Trump using Breitbart tactics to exaggerate false narratives about immigration

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Trump’s sanctuary cities plan — voter fraud myth — Jeff Sessions as attorney general

Trump’s sanctuary cities plan mimics Breitbart’s tactic of exaggeration and lies
President Trump’s executive orders on immigration include a plan to publicize crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in “sanctuary cities,” the communities that don’t use local police to enforce federal immigration laws. His chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, promoted this fear-mongering tactic when he headed the white nationalist website Breitbart News. While incidents of violence by immigrants certainly occur, the allegation that immigrants are more prone to crime than others is false.

Systematic voter suppression is the real threat – not voter fraud
President Trump last week resurrected the lie that as many as 5 million people voted illegally in November, causing him to lose the popular vote. His search for phantom voter fraud is a distraction from the very real voter suppression efforts carried out systematically by his own party. Here’s a look at recent court decisions striking down such efforts, including a North Carolina law that a judge said targeted black voters “with almost surgical precision.”

Sessions’ embrace of racist law one more reason to reject his confirmation as attorney general
Sen. Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican seeking confirmation as President Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general, has been widely criticized for only weakly supporting desegregation decades ago. But his praise of the 1924 Immigration Act, which imposed a racist quota system favoring Northern European whites, is reason enough to be very concerned about him at the helm of the U.S. Department of Justice.

News You Should Know
The dark history of the White House aides who crafted Trump’s “Muslim Ban” (Mother Jones)
How Jeff Sessions helped kill equitable school funding in Alabama (ProPublica)
Study: Over 50 percent of American kids feel anxiety now that Trump is president (WUSA)
Op-Ed: Giving sanctuary to undocumented immigrants doesn’t threaten public safety—it increases it (Los Angeles Times)
An independent federal agency is suing to advance gay rights without waiting on Trump (BuzzFeed)
The problem with tracking hate (Slate)
Malnourished prisoner’s death reveals horrific conditions in a Texas prison (The Intercept)

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