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3 stories you should read 8/13/2019: Immigration, Violence, Guns

3 stories you should read 8/13/2019: Immigration, Violence, Guns
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In the category of: Trump’s Green Card Swipe

Why the Trump administration is going after low-income immigrants, explained by an expert

The “public charge” rule change is about generating “fear, cruelty, and chaos,” Marielena Hincapié tells us.

The Trump administration’s efforts to discourage undocumented immigration have gotten more attention, but Stephen Miller and company have also worked to restrict legal immigration. And on Monday, officials announced one of their boldest moves yet toward that end.

The Trump administration is implementing a new rule changing green card criteria to more closely examine immigrants’ financial resources. It would make it more difficult for immigrants who came to the country legally to stay as permanent residents if they’ve used or are seen as likely to use public benefits like food stamps, Section 8 housing vouchers, or Medicaid.

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In the category of:  Made in America

NEARLY ALL OF MEXICO’S GUN VIOLENCE IS COMMITTED WITH ILLEGAL FIREARMS COMING FROM U.S., OFFICIALS SAY

American and Mexican law enforcement officials say nearly all of the gun violence in Mexico is fueled by the illicit import and sale of U.S. firearms.

The underground trade of weapons to Mexico is worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually—with American guns used to kill tens of thousands of Mexicans each year.

In addition to weapons from the States working better, Mexico cartels view firearms as status symbols, retired DEA agent Jack Riley told The San Diego Union-Tribune: “It is really important to these criminal organizations, who stay in business by the threat of violence and through the use of violence; and the tools that they prefer to do that with are American-made guns.”

Tijuana’s Director of Public Safety, Marco Antonio Sotomayor, says most of the guns flowing into his city come from north of the border.

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In the category of: We’re Over “Thoughts and Prayers”

San Jose mayor proposes mandatory liability insurance for gun owners

San Jose, Calif., Mayor Sam Liccardo on Monday introduced a city ordinance that would require gun owners to either obtain insurance for their firearms or pay a fee that supports the public cost of gun violence.

The proposal, introduced just weeks after a mass shooting in Gilroy, Calif., which left two San Jose children dead, is being touted as a first-of-its-kind “harm reduction” model by the mayor’s office.

“A mayor doesn’t have the luxury of just offering ‘thoughts and prayers’—we have to solve problems. While this is far from a complete solution, it is something we can do to reduce the harms of firearms, without waiting for Congress to take action,” Liccardo said in a statement announcing the proposal. 

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