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ICE detained undocumented woman in Texas after she reported her abusive partner

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An undocumented woman was arrested and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last week in El Paso, Texas while she was in the process of receiving a protective order from a County Courthouse against her partner. The woman alleged that she was a victim of domestic violence.

County officials were disturbed by her arrest, noting that it might leave other undocumented victims of abuse fearful of coming forward. “Our clients come to us at the lowest point in their lives,” El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal said. Bernal’s office works specifically with victims of domestic violence seeking court-mandated protected orders against their abusers.

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“Many of them are so frightened of coming to us because of possible immigration concerns,” Bernal said. She added that ICE allegedly arrested the woman after receiving a tip from her alleged abuser.

“We will do everything in our power to get [victims of abuse] the protection they need,” Bernal said. She explained that immigration status is not an issue that her office looks into before helping victims. Her office is investigating the incident.

This case begs the question of who is being targeted by ICE. Nearly 700 immigrants were targeted in raids across the country last week, including 23-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, Daniel Ramirez Medina who lives in Seattle, WA. An agent reportedly told him, “It doesn’t matter, because you weren’t born in this country.”

If Ramirez was targeted by ICE intentionally, he could be the first DACA recipient detained under Trump’s immigration raids, but his case also prompted questions about the scope of ICE’s powers in detaining and deporting undocumented people.

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According to Bernal’s office, the woman who was detained in El Paso had filed three police reports last year, claiming that her partner had punched and kicked her, and chased her with a knife.

El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar told the El Paso Times, “The fact that this occurred in a protective-order court is shocking to me.”

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/sedespres/status/1162811223186006018

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Democrats could flip the Texas state house in 2020 — and reshape the national map

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Blue Texas? Democrats have long dreamt of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes in the presidential election. That may still be a long shot, but a recent “Texodus” from Congress has given new talk to a political transformation across the Lone Star State that could have massive ramifications down the ballot and for decades to come.

This article was originally posted at Salon.

Four of the state’s GOP members of Congress have announced their retirements in recent weeks, an unusual torrent of departures signaling that a storm is coming. And evidence shows that it’s not just hitting Texas’s federal delegation. It’s coming to Austin, too.

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