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3 Stories You Should Read 3/15/2019: ICE, Amazon, National Emergency

3 Stories You Should Read 3/15/2019:  ICE, Amazon, National Emergency
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In the category Of:  I suppose we all saw it coming.

Trump declares a national emergency to fund the wall

President Trump said he’ll sign the final paperwork to declare a national emergency to fund his wall as soon as he gets back to his office — and he’s already anticipating a legal challenge.

“So the order is signed. And I’ll sign the final papers as soon as I get into the Oval Office. And we will have a national emergency,” Trump said.

After he signs national emergency and executive action paperwork, Trump said, “We will then be sued,” rattling off a possible chain of events, which included bad ruling in the 9th Circuit Court, which he has previously lamented.

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In the category of:  Grassroots wins

HOW ANTI-GENTRIFICATION ACTIVISTS DERAILED AMAZON’S NEW YORK CITY PLANS

Throughout U.S. history, community opposition has stopped urban development projects, but the victory against HQ2 stands out because of its size and apparent desirability, which dangled the promise of thousands of new, high-paying jobs, according to gentrification experts.

“I think this marks a turning point because of the size and power of Amazon, and because it was not a dirty, polluting factory or waste transfer station that was being challenged,” said Trina Hamilton, an associate professor of geography at the University of Buffalo (SUNY) and co-director of its Center for Trade, Environment, and Development.

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In the category of:  ICE gets to go to court and sit on the receiving end of a suit.

Montana Women Sue Border Protection Agents After Being Detained for Speaking Spanish While in Public

Ana Suda and Martha Hernandez are suing US Customs and Border Protection officers for detaining them at a gas station last year. Their case could test the agency’s far-reaching power to patrol the border zone, including their ability to stop and question individuals suspected of illegal residence in the United States.

Video of the incident amassed more than 40,000 YouTube views within days of its release. Their crime? Speaking Spanish in public.

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