, Dwayne revealed that his father died from a “massive heart attack,” brought on by a blood clot.

Rocky was born in Canada on Aug. 24, 1944. He began wrestling at 16 years old, and launched his professional wrestling career a few years later. Following his pro debut, the then budding wrestler legally changed his name from Wayde Douglas Bowles to his wrestling moniker, “Rocky Johnson.”

Over his career Rocky earned numerous championships, including the National Wrestling Alliance Georgia Champion, and a NWA Southern Heavyweight Memphis Champions.

He joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1969 and formed “The Soul Patrol” with wrestling partner, Tony Atlas. The duo made history as the WWF’s first ever black World Tag Team champions.

Following his retirement in the ‘80s, Rocky began training his son, Dwayne, who went on to joint the WWF as “The Rock,” a nod to his father’s name. Besides Dwayne, the wrestling legend also had two older children, a daughter, Wanda, and son, Curtis.

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I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world. I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar. The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am. The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities. Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deeply complicated sides that needed to be held and understood. Son to father. Man to man. That’s when my adoration turned to respect. And my empathy turned to gratitude. Grateful that you gave me life. Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons. Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass. Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease. You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring. I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high. #ripsoulman #rockyjohnson 🐐

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Delonte West's Recent Video Draws Swift Reaction From Former Coach Phil Martelli

Recently, a video of former NBA player Delonte West appeared on various social media accounts, showing a detained West who appeared to be distressed. The visual prompted reactions from West's college basketball coach Phil Martelli and his teammate at that time, Jameer Nelson, ESPN reports.

"Over the past several hours I have talked with many who are willing to help—please read and embrace Jameer's wisdom—we are reaching out to our basketball network to get the progressional help Delonte needs," Martelli said. "This is so very painful." In the video, West says someone with a gun approached him and physically assaulted him.

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— Phil Martelli (@PhilMartelli) January 21, 2020

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