SPLC lawsuit: Family detained, searched in Mississippi because they ‘looked’ Latino:
“All the van’s occupants
were in the country legally, either by virtue of their U.S. citizenship,
legal residency or valid visas. Stephanie Martinez and her three
children are U.S. citizens.”
This, of course, made no difference whatsoever:
“This Latino family was detained by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office
for approximately four hours, without any reason to believe that they
had committed a crime. During the detention, the deputy – who announced
that he was looking for ‘illegals’ – confiscated the family’s passports
and valid immigration documents, and repeatedly threatened the father,
Marcos Martinez, with losing his lawful permanent residency if he did
not admit to possessing drugs. … A sheriff’s deputy drove Stephanie Martinez to tears by threatening
to separate her from her three children. …
The family’s harrowing experience ended only after Stephanie Martinez
made a 911 call from a room inside the sheriff’s office where the family
was being held… Soon afterward, the family was told that they could leave.
Nothing illegal was ever found and no member of the family was ever
charged with a crime or even received a traffic ticket.”
Local law enforcement officials such as Hancock County sheriff’s deputies cannot perform the functions of an immigration officer except under very narrow circumstances, such as in a formal agreement with the federal government. Hancock County has no such agreement.
Sinclair’s latest “must-run” defends tear-gassing migrant children, warns of an “attempted invasion”:
The Trump administration has again unleashed particular cruelty and violence on Central American immigrants, and the pro-Trump local media giant Sinclair Broadcast Group is rushing to defend it.
Sinclair represents an attack on this country’s democratic institutions. Sinclair is a right-wing invasion into our political discourse and an attempted coup by extreme Republicons and conservatives. Based on what this country is supposed to stand for and represent, both this segment and Sinclair operations in general should be indefensible.
“This segment will now be forcibly aired, often spliced into local news coverage, on an estimated 100 Sinclair-owned or -operated news stations throughout the country as part of the media giant’s infamous “must-run” lineup. According to the iQ media database, the segment has already aired on stations in at least 24 states.
“In his previous Sinclair segments, Epshteyn has defended some of the most violent and racist actions of the Trump administration.
“Just to name a couple: Earlier this year, Sinclair stations ran a segment from Epshteyn minimizing the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of separating families and detaining children at the border. And in August 2017, Epshteyn produced a “must-run” segment backing Trump in his “both sides” treatment of violent neo-Nazism in Charlottesville, VA.”