#RaidAlerts: New smartphone app warns immigrants when #ICE is nearby

As President Donald Trump’s administration moves forward with rules aimed at deporting undocumented immigrants, and fears of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids grow in the immigrant community, one software developer has an idea to help people avoid detainment.

Celso Mireles, a 27-year-old developer, is working on creating a smartphone app that will notify users when an ICE raid is taking place nearby, according to Vice.

Mireles, who until recently was undocumented himself, is calling the project redadalertas (Raid Alerts) and predicts that it will be another three months before the app is available. The plan is to have the app send SMS messages to subscribers whenever a raid is reported in that person’s zip code.

Read the whole story in the Sacramento Bee

Will Nevada end the #deathpenalty?

Capital punishment may no longer be a part of Nevada’s criminal justice system.

Assembly Bill 27, which would abolish the death penalty, was introduced Friday in the Nevada Assembly. The penalty is currently allowed in Nevada as a punishment in cases involving first-degree murder.

The law would apply retroactively to inmates on death row, and commute their sentences to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Eighty-one Nevada inmates were on death row in January, according to a Nevada Department of Corrections report.

Read the whole story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Immigrants in the U.S. illegally are now an “enforcement priority”

Around the country, President Donald Trump’s efforts to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S. have spread fear and anxiety and led many people to brace for arrest and to change up their daily routines in hopes of not getting caught.

The administration announced Tuesday that any immigrant in the country illegally who is charged with or convicted of any offense, or even suspected of a crime, will now be an enforcement priority. That could include people arrested for shoplifting or other minor offenses, or those who simply crossed the border illegally.

Read the whole story in the Modesto Bee

Pew Research Center: Millions of #Islamics are pouring into #Europe

A record 1.3 million migrants applied for asylum in the 28 member states of the European Union, Norway and Switzerland in 2015 – nearly double the previous high water mark of roughly 700,000 that was set in 1992 after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet Union, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical agency.

Today, Eastern European countries like Kosovo and Albania still contribute to the overall flow of asylum seekers into the EU, Norway and Switzerland, but about half of refugees in 2015 trace their origins to just three countries: Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Since 2012, Germany has been the primary destination country for asylum seekers in Europe, receiving 442,000 asylum applications in 2015 alone. Following Germany, Hungary (174,000 applications) and Sweden (156,000) received the highest number of asylum applications in 2015. Meanwhile, France (71,000) and the UK (39,000) received roughly the same number of applications in 2015 as in years just prior to the refugee surge in 2015.

See all the data at the Pew Research Center

#Bloomberg begins pro-immigration campaign

A Michael Bloomberg-backed group is organizing a massive pro-immigration campaign this week, a direct challenge to President Trump’s hard-line stance on the controversial issue.

The effort is one of the first well-funded, well-organized nationwide efforts aimed squarely at stopping Trump from carrying out a temporary travel ban and building a border wall between the US and Mexico.

The campaign features 100 nationwide events, beginning this week, along with an ad campaign with spots airing in Houston, Dallas, Las Vegas and Miami.

Read the whole story in the New York Post

Poll: 78% disapprove of Congress

The congressional approval rating indicates public satisfaction in the job performance of the members of the United States Congress. It is the percentage of people polled who responded favorably toward the work of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Only 22% of Americans think Congress is doing a good job.

See the data at Ballotpedia

Does #DinaTitus think #ISIS is coming to Vegas to party?

Does Rep. Dina Titus think ISIS is coming to Las Vegas to party? Apparently so.

She’s taking President Trump to task for the Jan. 27 travel ban established by executive order, citing travel industry statistics that show a 17 percent decline in flight searches for travel to the United States.

“Actions you consider necessary to protect the homeland are pushing away allies and sending a message to the world that the United States no longer welcomes visitors,” Titus said in a letter to Trump dated Thursday.

“This directly hurts the economy of my district in Las Vegas and other tourist destinations around the country, from the Grand Canyon to Disney World,” she said.

In our opinion, Islamics killing people and blowing stuff up on the Las Vegas Strip is something we should try to avoid.

Read the whole story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nevada Legislature makes two good moves on tuition

Two bills aimed at making college easier to afford for specific groups of students unanimously passed the Assembly Education Committee on Monday.

Assembly Bill 1 expands an existing program that provides financial assistance for colleges to children of Nevada firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty.

The revisions, proposed by Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, D-Las Vegas, would expand the benefits to children of any public employee.

Assembly Bill 24 would expand an existing program in which veterans are not charged out-of-state tuition.

Read the whole story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Nevada continues to waste time debating the Equal Rights Amendment

Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment failed three times in the Nevada Legislature in the 1970s, but the measure has been resurrected and was heard Monday in a Senate committee.

State Sen. Pat Spearman, D-North Las Vegas, argued that the amendment to the U.S. Constitution is needed now more than ever.

“The continued debate to ratify the ERA baffles the mind,” Spearman said.

The amendment, which was never ratified by enough states to become part of the U.S. Constitution, would ensure equal rights for men and women including equality in the workplace and a tool to fight sex discrimination, she said.

Yawn.

Read the whole story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal