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Here’s what racist lawyer bro Aaron Schlossberg could do if he really wanted to prove he’s sorry

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On Tuesday, New York lawyer Aaron Schlossberg issued an apology for screaming at restaurant cashiers and threatening to call ICE because they spoke Spanish.

In his statement, Schlossberg insisted that he’s not racist and even sung the praises of the rich ethnic tapestry that is New York. “One of the reasons I moved to New York is precisely because of the remarkable diversity offered in this wonderful city,” he wrote in a statement published on his firm’s Twitter account.

Going forward, Schlossberg might want to consider a few things about the vulnerable status of undocumented immigrants in the state and city.

Both New York state and New York City have sanctuary status, but despite recent Donald Trump tirades, that doesn’t mean that doesn’t mean immigrants are safe there—far from it.

“A sanctuary designation doesn’t mean much,” Cornell University Law School professor Stephen Yale-Loehr tells Raw Story. “It doesn’t prevent ICE officials from entering that city or state. They’re not prohibited from going to jail and looking at records.”

Both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have proclaimed their commitment to protecting undocumented immigrants. Cuomo even dared ICE to deport him, too, because he considered himself an undocumented immigrant due to his Italian ancestry.

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But rhetoric can’t stop ICE, which is a federal agency, from conducting its operations in the state. There are 500,000 undocumented residents in New York.

“Cuomo and de Blasio are saying the right things,” Yale-Loehr says. “But there’s not a lot they can do to prevent ICE officials from taking people in. All they can do is  bar state police officers from cooperating with them.”

What undocumented people in New York need is lawyers to defend them in immigration proceedings. Immigration law is extremely complicated and often requires fluency in a second language, so it’s not the easiest field.

In addition to  their heartfelt apologies, if Schlossberg and his law firm want to protect New York’s rich cultural heritage, they could  consider lending legal expertise or donating to immigrant legal aid and advocacy groups in New York and nationwide.

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GOP leaders in open warfare with Trump’s White House as another government shutdown looms

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According to a report in the Washington Post, GOP leaders are at an impasse with the White House on future budget concerns as President Donald Trump's chief of staff -- which is leading to fears of another government shutdown.

The report states, "GOP leaders have spent months cajoling President Trump in favor of a bipartisan budget deal that would fund the government and raise the limit on federal borrowing this fall, but their efforts have yet to produce a deal."

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Trump Twitter-snarls at ‘Impeachment Day’ protesters as the product of ‘Radical Left Democrats’

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President Donald Trump lashed out at Impeachment Day protesters on Twitter on Sunday morning, downplaying their efforts after seeing a report on Fox News.

Taking to Twitter the president wrote, "Yesterday was the Radical Left Democrats big Impeachment day. They worked so hard to make it something really big and special but had one problem - almost nobody showed up. “The Media admits low turnout for anti-Trump rallies ...saying enough. Democrat voters want to hear the politicians talking about issues. This is a huge distraction and will only help Donald Trump get elected. 'Greatest President since Ronald Reagan' said a counter-protester. LehighValleyLive."

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Trump’s first term: hits and misses

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"Promises made, promises kept," goes one of President Donald Trump's main 2020 reelection slogans. Is that true?

Here are some of the key policy hits and misses -- comparing his accomplishments to his promises -- from a tumultuous first term.

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Economy:

The economy will be Trump's major selling point.

GDP grew 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019 and the last recession was a decade ago. Unemployment is at a 50-year low of 3.6 percent.

Trump's frequent claim that the economy is probably "the best" in US history is an exaggeration, though.

Economists see growing dangers, including exploding government debt and growing backlash from Trump's aggressive trade policies, especially with China.

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