National Guard As reported by AP News, a January 25th Draft Memorandum outlines government options to deputize troops in order to carry out the administration’s planned Immigration enforcement actions. AP News reports that White House spokesman Sean Spicer denies plans to use the National Guard for Immigration enforcement and a DHS official noted that the memo was only a draft and deployment has not been seriously considered.In response to criticism against the Trump Administration’s recent raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Immigrant communities, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly defended the actions and issued a statement on February 13th, indicating that the raids which have lead to the arrest of 700 Immigrants are “targeted enforcement operations” aimed at criminals and individuals who violated immigration laws.According to POLITICO, top ICE officials then met with a bipartisan group of congress members on February 16th and indicated that more similar type raids, arrest and removals of “unauthorized” Immigrants should be expected throughout the year. Concerns were further heightened last week, as a 23 year old DREAMER, Daniel Ramirez Medina, protected under the DACA program (with no criminal record) who was brought to the U.S. at age 7, was arrested and detained.Daiel Ramirez…arrested by ICEAnd while Immigration attorneys are fighting ICE on his behalf, this may be a foreshadowing of a very troubling policy shift emerging from the Whitehouse, to make good on Trump’s campaign promises, even if it means deporting innocent Immigrants like Daniel.The big question which looms large in the minds of many Immigrants’ rights advocates, is what now constitutes a “crime” and a “criminal” and has the definition been expanded by the new Trump administration to include any individual in the U.S. who does not currently have lawful immigration status? If this is the case, then simply being in the U.S. without legal status would be a crime, making millions of Immigrants subject to arrest and removal. Does this really mean that Trump is quietly beginning to implement a policy he promised during his campaign of the mass deportation of millions of Immigrants? It’s hard to imagine, but almost nothing is too crazy now, given recently events.In response, many Immigrants rights organizations like Americasvoice.org are gearing up to provide resources to Immigrants, including publishing a “Raid Watch” and urging those who see Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activities in a community use the hashtag #ExposeICE.You can read more about these new enforcement measures by visiting our website at: www.Immigratetoday.com and clicking on the Immigration Newsletter link.
January 11, 2020
As reported earlier, the value of construction in March of this year was only $798,000, as compared to $24 million in the same month last year.Not surprisingly, it’s a similar story when it comes to a comparison of City Hall revenue numbers.The 13 permits last month put $41,000 into city coffers, but that’s nearly half of the year-to-date total of $85,000, which in turn is only about 30% of the five month 2015 total of $288,000.So despite the year-over-year May improvement the city remains on pace to post the lowest calendar year value of construction total since 2007.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – For the first time this year, the City of Fort St. John has posted a monthly building report, where the value of construction exceeded what was posted from the same month the previous year.The May reports show 13 permits were issued in the month with a total construction value of $8.2 million, and even though 23 permits were issued in May of 2015, they were worth only $6.7 million.The difference maker this year was the $3 million dollar permit for the new local area office building of the 68,000 member BC Government and Service Employees Union at 101-47-100th avenue.- Advertisement -It represented nearly 50% of last month’s commercial permit total value, which was more than two and half times the same total in May of last year.Last month’s aforementioned total value of construction also nearly doubled the year-to-date total, which went from $8.5 million at the end of April, to $16.7 million at the end of May.However, that still leaves the city with less than 30% of the $57.5 million total for the first five months 2015, and that’s more than a $40 million dollar difference with the March numbers still the notable key reason.Advertisement