There is now little hope that a DACA deal can be struck. Democrats and moderate Republicans will not agree to Trump’s draconian immigration demands:
California is to become a sanctuary state to protect immigrants:
Congress needs to pass legislation to extend DACA protections before they expire in March and create a reasonable path to citizenship. Either one without the other would not be enough.
The deadline to file for DACA renewal is fast approaching:
Update: Gov. Brown signed the bill:
Cash for college plan spreads in California:
Update: Undocumented young people have until Oct. 5 to attempt to renew DACA status:
It should be clear by now to all reasonable people that Donald Trump cannot effectively lead the nation and that he will actively seek to harm it by severely weakening its institutions and threatening everything good people hold dear.
Members of nonprofit groups, activists, environmentalists, civil rights attorneys, opinion writers, musicians, artists, actors, celebrities, athletes, teachers, professors, students, religious leaders, politicians, and everyone with a moral conscience could unite in one awe-inspiring national day of music, marches, speeches, walkouts, meetings, vigils, petitions and tweets for the sole purpose of demanding that President Trump immediately resign. If he ignores this demand, Trump would still be so severely weakened that he would quickly figure out that he cannot succeed with any of his plans to destroy the nation’s institutions. The people will have won, either way.
This can be done. Tens of millions of Americans and people throughout the world can unite to end this nightmare.
Prominent charities fire Trump:
How to contact your representatives to request that they impeach Trump:
Trump’s proposed higher education budget:
- Cuts Federal Work-Study Programs by $488 million (49 percent).
- Elimination of Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, a cut of $733 million (100 percent).
- Eliminates subsidized student loans and public service loan forgiveness for new student loan borrowers.
- Adult Education Grant cut by $326 million (40 percent).
- Dislocated Worker Grants cut by $385 million (39 percent).
- Youth Grants cut by $457 million (52 percent).
- Perkins Act cut by $166 million (15 percent).
- GEAR UP cut by $104 million (32 percent).
- Adult Basic Education cut by $96 million (16 percent).
- TRIO cut by $92 million (10 percent).
- Pell Grants: Maximum award stays flat at $5,920.
Trump’s proposed cuts to higher education funding would have severe impacts on tens of thousands of Community College students in California. Many will drop out or never enroll if Congress approves the cuts.
Meanwhile, 20 percent of Community College students in Los Angeles are homeless and most struggle to pay for food:
The bipartisan agreement would fund the federal government through September. Congressional lawmakers are expected to approve the spending plan by May 5:
The budget agreement represents a resounding rejection of Trump’s plans to build a border wall, to slash funding for Pell Grants for college students and to deny funding to Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities.
A partial list of the agreement’s budget items:
Trump, of course, will launch a tweet storm attacking Congress and special interest groups. It’s always the fault of everyone else when he doesn’t get his way.
The FBI asked for a warrant to investigate a Trump adviser because it believed he was acting as a Russian agent:
Most Americans favor an independent inquiry into the Trump team’s ties to Russia:
A former Trump team member has offered to testify about ties to Russia if he is granted immunity from prosecution:
Flynn’s troubles deepen:
The Trump team met with a Russian spy:
Russia hired 1,000 trolls to attempt to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, including in key swing states:
The Trump administration has approved the use of a nerve agent pesticide that harms children’s health:
The Trump administration is deleting climate change research:
A judge has ruled that a lawsuit alleging Trump incited violence may proceed:
Trump, the liar-in-chief, attempts to discredit the news media:
Trump’s press secretary claimed that Hitler did not use chemical weapons. Trump and his people are doing everything so stupidly and crudely that their bizarre actions and comments have become commonplace. The danger now is that many people will be so bored with the Trump administration’s daily destruction of the nation that they will stop paying attention:
The chances of a Trump impeachment are increasing:
After eliminating all funding for work study and cutting funding for Pell grants, the Trump administration canceled an Obama plan to help student borrowers:
Spending would increase for the military, the border wall and deportations with Trump’s proposed budget:
Trump’s budget would eliminate all funding for work study for college students.
And it would eliminate all federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities:
A federal program that gives funds to states in part for Meals on Wheels for older Americans on fixed incomes is to be eliminated and another larger program that provides funds for the same purpose is to be slashed by 16 percent:
Trump’s budget would hit California hard:
But the rich will get huge tax breaks.
Violence, hate, ignorance, greed and cruelty win big with Trump’s budget.
The fact checkers will have to work overtime exposing all of Trump’s lies in his speech before Congress:
After appointing directors who plan to eliminate or severely weaken the Environmental Protection Agency and the Education Department, Trump announced in his speech that he will provide clean air and water and educational opportunities. But Trump plans to fund an increase in military spending by slashing environmental protection:
And after selecting white supremacists as his two top advisers, Trump claimed in his speech that the nation must unify.
Then there is the claim in Trump’s speech that he will “drain the swamp” of government, while he has filled his administration with billionaires and Goldman Sachs executives.
In which alternative universe does anyone believe these outrageous lies? Apparently the answer, in part, is that of CBS News, which is fawning all over Trump, especially Gayle King, with gushing compliments about his speech. From the legends Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite to these pretenders.
Switching now to CNN.
Thankfully, the Democratic response is on now. Kentucky’s former governor, Steven Beshear, is making sense.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center:
Riverside Community College District students can decline to release their information by going to their WebAdvisor accounts and selecting “No.” RCCD has approved a plan, however, to comply with warrants, subpoenas or court orders to reveal students’ information. But the district has stated in its new policy that it does not have to wait until it receives such a warrant, subpoena or court order to release students’ information if students have chosen to permit the district to release the information. Students are not required to authorize the release of their information, which includes their addresses and other data.
How to deauthorize the release of your information in RCC’s WebAdvisor:
Here is the policy RCCD’s Board of Trustees approved Feb. 21, 2017:
Nearly 900 organizations support DACA:
Advice for undocumented students when applying to colleges or universities:
Students are being advised by some immigration activists to seek DACA status soon:
Other activists, however, are advising students to not apply for DACA status because doing so turns over their families’ information to their universities. Although universities in California have vowed to protect their students’ information, Trump has threatened sanctuary cities with cutting off their federal funds if they refuse to help identify undocumented immigrants for deportation, and there is concern that he may use the same tactic against universities and colleges. The universities and colleges could then cave and turn over their students’ information to the federal government, although they may fight in the courts against Trump’s attempt to bully them into compliance:
Undocumented Dreamers are weighing their options if Trump cancels immigration protections:
Trump has announced his plan to deport 11 million undocumented people. The plan would target convicted criminals and suspects but also deport other undocumented people found by immigration police. The plan does not identify what will be done with DACA students:
Trump plans to deport 11 million people as quickly as possible, although doing so on such a scale would take many months and funding from Congress. Many people are to be deported without due process in what is known as “expedited removal,” without a hearing before a judge:
Trump’s deportation plan is an extreme attack on American values:
Trump plans to aggressively target undocumented people for deportation:
Immigration police have told Democratic leaders that they plan to arrest for deportation most undocumented people they find:
Bizarre rules target undocumented people for deportation because they have tattoos or wear so-called “gang style clothing.” So, wearing a hoodie could lead to deportation:
Undocumented people live in fear of deportation:
Trump is considering an executive order that would deport undocumented immigrants who receive public assistance:
Students from seven nations could be detained at airports now that Trump has issued a travel ban:
Because of Trump’s travel ban, students are being detained at airports and forced to return to their nation of origin:
University students and professors react to Trump’s travel ban:
Refugees and travelers were detained at several airports after Trump issued a travel ban:
Confusion has spread about Trump’s travel ban, with airport police not knowing whether it applied to green card holders. Trump officials also disagreed with each other about the scope of the travel ban.
More than 100 people have been detained at airports and many have been returned to their nation of origin. Some detainees were said to have been threatened and coerced into signing agreements that they would leave “voluntarily”:
Critics of the travel ban point out that it violates the First Amendment’s freedom of religion clause by targeting Muslims while exempting Christians.
Prominent Republicans have strongly criticized Trump’s travel ban. Trump reacted to his own political party’s strong criticism of his travel ban in his usual immature way with a bizarre Twitter rant about WWIII, and he is blaming the news media for “hyperventilating” about the issue.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer criticized Trump’s travel ban as being “un-American.”
Judges have issued temporary blocks on Trump’s travel ban, but the temporary blocks are not being applied in all cases and Trump has said that the travel ban will remain in place:
Customs and border police are said to be defying court orders to block Trump’s travel ban and are still forcing travelers to return to their nation of origin. Instead, the police should refuse to comply with any unconstitutional order from Trump:
More than 1.1 million Brits vote to ban Trump from the United Kingdom:
More than a dozen lawsuits have been filed seeking to protect refugees and permanent residents banned from the U.S.:
Trump also has banned children from Central America:
Muslim, Jewish and Latino leaders from Southern California criticize Trump’s travel ban:
Trump plans to eliminate health care for undocumented children:
Some police refuse to enforce Trump’s immigration crackdown:
International students and faculty have been advised to not leave the U.S.:
Another judge has temporarily blocked Trump’s travel ban:
Tens of thousands of visas have been revoked by Trump’s travel ban:
Iranian Americans live in fear because of Trump’s travel ban:
An Iranian student with a valid visa has been deported from Los Angeles because of Trump’s travel ban. She was described by her professor as the “kindest person you’ll ever meet”:
California has begun the process to become a sanctuary state. The status would bar state and local police from enforcing Trump’s immigration plans and provide legal assistance to people facing deportation:
Here is what happens to undocumented people arrested for deportation:
Update: A church in Riverside plans to offer sanctuary for undocumented people threatened with deportation:
These are the people running the Trump team:
How to resist Trump:
Donations and memberships with the American Civil Liberties Union, which successfully challenged Trump’s travel ban, have surged since Trump’s election. While the ACLU usually raises only $4 million in one year from online donations, it raised $24 million in just one weekend:
The ACLU’s website:
How “ordinary people” can successfully challenge authority:
Opposition groups challenging Trump’s plans to dismantle America’s institutions and programs point out that he won with just 28 percent of eligible voters. Clinton won the popular vote by a margin of nearly three million. Trump, therefore, does not have a mandate to lead:
Opposition groups do have a mandate to fight Trump:
When most presidents enjoy their highest approval ratings as they enter their first term, Trump has the lowest initial approval rating, at 32 percent, of any new president in the modern era:
But Trump will attempt to continue to fool people by “gaslighting” them:
Trump delivers “most dreadful inaugural address in history”:
Trump lied throughout his inaugural address:
Trump’s press secretary’s constant whopper lies go viral:
Trump’s people say it is OK for them to lie because they are just presenting “alternative facts”:
And there were few people to hear the address at Trump’s inauguration, as shown in this overhead photo:
Trump lies nonstop with “alternative facts”:
Trump is the liar-in-chief:
More people are expected to protest against Trump on Jan. 21 than attend his inauguration Jan. 20:
Massive anti-Trump protests spread across the world:
Trump, the “clueless child”:
Trump’s chief White House strategist, Stephen Bannon, says he wants to destroy the nation:
Trump’s administration is in chaos after Trump fired the U.S. attorney general for her refusal to defend his unconstitutional travel ban:
Many groups are actively opposing Trump: celebrities, artists, professors, attorneys, the ACLU, the Sierra Club, Saturday Night Live, women, young people, etc. Even federal employees oppose him:
Riverside Community College District faculty members and Inland Empire news media plan to discuss the Trump presidency’s expected effects on higher education and press freedom.
The event is scheduled for Jan. 19 from 3-5 p.m. in Room AD-122 in the Noble Building at Riverside City College.
The public is invited to attend the free event. Free parking is available in white striped spaces throughout the campus.
Hey Riverside’s video of the event:
Viewpoints’ video of the event:
Press freedom and challenges during the Trump presidency:
The news media should not “shut up”:
Having free speech zones implies that the First Amendment does not apply outside the zones.
If the First Amendment does not apply at college campuses, where does it exist?
The whole idea of free speech zones is wrongheaded. Freedom of speech should apply everywhere at college campuses.
Reasonable time, place and manner limits can be applied at college campuses. For example, students cannot interrupt a lecture or put a newspaper newsrack in a parking space. But anyone who wants to express opinions, without causing substantial disruption or a clear and present danger, is entitled to do so as recognized by the First Amendment. Any regulation that infringes on that right is unconstitutional and subject to a court challenge.
Trump is leading in the Republican polls, but Europeans are horrified:
It is not surprising why many Europeans would oppose Donald Trump:
Trump said he would eliminate the U.S. Education Department and Environmental Protection Agency, bring back torture and kill the families of suspected terrorists.
Trump has said he would make it easier to sue the news media for libel:
And he has said he would deport children born to undocumented immigrants, even though the children are U.S. citizens.
Former CIA director Michael Hayden said that the U.S. military would refuse to follow certain orders from Trump if he were to be elected president:
Polls show that either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders would defeat Trump, with Sanders garnering better than double the margin of victory that Clinton would get:
Update: Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney says Trump is not fit to serve as president because of his extremist views:
And the Los Angeles Times agrees that Trump is not fit to serve as president:
Trump is encouraging his supporters and the police to increase the frequency and intensity of attacks on protestors:
Trump’s goading his supporters and the police to attack protestors harkens back to when Ronald Reagan gave the green light as California’s governor for the police to attack peaceful college students protesting against the Vietnam war. “If there is to be a bloodbath, let it begin now,” Reagan said at the time. And that is exactly what happened next.
We have enough money to spend more than any other nation on our military but we can’t afford to maintain our public schools. It’s all a matter of priorities:
Viewpoints’ former newsroom at Riverside City College was in even worse condition prior to the Quadrangle remodel.
And the journalism dean comments:
Photographers have a First Amendment right to photograph newsworthy events in public places.
Student photographers and journalists should remain neutral observers and refrain from arguing or commenting, even when others verbally assault them, while gathering the news.
A lot of the distrust and anger directed toward journalists is caused by people assuming that all journalists are the same as FOX News conservatives, when in fact most of them are not like that.
Update: Click has been fired:
And students save a lot of money by attending Community Colleges before transferring to universities:
Republicans, as expected, oppose the plan.
The plan would save many students thousands of dollars in interest payments over the life of a loan to help pay for college expenses: