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Portland, OR taxpayers provided $500,000 for illegal aliens facing deportation/seeking asylum

A new study from Portland State University study (August 2019) found that more than 38,000 people experienced homelessness in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties in 2017. The study also found that some 107,000 people were housing insecure or at risk of homelessness.

Portland Business Journal reports that the study also estimated that it would cost between $2.6 billion and $4.1 billion to provide housing, support, services and operations to the homeless in the region over the next 10 years. Providing rent assistance would also cost between $8.6 billion and $21 billion over the next decade.

Yet the taxpayers cough up half a million dollars to assist illegal aliens. And that number is going to go up to $2M.

Another demorat-run city putting the needs of illegal aliens above those of their own U.S. citizens.

Portland’s free legal assistance program, called Universal Representation, provided at least 341 people with lawyers to represent them in deportation hearings.

According to Oregon Live, the program, called Universal Representation, also helped at least 105 would-be refugees apply for asylum. And of the people served, 23 were unaccompanied immigrant children. More from their story:

“Portland’s City Council approved the service last year and put $500,000 toward its budget from property tax collections. It is run through the Equity Corps of Oregon, with lawyers provided by nonprofits Catholic Charities of Oregon, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Immigration Counseling Service, Innovation Law Lab and Metropolitan Public Defender.

The program was championed by Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who said at the time of its passage that hundreds of unauthorized immigrants living in Portland faced deportation and could not afford lawyers.

She said providing attorneys free of charge was a matter of “protecting everyone’s constitutional right to due process.” Eudaly didn’t respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

This year, Multnomah County allocated $290,000 to the initiative and the state approved an additional $2 million to expand the service statewide — the first state to do so in the nation.

According to internal city progress reports, the people who received legal services through Portland’s program hailed from many countries: Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, Nicaragua, Russia, Ukraine and Venezuela.”

Read the whole story here.

See also:

Liberal utopia of Portland: A view of the homeless living downtown
Liberal utopia of Portland, Oregon: Entire city block and family bike path taken over by homeless
Liberal utopia of Portland, Oregon: Homeless crisis exploding, private citizens now paying homeless to pickup trash

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Illegal aliens now eligible for NYC’s affordable housing lotteries

According to the Coalition for the Homeless, “homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression.”

From their stats: “In June 2019, there were 60,849 homeless people, including 14,589 homeless families with 21,295 homeless children, sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system. Families make up nearly three-quarters of the homeless shelter population.”

Another demorat-run city putting the needs of illegal aliens above those of their own U.S. citizens.

From NY Post: Illegal immigrants aliens will be able to jump into New York City’s highly competitive lotteries for affordable housing as part of broader rules changes announced by City Hall on Wednesday meant to expand eligibility.

The new rules will allow applicants to provide proof they pay their rent on time instead of submitting for a formal credit check, which required prospective tenants to put down their Social Security or taxpayer identification numbers — documents only provided to citizens and naturalized citizens.

“For too long, families without access to credit have faced barriers to the affordable housing they need,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement. “By allowing New Yorkers to submit rental history instead of credit checks, we are creating a fairer system for all New Yorkers.”

Under the new rules, tenants can bypass the credit check requirement by providing evidence they are current on a year’s worth of rent.

Officials defended the rule change by claiming that credit check requirements often adversely impact African American and Latino applicants — but acknowledged the change also would allow undocumented immigrants illegal aliens to apply.

“These new changes are a step towards promoting greater racial equity in our housing market and greater access to affordable housing, regardless of immigration status,” said Bitta Mostofi, who runs the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

A top de Blasio critic on the City Council quickly slammed the idea. “It’s just the latest idiotic idea to come out of this administration,” said Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Queens). “The mayor is setting up people to fail and is doing a disservice to New Yorkers who desperately need affordable housing.”

Additionally, the city’s housing agencies are dropping the charges for a credit check to $20 to comply with the state’s new rent laws. And City Hall is loosening the rules on household size to allow more people to cram into smaller apartments.

“By addressing the challenges many low-income New Yorkers face in the rental application process, we are creating more options for those in need of an affordable home,” said Eric Enderlin, president of the city’s Housing Development Corp.

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Demorat-run Los Angeles: 124 confirmed cases of Typhus amid fears Bubonic Plague is affecting homeless

From Daily Mail: An explosion of rats in Los Angeles has lead to a surge in cases of Typhus and could pave the way for a public health crisis.

According to Reform California, there have been 124 confirmed cases of Typhus in LA County this year.

On top of the increase in Typhus cases, experts fear the return of a disease that wiped out a third of Europe in the 12th century, the Bubonic Plague.

Though the city has only three confirmed cases of the plague in the past 40 years, the conditions on the streets of LA make it a perfect breeding ground for plague carrying rats.

The reason for such a large influx of rats is largely attributed to the city’s increasing homeless population.

According to Dailywire, people living on LA streets grew by 16 per cent between 2018 and 2019. They added that the amount of people without somewhere to live has caused sanitation in problem areas to fall short with trash and feces piling up on the street.

These conditions can attract rodents and cause a perfect breeding ground for rat-borne diseases.

California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, acknowledged the city’s severe sanitation problem, astonished that a medieval disease could be making its rounds in a modern city like LA.

Typhus is most likely to be found in people in close proximity to rodents but other stray animals like cats and opossums also carry the disease. Symptoms typically begin within two weeks of exposure and can include chills, nausea, vomiting, body aches, loss of appetite, stomach pain and rashes.

Without treatment, Typhus can eventually lead to organ failure and death.

Plague, though not as deadly as it was 600 years ago, can still be fatal if left untreated. The most famous symptom is a large pus-filled swelling or ‘bubo’ which grows in the groin or under the armpit. This is usually accompanied by seizures, muscle cramps, fever and chills.

See also:

Dr. Drew: Bubonic plague is likely already in Los Angeles
Infectious typhus, fueled by homeless, reaches epidemic levels in southern California
New York Times admits Democrat-run cities are unlivable. Dr. Drew predicts major epidemic in filthy Los Angeles this summer

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Left Behind: Homeless Crisis in San Francisco

A special report by Fox News. According to their story, the city blames big business while the residents blame officials.

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Appears that San Francisco cares more about their homeless criminals than law-abiding citizens
Attention Nancy: San Francisco saw 150 percent increase in fentanyl-related deaths last year
Liberal utopia of San Francisco: Car break-ins double at Golden Gate parking lot
Liberal utopia of San Francisco see homeless population increase by 17%

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Attention Nancy: San Francisco saw 150 percent increase in fentanyl-related deaths last year

Nancy Pelosi’s pinned tweet (as of Saturday afternoon):

“House Democrats have accomplished so much already. So far we have taken action to… Defend Americans’ access to affordable health care and prescription drugs.”

As reported by Fox News: The number of deaths from fentanyl overdoses in San Francisco jumped by nearly 150 percent last year, according to a report by the city’s public health department made public this week.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, 89 deaths in the city were attributed to fentanyl overdoses, up from 37 deaths in 2017. By comparison, 70 people died from prescription opioid overdoses and 60 deaths were attributed to heroin overdoses.

A preliminary report released in June attributed 57 deaths to fentanyl overdoses, but health officials told the Chronicle they had expected that figure to increase as the city medical examiner determined the cause of more deaths.

The city has experienced an uptick in fentanyl-related deaths since 2008, when five deaths were reported. In 2010, six deaths were attributed to the drug, which killed 22 people in 2016.

It’s not a huge surprise to see this, although it’s certainly disappointing and sad to have lost this many lives in the city,” Dr. Phillip Coffin, the director of substance use research for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, told the Chronicle. “Unfortunately, there is no locality that can withstand the introduction of fentanyl without some increase in mortality.”

In its legal form, fentanyl is used to treat patients recovering from surgery. However, the synthetic drug is often mixed with other drugs like heroin and cocaine in powder form for those looking to get high, KTVU reported in June.

“In San Francisco, that’s how fentanyl came to us. In counterfeit pills at first a few years ago. At this point it is its own drug supply,” Kristen Marshall from the Drug Overdose Prevention & Education Project told the station.

Fentanyl is a highly addictive opiate that is 100 times more potent than other prescription opioids like morphine, according to the paper.

Read the whole report here.

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Failed city of Seattle: Police response to business owner whose customer was assaulted by homeless criminal, “you’re pretty far down the line, pal”

As I’ve mentioned many, many times here on this blog: The demorat-run city of Seattle has a major homeless crisis in which the bureaucrats do nothing to solve. They allow the homeless to commit crimes, camp and urinate and defecate on the streets, and do drugs in the open. See the following:

Insanity in Seattle: Homeless man attempts to kidnap child. Guess how many previous arrests/convictions he has…
Seattle Police refused to remove homeless from construction site before they caused $1.3 million fire damage
Rape, strangulation and assault: Three attacks by homeless people in Seattle in less than a month

In the area known as “Pioneer Square” in downtown Seattle, a restaurant has had more than their share of run-ins with the homeless. MyNorthwest.com reports of an assault on one of their customers by a homeless woman. As the restaurant owner describes the homeless who harass their customers and how the police respond:

“On at least a weekly basis, customers enjoying lunch and drinks outside on the patio are threatened by people living on the street. Howard said that this has happened between 10 and 20 times in recent months.

Calls to Seattle police typically take three to four hours to result in an in-person response, if police show up at all.

“When I call back, often times it’s the pat answers — ‘Our service is overwhelmed, they’re dealing with more important crimes, they’ll get to you, you’re pretty far down the line, pal,’” Howard said.”

Another assault occurred on Monday and Howard tweeted the police and was told he needed to call 911. A lot of good that will do, unless the homeless assaulter decides to stick around for three to four hours.

Read here about this poor business owner’s encounters with the homeless and how he’s lost customers and employees due to the homeless harassment.

Imagine living in a city that allows criminals to openly commit crimes without any accountability or protection for tax-paying business owners.

That’s the state today of many demorat-run cities.

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Liberal utopia of Los Angeles: Take a look at Skid Row…

You own this, Mayor Garcetti and your fellow demorats. Y’all OWN this.

h/t Moonbattery

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Socialist utopia of Berkeley: # of homeless rose 13% in 2 years; woman walking her dog raped in broad daylight

Already a bastion of the Left, in 2016 Berkeley, CA, a “sanctuary” city, tilted further to the left when residents voted as mayor 32-year-old Jesse Arreguín, who had no prior government or administrative experience and had never held a private-sector job.

Jesse Arreguín (l) was endorsed by socialist Bernie Sanders (Photo courtesy of Arreguín; Source:  Berkeleyside)

Although Arreguin is a homeless advocate “passionately committed to social justice,” Berkeley’s homeless marked his election as mayor by smearing feces on and around city hall.

Under Arreguin’s far-left city government, Berkeley’s homeless population increased 13% in just two years. City Councilwoman Sophie Hahn actually celebrates the increase as good news. She wrote:

Oakland [is] up 47%. Countywide 43%. SF up 30%. Berkeley [is] only up 13%. That means we are growing at less than half the rate of SF and about ¼ the rate of Oakland. That’s not random. I have a lot of confidence in our strategies.

Along with the number of homeless, Berkeley’s crime rate and pedestrian and bicyclist deaths/injuries have soared. People sitting in cafés and walking in streets are regularly robbed of their laptop computers and cell phones, often in broad daylight. In 9 out of 10 cases where photos are posted, the robbers and muggers are young black men.

A recent incident is particularly galling.

As reported by Emilie Raguso for Berkeleyside, on the morning of Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at around 7:30 a.m., a woman walking her dog near the infamous  People’s Park about 3-4 blocks from the U.C. Berkeley campus in an area of student residential housing, was approached by a man armed with a gun.

The man, later identified as 36-year-old Demetrius Johnson, took the woman’s phone and forced her to go with him to a secluded location where he “sexually assaulted” her, according to Officer Byron White of the Berkeley Police Department.

White said officers responded quickly and arrested Johnson “as he was running away” on suspicion of forced oral copulation, kidnapping with intent to commit a sex crime and robbery. The unnamed woman was taken to a local hospital for medical evaluation

Police say Johnson’s address is “unknown” — which means he’s homeless. He is being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin without bail, and is scheduled for arraignment today at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.

Reporter Emilie Raguso wrote in a comment: “Just wanted to clarify that this was a sexual assault — not rape.”

Such ignorance.

Forced oral copulation is rape. In 2012, the Department of Justice updated the legal definition of rape as:

The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.

A Berkeleyside reader, anposter, actually feels sorry for the rapist. Anposter wrote:

I do have empathy for the sexual assaulter. He is a victim of a society which increasingly views people like him not as a brother in our larger human family but as a pawn in our culture wars. I don’t know Mr Johnson or anything about him or his history as an individual. I can only comment on what I see as the social dimension of these sadly common stories. Rather than using the plights of both Mr Johnson and his victims as impetus to address the proximal causes effecting his personal development and antisocial values, he is either dismissed as a hopeless criminal deserving of complete removal from society, or provided excuses, encouraged to define his identity entirely along tribal lines, and utilized as a martyr in our growing war on human commonality.

With voters like anposter, you can be sure Berkeley will continue to vote radical leftists into government, whose priority is to impeach President Trump and ban the word “manholes”, and who care more about outlaws than the wellbeing of law-abiding taxpayers.

To paraphrase French philosopher/diplomat Count Joseph-Marie de Maistre (1763-1821): “Every people have the government they deserve”.

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