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The Biden administration and other government agencies are in talks to pay $450,000 per person and up $1 million to families separated at the U.S. border.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. President is considering paying $450,000 per person to illegals who were separated from their children under the Trump administration in 2018.

The U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are in talks with the ACLU to settle lawsuits filed by immigrant families.

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The ACLU, which represents families in one of the lawsuits, estimates up to 5,000 families were separated at the border under the Trump administration.

The agencies are considering paying $450,000 to each person who crossed the border illegally and was separated from their child.

About 940 claims have been filed so far, per the ACLU. That number is expected to rise.

The lawsuits seek varying payouts, with the average being roughly $3.4 million per family.

The total potential payout could be $2 billion or more.
 

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Rapper 21 Savage is back behind bars following his arrest last night on new gun and drugs charges.

According to TMZ's sources at the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Savage is facing possession of a schedule II controlled substance and a gun.

He was caught tossing a bottle of liquid with codeine out of his car before police pulled him over. A handgun was found inside the vehicle.

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The rapper turned himself in to federal authorities on Thursday, September 23.

His lawyer, Charles Kuck, tells TMZ:

"Last night's manufactured charges are yet another example of how our justice system, from ICE down to the local level, unjustly targets young black men who seek to exercise their rights. There is no legitimate basis for these charges nor for ICE's continued antics, and we will fight until Mr. Joseph is justly vindicated."

At the time of last night's arrest, Savage was out on bond while awaiting a deportation hearing in connection with his 2019 immigration battle.

The "Bank Account" rapper, born Sheyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was previously arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in Atlanta, Georgia in 2019 after the feds discovered his visa had expired and he was in America illegally.

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Savage is best known for dating socialite Amber Rose, right.

A hearing on his immigration status has been set for November. 21 Savage is still in police custody.

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The photographer who took photos of Border Patrol agents on horseback chasing down Haitian migrants is speaking out.

The viral photos showed frightened Haitian people desperately clinging to bags of food and fleeing while agents on horseback chased them.

The optics of white federal agents herding Black men like cattle sparked outrage around the world.

Democrats Maxine Waters and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the border agents of "whipping" the Haitian men.

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Speaking with KTSM, photographer Paul Ratje said he and his colleagues never saw agents whipping anyone.

"Some of the Haitian men started running, trying to go around the horses," said Ratje, who is based in Las Cruces. He said he took the pictures from the Mexico side of the border.

Ratje said a photo frozen in time can give the impression that the agent used his long reins to whip people.

"I've never seen them whip anyone. He was swinging [the reins], but it can be misconstrued when you're looking at the picture."

White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the images "horrific", and she said the agents in the photos have been suspended.

On Thursday, the White House issued a statement saying Border Patrol agents are no longer allowed to use horses to patrol the border.

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A cleanup organizer described the third world conditions that exist at the Haitian immigrant encampment under the Del Rio international bridge.

John Rourke, who organizes cleanups around the world, appeared on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show on Wednesday.

Rourke said he was disturbed by the unsanitary conditions where thousands of Haitians live in squalor under the bridge.

He said his organization picked up thousands of pounds of garbage from under the bridge.

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Rourke described Haitians using sticks and branches to build makeshift lean-to shelters under trees near the bridge. The migrants were forced to move because the mounds of smelly garbage attracted flies, coyotes, roaches, and red ants.

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"Let me tell you what I saw," Rourke told Tucker.

"I saw people washing babies in the Rio Grande.

"I saw ladies breastfeeding babies, sleeping in dirt, 107 degrees outside, red ants everywhere, real coyotes - the ones that have four legs walking around.

"People are literally knocking down trees and setting up lean-tos and teepees and sleeping under those."

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Over 15,000 Haitians made the perilous journey from South America and Mexico after messages on What's app told them U.S. Pres. Joe Biden would treat them kindly and give them jobs.

On the last leg of the trip - crossing the Rio Grande in knee-deep water - they were met by Border Patrol agents who herded them back into the murky water.

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Viral photos and videos of Border Patrol agents on horseback chasing frightened Haitian people sparked outrage around the world.

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After nearly a week of silence on the issue, Congresswoman Maxine Waters stepped in front of cameras on Wednesday to rail against the Biden administration.

Using strong language, Waters said "I'm pissed!". She called out the Biden administration for "taking us back to slavery days."

"I'm unhappy, and I'm not just unhappy with the cowboys who were running down Haitians and using their reins to whip them -- I'm [unhappy] with the [Biden] administration.

"We are following the Trump policy. He is the one that does not follow the Constitution and would not allow those seeking refuge to be able to petition to get into the country.

What the HELL are we doing here?"

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Waters addressed Pres. Joe Biden directly.

"We're saying to the president and everybody else: you've got to stop this madness!"

She concluded by urging reporters to "write the story" about the horrific treatment of Black people by the current administration.

"Write the story! Tell the story about what is going on and let people know that they're trying to take us back to slavery days!"

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters slammed the Biden administration in a blistering speech about the appalling treatment of Haitian immigrants at the U.S. border.

Waters condemned Border Patrol agents "whipping" Haitian immigrants at the southern border on Saturday, September 18.

The optics of white Border Patrol agents on horseback chasing down frightened Black people sparked outrage around the world.

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After nearly a week of silence on the issue, the congresswoman stepped in front of cameras on Wednesday and railed against the Biden administration.

Using strong language, Waters said "I'm pissed!". She called out the Biden administration for "taking us back to slavery days."

"I'm unhappy, and I'm not just unhappy with the cowboys who were running down Haitians and using their reins to whip them -- I'm [unhappy] with the [Biden] administration.

"We are following the Trump policy. He is the one that does not follow the Constitution and would not allow those seeking refuge to be able to petition to get into the country.

What the HELL are we doing here?"

She continued:

"What we witnessed takes us back hundreds of years. What we witnessed was worse than what we witnessed in slavery. Cowboys with their reins... whipping Black people - Haitians - into the water where they're scrambling and falling down.

"All they're trying to do is escape from violence in their country."

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Waters addressed Pres. Joe Biden directly.

"We're saying to the president and everybody else: you've got to stop this madness!"

Waters concluded by urging reporters to "write the story" about the horrific treatment of Black people by the current administration.

"Write the story! Tell the story about what is going on and let people know that they're trying to take us back to slavery days!"

Watch the video below.
 

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A top border official criticized White House secretary Jen Psaki for her reaction to horrendous photos of border agents on horseback corralling Haitian migrants.

Border agents on horseback chased down frightened Haitian immigrants in Del Rio, Texas on Sunday.

The border agents have since been assigned to desk duty by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

About 15,000 immigrants who migrated to Texas from South America and Mexico were living in squalor under the Del Rio international bridge at the US-Mexico border.

Reportedly, the border agents were ordered to round up the migrants for deportation back to Haiti.

When asked about the shameful behavior of the border agents, Psaki said the videos were "horrible to watch," and condemned the agents' actions.

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Psaki and other Democrats claimed the agents were "whipping" the Haitian migrants.

However, Border Patrol agent and head of the National Border Patrol Council, Brandon Judd lashed out at Psaki for "perpetuating the narrative that police are bad."

Judd claims Psaki and the Biden administration knew the border agents were not whipping people with their reins.

He said it is protocol for agents to "twirl" their reins to keep people away from the horses.

"There are very few things that will boil my blood as bad as the White House directly coming out and condemning an action before they know what happened," Judd told Just the News.

"Jen Psaki came out yesterday, and she condemned these actions, when in reality, it is a legitimate law enforcement action. This was meant to protect the illegal aliens."

Judd said agents are trained for crowd control by the Homeland Security Department to "twirl the reins" so humans aren't trampled by the horses.

"We have to keep those individuals away from the horses. If they get too close to the horses, the horses could step on them and they could break bones. They could kick them. They can get kicked in the head. It could cause death."

 

 

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Chris Brown is among the few celebrities to speak out about border agents "rounding up" Black Haitian immigrants to deport them back to Haiti.

Border agents on horseback chased down frightened Haitian immigrants in Del Rio, Texas on Sunday.

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Over 15,000 immigrants, mainly Haitian, migrated to Texas from Mexico and were living in squalor under the Del Rio international bridge at the US-Mexico border.

Texas officials declared a state of emergency, citing health issues due to the unvaccinated immigrants.

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The order was given to round up the immigrants and deport them to Haiti before they could have the chance to apply for asylum.

In a video filmed by MSNBC, agents on horseback are seen flicking long reins at fleeing Haitians who desperately clung to their bags of food.

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Chris Brown took to Instagram on Tuesday to express his outrage over the lack of attention being paid to the border crisis.

"I hope everyone is seeing what is happening with the people of Haiti at the border!!!!!! All the f***ing billionaires in that state alone should be trying to help. We have no peaceful strategies.. Hurding [sic] us up like cattle farmers... Hey everyone Please take a f***ing look at what’s going on!! Please!!!??????"

 

 

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Border agents on horseback chased down and "rounded up" Haitian immigrants like cattle in Del Rio, Texas on Sunday.

One of the agents was seen swinging a rope to lasso a person wading in the Rio Grande.

More than 15,000 Haitians traveled to the Texas through South America and Mexico. They have been living in squalor amid human waste under the Del Rio International Bridge for a week.

The Department of Homeland Security said 400 agents and police will be in Del Rio, Texas on Monday to process the Haitian migrants for deportation back to Haiti.

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Advocacy groups are demanding answers to the disparity in U.S. immigration policy toward the Haitians.

Texas officials are overwhelmed by the surge of mainly Haitian immigrants that swelled from 4,000 to 14,000 in just 2 days last week.

A prevailing theory is that Haitians believe the Biden administration will treat them more kindly than the Trump administration that did everything it could to restrict border crossings.

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But DHS officials say the Haitians are not welcome here. One official said the migrants are being deported under Title 42 health protections -- due to Covid-19.

"Our borders are not open, and people should not make the dangerous journey," one official said.

But rather than resettle the Haitians in cities across the US - as Biden did with thousands of Mexican and Afghan migrants - the Haitians are being deported back to Haiti before they can apply for asylum.

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After arriving in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, the migrants waded across the Rio Grande dam in knee deep water to reach the encampment under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas.

Prosperous Haitians who paid up to $10,000 to fly to South America from Haiti found themselves living in squalor under the bridge alongside the poorest Haitians.

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Their perilous journey ended right back where they started.

The first planeload of nearly 300 refugees landed in Haiti on Sunday.

As they descended the steps, many hid their faces from the cameras and threatened photographers who took their pictures.

One Haitian man said he lived and worked in Chile for years after migrating there when the 2010 earthquake in Haiti killed more than 200,000 people. He only followed the others to Texas when jobs dried up in Chile.

The man said border agents snatched him from under the bridge as he slept in the middle of the night and deported him back to a country he barely knows.

"How could they bring us back here?" he asked. "This is an injustice. I don't even know where we are going to sleep tonight.

"If Biden continues with these deportations, he's no better than Trump. I'm afraid for my safety here. I don't even know this country anymore."

DHS has told Haiti's government to expect up to eight flights a day beginning Monday.

Tom Cartwright of the advocacy group Witness at the Border who tracks repatriation flights, said three Coast Guard planes left Texas bound for Haiti on Sunday.

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An adjunct immigration professor in New York responded to my article titled, "NY state to give $15,600 payments to illegal immigrants."

As you know, the Democrat-controlled NY legislature approved $2.1 billion in funds to provide $15,600 payments to undocumented workers who are in this country illegally.

Nearly 100,000 undocumented immigrants in New York are eligible for the $15,600 "first tier" payments.

An additional 200,000 undocumented immigrants will qualify for the second tier of the program that pays $3,200 per worker.

Rosemari Mealy JD, PhD made a strong argument that Americans should foot the bill for Covid relief payments to illegal immigrants.

Rosemari writes:

Greetings Ms. Rose:

As an adjunct professor who teaches Immigrant Rights and the Law at one of the CUNY colleges, I support this measure passed by the NY Assembly which provides COVID relief to NY's Undocumented Workers from a set-aside-designated fund. The intent of those payments comprise a sense of respect and compassion for the lives of human beings i.e. "workers" who are faceless to most people, including, if you read closely, many of those who commented with such selfish hostility on your site. Yet, these same undocumented men, women and families of the undocumented play a key role in keeping the wheels of commerce rolling in NY and throughout the nation.

In addition to working in underpaid and often critical jobs, they provide care and support to sustain the comfort and life to many. Let us not forget that many of these workers, especially women are often entrapped in the employment of the wealthy who depend on them to ensure their luxury life styles while exploiting the labor of the undocumented immigrants.

Can you even Imagine trying to live in NY on 15,000 a year? If NY State lawmakers (Democrats) exhibited that level of humanity during COVID 19, by recognizing this emergency to extend a hand to that sector of our community, then they have my vote.

Also, on a more personal note, I know now that I will have in my class at least "One More Dreamer" whose parent may be Haitian, or from one of the African or Latinx nations and is the daughter or son of an undocumented worker. She /he /they will now be able to study and focus on their coursework and will not have to drop out during the semester as a result of once again being homeless.

I close again with the following question, Can you even Imagine trying to live in NY on 15,000 a year? While the payments stipulates up to $15 000, most will probably not qualify. However, any amount of the grant could make an important difference in the lives of so many of NY's undocumented workers. The same worker(s) that we all have come to depend on.

Stay safe.
Peace.

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Richard Gere clashed with an Italian politician who suggested the American actor take a boatload of stranded African migrants back to Hollywood with him. The migrants have been stranded on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy for 9 days.

On Friday, the Pretty Woman star boarded the Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms, which is stuck off the coast of Italy, as no European government will offer the rescued migrants on board safe haven.

The ship has been in limbo since August 1. Thousands of social media users around the world issued pleas to European governments to end the humanitarian crisis, which many say is racist.

According to BBC News, Gere called for Italy to allow the migrants to dock and criticized Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini for "demonizing people".

"We have our problems with refugees coming from Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico... It's very similar to what you are going through here," Gere told the BBC. "This has to stop everywhere on this planet now. And it will stop if we say stop."

But, Salvini, who is also interior minister of Italy, hit back, telling Gere to take the 160 migrants back home with him to Hollywood.

"Given this generous millionaire is voicing concern for the fate of the Open Arms migrants, we thank him: he can take (them) back to Hollywood, on his private plane, all the people aboard and support them in his villas. Thank you Richard!" Salvini said in a statement.

Humanitarian aid workers, with the financial support of Gere and others, deliver food and water to the migrants so they don't starve to death while Italy denies their request to dock in the harbor on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

One Instagram user wrote: "My husband on board @proactivaopenarms delivering food and water, after 8 days they still have no port/harbor to disembark. We need to urge please help them!"

The Spanish boat faces a fine of up to $1.1 million if it enters Italian waters.