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​Goya Trades Loyal Hispanic Customers For Laura Ingraham and James Woods!

Wonkette's Resident Latinx Explains #BoycottGoya & #Goyaway

In 1936, Don Prudencio Unanue and his wife Carolina, Spanish immigrants to Puerto Rico started Goya foods. From their small store front in Manhattan, they grew to one of the largest producers of Hispanic food products and "ranked #2 as a leading U.S. food brand for its social influence and community support, according to TotalSocial rankings" as stated on their website. For me, their products were ubiquitous part of a Puerto Rican kitchen as their seasoning were used by my great grandmother, grandmother, my mother and me. Much like the company ran by Don Prudencio's grandson, the use of their products was handed down from generation to generation.

All that changed on Thursday, when Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue decided to sacrifice all that goodwill and customer loyalty from the Hispanic community at the altar of Trump's frail ego & narcissism.

Goya Foods CEO: We're all "truly blessed" to have a leader like President Trump"

UNANUE: We're all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder. And that's what my grandfather did. He came to this country to build, to grow, to prosper. And so we have an incredible builder. And we pray — we pray for our leadership, our president and we pray for our country — that we will continue to prosper and to grow.

Trump then added this bit of lie since he had just received praise from his Hispanic Prosperity asskissers guest speakers:

TRUMP: I will stand arm-in-arm with the Hispanic community to ensure that every child in America can grow up in safety, security, dignity, and in peace.

These words from Trumpito ring hollow as he has caged Hispanic children, demonized Mexicans, villainized immigrants from El Salvador & other Latin American countries, rescinded & is currently legally fighting to get rid of DACA and responded to the deaths of Puerto Ricans (who have the dual pleasure of being Latinx and U.S citizens) from Hurricane Maria with paper towel tossing indifference.

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ICE Unveils New Deportation Cop Fantasy Camp For Wannabe Brownshirts

They call it a 'Citizens Academy,' we call it bullshit.

If you've always dreamed of learning how to be a Junior Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer, without the actual government job, legal authority, or occasional limits imposed by the judiciary, have we got a fun class for you! ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), the division of the agency that arrests and deports people, will be holding a six-week "Citizens Academy" at the agency's Chicago office, coming up in September. That's according to an invitation letter obtained and posted online by the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America; another copy of the same letter was posted to Twitter by immigration attorney Ashley Huebner. Huebner says the letter was sent out via US Citizenship and Immigration Services to an email list of local "stakeholders."

In the letter, ICE Chicago Field Office Director Robert Guadian invites interested locals to sign up for six weeks of training, one day per week, which will help participants

gain insight into the many facets and responsibilities of ICE/ERO operations, and hopefully an awareness and appreciation of the issues our officers face every day in the performance of their duties.

In addition to a thrilling introduction to ERO's Chicago staff, attendees will learn about the "lifecycle of a subject through ERO," which makes immigrants marked for deportation sound like they might as well be migrating salmon. Smart call, since sticking to rivers may throw off the hounds. And there'll be hands-on activities, too!

Attendees will participate in scenario-based training and exercises conducted in a safe and positive environment, including, but not limited to defensive tactics, firearms familiarization, and targeted arrests.

Gosh, we wonder if that'll include a safe and positive look at how ERO agents should scoop up and write a falsified confession for an adult with severe mental disabilities. Or how to trump up evidence and distort a law-abiding DACA recipient's statements so they can fast track him for deportation as a dangerous gangbanger. Possibly a workshop on tracking down DACA recipients who speak out in the media against Trump immigration policies? How about at least an introduction to poring through counselors' notes to find statements detained kids made, thinking their counseling sessions were confidential, to find stuff to use against the kids?

Hold on there, Dok, there's only so much that can be covered in six weeks!

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White House

And Now We Know Why Stephen Miller Fell In Love With His Wife

Because they're both soulless vile white nationalist psychopaths?

Monday night, Rachel Maddow reported on a new book, Separated: Inside an American Tragedy, from MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff, who's spent much of the last several years covering the Trump administration's fake border crisis, and the baby jails that came with it, up close and personal. In her report, Maddow revealed a couple pieces of Soboroff's reporting that really shows you what sociopathic fucking monsters have found a soft place to land in the Trump administration.

Consider Katie Miller, who used to work for the Department of Homeland Security, and is now press secretary for Mike Pence. She is also married to Trump white nationalist demon-seed Stephen Miller. If you ever wondered why they are in love, this news bite might tell you something about that.

As reported by Maddow, Katie Miller told Soboroff that she went down to the border to see the babies being ripped away from their mommies, to try to become more "compassionate." This is when she was a spox for DHS. Spoiler, the "compassion" thing did not work on her, and then she married Stephen Miller because he doesn't have a soul either, the end, la la la.

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ICE To International Students: Risk (Corona) Or Get The F*ck Out

It's a terrible idea all around. No wonder we're doing it.

With a nationwide surge in COVID-19 hitting just a few weeks before many colleges and universities begin their fall classes, the Trump administration issued new rules Monday telling international students they cannot stay in the USA if their schools are conducting all classes online this fall. The rule, from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, states that students on educational visas

may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States. The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.

Students who are currently in the US and attending school that's going fully online for the fall have to get the hell out or face deportation proceedings, unless they "take other measures" like transferring to a school that's holding classes in person, so they can go and risk getting or transmitting the virus.

There is no fucking reason to do this at all. But it's one more excuse for Stephen Miller's crew to restrict immigration, so no matter how bad it is for students and universities, it's well worth doing, even if it ultimately ends up costing American college students higher tuition, since international students are a huge source of revenue for colleges and universities.

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