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USCIS Director (Son Of An Immigrant) Removes Promise To Immigrants From Mission Statement

Is it time to dump Trump yet? 

US Citizenship and Immigration Services’ latest director, Lee Francis Cissna has changed the language of the USCIS mission statement for the sake of “fairness, lawfulness, and efficiency” but the switch hardly reflects that.

The statement change is rather passive. Cissna provided no explanation for the removal of “America’s promise as a nation of immigrants,” but the problem may lie in the fact that it didn’t make a clear division between those “founders” and those attempting to come in from anyplace outside of the West. USCIS, a branch of Homeland Security, is in line with the Department of Homeland Security's removal (DHS) of Haiti, Belize, and Samoa from the Temporary Protected Status list (TPS).

The older statement read: “USCIS secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.” A suggestion that all Americans are immigrants would disrupt the system of “purity” and exclusion.

But wasn’t the nation itself “founded” by immigrants?

As of last year, one-fifth of the world’s migrants were living in the US, making it the primary destination for international migrants according to a study by the Migration Policy Institute. Foremost reasons for migration have been, and still are, poverty, social strife, and political turmoil. Migrants aren’t relocating to disrupt American flow.

Moreover, the former statement referred to citizenship applicants as “customers” but Cissna has changed that, too. When dealing with a “customer,” the mission is to satisfy but the director is not there to guarantee that. Instead, applicants will be helped in whichever way employees see fit. “Use of the term leads to the erroneous belief that applicants and petitioners, rather than the American people, are whom we ultimately serve,” he told HuffPost.

The agency’s new mission is to “administer the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.” Cissna insists that the revised plan is to keep Americans safe, implying that immigration is a threat to public safety.

Yet, it's anything but. Multiple studies have proven otherwise. Instead, they find that immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than do American-born citizens, including second-generation immigrants. Cissna should know that, as the director is the child of an immigrant himself.

At his confirmation hearing last May, he told the Senate Judiciary Committee about his heritage and his pride.

“The immigrant experience has always been a fundamental part of my family life, and I would be proud to carry that heritage with me should I be confirmed to be the Director of USCIS. My mother immigrated to this country from Peru more than 50 years ago and eventually became a U.S. citizen… I speak Spanish exclusively to my own children today. In fact, this hearing will almost certainly be the most my children have ever heard me speak in English at any one time…My mother-in-law also immigrated to this country, as a child, from the Middle East, and eventually became a U.S. citizen,” he said.

It seems Cissna has since forgotten, jumping on the bandwagon of Trump's "America first" slogan and abandoning the principles that have come to define our country.

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A Philadelphia Barber Was Told He Couldn't Give Free Haircuts To The Homeless

In 2017, Brennon Jones made headlines with a thoughtful act of kindness. The Philadelphia native began giving the city's homeless people free haircuts. The loving act merited praise online, from Mayor Jim Kenney, and Philadelphia's City Hall which granted him permission to set up provisional barbershops on the street.

However, on April 14 of this year Jones, now 30, says he was approached by an officer who demanded he "shut down immediately" without any justification. Jones refused.

"I told him I wouldn’t shut down until I got more information,” Jones said. “The whole initiative is built around the homeless. I don’t just give them haircuts — I feed them, I clothe them and provide them with toiletries as well.”

A cellphone recording of the encounter has since gone viral and been viewed more than 700,000 times.

Philadelphia Police trying to shut down a black man giving free haircuts to the homeless.

THIS IS INFURIATING. THIS IS SO OUTRAGEOUS.

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The officer eventually continued on but left Jones rattled. “I was a little fearful,” he tells PEOPLE. “At the time … I was cutting my fifth person.”

A statement from the Philadelphia police alleges residents in the area complained about the leftover hair. The cops say Jones wasn't told to shut down but to simply move “due to complaints from businesses about loose hair on the street.”

Jones doesn't buy it and insists he has someone with him to clean up the hair after he's done with his haircut.

“I feel as though that may have just been their excuse to clear their name,” the barber says. “[The officer] didn’t say they’d receive any complaints, he didn’t say there was hair blowing, he just said, ‘You have to shut down immediately.’ ”

Jones has been cutting hair for a while and reportedly works from 11 AM to sunset and can be found between 8th and Market. Despite the unsettling interaction with the cops, Jones says he won't stop.

“Issues come and go. It may be the cops one day. It may be somebody else the next day,” Jones says. “I won’t let it discourage me in any way … I’m just focused on providing a service for the less fortunate.”

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G-Herbo Arrested In Atlanta On Battery Charge

According to the Atlanta Police Department, G Herbo was arrested Wednesday, (April 17.) The rapper was booked with a simple battery charge and has yet to be released. The circumstances surrounding the arrest have yet to be revealed to the public, however, an Instagram video from six days ago shows what appears to be the Chicago native being physically attacked by his ex-girlfriend Ariana Fletcher.

The video may originate from the night of Herbo and Fletcher's son's birthday party, which the two celebrated together. Videos from the celebration showed the two seemingly getting along and throwing cake in each other's faces.

This is not Herbo's first run-in with the law. In February of 2018, his limousine driver reported Herbo and a few of his friends to the police for carrying handguns. All three were arrested and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Herbo nor his representatives have spoken out in regards to his Wednesday arrest.

More updates to follow.

 

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Rihanna Calls Donald Glover "A True Gem To The Culture"

Rihanna and Donald Glover's short film Guava Island debuted at Coachella after Glover's set at the music festival last weekend. It was subsequently released on Amazon Prime to reach the non-attendees of the annual event and now since its premiere, RiRi is speaking out on it.

On Wednesday night (April 17), the "Diamonds" singer took to her Instagram page to express her gratitude to Glover and thanked her fans for their responses. "So happy you guys felt the beauty in this film," she wrote. "@childishgambino you are a true gem to the culture. I'm so proud of you and the work you put into making this film. I felt how close this was to you and your entire team."

Guava Island tells the story of Deni and Kofi, played by Glover and Rihanna, respectively, and how Deni as a musician hopes to liberate the people of the country by holding a festival. Glover and RiRi play love interests in the film that also features Black Panther's Letitia Wright and Nonso Anozie of Game of Thrones.

 

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wow! the response to #GuavaIsland has been quite overwhelming. So happy you guys felt the beauty in this film! @childishgambino you are a true gem to the culture. I’m so proud of you and the work you put into making this film. I felt how close this was to you and your entire team! Thank you for trusting me with this role! It was the greatest experience being in Cuba, phones off, present with life and art! It was humbling! I loved watching every second of it! Go to @amazonprimevideo to watch if you haven’t already! #GuavaIsland

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The short film, written by Glover's brother Stephen Glover, has received a Rotten Tomatoes audience score rating of 87 percent, additionally spawning memes on social media from fans requesting the soundtrack to the movie, to poking fun at the Atlanta actor's dancing.

me hearing die with you and saturday in guava island pic.twitter.com/SBu2ipWzb3

— naked brothers band stan (@sorryimlikealex) April 14, 2019

guava island is 55 minutes of this pic.twitter.com/xoFzdvMY4w

— im baby (@thursdaygirIie) April 15, 2019

childish gambino: rihanna: pic.twitter.com/ULtEqIKGdr

— B7 ✨ (@M_eazyyyy) April 14, 2019

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