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The [Friday] Papers

For completists, there was no column on Thursday.

"During the presidential campaign, National Enquirer executives sent digital copies of the tabloid's articles and cover images related to Donald Trump and his political opponents to Trump's attorney Michael Cohen in advance of publication, according to three people with knowledge of the matter," the Washington Post reports.

"Once Enquirer editors sent a story or cover image, sometimes a request for changes came back, according to two of the people with knowledge of the relationship. Stories about Trump were positive in nature, and changes related to the stories were not dramatic, according to one person with knowledge of the matter, who said most of the changes in stories sent to Cohen resulted in more flattering cover photos or changes to cover headlines.

"Trump suggested stories to Pecker on a regular basis, one of these people said, and had access to certain pieces - including one about Hillary Clinton's health - before publication."


Ah, Hillary's health.

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump played card after card out of the authoritarian's handbook, and one of the most effective among his supporters was his constant assertion that Hillary Clinton was hiding a myriad of health issues - that she was weak and sickly, while he was strong and virile. This spawned an alt-right narrative that almost wholly went under the mainstream media's radar - until she actually fell ordinarily ill and the media decided that validated an examination of the wholly specious claims being made. Just click on the hashtag John Kass provided in this tweet at the time to get a whiff of it.


Back to the Post:

"During the campaign, in addition to stories written about him, Trump was particularly interested in stories about Clinton's health, two of the people said. They cited two cover stories: the one published in September 2015 that declared she had 'SIX MONTHS TO LIVE!' and another a year later that purported to disclose her secret medical file. The cover on the latter issue portrayed Clinton as so pale and aged that she looked, in the words of one former AMI employee, 'like a zombie.'"


Chicago's Border Children
From the Beachwood, May 31:

The Texas case involves a Brazilian referred to only as "Ms. C" in court documents. She arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last summer and was approached by a federal border agent within seconds, court documents state. She explained she was applying for asylum, passed a credible fear interview, but was subsequently placed in custody after being prosecuted for illegal entry. Her minor son was sent to a facility for unaccompanied children in Chicago. She completed her 25-day criminal misdemeanor sentence in September and was sent to an immigration detention facility in El Paso, the filing states."

Boldface mine. Assignment Desk, activate!

From that same Beachwood column:

This February article from the Los Angeles Times (which appears to have run on the Tribune's website, though I can only find it in Spanish, therefore the translated version) appears to be about the same case:

"[T]he case of a Brazilian woman and her child illustrates what immigrant advocates call a harsher approach to immigration enforcement, which aims to separate parents and children.

"Currently, the woman is detained in Texas, while the child was taken to a shelter in Illinois. The unspoken goal, advocates claim, is to discourage parents from crossing without permission or attempting to seek asylum.

"The Brazilian mother - who asked to be identified only as Jocelyn, because she fled domestic violence - entered the United States. last August with his [sic] 14-year-old son, who, he [sic] claimed, was being threatened by gangs. Both expected to apply for asylum . . .

"Jocelyn was charged with a misdemeanor, and her son was transferred to a shelter in Chicago."

From June 20:

From June 21, Tribune:

"A group of attorneys is suing the U.S. attorney general and a Chicago-based nonprofit that houses immigrant children on behalf of two Brazilian children who were separated from their fathers after they were apprehended crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, according to court documents.

"The two separate lawsuits were filed Wednesday in federal court against Jeff Sessions and Heartland Alliance, a nonprofit that assists immigrants with housing and legal assistance, after two unrelated boys, ages 9 and 15, fleeing violence in Brazil were removed from their fathers' care last month, according to the complaint.

"Officials at a border facility told the fathers that they would be separated from their children for a few days, but now both men are being held in different detention centers in the Southwest and facing criminal charges while their children are being held in one of Heartland's nine shelters in Chicago, court documents show."


"The suits allege the separation and holding of the children violates a 1997 consent decree detailing the protocol for detention of minors and the children's right to due process.

'The children have the right under the Flores settlement to challenge their placement because Flores requires an individualized determination of care, respect and dignity, and sensitivity to the particular vulnerabilities of a child,'' said Amy Maldonado, a Michigan attorney representing the children. 'There's a hierarchy of places they're supposed to try for: No. 1 is always family reunification and placement with a parent; No. 2 is other relatives; No. 3 is a licensed facility; and last resort is an immigration detention facility.

"'The government is flagrantly violating this all over the place,' Maldonado said."

Boldface mine.

From the Beachwood, June 5:

"Likewise, in Flores v. Johnson, the court held that defendants could not refuse to release accompanied children (i.e., children who cross the border with their parents) and their parents on the grounds that not releasing them would deter other families from attempting to cross the border. The court reasoned that DHS had offered no evidence to support its deterrence rationale. (This is, of course, the same rationale the Trump administration is purportedly relying on to separate families.)"

From the Beachwood, June 7:

"Some legislative context to both section 279 and section 1232 further helps to highlight the understanding that those sections, particularly section 279, do not make a child 'unaccompanied' if ICE detains the child's parents. Rather, parents who were in immigration detention facilities were considered parents or guardians in the United States who were able to provide for care and physical custody. Both 279(g) and 1232 were enacted on the heels of a settlement in Reno v. Flores, a case that challenged the then-Immigration and Nationality Service's policy of detaining minors for immigration-related reasons."

Note: Reno vs. Flores became Flores vs. Johnson.


Back to the Tribune:

"The Heartland Alliance confirmed this week that some of the children separated from their parents are staying at its Chicago shelters. While the activists continue to fume about the Trump administration's approach that led to the separations, Heartland has distanced its shelter from policymakers.

"'Heartland Alliance has nothing to do with the decision to separate kids from their parents at the border, but we have everything to do with keeping children safe while they are in our care,' a statement said. 'Children and families who arrive at our borders are seeking safety. They are fleeing violence and unrest in their home countries. Heartland Alliance stands with them. And we ask you to stand with us.'"

A statement? If Heartland refused to otherwise answer questions, please say so.


From the Sun-Times:

"The Heartland Alliance, a nonprofit that has resettled unaccompanied migrant children in Chicago and across the Midwest for more than 30 years, earlier confirmed that it 'recently' provided 'safe shelter and care' for children who have been separated from their families at the border. However, it did not say how many children are currently being held in its facilities."

Did not say, or would not say?


Back to the Trib:

"On Thursday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 10 other attorneys general, announced she will file a lawsuit challenging the federal administration's policy of forced family separation on the U.S. border. The lawsuit will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington."


Naturally, we wonder what the candidates running to succeed Madigan in November have to say about this.



Back to the Trib:

"And Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined the chorus of public officials denouncing the Trump administration's stance on caring for immigrant children.

"'The tragic repercussions of President Trump's terrible policy are real, and this is further proof of the heartbreak he has caused families,' Emanuel said in a statement. 'What every child deserves and what every child needs is the loving arms of their parents, not to be stripped apart, flown away and housed alone - with no family. I am confident Chicago's social service agencies are doing their best to care for these children, but these children should never have been taken from their families in the first place. This heartbreak will be a hallmark of the Trump administration, and a stain on our nation.'"


In a November 1996 memo on national policy, Emanuel advised Clinton - then starting his second term - to add more immigration hearings across six states, Illinois included, so that he could "claim and achieve record deportations of criminal aliens."

He wrote: "The GOP Congress wants to fight the immigration issue out on government benefits. You want to take it to them on the workplace. The INS should be directed to expand the VIS to key industries, beyond meat-packers and poultry. Halfway through your term you want to claim a number of industries free of illegal immigrants."

Emanuel encouraged the president to extend National Guard presence "along the border" and halt immigrants' naturalization proceedings for one month in order to "review past files for criminal misconduct."


New on the Beachwood . . .

The Sinclair Sham
"Sinclair's proposed divestitures are, as we predicted, nothing more than a sham built on deceptive shell games and loopholes. They're part of the broadcaster's ongoing efforts to dress up its takeover of the public airwaves while undermining the public interest. These new divestitures do nothing to mitigate the many legal concerns surrounding the Tribune takeover.

"Sinclair has yet again concocted a suite of shady contractual arrangements with its so-called sidecar companies to maintain functional control over many of the supposedly divested stations. In a new deceptive twist, Sinclair's even using these sham agreements to hide the actual extent of the broadcaster's national reach. Like the entire proposed transaction, these proposed divestitures violate the spirit and the letter of the law and the Commission's rules."


The Ex-Cub Factor
Featuring: Rafael Palmeiro (!), John Lackey, Hector Rondon, Edwin Jackson, Tim Federowicz, Wade Davis, Starlin Castro, Clayton Richard, John Jay, Jorge Soler, Pierce Johnson, Chris Coghlan, Dan Vogelbach, Chris Volstad, Jacob Turner, Zac Rosscup, Dan Haren, Matt Stairs, Kosuke Fukudome, Koji Uehara, Tommy Hunter, Ryan Kalish, James Farris, Jeff Samardzija, Matt Szczur, Jeimer Candelerio, Leonys Martin, and Trevor Cahill.



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