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time wednesday: An angry crowd gathered around Nazar's house around 8 p.m. local time Wednesday, throwing rocks and shouting, so the family turned off the lights so no one could see inside, according to CBC. Then a large flame came and the house caught fire, Nazar said. In the small town of Pallekele, mobs ignored the curfew that was supposed to keep them off the streets and used gasoline bombs to burn four homes, said Mohamed Nazar. His father hid under a sofa as the flames took hold, but Nazar grabbed him and they ran out. A man walks out of his damaged house after a clash between two communities in Digana. Authorities eventually put out the fire, but much of his family's belongings were destroyed, he said. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

sense i: Sessions was defiant as he spoke to local law enforcement officials about the lawsuit, citing a series of California laws that he says are unconstitutional and violate common sense, according to CTV. I can't sit by idly while the lawful authority of federal officers are being blocked by legislative acts and politicians, he said, straying from his prepared remarks. Jerry Brown in a fiery exchange of words. Brown didn't hold back in his response, calling Sessions a liar and saying it was unprecedented for the attorney general to act more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer. What Jeff Sessions said is simply not true and I call upon him to apologize to the people of California for bringing the mendacity of Washington to California, the governor told reporters. He accused Sessions of going to war with California to appease President Donald Trump. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

state capitol: As he excoriated California officials for their policies and actions, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned against rewarding people who enter the country illegally, according to Metro News. It's a rejection of law and it creates an open borders system, he told California law enforcement officials in Sacramento on Wednesday, just a few blocks from the state capitol . Open borders is a radical, irrational idea that cannot be accepted. The Trump administration's lawsuit challenging California's efforts to protect immigrants who are in the country illegally served as the latest warning shot at communities nationwide with so-called sanctuary policies. California Gov. Criticism of the lawsuit also came from sanctuary states and cities around the country. Jerry Brown and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, both Democrats, called Sessions' visit and the lawsuit a political stunt and denied that they want to give immigrants free rein to enter the country illegally. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

state care: The mayor compares public defenders provided to people who cannot afford attorneys in criminal cases to the new representation, funded in part by city taxpayers and in part by New York non-profit Vera Institute of Justice, according to Metro News. City Council President Bernard C. Jack Young says the funding could reduce government costs by keeping families together, preventing abandoned children from entering state care. Mayor Catherine Pugh tells The Baltimore Sun that the move is meant to show the city supports its residents. The funding approved Wednesday is expected to help 40 immigrants with lawyers provided by the Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition. Information from The Baltimore Sun, (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

trump lawsuit: As he excoriated California officials for their policies and actions, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned against rewarding people who enter the country illegally, according to The Chronicle Herald. It's a rejection of law and it creates an open borders system, he told California law enforcement officials in Sacramento on Wednesday, just a few blocks from the state capitol. The Trump administration's lawsuit challenging California's efforts to protect immigrants who are in the country illegally served as the latest warning shot at communities nationwide with so-called sanctuary policies. Open borders is a radical, irrational idea that cannot be accepted. Jerry Brown and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, both Democrats, called Sessions' visit and the lawsuit a political stunt and denied that they want to give immigrants free rein to enter the country illegally. California Gov. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

cheng pei-pei: Opens Friday March 9 . See listing, according to NOW Magazine. Rating NNNNMina Shum mines her favourite theme the immigrant experience in Canada in what seems at first to be a gentle slice of life but eventually develops a powerful emotional force. Some subtitles. Maria a radiant Cheng Pei-Pei has been a dutiful housewife to her workaholic husband Tzi Ma but when she learns he's having an affair, everything changes. Her attempt to play detective as a means of finding out more about his sexual adventures creates some intriguing narrative twists. She's determined to engage with the world and find some semblance of independence while contemplating a way to confront him. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

california: Jerry Brown in a fiery exchange of words, according to The Chronicle Herald. Sessions was defiant as he spoke to local law enforcement officials about the lawsuit, citing a series of California laws that he says are unconstitutional and violate common sense. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions dramatically escalated the Trump administration's war with California on Wednesday, suing over its so-called sanctuary state law and clashing with Democratic Gov. I can't sit by idly while the lawful authority of federal officers are being blocked by legislative acts and politicians, he said, straying from his prepared remarks. He accused Sessions of going to war with California to appease President Donald Trump. Brown didn't hold back in his response, calling Sessions a liar and saying it was unprecedented for the attorney general to act more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

california officials: The Justice Department argued a trio of state laws that, among other things, bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities are unconstitutional and have kept federal agents from doing their jobs, according to Toronto Star. The lawsuit named as defendants the state of California, Gov. California officials remained characteristically defiant, vowing to defend their landmark legislation. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Read more Under Trump, ICE arrests of immigrants with no criminal convictions have doubled Article Continued Below It is the latest salvo in an escalating feud between the Trump administration and California, which has resisted the president on issues like taxes and marijuana policy and defiantly refuses to help federal agents detain and deport undocumented immigrants. I say, bring it on, said California Senate president Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who wrote the sanctuary state bill. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

citizenship status: The U.S. Justice Department is challenging three California laws that, among other things, bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities, according to CTV. The suit filed in federal court in Sacramento says the laws are unconstitutional and have kept federal agents from doing their jobs. He is expected to speak to law enforcement officials in the state's capital Wednesday, just hours after the U.S. Justice Department filed suit - the most aggressive move yet in the Trump administration's push to force so-called sanctuary cities and states to co-operate with immigration authorities. The Department of Justice and the Trump administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you, Sessions said in prepared remarks. California officials remained defiant, with Democratic Gov. I believe that we are going to win. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

davids mensah: He told CBC News that police repeatedly asked him if he had drugs on him and forcefully arrested him without telling him why, according to CBC. He was searched twice during his arrest. Davids Mensah, who is originally from Ghana, was working as a delivery man for a restaurant when he was pulled over by police in Montreal North on June 4, 2011, for having a burnt-out tail light. I didn't even get the chance to turn around, and they grabbed my arm, and they smacked my head against my car, Mensah said. He also pointed to the fact that Mensah was a young black man living in Montreal North. According to the tribunal judge, Mario Gervais, the second search was a violation of Mensah's rights. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

irb hearing: Abdi's Toronto lawyer, Andrew Brouwer, argued for an adjournment based on justice and fairness, according to CBC. On Tuesday, the Federal Court agreed to hear Abdi's case and scheduled a hearing for May 29. Wednesday's hearing with the IRB in Toronto was supposed to determine Abdoul Abdi's future in Canada a country the 24-year-old has called home for most of his life. Warning letter sought According to Ben Perryman, Abdi's lawyer in Halifax, the court's decision could upend the deportation case because it will consider aspects of the case that the IRB cannot, including Abdi's experiences in the Nova Scotia childcare system and his bleak prospects in Somalia. Mr. Perryman said earlier he expected his client would be ordered deported if the IRB hearing went ahead. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

deportation action: A spokeswoman for the Immigration and Refugee Board said the decision maker, Mary Heyes, reserved her ruling until March 21, according to CTV. Abdi, 24, grew up in foster care in Nova Scotia but was never granted Canadian citizenship. At an immigration hearing in Toronto, a lawyer for Abdoul Abdi argued that the hearing should be put on hold pending the outcome of a judicial review of the case. He was detained by the Canada Border Services Agency after serving five years in prison for multiple offences, including aggravated assault, which made him subject to deportation. Andrew Brouwer, who represented Abdi at the hearing, said he hoped the government would do the right thing and either end the deportation action or allow the judicial review to be decided first. The hearing scheduled for Wednesday -- to confirm the non-citizen was guilty of serious criminality that precludes his staying in Canada -- came after a Federal Court judge rejected a bid to delay the deportation process. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

detention centre: The child, however, remains about 2,000 miles 3,200 kilometres away from her mother in a Chicago facility, he said, according to Metro News. Efforts on Wednesday will shift toward obtaining the girl's release and reuniting her with her mother, Gelernt said. The woman was released from a detention centre in San Diego under orders coming from up top in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project. The ACLU also will continue to litigate the lawsuit filed Feb. 26 in federal court in San Diego seeking relief for other immigrant parents separated from their minor children, he said. However, Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton said in a social media post Sunday that the public should be skeptical of advocacy group claims that parents and their children are being separated for reasons other than protecting the child. There remain many other families who have been separated, and we will continue to attack this horrific family separation practice, Gelernt said in a statement.A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security declined to comment on the woman's release and the status of her child. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

election: Upon closer examination, social media tools, in spite of their potential pitfalls and flaws, take electoral politics far beyond the obligatory act of voting to facilitating the building of robust electoral online social movements, according to Rabble. The 2015 federal election demonstrated that through building a social movement, elections allow for shifts not only in leadership, but also in the values and priorities of a nation. While voting is often seen as a perfunctory task, we should be identifying each election as a site of struggle where real change can happen. In many respects, social media has changed the relationship between the individual private act of casting a ballot and public social movement struggles for political change. Writing in 1950, he defined citizenship as having multiple dimensions civic rights connected to individual freedoms, political rights such as voting and engaging in the political process, and social rights which are recognized as our collective social, economic, and cultural rights. Prior to 2015, political engagement in Canada fluctuated at low levels, far from T.H. Marshall's idea of a robust and engaged citizenship. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

limit co-operation: Shortly after Sessions's speech to law enforcement officials, the Democratic governor accused the attorney general of trying to appease President Donald Trump, saying the administration is full of liars, according to CBC. What Jeff Sessions said is simply not true and I call upon him to apologize to the people of California for bringing the mendacity of Washington to California, Brown told reporters. Jerry Brown denounced U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for coming to the state to speak about a lawsuit targeting policies that limit co-operation with federal immigration authorities, saying Wednesday it was unprecedented for him to act more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer. The Justice Department, in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Sacramento, is challenging three California laws that bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities. Jerry Brown, seen Dec. 17, accused the Trump administration of lying in order to score points with its base. California Gov. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

safety gear: There are no holidays, health insurance benefits or overtime pay at Fullmer Cattle Co., which raises calves for dairies in four states, according to Metro News. The immigrants must buy their own safety gear such as goggles. Immigrants working on a remote Kansas ranch toil long days in a type of servitude to work off loans from the company for the cost of smuggling them into the country, according to five people who worked there. One worker spent eight months cleaning out calf pens, laying down cement and doing other construction work. The pay stub Cornejo shared with The Associated Press shows he worked 182.5 hours at 10 an hour over two weeks an average of 15 hours a day with Sundays off. Esteban Cornejo, a Mexican citizen who is in the U.S. illegally, left Kansas in November after paying off debt, which he figures was nearly 7,000. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

sessions: Jerry Brown denounced U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for coming to the state to speak about a lawsuit targeting policies that limit co-operation with federal immigration authorities, saying Wednesday it was unprecedented for him to act more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer, according to Toronto Star. Shortly after Sessions' speech to law enforcement officials, the Democratic governor accused the attorney general of lying and trying to appease U.S. President Donald Trump. California Gov. What Jeff Sessions said is simply not true and I call upon him to apologize to the people of California for bringing the mendacity of Washington to California, Brown told reporters. He had particularly strong words for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who issued an unusual public warning last month about an immigration operation. react-text 160 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told California law enforcement officers Wednesday that the Justice Department sued California because state laws are preventing federal immigration agents from doing their jobs. /react-text Rich Pedroncelli / The Associated Press How dare you he said of Schaaf at a California Peace Officers Association meeting in Sacramento. Read more Trump administration sues California to block its sanctuary laws Article Continued Below Sessions said several California state laws prevent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from making deportation arrests and singled out elected officials for their actions. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

news conference: He added that he didn't mind taking a little heat for his past comments because he proved to be right, according to The Chronicle Herald. The president drew widespread criticism more than a year ago when he told a rally that immigration was spreading violence and extremism, pointing to what's happening last night in Sweden. Trump said during a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan L fven that immigration has certainly caused problems in Sweden. Nothing extraordinary had taken place in Sweden the previous night, but it happened to be when Trump saw an analyst talking about the subject on Fox News. In fact, two days after the rally, a riot broke out in an immigrant neighbourhood but no one died and the biggest surprise for many Swedes was that a police officer found it necessary to fire his gun. Trump has previously claimed vindication, telling Time magazine that soon after his remarks the country had a massive riot, and death, and problems. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

sex slaves: It was in the bush, Precious told The Associated Press recently, her face hidden to hide her identity, according to Metro News. If a white man came who said he wasn't going to have sex inside his car, I would take him to my bed. I had a mattress. Nigerian teenagers and young women selling sex is a common sight for motorists in Italy. Between 10,000 and 30,000 Nigerian prostitutes are estimated to be walking Italian streets, often to pay off the debts they incurred to get there. Working along roadsides and secondary highways in cities big and small, they are a haunting reminder that while Italy has been successful in curbing immigration from Libya, it has largely failed to help a fraction of the migrants trafficked as sex slaves. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

trump-related scandal: It is the deep drag of their nature just as it is for parents who wreck their lives to rescue their clueless offspring, according to Toronto Star. Jack, you're grounded.I write about the Letts because there is a poignance to the story I have yet to find that in any Trump-related scandal of the daft/vile Western men who went to Syria, perhaps to join Daesh, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and now yearn for a homeland that regards them with disgust. But how and where Teenagers, they do madden us to the max. The Star's famed national security reporter Michelle Shephard has written about the case, which is complicated and poses problems for every nation and person drawn into it. British-born Jack, who has unspecified mental health problems plus OCD and Tourette's syndrome, converted to Islam as a teenager, left the U.K., headed to Kuwait at age 18 amazingly with his parents' permission and in 2014 popped up in Syria. Here's the mad part. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

intersectional glory: The past 365 have been hard on women, especially for those who identify as queer, Indigenous, Black, racialized, trans, differently abled, immigrant, homeless the list goes on, according to NOW Magazine. Our courts continue to fail survivors of sexual violence. If you missed the International Women's Day march last weekend, there are still plenty of opportunities to celebrate feminism in all its intersectional glory. Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women still seek justice. Immigrant women, particularly Muslim women, are harassed on our streets. Pay inequality still exists in many industries. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

abdoul: I think it's unfair that they're trying to strip him of his permanent resident's card and that he can't have health care or work, even now that he has a job, said his sister Fatuma Abdi.. He's trying to better himself but the government is moving him 10 steps back, according to CBC. Shortly after his arrival as a six-year-old in Nova Scotia, Abdoul Abdi was taken into the care of child welfare. Abdoul Abdi, 23, will be in Toronto on Wednesday for an Immigration and Review Board hearing where he could be ordered deported from Canada. He never got Canadian citizenship while growing up in 31 foster care and group homes in the province. El Jones, centre, speaks at a press conference Tuesday at the Nova Scotia Legislature in support of Abdoul Abdi. He also been in trouble with the law, and was detained by the Canada Border Services Agency in January and then released to a halfway house after serving five years in prison for multiple offences, including aggravated assault. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

buddhist-majority myanmar: Myanmar's government denies such abuses and announced in January that it was ready to accept the refugees back, according to CTV. Safe, dignified and sustainable returns are of course impossible under current conditions, Gilmour said. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour said in a statement that during a four-day visit to Bangladesh, refugees told him credible accounts of continued killings, rape, torture and abductions, as well as forced starvation in the western Myanmar state of Rakhine. Some 700,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar to Bangladesh since late August, when Myanmar security forces began sweeps through Rakhine after attacks by a Rohingya insurgent group. Gilmour said the rate of killings and sexual violence in Rakhine has subsided since August and September last year, but It appears that widespread and systematic violence against the Rohingya persists. There are credible accounts of widespread human rights abuses, including rape, the torching of homes and killings, carried out against the Rohingya, leading to accusations that Myanmar is guilty of ethnic cleansing, or even genocide. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

community services: Abdi, who was not granted Canadian citizenship while growing up in foster care in Nova Scotia, was detained by the Canada Border Services Agency after serving five years in prison for multiple offences, including aggravated assault, according to CTV. A deportation hearing for the young man is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Toronto, after a Federal Court judge rejected a bid to delay the process, I think that it is really unfair of the government to deport my brother, all because the Department of Community Services failed both of us on getting our Canadian citizenship, said Fatuma Abdi. The group, which includes Abdoul Abdi's sister Fatuma Abdi, held a news conference Tuesday at the provincial legislature. They are not taking responsibility for it and that angers me on his behalf. We have done everything possible to assist, she told the legislature. When asked during question period whether the province would oppose Abdi's deportation, Community Services Minister Kelly Regan would only say the province had been in contact with federal officials. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

dilemma: More than half the ballots cast Sunday went to two populist forces that knew how to read the angry mood in a country where the brightest youths must go abroad to find decent careers and where hundreds of thousands of migrants were essentially marooned when many European Union partners slammed the door on these asylum-seekers rescued at sea, according to Toronto Star. The math added up to big dilemma, though. But whether these euroskeptics can put aside their distrust and rivalries to rule together was the big question Monday as the nation embarked on a new era following a quarter-century of largely predictable coalition-formula politics. Because no party or coalition captured enough seats to rule alone, and because the populists went into the election as sharp rivals despite their similar Italy first, stances, it was unclear if a government with the potential to last could be forged to tackle Italy's pressing economic and social problems. Emerging on top and the pick of nearly a third of those who cast ballots was the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, founded in 2009 by comic Beppe Grillo and the largest opposition force in the just-ended legislature. Read more Why Silvio Berlusconi looks like stability to many Italians Article Continued Below Four takeaways from Italy's chaotic election Italians to vote but no end in sight for political tensions No one seemed to have the answer Monday. react-empty 162 The next government is an enigma, read the front-page headline of the daily Corriere della Sera. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.

discussion: I am not too big to admit when I am wrong, she wrote, according to The Chronicle Herald. Limiting discussion on this important issue by telling you to be quiet was not cool. Caesar-Chavannes apologized to Bernier on Twitter on Tuesday morning after telling him in a tweet posted three days ago to check your privilege and be quiet in a heated discussion about funding for minority communities in the budget and whether it is racist to say you want to be colour-blind. If you are willing, let's chat when back in Ottawa. Bernier did not seem open to the idea. We are miles apart on this important issue and it is possible to come a little closer. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.