Day: March 17, 2017

25 major problems with the iPhone 6, and what to do about them


Apple finally went big with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, bowing to peer pressure and outfitting its iconic phones with a larger touchscreen. The svelte iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have sold like hotcakes in the time since their debut in late-2014, even since the release of the next-gen iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Plenty of people have enjoyed their new purchases, but, sadly, many problems have arisen over the years. Thankfully, if you’ve run into an with your iPhone 6, then you might find the answer you need right here.

More: Make the most of the iPhone 6 with these 30 essential tricks and tips

Issue: iPhone is slow or lagging

There have been a few reports of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets becoming sluggish, particularly after receiving an update. If you find that there are delays when tapping or swiping, or perhaps apps take a few seconds longer to open than they once did, then there are a few things you can try.

Potential solutions:

  • Begin by restarting your iPhone. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons simultaneously, until you see the Apple logo.
  • If that doesn’t help, then try performing a factory reset and restoring your device from a backup.

Glitch: GPS not working

Quite a few people have run into an issue with the GPS function in the iPhone 6. They might be using Apple Maps, Google Maps, or any other app that employs the GPS, but find that it’s inaccurate or very slow to update. That said, it may still work fine when they’re connected to Wi-Fi.

Potential solutions:

  • Check in Settings > Privacy > Location Services and make sure Location Services is toggled on at the top. Then, check the rest of the settings and ensure nothing important has been toggled off.
  • If you have a case on your iPhone, then remove it and test the GPS again.
  • You may want to try resetting your network settings via Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Keep in mind, however, that you will have to re-enter some passwords and set up your network connections again after this.
  • There’s a chance that your hardware is failing, in which case replacing the antenna or the cable connecting it to the logic board will resolve the issue. This has worked for some people, but not everyone.
  • You could try going into an Apple Store, but the employees may suggest that you buy a new iPhone.

Problem: iPhone screen freezes

Some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users have found that their device’s display becomes unresponsive when using apps. The problem has been reported on the Apple forums many times including here and here, seems to be mostly on phones running iOS 9.3.1 and iOS 9.3.2, and has been known to occur multiple times in a single day.


  • Use the lock button to turn the screen off and on again.
  • Hold down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons until you see the Apple logo appear to reset your iPhone.
  • Factory reset and restore your device as a new phone, or restore it from a backup.

Potential Solutions:

  • If none of the aforementioned workarounds fixes the problem, consider contacting Apple or going to an Apple Store. The problem may be with the hardware, not the software.

Problem: Can’t send or receive iMessages and texts

Some users are struggling with an issue where a contact or multiple contacts are unable to receive iMessages and texts from an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus user, though they can still receive texts from other contacts. Some people are unable to send text messages, and for others iMessages don’t appear to go through properly. This problem has cropped up in various versions of iOS, including iOS 10.

Potential solutions:

  • Turn iMessage off and back on, or turn iMessage off to see if texts can be sent and received.
  • Make sure the contact is not on your block list. To do so, go to Settings > Phone > Blocked, and confirm that the user is not on any block list.
  • If you have an old iPhone or another iOS device that you sometimes use for iMessages, try toggling iMessages off there and sign out of your Apple account. You can sign out by going to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive and tapping on your Apple ID, then choosing Sign Out.
  • Delete your current conversation with the problem contact(s) and start a new one.
  • Delete and re-enter said contact(s).
  • Simultaneously hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons to reset your device.
  • Try going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. You will have to re-enter some passwords and set network connections up again after this.
  • You could try a factory reset of your iPhone.
  • Contact Apple Support, or take your device to an Apple Store to get it checked out.

Problem: Unable to update to iOS 10

Every time a new iOS version rolls out, some users have trouble with the update, as discussed on this thread and this thread in the Apple forums.

Potential solutions:

  • Make sure that Wi-Fi is on and go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone.
  • If you can’t update directly on your iPhone, then try plugging in to your PC or laptop. Make sure you’re using the latest version of iTunes, which is 12.5.5 at the time of writing.
  • If it doesn’t work, then hold down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons together on your iPhone 6 while it’s still connected to your computer. Wait until you see the recovery screen — you should see the Apple logo and then the iTunes icon with the cable. Choose the Update option on your computer when it appears.
  • If met with an error code, check Apple’s detailed support page on what the different error codes mean and what to do.
  • Contact Apple Support, or take your device to an Apple Store.

Problem: Red screen

A number of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners have reported a problem in which their iPhone’s display goes — or flashes — red before showing the Apple logo. Sometimes the problem goes away on its own and returns later, and sometimes it sticks around and the display refuses to turn off.


  • Try simultaneously holding down the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button for 10 seconds, or until you see the Apple logo. In some cases, the iPhone will restart normally, but the problem might come back.

Potential solutions:

  • There’s a possibility that this is a software issue, perhaps pertaining to a corrupted backup. You can try the restore process to fix it. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button to turn your iPhone 6 off. Make sure that your computer is running the latest version of iTunes and plug your iPhone in with a USB cable. Now, simultaneously hold down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for a few seconds, and when the device comes on, let go of the Sleep/Wake button while continuing to hold down the Home button. You should get the Connect to iTunes screen and you can let go of the Home button. Then, follow the restore procedure through iTunes.
  • It’s also possible that this is a hardware failure of some kind, and in that case, you’re going to have to contact Apple or visit an Apple Store and arrange a replacement. It might be a good idea to record the red screen using another device, just in case your iPhone 6 works normally when you take it in for an assessment.

Glitch: Enlarged image or icons filling screen

It’s fairly common to hear reports about enlarged images or icons on the iPhone screen making it difficult for people to see properly or navigate. There’s a good chance that this has been caused by the accessibility feature, Zoom, and it’s easy to fix.


  • Hold three fingers together and double tap the screen and you should see things return to normal.
  • To make sure that it doesn’t happen again go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn Zoom off.

Issue: Can’t hear during calls

Quite a few people have run into an annoying issue where they can’t hear the other caller during a phone call. They can make and receive calls as normal, but they can’t hear the person on the line, or they sound muffled even when the volume is turned up.

Potential solutions:

  • Try using the Volume up button and make sure that the ringer volume appears on screen when you press it and not headphones.
  • Make sure that nothing is covering the speaker. A screen protector, a case, or even dust can have a big impact. Use a brush or blow gently into the speaker to make sure it’s free of any blockages.
  • Make sure that you don’t have anything plugged into the headphone port. It can be worth plugging in headphones and taking them out again just to test if that helps.
  • Try turning Bluetooth off via Settings to make sure that you aren’t connected to a headset or car system. If you regularly use a Bluetooth device try connecting to it and then disconnecting to see if it makes a difference.
  • You could try going in to Settings > General > Accessibility and making sure that Phone Noise Cancelation is turned off, some people have found that this helped.
  • Try toggling speakerphone on during a call and see if the issue persists.
  • After you’ve tried the solutions above, hold down Sleep/Wake and Home together for 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo to reset the iPhone 6.
  • If you’re still having the problem after trying all of these potential solutions then it’s time to talk to Apple and/or your carrier.

Problem: iPhone 6 won’t charge

We’ve heard a few iPhone 6 owners complaining that they are unable to charge their device up. They plug it in as normal and nothing happens or it will only charge so far.

Potential solutions:

  • Make sure that you are using the cable and wall charger that came with your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. If the charger or cable you’re trying to use isn’t Apple certified, then that could be your problem right there.
  • Try using a different wall socket, a different cable, and a different charger.
  • Take a look at the connector on your cable and the port on your iPhone. Make sure that they’re clean and free of dust. You can blow into the port to clean it out or use a brush with soft bristles.
  • There are reports that if you keep your Lightning cable in a humid or wet environment the connector can get corroded. If it’s wet then you should never plug it in because you could also damage the port on the iPhone. If it looks corroded or there’s something on the connectors that you can’t remove with a microfiber cloth, then it’s worth taking the cable into an Apple Store to show them, they may just give you a replacement.
  • Try resetting your device while it’s plugged into the charger by holding down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for 10 seconds or so until the Apple logo appears.
  • There’s a chance that your battery is on its last legs. Take your iPhone into an Apple Store and ask them to take a look.

Glitch: No SIM card error

A few people have run into a glitch where the iPhone 6 keeps complaining about the SIM card. It might say “Invalid SIM” or “No SIM card installed.” There are a few things worth trying.

Potential solutions:

  • Try toggling Airplane mode on and off again.
  • Restart your iPhone by turning it off and on again.
  • If you recently inserted the SIM card and started getting the error, then there’s a chance it’s damaged or dirty. Try popping it out and taking a look. You can use a pencil eraser to clean the gold contacts and then blow away the debris before putting it back in your iPhone.
  • If you’ve dropped your iPhone 6, or it was damaged somehow, then there’s a chance the SIM tray is loose. Some people have had success by putting a small, thin piece of packing tape on the back of the SIM card and then re-inserting it.
  • Make sure that your software is fully up to date via Settings > General > About.
  • Try the SIM card in another device if you have a compatible device, or try a different SIM card in your iPhone 6.
  • If the problem persists then contact your carrier or Apple.

Problem: Bent iPhone 6 Plus

The bent iPhone 6 Plus problem has stirred up a storm of coverage online, but Apple claims it’s not common and that only nine people have actually contacted the company to complain about a bent iPhone 6 Plus. We suspect there will be more in the coming weeks. The thin design and larger body obviously make it a lot more likely to bend than last year’s model, but if you look after it and don’t try to bend it, then it’s not likely to happen to you. Whether you believe it’s a big issue or not, there’s only one thing to do if it happens to you.


  • Contact Apple or take it into an Apple Store and they’ll inspect it and decide whether to offer you a free replacement.

Issue: Cracked screen

A lot of people report that the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are easy to damage when dropped. There’s always a risk when you drop your smartphone that the screen is going to crack. That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in a protective case. If you’ve got a broken iPhone 6 screen, then here’s what to do:

Potential solutions:

  • Run through our guide on how to repair your smartphone for DIY advice, repair shops, and services.
  • Go directly to Apple where an iPhone 6 screen repair will cost you $109, or $129 for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Bug: Touch ID not working

We’ve seen thread after thread after thread in the Apple forums about iPhone 6 owners being unable to use Touch ID. It sometimes stops working after a software update and occasionally attempting to remove and re-add fingerprints can lead to a situation in which Touch ID setup fails over and over.

Potential solutions:

  • Hold the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons to trigger a forced restart (the Apple logo will appear).
  • Clean the area around the iPhone’s Home button with a soft, microfiber cloth.
  • Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, delete your fingerprints, and tap Turn Passcode Off. Turn your iPhone off and back on again, then go back to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and set it up afresh.
  • Create a backup using iTunes and restore your device using that backup. If the problem persists, try a factory reset, but don’t restore the backup. Set it up and test to see if Touch ID works correctly.
  • If you’re still having problems it’s time to contact Apple.

Glitch: Bluetooth not working

A lot of new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus owners are having trouble connecting with Bluetooth devices, particularly systems in cars. Some people can’t get the in-car system to work, while others are having trouble establishing any connection at all. It doesn’t seem limited to any specific manufacturer. We’ve seen reports about a wide range of car models, including Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Honda, Acura, BMW, Jeep, and more. There are reports that the connection works fine with older models of iPhone.

Potential solutions:

  • You should delete all pairings from your car or other Bluetooth device. Now go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings on your iPhone. Now hold down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons together until you see the Apple logo on your iPhone. Make sure your car or device is discoverable, and try setting up the connection from scratch.
  • Some people reported success after a factory reset. Check out how to factory reset an iPhone.

More: iPhone 6 reviewiPhone 6 Plus review

Issue: Unresponsive touchscreen

A few people have been complaining that the touchscreen on their new iPhone 6 is randomly unresponsive. This seems to manifest as a keyboard problem where it’s sluggish and certain keys don’t seem to work in portrait mode, but some reports talk about the whole side of the screen being unresponsive. In some cases it’s accompanied by a gray flickering bar at the top of the screen.

Potential solutions:

  • The first thing to try is restarting your iPhone 6 by holding down the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button together until you see the Apple logo. The problem might return.
  • Some owners had success after trying Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings (you’ll need to re-enter passwords, change wallpaper, set up Touch ID again, but it won’t delete your data).
  • Others report success after a factory reset, but you’ll lose everything if you do this, so back up first. You may need to set up your iPhone 6 as a new phone rather than restoring, a few people found that restoring from an iTunes or iCloud backup brought the problem back again.
  • There’s also a possibility that this is being caused by a hardware fault and there’s a problem with some of the connections inside the iPhone. If that’s the case, you’ll need to seek a repair. It might be worth taking your iPhone into an Apple Store and asking them to take a look.

Problem: Camera not working

There seems to be more than one problem with the iPhone 6 camera. Tom’s Guide ran a piece about purple tinges and possible chromatic aberration, though that appears to be software related as it happens on the iPhone 5S with iOS 8, as well. We’ve seen a few reports of people starting up the camera app on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus only to find a black screen. We’ve also seen reports of photographs being rotated to the wrong orientation.


  • A reset could temporarily get rid of the problem. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button together until you see the Apple logo.

Potential solutions:

  • Try going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings and see if that makes a difference. You will need to set up some bits and pieces again after, but it won’t delete any files or photos.
  • Some owners found it was caused by an old backup. If you are restoring from a backup you made with an older iPhone, that could be the problem. Try setting the iPhone 6 up as new, factory reset it, and then put everything on it manually, and you might find that the problem is gone.
  • If it persists, then you may have a hardware fault and you should contact Apple or head into an Apple Store to get it looked at. They should replace it for free if there’s a problem.

Bug: Random crashing and boot loop

A few iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners have run into an issue where their iPhone repeatedly crashes or shuts down without any apparent reason. For some people the iPhone 6 is then getting stuck in a boot loop where it repeatedly turns itself off and on again. It might happen when launching an app and it might display a blue or red screen.

Potential solutions:

  • It could be a software problem. Check in Settings > General > Software Update and tap Download and Install when you see a new update. Apple says iOS 10.2.1 has fixed this problem for a lot of people.
  • If you keep encountering this issue with a specific app, then try deleting it and reinstalling it.
  • There’s a chance that this is down to old settings or specific apps. You could try a factory reset and then set the iPhone up as new and reinstall apps selectively, but that’s quite a radical step and there’s no guarantee it will work.
  • If this is genuinely a hardware problem, then you’re going to need to get a replacement handset from Apple. Take it into an Apple Store if possible and they’ll probably try a restore. If the problem persists they should offer you a replacement.

Problem: Dye coloring the plastic strips

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have plastic strips in the svelte body to ensure that the antennas can hold a signal. Unfortunately they are a necessary evil, though plenty of people find them ugly. Some owners have found that slipping the phone into a tight jeans pocket results in some of the dye sticking to the white plastic on the gold model and discoloring it. This has happened with many other smartphones in the past (like the white HTC One X), so it’s not a new or exclusive problem.


  • Put a case on your iPhone, it’s a fragile device that’s going to break easily if you drop it, so it’s worth considering a case anyway and it should prevent this problem or hide it.
  • Wear white jeans (just kidding … although it would work).

Potential solutions:

  • A pencil eraser proved effective for some people.
  • Start with a damp cloth and work your way up the cleaning products until you manage to remove the marks. Just be careful not to get any cleaning fluid on the screen or the rest of the iPhone body.

Issue: Headphones crackling or odd behavior

Quite a few people have had trouble getting their headphones to work perfectly with their new iPhone 6. It seems that there are a couple of different issues here. One relates to the headphones poking out the top and crackling noises. The other concerns Siri auto-launching and other strange behavior like music stopping or volume controls on the headset not working.

Potential solutions:

  • Start by blowing into the headphone port and clean the headphone jack to make sure there’s no dust or dirt causing this problem.
  • If you’re using the headphones that came with the iPhone 6 or another official Apple set and you’re getting crackling, then check to see that they’re properly plugged all the way in. There shouldn’t be any metal visible at the top. It may feel tight, but it should snap all the way in.
  • People using third-party headphones, especially if they have a microphone, seem to be inadvertently triggering Siri, or experiencing frequent cut-outs. This could be because the metal at the top of the plug is touching the iPhone body. Some people report success by using scotch tape, plastic, or even dental floss wrapped around the top of the headphone jack. Just make sure you don’t use something that could get stuck in the port.
  • If the problem persists, there’s a chance it’s a hardware fault. Go to Apple and have them take a look. If they can’t resolve the issue, then you should be able to get a replacement handset.

Issue: Overheating iPhone

Smartphones get warm to the touch when charging, or if you’re playing a graphically intensive game, but they should never get burning hot. There are some reports the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can get especially hot, and not under the conditions mentioned above. Areas of concern include the rear panel, particularly near the volume controls.


  • A restart should help it cool down, but it may overheat again in future. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button together until you see the Apple logo.
  • If you use a case try removing it.

Potential solutions:

  • A problem app or something in your backup file could be causing your issue. Try a factory reset and don’t restore a backup, set it up as new instead and test to see if the overheating is gone. Reinstall apps one by one and watch out for the problem returning.
  • If your iPhone is so hot you risk burning yourself, then you need to take it back to Apple. Make an appointment with the Genius Bar at your local Apple Store.

Problem: iPhone won’t turn on

You might find that your iPhone 6 sometimes refuses to turn on when you press the Sleep/Wake button. Perhaps it unexpectedly turned off and now seems to be unresponsive, or you’ve just reached for it only to find that it won’t wake up. Here’s what to do:

Potential solutions:

  • Start by holding down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons together. Keep holding them down, for up to 30 seconds. It might feel like a long time, but keep holding them. The Apple logo should eventually appear.
  • There could be a problem with the Sleep/Wake button itself, but you should be able to feel or see the fault. You’ll obviously need a repair it if it seems to be damaged.
  • If that doesn’t work, then the battery is probably dead. Plug your iPhone into the charger and leave it for half an hour, before trying to turn it on again.
  • If it still doesn’t respond, then try plugging your iPhone into your computer and launching iTunes. You may find it recognizes your iPhone and indicates that it’s in recovery mode. If so, you should try restoring it.
  • If nothing works, then it’s time to visit an Apple Store or contact Apple regarding a repair.

Issue: Won’t connect to Wi-Fi or drops

A lot of people have had trouble with their Wi-Fi connections on the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. If you find that you can’t connect to a Wi-Fi network, or that your connection frequently drops or slows down, then there are lots of things you can try.


  • Toggle Wi-Fi/Airplane mode: You might find that it temporarily comes back if you toggle Wi-Fi off and then on again. Alternatively, you could switch on Airplane mode and then turn it off again. Swipe up from the bottom to open the Control Center and toggle these settings.
  • Reboot: Some people report temporary success by switching the device off and on again. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button for 10 seconds or so, until you see the Apple logo. Your Wi-Fi may work again for a while.

Potential solutions:

  • Set up connection again: Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and tap on the problem network, then choose Forget this Network and tap Forget. If you go back to the Wi-Fi page, you should now be able to choose your network and set up a fresh connection.
  • Reset Network Settings: Try going to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Network Settings. This has worked for a few people, but the problem might return.
  • Turn off Wi-Fi Networking: Try going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and under System Services you need to toggle off Wi-Fi Networking.
  • Turn off Wi-Fi Assist: It’s designed to switch you to your mobile data network when Wi-Fi is patchy, but it could be causing your problems. Go to Settings > Cellular and scroll down to toggle Wi-Fi Assist.
  • Toggle 2.4/5GHz: If you have a two-channel router, then try changing from 5GHz to 2.4GHz. Generally speaking 5GHz is faster, but with a shorter range. Some people report a better connection on 2.4GHz and a few find an improvement by switching the other way.
  • Change router channel: You could also try changing the channel on your router. You’ll need to put your router’s IP into your browser and log in to change settings. Refer to your ISP for instructions.
  • Switch DNS to Google: Some people report success after switching DNS to use Google servers. You can do this via Settings > Wi-Fi then tap the ”i” icon next to your router, scroll down to DNS and tap the numbers and enter “”. You might have to restart your device for this to take effect.
  • Turn off MAC Filtering on your router: It’s possible to add your iOS 9 device’s MAC address, but due to Apple’s MAC randomization there’s a good chance it’s going to change and refuse to connect the next time you try. The simplest solution is just to turn MAC filtering off altogether.
  • Update your router firmware: You may need to check with your ISP or the router manufacturer.
  • Factory Reset: It’s a drastic step with no guarantee of success, but you could try a factory reset. Here’s how to factory reset an iPhone.

Problem: iTunes restore error 53

A number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners have encountered error 53 upon plugging the iPhone into a PC or Mac and attempting to restore through iTunes. It effectively leaves your iPhone in a reboot loop where it goes into recovery mode, prompting you to plug it in, and then iTunes says, “The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (53).”

Potential solutions:

  • Quit iTunes and unplug your device. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed. Reconnect your iPhone and choose Update if you see the option in iTunes. If you don’t, then hold down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons until your iPhone restarts and you get the Update option in iTunes. If that doesn’t work, then try Restore instead.
  • If the error crops up again, run through the update process above, but choose Set up Touch ID later when you get to the Touch ID screen in set up. If Touch ID wasn’t working before, then, unfortunately, it won’t work after this process.
  • Your next course of action is to contact Apple or visit an Apple Store. If you haven’t done anything to invalidate your warranty, then they should offer you a replacement iPhone.
  • A lot of people get this error after having a third-party repair their screen or Touch ID. Ostensibly for security reasons, Apple doesn’t allow the iPhone to work without its original Home button. You could go back to the repair shop and try to get them to put the original Touch ID sensor back in there, but there’s no guarantee it will work. If your iPhone has been repaired by a third-party, Apple will not offer to repair or replace it without a fee.

Glitch: Email not updating

Some iPhone owners have been having trouble with their email accounts not updating. New emails are not coming into the inbox, or perhaps they’re only coming in when the Mail app is opened.

Potential solutions:

  • The first thing to do is go into Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and take a look at your settings. If you want emails to come in as soon as they arrive, then make sure that Push is turned on. Otherwise, you can set the frequency that your iPhone checks for new email under Fetch.
  • It’s worth checking that there’s nothing in your outbox. If there’s an email that’s failing to send and repeatedly trying, it could be causing your issues.
  • Try switching Airplane mode on and off.
  • Try deleting the email account via Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and then add it fresh.
  • Go to Settings > General > Reset and try Reset Network Settings. You’ll have to set up your network connections again, but it can help with email issues.

Issue: No alert sound for incoming messages

If you find that you aren’t hearing any alert sound when a new message comes in, or perhaps you’re only getting alerts intermittently, then you aren’t alone. This is quite a commonly reported problem.

Potential solutions:

  • Start by checking the obvious things: Turn the volume up, check that the mute switch isn’t on, and take a look under Settings > Do Not Disturb. Bear in mind that it’s possible to have Do Not Disturb turned on for specific contacts, in which case you’ll see a half moon icon next to the contact. Check the Details on any incoming message that you didn’t hear an alert for to make sure that’s not your problem.
  • Go to Settings > Notifications and try toggling them on or off. Now, reboot the device and go back in to turn them on again.
  • You could also try Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings, but it means re-entering a lot of your settings afterward.

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Animal Rights in National Socialist Germany


This is a short video reminder that the “evil Nazis” pioneered animal rights in the 20th century, ending many cruel practices immediately.

Gamed: 5 Signs the Matrix of Control Is Rapidly Evolving


Renegade Editor’s Note: Google’s Director of Engineer Ray Kurzweil, jewish pioneer in the field of transhumanism, is now saying our brains will fuse with machines within twelve years, creating super humans that are stronger, smarter, and sexier.

by Sigmund Fraud of Waking Times

As the Matrix in the movie was used to facilitate the exploitation of humans, so the current ideological Matrix was created for, and serves to exploit us, turning us into unthinking workers and consumers—slaves of the ruling elite who themselves are trapped in the Matrix… few of us are able to escape the Matrix. We do not even know it exists.” ~Henry H. Lindner

The matrix is a metaphor for a society bound to increasingly direct and indirect controls, limitations, and penalties. It is a web of influence that forces individuals to act and react in accordance with stated and unstated rules of which individuals do not create.

An awakening has undoubtedly been unfolding in recent years, and many more people are becoming aware of just how deeply controlled our lives are, however, at the same time, the matrix itself is evolving, and the programs and plots in place to clamp down on our conscious development are growing more restrictive with each passing year.

Consider the following examples of how the matrix is evolving around us:

1. The Great Leap Forward of the Technocracy

We are being pushed headlong into a technocratic future, where humanity will be trumped by a scientific dictatorship which invades every aspect of our private lives.

Our cashless future is almost here. AI is in control of the financial markets. Robots are taking over jobs, taking over the task of state murder, and becoming sex partners. Smart phones track our every move and record our conversations. Our homes are infested with smart devices, the internet of things, which now provide direct surveillance for the government. Our brains are scanned in public and our identities stolen with biometrics.

2. A Cultural Revolution is Underway

The circus and actual reality are now indistinguishable from one another, and even our president is a reality TV star. Biological identity is being trumped by a confusing morass of socially preferred pronouns. Public discourse is impossible, as rational thought and polite debate aren’t dramatic enough to hold our attention. Violence and intolerance are cheered on as people video tape fights rather than break them up. Porn culture has broken out into the mainstream, and debauchery is praised. People are more polarized than ever, preferring echo chambers and group-think to individual ideas and genuine self-expression.

3. Permanent Warfare is the Health of the State – No Questions Asked

No matter how hard he digs at his memory, Winston is uncertain whether a time existed when Oceania was not at war with someone.” ~George Orwell, 1984

Since 9/11, the Orwellian permanent war has firmly entrenched itself in public consciousness, and now so very few even bother to address the possibility of a world at peace. War is paramount to our economy, and without it, the economy would crash. There is no debate when it comes to military expenditures, and no forum to redress or renounce grievances related to putting so many of our resources into the destruction of others. There is no body count of our soldiers, of our enemies, or even of the innocents caught in the crossfire. It just doesn’t matter anymore.

4. Government Does What it Wants with No Redress

Members of the government and the elite are clearly above the law, and the law is now apparently in place for the plebs, the slaves, to obey.

The elite are free to financially plunder and conquer any nation. The government aids and abets real terrorism by covertly funding and arming our manufactured enemies. Pedophilia and sex-trafficking by the elite are coming into the light, however, mainstream media gives these types of criminals a pass, refusing to seriously investigate any allegations of such terrible crimes. An unconstitutional police state now does whatever it wants, and everyday we see more police brutality and more usurpations of individual rights by the alphabet agencies created by the state to harass and plunder the people. There is no recourse for those who’ve been victimized by industrial crimes which destroy and pollute our environment.

Government does what it wants.

5. The Pharmacological Annihilation of the Individual Moves into Overdrive

In light of a growing epidemic of opioid addiction and overdoses, it is being revealed that doctors and pharmaceutical companies are making a killing by turning people into dependents of the pharma state. Anxiety and depression are more rampant than ever, and one in six Americans are on psychiatric drugs. Stress is being amped up in every way possible, and the individual is lost at sea in the medical industrial complex which prohibits natural cures and medicines while pushing pills on the public.

Final Thoughts

Some liken the matrix system to a fish tank, where outsiders create the stage on which we play out our lives, and we never fully realize that our world is created and governed by a hidden hand. Others better relate to the metaphor presented in the movie, The Matrix, where humans are used as batteries, to fuel the livelihoods of overlords, and are kept acquiescent by a detailed and indulgent false reality.

Either metaphor does well in conceptualizing contemporary life, but without recognition of the hidden chains which confine our progress and steer our development, we have no hope of ever realizing true freedom on this glorious earth. As in Plato’s cave, if we only focus on the manufactured shadow reality, we miss the big picture, and along with it, the opportunity to live a joyous, meaningful and unrestricted life.

The matrix has all of us, and it has just evolved.

“The plan to capture the conscious and subconscious minds of the masses, and mold them into robotic, obedient and impressionable commodities is nearly complete, and it is up to you to free your own mind and wake up before it is too late.” [Source]

Updates March 2017

As I Await My Fate

Lately my feet and my hands have been going through nerve pain due to my diabetic condition but I do not consider such things to be a matter of negativity since the gods have given me this condition to end my suffering of years on this earth.  I have my legacy and my will already detailed and notarized  and I am merely finalizing my plans to spend the rest of my years in Ecuador or Bolivia.  Oddly, the nation of Canada has entered into the frays of my mind due to the familiarity it would breed as I have lived in the cesspool of America for over 22 years and counting.  At the very least, when my birthday passes on 4/20 it will likely be the last day that I will acknowledge my own existence


New Administrators

I have finally been successful in finding administrators for the public page for this website on Facebook and VK.  As such, content on VK is now appearing on a regular basis and the Facebook page will still be able to be updated as long as I am not post blocked on there.  I have been advocating for almost a year for members in The Cause to leave Facebook behind and to focus on joining VK as there isn’t an ounce of censorship on there, but apparently people love the familiarity and the mental slavery that Facebook provides for them.


New Videos

I have begun to do weekly Facebook videos that will eventually migrate to YouTube if and  when I get interviewers to come and do Skype videos with me.  The topics I have covered the past 3 weeks have been white genocide, refugees, freemasons, and facebook censorship.  Sometime this week I hope to do a video on racial futurism and if that can be an attainable goal and another video about the holohoax and the myth that inspires it!

Company recalls 21,000 pounds of frozen pizza sold at Walmart over potential listeria

A California-based company is recalling more than 21,200 pounds of frozen pizza sold at Walmart retail stores in 11 states due to potential listeria contamination. RBR Meat Company Inc. issued the recall for its Marketside Extra Large Supreme Pizza after possible listeria was discovered during routine sampling.

The product was available for purchase in Walmart store locations across California, Colorado, Nevada, Washington state, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Alaska and Hawaii. According to a news release on the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) the products were produced on Feb. 23 and are packaged in a 50.6-ounce corrugated box containing one shrink-wrapped 16-inch pizza with lot code 20547.

According to FSIS, no illnesses tied to the recall had been reported as of March 15. However, consumers who have the product in their freezer or who have purchased it are urged to discard of it or return it for a refund.

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The recall comes amid a deadly listeria outbreak linked to a New York-based creamery that has resulted in at least six illnesses and two fatalities. Consuming foods contaminated with listeria could cause fever, muscle aches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, convulsions, diarrhea or other stomach issues. Pregnant women who are exposed to listeria may suffer miscarriage, stillbirths or premature delivery. Those with compromised immune systems are also considered at an increased risk of health complications after exposure.

Consumers with additional questions may contact FSIS at or 1-888-674-6854.

First solar eclipse to cross U.S. in 99 years is coming. To some, it’s an act of God.

The first solar eclipse to cross America in 99 years is coming. To some, it’s an act of God.

On Monday, Aug. 21, in the middle of the day, the sky will go dark. The temperature will suddenly get several degrees colder. Birds will stop chirping and retreat to their nests. And tens of millions of people, crammed into a 60-mile-wide path that crosses from Oregon to the Carolinas, will stand in America looking up at the sky.

It’s easy to understand why many people will view this as an act of God.

The total solar eclipse that will cross America this summer – an event that last happened 99 years ago – will be an important moment for scientific observers and a massive nationwide spectator event. It will also, for many people of faith, be evidence of God’s majesty – and even, to a few, a harbinger of the coming end of the world.

“I don’t think it’s an accident that God put us human beings here on Earth where we can actually see total solar eclipses. I think God wants us to make these discoveries,” said Hugh Ross, who is both an astronomer and a minister. “I would argue that God on purpose made the universe beautiful, and one of the beauties is a solar eclipse.”

Ross will be leading a trip to watch the eclipse for about 80 people interested in finding spirituality in science. They’ll travel down a dirt road into a field in Eastern Oregon, where they will wait for the sun to be blotted out. Across the country, other church groups will do the same.

A solar eclipse isn’t all that rare. The moon is always rotating around the Earth, while the Earth rotates around the sun. Usually the moon appears slightly higher or lower than the sunlight hits the Earth. But twice a year, it’s right smack in front of it, and the moon blocks out the sun during the daytime, and that’s at least a partial solar eclipse.

When a total eclipse occurs, the shadow falls on just a tiny part of the Earth, about 60 to 100 miles wide, and then moves about a thousand miles over the course of a few hours. Because so much of the Earth is water, this almost always happens over an ocean.

The last total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States was in 1979, and it was only over a corner of the Pacific Northwest.

Something like this summer’s event, where so many people on land can see a total solar eclipse, is exceptionally rare – although the United States actually will experience another one, crossing an opposite diagonal swath of the country, in 2024.

This August, the “path of totality” cuts across the entire country, and every single spot in the continental United States will see an eclipse up to 60 percent.

That means that anyone in the country can step outside and see some darkness on that Monday in August. But eclipse-watchers – including Jay M. Pasachoff, a Williams College astronomer who has traveled around the world to witness an astonishing 65 eclipses – say that one truly has to see totality to really grasp the awe-inspiring nature of an eclipse. Even 99 percent, Pasachoff said, is nowhere near as dramatic as the moment it totally goes dark, which will last for up to two minutes and 40 seconds.

“You have to be in totality to do it. Basically the universe gets a million times darker,” Pasachoff said. “It is absolutely necessary to be in the path of totality. It’s a poor second to be off to the side.”

For Ross and other clergy planning to showcase the eclipse as both a scientific and a religious event, that stunning experience of seeing totality is an opportunity for discussing God’s handiwork. When Ross was a researcher at the California Institute of Technology, he would take his fellow scientists on hiking trips in the Sierra Nevada, he said.

“When they would say, ‘Yeah, it’s gorgeous,’ I would say, ‘Why is it so beautiful?’ It would always lead to a discussion about the Christian faith,” he said. For that reason – the opportunity to use natural beauty as a tool for evangelism – he thinks this eclipse will be a popular Christian event. “A lot of leaders of churches are going to be encouraging people,” he said, to go see the eclipse in August.

It’s certainly not just church leaders who have that idea. Visitors from as far as Europe and Asia started booking hotel rooms months ago in sleepy little corners of Wyoming and Idaho where they will be able to see the eclipse.

The population living in that long path of totality, from Oregon to the Carolinas, is about 12 million people, by the count of Angela Speck, co-chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s task force on the 2017 eclipse. Speck says another 12 million or many more could easily visit for the eclipse date. Nearly everyone in the continental United States lives within one day’s drive of the eclipse path – so if 4 percent of the country decided they wanted to drive to the right spot that day and see the sun go dark, 12 million would turn to 24 million overnight.

There’s precedent: In 1991, Speck said, so many people tried to enter Mexico to see a total eclipse that the country closed parts of its borders.

Speck and others involved in this year’s eclipse preparation are concerned that rural communities on the eclipse path won’t be prepared for the massive traffic jams, the food and water needs of the hordes of visitors, or the safety glasses that every eclipse-watcher should have. (They cost about a dollar, but supplying one to every American who may look up at the total or partial eclipse is a staggering task.)

In certain religious communities, the talk surrounding the eclipse has to do with a different sort of preparation. Gary Ray isn’t worried about just travel plans and adequate eye protection. He’s focused on the Rapture.

Ray, a writer for the evangelical Christian publication Unsealed, views this eclipse as one of several astronomical signs that the day when Christians will be whisked away from the Earth is fast approaching.

“The Bible says a number of times that there’s going to be signs in the heavens before Jesus Christ returns to Earth. We see this as possibly one of those,” Ray said about the eclipse.

He is even more interested in another astronomical event that will occur 33 days after the eclipse, on Sept. 23, 2017.

The Book of Revelation, which is full of extraordinary imagery, describes a woman “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head” who gives birth to a boy who will “rule all the nations with an iron scepter” while she is threatened by a red, seven-headed dragon. The woman then grows the wings of an eagle and is swallowed up by the earth.

Ray says that image will be created in the sky on Sept. 23. The constellation Virgo – representing the woman – will be clothed in sunlight, in a position that is over the moon and under nine stars and three planets. The planet Jupiter, which will have been inside Virgo – in her womb, in Ray’s interpretation – will move out of Virgo, as if she is giving birth.

Astronomers don’t see this as a particularly unusual event. But to Ray and others, it could be the sign that the Rapture is ready to happen: “We think it’s God signaling to us that he’s about to make His next move.”

And Ray thinks the two eclipses that are slated to travel across the United States in 2017 and 2024, together marking an X across the nation, could be the starting and ending signs bookmarking a seven-year period of awful tribulations that Revelations says waits in store for nonbelievers who are left behind on Earth when the Rapture occurs.

“That time frame is speculative, 2017 to 2024. But it makes a lot of sense. There are a lot of things that really point us to that,” he said.

Therefore, the eclipse preparation that Ray recommends is a bit different from the scientists’ association’s advice.

“My number one encouragement to people would be to just trust God. More importantly, to trust the right God,” he said, warning that those who do not believe when the day of the Rapture comes will be left behind to face the tribulations. “If people want to be ready, the one thing you can do is accept what He has offered, which is the gift of grace and forgiveness. That’s all we have to do to be ready.”

University of Redlands astronomer Tyler Nordgren, who is advising the National Park Service on handling this eclipse, looked at prior events. Just a partial eclipse, not a total one, set visitor records in 2012 when it crossed through National Park Service sites in the Southwest. For this summer, he told the Park Service, “Imagine the biggest event you’ve ever had, and double it.”

So come August, even nonbelievers looking out at the crowds on the eclipse path may find themselves comparing it to an apocalyptic event. For one Eastern Oregon park, Nordgren predicts 25,000 to 50,000 sky-watchers. The park has one toilet.

How a Water Bear Survives, Even When It’s Dry

“Tough” takes on new meaning when it is used to describe the tardigrade.

This microscopic animal, also known as the water bear for its tubby appearance, can survive being frozen, boiled, exposed to extreme radiation and high pressures, being starved for several years and put into the vacuum of space for several days. It can even endure having its body completely dried out, a process called desiccation, by pulling its eight legs and head into its exoskeleton and forming a tiny ball.

“They can remain like that in a dry state for years, even decades, and when you put them back in water, they revive within hours,” said Thomas Boothby, a postdoctoral researcher from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “They are running around again, they are eating, they are reproducing like nothing happened.”

Anhydrobiosis in Tardigrades (Ramazzottius varieornatus) – desiccation and rehydration Video by Daiki D. Horikawa

Dr. Boothby wanted to know how tardigrades protected themselves from extreme drying, a strategy called anhydrobiosis. For years scientists had thought that the water bear relied on a sugar called trehalose to preserve its cells during desiccation. That is how brine shrimps, or sea monkeys, survive being dried out. But previous studies had shown that trehalose levels were much lower in the tardigrade than in brine shrimp when they were dried, leading Dr. Boothby to believe that there might be another factor keeping the water bears alive.

He and his colleagues found that tardigrades instead have unique genes that create proteins, which they call tardigrade-specific intrinsically disordered proteins, or TDPs, that preserve their cells during desiccation. They published their findings Thursday in the journal Molecular Cell.

The team identified the TDPs after they performed a test to see what genes were being activated during anhydrobiosis in tardigrades. They put the water bears into a humidity chamber and slowly dried them out, which resembled the type of conditions they might face in a pond or pool of water that is drying out. That process helped them identify genes for further study. They found that when they disrupted the genes that created TDPs, the tardigrades no longer survived desiccation.


Tardigrades in a dehydrated state. CreditT.C. Boothby

When the tardigrade begins to dry out, its body activates its lifesaving TDPs. These proteins protect the tardigrade in much the same way that trehalose sugar protects the brine shrimp, Dr. Boothby said. The proteins encapsulate its molecular components in a glasslike matrix within the body that preserves them during the drying process.

“The glass is coating the molecules inside of the tardigrade cells, keeping them intact,” said Dr. Boothby said. This slows down the tardigrade’s metabolism, allowing it to remain in a suspended state until it is rehydrated. When they add water, the proteins melt into the liquid, and the molecules within the tardigrade are free to carry out their functions again.

Dr. Boothby said that trehalose sugar and TDPs were an example of convergent evolution, where nature has found two different ways to protect organisms from desiccation.

“This is a well-done, convincing piece of research that provides new insights on how tardigrades survive anhydrobiosis,” said John Crowe, a professor emeritus from the University of California, Davis, in an email. He added that further research would show how specific the proteins were to tardigrades and whether they existed in other animals as well.

Ralph O. Schill, a biologist from the University of Stuttgart in Germany, agreed with the findings, but said he would have liked to have seen the experiment performed on species different from those chosen by the authors. There are more than a thousand species, and different tardigrades might react to drying out differently.

“However, tardigrades are really fascinating animals,” he said, “and the new publication is an important piece of the big puzzle of the nature of life.”


FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands in the bench area during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the New York Jets in Santa Clara, Calif. Kaepernick is a free agent after opting out of his 49ers contract Friday, March 3, 2017. The six-year veteran quarterback who drew particular attention and headlines last season by not standing for the national anthem, met with new general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan before making the move. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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Mike FreemanNFL National Lead Writer

It’s more than a week into free agency and Colin Kaepernick is still unemployed. Remember, this is a quarterback who played in the Super Bowl only four years ago, yet now it appears he can’t get a look from teams. So I set out to discover, once and for all, what teams think of the 29-year-old former Niner.

“He can still play at a high level,” one AFC general manager said. “The problem is three things are happening with him.

“First, some teams genuinely believe that he can’t play. They think he’s shot. I’d put that number around 20 percent.

“Second, some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or [President Donald] Trump will tweet about the team. I’d say that number is around 10 percent. Then there’s another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.

“Third, the rest genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did.”

When I spoke to a handful of executives at the combine a few weeks ago, one even called him “an embarrassment to football.”

For the moment, the interest in Kaepernick is slim, and that’s putting it kindly.

It’s possible teams are waiting for the right time to make their play for him. That’s sometimes how it works in free agency. Weeks or months will go by with little interest in a player and then, boom, it all heats up at once.

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But what’s happening with Kaepernick is highly unusual. So far, it seems he hasn’t visited a single team. I can’t find a quarterback-needy team that’s interested. Again, things can change quickly, but the silence is deafening.

From a football perspective, teams worry about Kaepernick’s throwing accuracy. He still has some difficulty hitting tight windows and sometimes runs even when receivers are open. In 2016, Kaepernick connected on 59.2 percent of his passes, which ranked 26th in the league.

There’s also the perception—a wrong one—that he has difficulty learning new schemes.

And if those weren’t enough, concerns linger that he is moody and not a good teammate. That belief also may not be accurate. From speaking to 49ers players about Kaepernick, it’s clear most of the San Francisco locker room liked him.

Kaepernick can take hope in how putrid the quarterback market is. When Jay Cutler is at the top of the heap, that says it all.

There are still teams desperate for a competent QB, so much so that one eventually will find the risk in signing Kaepernick is worth any potential backlash. That’s my guess.

Still, it’s hard to emphasize how unusual Kaepernick’s current situation is. If a Super Bowl quarterback can walk and chew bubble gum simultaneously, he gets opportunities. Those opportunities usually arrive until that player is totally and completely done. That’s not the case with Kaepernick.

Four years ago, he ran for a playoff-record 181 yards and two scores at Green Bay as the 49ers beat the Packers in a divisional playoff game, 45-31. The Niners would then go to Atlanta and upset the Falcons in the NFC title game before losing Super Bowl XLVII to the Ravens when a last-gasp drive fell five yards short. Throughout those playoffs, Kaepernick was more than capable, completing 61.3 percent of his passes, throwing only two interceptions and producing a combined quarterback rating of 100.9.

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Guys like that get multiple shots.

Further adding to the intrigue is that teams understand Kaepernick hasn’t been playing with a great deal of talent around him recently. The 49ers, frankly, have been a dumpster fire the past few years, and it showed with some of the players with which the team surrounded their QB.

Despite all of that, his phone is not ringing off the hook. Or at all, for that matter.

Kaepernick’s new agents appear to have foreseen all of this, which is why it wasn’t surprising when sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Kaepernick would start standing for the anthem.

Now, he sits. Waiting and waiting. A still-talented player whose political statement may have cost him his NFL career.

California chief justice to ICE: Stop ‘stalking’ immigrants at courthouses

California’s top judge criticized federal immigration agents for using courthouses as “bait” — a place for “stalking” immigrants who “pose no risk to public safety.”

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote a letter Thursday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly amid reports of federal agents going to courthouses and scouting for immigrants who are not in the country legally.

Such incidents have been reported in California, Texas, OregonColorado and Arizona.

In the letter, Cantil-Sakauye requested that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents stop arresting immigrants at courthouses.

“I am deeply concerned about reports from some of our trial courts that immigration agents appear to be stalking undocumented immigrants in our courthouses to make arrests,” she wrote. “… Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country’s immigration laws.”

ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said immigration officers make arrests at courthouses only after exhausting other options.

“It’s important to note that many of the arrest targets ICE has sought out at or near courthouses are foreign nationals who have prior criminal convictions in the U.S.,” Kice said in a statement. “In years past, most of these individuals would have been turned over to ICE by local authorities upon their release from jail based on ICE detainers. … In such instances where deportation officers seek to conduct an arrest at a courthouse, every effort is made to take the person into custody in a secure area, out of public view, but this is not always possible.”

Kice said making an arrest at a courthouse eliminates the safety risks of detaining someone on the street.

“These individuals, who often have significant criminal histories, are released onto the street, presenting a potential public safety threat,” she said. “When ICE Fugitive Operations officers have to go out into the community to proactively locate these criminal aliens, regardless of the precautions they take, it needlessly puts our personnel and potentially innocent bystanders in harm’s way. … Because courthouse visitors are typically screened upon entry to search for weapons and other contraband, the safety risks for the arresting officers and for the arrestee are substantially diminished.”

Tracking down fugitives, Kice said, requires significant resources because many of them use aliases and don’t have viable addresses or places of employment.

“A courthouse may afford the most likely opportunity to locate a target and take him or her into custody,” Kice said.

A Department of Justice spokesman declined to comment, beyond noting that the agency will review the letter.

Cantil-Sakauye’s letter echoes concerns raised across the country by some local and state officials who fear that ICE’s increased presence at courthouses may deter immigrants from coming to court for legal matters, such as testifying or seeking protective orders from alleged abusers.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon called the approach “very shortsighted” and said it has a “chilling impact” on the community, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In El Paso, county officials said federal agents made false or misleading claims when they arrested a transgender woman who had just obtained a protective order against her live-in partner, local media reported. Federal officials said in an affidavit that they detained Irvin Gonzalez on the street, but surveillance videos showed men in casual clothing detaining Gonzalez just outside the courtroom.

“I knew what the truth was when every witness — the lawyers and the judge — said that ICE was there,” El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar said last month, the El Paso Times reported. “Then the video left absolutely no room for doubt. You see his hand on her arm. She was not free to go. She was in his custody.”

El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal said Gonzalez’s detention was alarming and could wind up keeping other domestic violence victims from coming forward.

“Our clients come to us at the lowest point of their lives,” Bernal said, according to the El Paso newspaper. “Many of them are so frightened of coming to us because of possible immigration concerns.”

After the incident in Texas, officials in Oregon’s Multnomah County asked for the public’s help in reporting ICE raids at courthouses.

“The possible increase in these incidents across the country is concerning,” county officials said in a statement last month. “Abusers often use threats of deportation to prevent their victims from seeking help. Courthouses should be safe locations for people to access justice, particularly people who are fleeing violent relationships.”

In Denver, ICE agents in plain clothes were seen outside a courtroom waiting to pick up a Mexican national who was in court for a sentencing hearing for stealing tools in 2015, according to NBC affiliate KUSA.

In Portland, Ore., three ICE agents, also in plain clothes, watched a Mexican national inside the Multnomah County courthouse for several minutes before one of the man’s attorneys told the agents he would cooperate. Ivan Rodriguez Resendiz told the Oregonian that he went to court because he’d violated his probation by driving under the influence.

Rodriguez Resendiz was not arrested that day, but the agents followed him and his attorney to the lawyer’s office, the Oregonian reported.

“It was disturbing to say the least,” Rodriguez Resendiz’s attorney, Jennifer List, told the Oregonian. “They didn’t go up and say, ‘We’re ICE. And by the way, we’re interested in talking to your client.’ They don’t say anything. They aren’t upfront. They aren’t wearing a badge.”

In her letter, Cantil-Sakauye, the first Filipino American and the second woman to lead the California Supreme Court, said the majority of undocumented immigrants who show up in court “pose no risk to public safety.” Stalking courthouses to arrest them, she wrote, is “neither safe nor fair.”

“They not only compromise our core values of fairness but they undermine the judiciary’s ability to provide equal access to justice,” she wrote.

Here’s Cantil-Sakauye’s full letter:

Dear Attorney General Sessions and Secretary Kelly:

As Chief Justice of California responsible for the safe and fair delivery of justice in our state, I am deeply concerned about reports from some of our trial courts that immigration agents appear to be stalking undocumented immigrants in our courthouses to make arrests.

Our courthouses serve as a vital forum for ensuring access to justice and protecting public safety. Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country’s immigration laws.

Our courts are the main point of contact for millions of the most vulnerable Californians in times of anxiety, stress, and crises in their lives. Crime victims, victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence, witnesses to crimes who are aiding law enforcement, limited-English speakers, unrepresented litigants, and children and families all come to our courts seeking justice and due process of law. As finders of fact, trial courts strive to mitigate fear to ensure fairness and protect legal rights. Our work is critical for ensuring public safety and the efficient administration of justice.

Most Americans have more daily contact with their state and local governments than with the federal government, and I am concerned about the impact on public trust and confidence in our state court system if the public feels that our state institutions are being used to facilitate other goals and objectives, no matter how expedient they may be.

Each layer of government — federal, state, and local — provides a portion of the fabric of our society that preserves law and order and protects the rights and freedoms of the people. The separation of powers and checks and balances at the various levels and branches of government ensure the harmonious existence of the rule of law.

The federal and state governments share power in countless ways, and our roles and responsibilities are balanced for the public good. As officers of the court, we judges uphold the constitutions of both the United States and California, and the executive branch does the same by ensuring that our laws are fairly and safely enforced. But enforcement policies that include stalking courthouses and arresting undocumented immigrants, the vast majority of whom pose no risk to public safety, are neither safe nor fair. They not only compromise our core value of fairness but they undermine the judiciary’s ability to provide equal access to justice. I respectfully request that you refrain from this sort of enforcement in California’s courthouses.

GOP speeding toward vote on altered healthcare bill


The Trump administration and House GOP leaders are making two significant changes to their ObamaCare replacement bill as they seek to add to their whip count ahead of a critical Thursday vote.

The White House on Friday won support from conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC) leaders by agreeing to give states the option to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients and to block grant Medicaid instead of the cap system in the bill.

GOP leaders are using the RSC endorsement — and new words of support from President Trump — to try to build momentum for the measure.

But the far-right Freedom Caucus is still largely opposed to the measure, and there are still serious doubts about whether the bill has enough votes to pass yet.

Asked if the measure has the requisite 216 votes, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) declined to say yes on Friday, noting: “These changes definitely strengthen our number.”

In addition to the Medicaid agreement with the RSC, the White House and House leaders are also eyeing increasing the tax credits in the bill, something that could bring centrists on board.

Centrist Republicans have been pushing for changes to the tax credits in the bill so that they would give more financial help to low-income people and older people, whom they worry would not be given enough help to afford coverage under the current bill.

During the White House meeting, Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) said Trump gave him a firm commitment to address concerns that tax credits central to the GOP bill are too small to ensure coverage is affordable for some people.

Aderholt told Trump that 80 percent of his district supported him in the election. But the conservative congressman explained that many of his constituents are low-income and elderly and would see enormous hikes in their premiums under the GOP bill.

“I understand those are people who supported me, and we’re not going to let them down,” Trump replied, according to Aderholt. Then he turned to some of his aides in the room and said, “This is going to be taken care of.”

In an extreme example under the current bill, the premium for a 64-year-old making $26,500, after factoring in financial assistance, would rise from $1,700 to $14,600 under the GOP plan.

Earlier Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price huddled with House Republicans in a closed-door meeting and told them that changes to the tax credits are a possibility.

“The Speaker said this a minute ago, he didn’t say the specifics of it, but he said that some tweaks will be made to the tax credits and probably that’s the older — old geezers like me that are 55 and up,” Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) said while leaving a House Republican Conference meeting Friday morning.

But the far-right Freedom Caucus still has strong objections to the bill. Its chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), took issue with work requirements being optional, saying that provision only moves the ball “a couple of yards” down a very large field.

In an interview filmed for C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” Meadows said that there are at least 40 House Republicans who are opposed to the legislation, plus another 20 to 30 who are undecided.

The Freedom Caucus chairman made his comments before House GOP leaders announced Friday they were making modifications to the GOP bill.

A Freedom Caucus source on Friday afternoon said the conservative group “remains opposed” to the bill in its current form.

“Today’s announcement of the RSC’s support for the bill doesn’t change that,” the source said. “If the bill were brought to the floor today, it would fail to get enough votes.”

Scalise, who was in the White House meeting, is looking to Trump’s support to bring on additional lawmakers, arguing that the president has increased his backing for the bill after Friday’s changes.

“A lot of members were saying the president’s talking about an open negotiation, which means he’s not yet ready to sign onto this bill,” Scalise said. “What President Trump said very clearly this morning in the Oval Office is with these changes, I am 1000 percent for the bill and I want members to vote for it.”

Trump told reporters: “I want people to know ObamaCare is dead; it’s a dead healthcare plan.”

Some centrist lawmakers like Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) say that they want to see a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the bill before the vote.

But Scalise declined to commit to having a new CBO score before the vote.

“Obviously CBO works a lot slower than we’d like but that’s OK, that’s their method,” Scalise said, “but we’re moving forward with our bill because the American people want relief from ObamaCare.”