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The [Tuesday] Papers

The [Luis Gutierrez] Papers are in production.

Meanwhile . . .

"A tumultuous year in national immigration policy will end with worry still gripping Chicago's immigrant communities, a heavy backlog of cases in immigration court and federal officials scrambling to make more room to detain people here," the Tribune reports.

"The election of President Donald Trump a year ago set in motion sweeping changes in how the federal government deals with those who do not have full legal status in the U.S., according to immigrant advocacy groups in Chicago.

"Panic ran through many neighborhoods as officers with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement more aggressively followed the harder-line priorities of the Trump administration and court dockets swelled with those who suddenly faced deportation."

This is happening, people.

"It's been basically emergency after emergency for most of the year," said Tania Unzueta, a local activist with the national Mijente organization, a Latino organizing group. "From immigration raids to members of our organization being called to do check-ins and really not knowing whether they could be detained or deported."

Who are we? What is America?

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Let's not forget, before Trump, Barack Obama was the deporter-in-chief. Trump is worse, I think, but Obama should not get a free pass. To wit:

"President Barack Obama says he backs immigration reform, announcing last month an initiative to ease deportation policies, but he has sent home over 1 million illegal immigrants in 2-1/2 years - on pace to deport more in one term than George W. Bush did in two," Reuters reported in 2011.

A year later, USA Today reported that "For the fourth year in a row, the Obama administration set a record for the number of people it deported. In 2012, the total reached 409,849."

To the Beachwood vault:

- Immigration Raids Send Chill Through Little Village.

- This Is What A Deportation Raid Is Like.

- Illinois Immigrant, Labor, Legal Leaders Condemn ICE Raids.

- Chicago Activists Tell Undocumented Immigrants Not To Open Their Doors.

- A Shameful Round-Up Of Refugees.

- U.S. Government Deporting Central American Migrants To Their Deaths.

- Tell President Obama To Stop Deporting Refugees.

- Immigrants Arrested In U.S. Raids Say They Were Misled On Right To Counsel.

- Obama Planning Huge Deportation Sweep Of Immigrant Families.

- Immigrants Deported Under Obama Share Stories Of Terror And Rights Violations.

- Chicago Family Sues ICE & City Over Raid, Gang Database.

- Immigrants In Detention Centers Are Often Hundreds Of Miles From Legal Help.

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Back to the current-day Trib:

"This past spring, Chicago Immigration Court had 24,844 pending cases in its system, according to the federal Executive Office for Immigration Review, which is part of the Department of Justice. As recently as 2010, the court had fewer than 13,000 pending cases on its docket."

But how does that contrast to 2016? In other words, how much of the increase came at the hand of Obama?

"Nationally, the increases in court activity during the Trump administration have been stark. According to EOIR, total orders of removal between Trump's inauguration and the close of the fiscal year hit 68,634 - nearly a 30 percent increase over the same period in 2016."

Point taken. But also, this.

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I can't help but recall the history of our mayor on the issue at this point.

As an aide to President Bill Clinton, "Emanuel also urged a series of measures to attack illegal immigration. Expanding a program to conduct deportation hearings at prisons 'will enable you to claim and achieve record deportations of criminal aliens,' Emanuel wrote, also proposing a 'one-month moratorium on naturalization' of new citizens and to 'dramatically expand' National Guard on the Mexican border . . . 'Halfway through your term you want to claim a number of industries free of illegal immigrants.'"

As chief of staff to Obama, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Prospects for an immigration overhaul are fizzling this year and some Democratic lawmakers are focusing blame on the pugnacious Democratic operative who works just down the hall from President Obama.

"Rahm Emanuel, White House chief of staff and longtime party strategist, has argued privately that it's a bad time for Democrats to push an immigration bill, a potential land mine in the midst of a crucial midterm election year.

"Emanuel's stance, coupled with his long-held wariness about the politics of immigration, is emboldening key Democrats to come forward and ask that he step aside from the issue."

As mayor, Rahm "changed his tune." No one has to wonder why, given the politics of the city.

(By the way, when it comes to Rahm's vaunted fund, $1 million isn't a lot, all told; especially considering what Rahm spends elsewhere.)

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Back to the current-day Trib:

"At the end of fiscal year 2017, some 1,940 people were detained in the Chicago area, up from 1,669 at the end of the prior year. Most of them are of Mexican descent, the statistics show.

"Earlier this year, the growing number of those in custody led ICE to issue a request for information from potential contractors who could provide more lockup space in Chicago, as well as in Detroit, St. Paul, Minn., and Salt Lake City. ICE seeks to add 400 to 1,200 beds in the Chicago area, according to the document."

Sounds like ICE lockups are the new private prisons.

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A horrid twist:

"Advocates have taken issue with how some individuals wind up being listed as gang-affiliated by the Police Department in information that can be used by ICE.

"Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez filed suit in U.S. District Court in May claiming he was wrongfully listed in an 'overly-inclusive' CPD gang database, and that it led to ICE agents injuring him during a forceful arrest at his Back of the Yards home in front of his 3-year-old son.

"In the suit, Catalan-Ramirez contends he was added to police databases in 2015 when he was approached by officers outside a neighbor's house while he was standing with someone who was a known gang member. Catalan-Ramirez works as a mechanic, his suit says, and police wrongly assumed he was a gang member 'because he was a young Latino who lived in a neighborhood that was considered to be gang territory.'"

That's illegal in America now.

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New on the Beachwood today . . .

Bears So Bad City Pines For Trestman
And it could've been - should've been - so much worse.

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'Canned' Baked Goods Can Bring Botulism Home For The Holidays
Breads and cakes cannot be safely canned, people.

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The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Kozmic Kicks, Polymer Twins, Califone, Red Red Meat, Ryley Walker, Silver Abuse, A Perfect Circle, Dua Lipa, Cannibal Corpse, Power Trip, NDPNDNT, Spilltek, Pegboy, Little Spoon, and Oceans Ate Alaska.

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#GivingNewsDay

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ChicagoGram

Photos of @alex_lahey at @subtchicago are up now! Check out the Gigs section. Shot by @abraham.film

A post shared by ANCHR Magazine (@anchrmagazine) on

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ChicagoTube

Chicago United Stunt Team.

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BeachBook

Clyde Martin, First Black Route Rep For Jay's Potato Chips [And So Much More], Dies At 81.

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When Obama Was Nixon.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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#Journalism.

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Tronc's LA Times Editor Won't Give Reporters Raises Because He's Not In It For The Money.

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Agreed. Sheer hypocrisy.

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Be careful, Chicago, Uber gets to rate you too.

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The Beachwood Tronc Line: Know when to fold 'em.



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Posted on November 28, 2017


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