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Upstanding Immigrant Mother Of Three Deported Without Warning

This is heartbreaking. 

Since Donald Trump announced his plan to deport millions of immigrants to their native countries, many U.S. residents have been living in fear of their families being separated. That became a reality for Lourdes Salazar Bautista, who was deported to Mexico on Tuesday (Aug. 1). Bautista, who's built a home in Michigan with her husband and three children for the last 20 years, said she was detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) without notice.

Bautista immigrated to the United States in 1997, but one year after her arrival, a judge ordered that she be deported, ThinkProgress reports. The mother of three says that despite a judge's order, she never received a notice for her court date. She was later detained in 2010 but released on the condition that her undocumented husband be deported to Mexico, where he currently lives.

For the past seven years, Bautista has reportedly been checking in to the ICE office to prolong her stay. Under the Trump administration however, in March 2017 she was informed that she would be removed from the country as early as August 2017. "According to new policies, what [the ICE agency] told me was that they had to clear all their open cases  —  all their archives  —  and that my case was a priority for deportation,” Bautista told ThinkProgress

Now she must say goodbye to her children and home of 20 years. Their final farewells were captured on a Facebook video. "I’m not a threat to this country," Bautista said. "I want to have a chance to continue guiding [my children] and educating them so they can reach the future, since I come from a very humble environment, I wasn’t able to reach."

Bautista's 13-year-old and 15-year-old will reportedly be left in the care of her eldest daughter, who is currently enrolled at Michigan State University. Christopher Taylor, mayor of Ann Arbor, noted the horrors of deportation in a recent statement. "All it will achieve is to devastate a family and impoverish a community that values her," Taylor said. "It's not a wise use of government resources. We should be doing better."

Despite nationwide opposition and Supreme Court disapproval, Trump continues to push for travel bans and extreme vetting of immigrants. Meanwhile, thousands of families just like the Bautistas continue to be destroyed. For information on how to help the Bautista family, visit their Facebook page, or donate to their cause here.

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Stockton, California has launched its basic income plan gifting dozens of residents with $500 a month, the Huffington Post reports.

Last year, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs responded to criticism over the program which was designed to help close the poverty gap as residents struggle to stay afloat amid California's skyrocketing rent prices and increase in homelessness.

The basic income plan -- the first of its kind to be launched by a U.S. city -- was announced by Tubbs and the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) in 2017. Under the program, 130 residents will receive a monthly stipend via prepaid debit cards for the next 18 months.

Exciting! Congrats to the team, the city, and to the recipients. We’ve learned so much getting to this point and I am looking forward to learning more. Stockton lead the way @stocktondemo #ReinventStockton

— Michael Tubbs (@MichaelDTubbs) February 15, 2019

Stockton's median household income is just under $50,000 a year. Residents are chosen through an “algorithm” to make sure that the selection is representative of the community’s diversity.

The money is funded by a grant from the Economic Security Project, in addition to other funds raised, Tubbs said.

“There’s no restriction on how people can use the money,” he pointed out. “If people use it for drugs and alcohol that’s there prerogative. [But] if I didn’t believe in the capacity of the folks who elected me to make good decisions, I probably shouldn’t be mayor.”

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Alabama Newspaper Editor Calls On KKK To Lynch Democrats In Washington D.C.

The editor of a failing Alabama newspaper made news after he penned an editorial pleading for the KKK to “night ride again.” Goodloe Sutton, editor and publisher of the Democrat-Reporter, a small weekly paper in Linden, Ala., doubled down on his racism in an interview Monday (Feb. 18).

"If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we'd all been better off," he told the Montgomery Advertiser. "We'll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.”

Sutton added that he’s not asking for “Americans”  to be lynched. “These are socialist-communists we’re talking about.” He also compared the KKK to the NAACP. “They didn’t kill but a few people. The Klan wasn’t violent until they need to be.”

In his editorial, Sutton lashed out against Democrats in the Republican party for “plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.”

“They do not understand how to eliminate expenses when money is needed in other areas,” he wrote. “The socialist-communist ideology sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people.”

Later in the piece Sutton put a bird call out to the KKK. “If you haven’t noticed, they did away with the draft so their sons would not have to go into battle. Seems like the Klan would be welcome to raid the gated communities up there.

Sutton’s editorial is obviously catching backlash and calls for his resignation. The Alabama Press Association’s Board of Director’s condemned Sutton and suspended the newspaper’s membership. Auburn University’s Journalism Advisory Council voted to revoke his award in community journalism and the University of Southern Mississippi took him off their Journalism Hall of Fame.

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Khloe Kardashian Splits With Tristan Thompson, Confirms Latest Cheating Rumor

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are reportedly done amid reports that the NBA player cheated on her with her little sister’s best friend, Jordyn Woods.

According to Hollywood Unlocked, and multiple other reports, Thompson and Woods were spotted getting extra close during a party last weekend. Apparently, Woods stayed with Thompson until the next morning.

Thompson tweeted “FAKE NEWS” in response to the story, but he later deleted the post. Woods, meanwhile, turned off the comments on her Instagram account.

Kardashian confirmed the rumor with a comment on Instagram.

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#KhloeKardashian confirms our story. We got you Khloe! 🙏🏼

A post shared by HOLLYWOOD UNLOCKED (@hollywoodunlocked) on Feb 19, 2019 at 2:15pm PST

Kardashian found out  about the cheating story on Monday (Feb. 18), People magazine reports.  “The whole family is furious,” said an alleged source. “They were blindsided.”

The 34-year -old reality star shares an infant daughter with Thompson. The couple dated for nearly three years, but cheating scandals are nothing new for the Cleveland Cavaliers player who cheated on Kardashian while she was pregnant with their daughter.

Thompson and his son’s mother, Jordan Craig, split while she was pregnant with their son. Thompson began dating Kardashian soon after.


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