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Anne-Marie Clark
Lawyer, writer, mother of 3, in Oregon, USA
Lawyer, writer, mother of 3, in Oregon, USA

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NEW: resources for help for undocumented in Oregon:

Do you know someone in the Portland metro area who needs help with basic needs? Organizations that help find resources for food, shelter, utilities, clothes, counseling, employment training, health care, legal issues, LGBT+ issues, recovery, transition, veterans and more
How to get a hardcopy:

SNAP (food stamps):
Income requirements for eligibility -- having child(ren) in home greatly increases eligibility:

To get an idea if eligible^:
If, for household size, income up to these gross/net monthly income levels (see website for deductions allowed and kinds of income that are not counted):
1 = $1,287 $ 990
2 = $1,736 $1,335
3 = $2,184 $1,680
4 = $2,633 $2,025
5 = $3,081 $2,370

^the SNAP people have the final say, but try and apply.


Programs to help you find the right lawyer (Oregon):

Oregon State Bar programs:
Lawyer Referral Service
Modest Means Program
Military Assistance Panel
Problem Solvers (legal help for teens)

Legal Aid

Oregon Statewide Hotlines
Child Support Helpline: 1-800-383-1222
Monday, 1 - 4 p.m., and Thursday, 9 - noon.

Public Benefits Hotline: 1-800-520-5292
Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 - noon, and
Monday through Thursday, 1 - 4 p.m.

Medical, dental clinics for Washington State residents:

Last updated 20170303

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Washington State & California Chief Judges To Feds: Keep ICE Agents Away From Courts

"In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst said the agents’ presence could scare people away from courthouses, including domestic violence victims and witnesses in criminal trials.

"'When people are afraid to appear for court hearings, out of fear of apprehension by immigration officials, their ability to access justice is compromised,' Fairhurst wrote. 'Their absence curtails the capacity of our judges, clerks and court personnel to function effectively.'"

"Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court sent a similar letter last week. It suggested agents had been 'stalking' courthouses and said, 'Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country’s immigration laws.'"

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"Notice to trespassers between the Mexican border and san diego, 1895"

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Thunderstorm in March.
Betokens a Fruitful Year.
Farmers are Happy.

Haiku from 1883 War Dept publication.
via NWS Portland

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What The Heck Is Devin Nunes Talking About? A Guide for the Perplexed

"Earlier today, Devin Nunes held a headline-making press conference on Capitol Hill... Nunes said the HPSCI would be investigating... Nunes repeated many of his claims at a later press conference at the White House this afternoon, and made the additional claim that there are FISA warrants connected to—though not necessarily targeting—President Trump."

Does any of this vindicate or validate Donald Trump’s claims that President Obama wiretapped him?

Answer: Not even close—even assuming that the most flamboyant version of Nunes’s comments are wholly true.

Is it surprising or scandalous that Trump transition communications might be subject to incidental collection?

Answer: Almost certainly not.

Is there anything surprising or upsetting here?

Answer: Maybe.

So why is Nunes shooting from the hip here and going public before he has any idea what he’s talking about?

Answer: Beats us.

Did Nunes publicly disclose anything classified?

Answer: We’re not sure but it’s a question well worth asking.

Representative Adam Schiff, Ranking Member of the HPSCI, has released a statement in response to Nunes.

Video, transcripts and explanations of all of this at the link.

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Meanwhile in the Portland metro area:
Washington County (Oregon) has made Trump's 'top ten' list of counties who won't work with ICE (See list for top 10)

"On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security published a report showing which local law enforcement agencies failed to comply with orders from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, including a national 'top ten' list — and Washington County is the only Oregon jurisdiction on it"...

Highest volume of detainers issued to non-cooperative jurisdictions
Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2017

• Clark County, Nev. — 51
• Nassau County, N.Y. — 38
• Cook County, Ill. — 13
• Montgomery County, Iowa — 12
• Snhomish County, Wash. — 12
• Franklin County, N.Y. — 9
• Washington County, Ore. — 7
• Alachua County, Fla. — 5
• Franklin County, Iowa — 5
• Franklin County, Penn. — 5

"Information courtesy Immigration and Customs Enforcement"

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Portland's St. John's Bridge, at sunset
St. Johns Bridge. Construction began in 1929. Dedicated in 1931.
Featured in movies, comics and TV shows.

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Signal boost:
"This is an "ICE warrant" signed by a Deportation Officer, not a judge. If ICE officers have this, you do not have to let them in your home."

ICE warrants look different from a regular arrest warrant the police get when they are coming to arrest someone for a crime. Those warrants look different.

[Mat dos Santos is the head of the ACLU Oregon]

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Some days you're the cattle guard, and some days you just need a Good Samaritan to pull you back out by the tail.

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Magnitsky Family Lawyer Thrown off Top Floor Apartment in Moscow, Now in Critical Condition

"Nikolia Gorokhov is a key witness in the US Government’s case against Prevezon Holdings, a Cyprus company owned by Denis Katsyv, son of senior Russian Government official Petr Katsyv. The trial is scheduled to begin in the Federal court in New York on May 15th 2017. The trial is in relation to alleged money laundering by Prevezon of proceeds of US$230 million fraud that Sergei Magnitsky uncovered and was killed for exposing in 2009 at the age of 37.

"Tomorrow morning, at 10:50 am, Nikolai Gorokhov was scheduled to appear in front of the Moscow City Appeals Court to argue against the Tverskoi District Court’s refusal to consider a new criminal complaint filed by Sergei Magnitsky’s mother in relation to the discovery of “Pavlov Leaks” – a series of electronic communications between Russian lawyer Andrei Palvov and other members and associates in the Klyuev Organized Crime Group. The Pavlov Leaks show collusion of those responsible for the $230 million fraud uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky and police officers assigned to investigate the US$230 million fraud and Magnitsky’s death in custody."

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