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C Is For Compromise, Not That He Would Understand The Concept

If compromise is not the spice of life, it allows all of us to keep going, especially when we do not see eye to eye with another person.

The problem is that a certain person does not understand the concept of compromise.

The government shutdown due to the disagreement over the border wall continues into its 4th day. Hundreds of thousands of government workers are working without pay or on furlough. At this point in time, it is still up in the air as to when the shutdown will be over.

From my perspective, the Democrats have done everything they can to work with you know who and the Republicans. But he does not want to compromise. There is a way to keep our borders safe without wasting billions of American tax dollars (not Mexican tax dollars) on a border wall, but he doesn’t care.

Any seasoned politician will tell you that we, the voters of this country, have a long memory. That memory extends to elections. The stock market is on a free fall, people’s jobs/financial futures are on the line and another Guatemalan child has died in the custody of the government.

When it comes to government, compromise will always get you somewhere. The only place arrogance and thinking that you know it all will get you is losing an election. But he has not figured that out yet and probably never will.

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Tell Me Again Why We Are Wasting Billions Of Dollars On A Border Wall?

While on the campaign trail, candidates often make promises about what they will do when they get into office. Many of these promises fall by the wayside once the election is over and winner of the election starts his or her job in the position that they were elected into.

You know who is threatening a government shutdown if he does not get the $5.7 billion dollars that he says is needed to build the border wall he promised during the election.  While the House Of Representatives approved the funding, the Senate is expected to deny the funding.

As usual, he says one thing that suits him at the time. Then he turns around and says something else. First he said during the meeting with Senators Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that he would take the blame for the shutdown if he didn’t get funding for the wall. Now he says that he will blame the Democrats for the shutdown.

From my perspective, this is a colossal waste of money. There is so much we can do with $5.7 billion dollars. There are roads and school buildings that need to be kept up. We can use that money to keep Medicaid going and to ensure that there is money to fund SNAP.  Or even, provide the funds needed to repair the buildings under the NYCHA system.

On a another note, the environmental damage to the area that they are proposing to build the wall on could be catastrophic.

So tell me again, why we are wasting billions of dollars on a border wall?

P.S. If someone wants to use their own money to donate to the building and upkeep of the wall, that is their choice. But do not use my tax dollars to do so.

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While He Bashes Illegal Immigrants, He Pays Them To Keep His House Clean

From day one of his Presidential election campaign, a certain person made it perfectly clear that one of his main goals was to severely downgrade or prevent illegal immigration entirely.

Today, several news outlets have reported that some of the staff at his golf club in New Jersey are either currently illegal immigrants or were illegal immigrants at the time of their employment and are now in the country legally.

The thing with him is that the image he projects is defined by the following statement “do as I say, not as I do”. His organization and those who work for the organization are willing to look away from the fact that one or more of their workers is not in the country legally because it suits their needs as a business. My guess for their hiring choices is that illegal immigrants are less likely to accept infringement on their rights as employees and receive a lower salary than those who were born here or have legal immigration status.

While he and his organization quietly pay employees who are not here legally, as President, he continues to verbally denigrate immigrants, especially illegal immigrants.

Just another reason to add to the list of reasons as to why he is ill equipped and ill qualified to lead this country.

 

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Trump Cannot Rewrite The Constution Because He Feels Like It

The 14th Amendment opens with the following statement:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

Donald Trump thinks that this clause in the amendment can be removed by an executive order.

At this point, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when it comes to this man.

I don’t know who is advising him or if he even listens, but he cannot rewrite the laws of this country, especially the Constitution because he feels like it. When a political leader rewrites laws, especially constitutional law with the flick of his or her pen, they are more likely to be dictator or an autocrat. This is not the action of a democratically elected President.

Even if he wanted to re-write the law, there is a process that takes some time to complete, and even then, there is no guarantee that the amendment will be ratified.

Either he doesn’t get it, or doesn’t care. My feeling is that both are applicable. He doesn’t get or care that there are certain political norms, both written and unwritten that must be followed. He wants it now and expects it now. It’s akin to a toddler demanding something from their parent and then taking a tantrum because Mom and Dad are not going to just say yes automatically.

The irony in all of this is that Trump’s mother was not born in America. She was born in Scotland and emigrated as a young woman. If Trump had his way, he would be nullifying his own citizenship status and his Presidency. The President Of The United States must be a natural-born citizen. The other irony is that Trump’s first wife, Ivana married him in 1977, but did not become a citizen until 1988. By making this statement, Trump was stating that he would be nullifying the citizenship status of his three eldest children.

No matter which way the cookie crumbles, this man is bad for this country. Which is why we must vote next Tuesday and remind him who is in charge.

 

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In the Country We Love: My Family Book Review

The question of immigration has existed since the founding of the United States in the late 1800’s. These days, it has become an issue that is dividing the country. But underneath the issue are thousands, if not millions of individual stories that need to be heard and seen. Diane Guerrero‘s story is one of them.

Best known for her role in Orange Is The New Black, Ms. Guerrero is the American born daughter of Colombian immigrants who were deported back to the country of their birth when their daughter was a teenager. Her life story is detailed in the new memoir In the Country We Love: My Family. Born in the mid 1980’s to Colombian immigrants who cam to America on a visa and tried to gain citizenship up until the time that they were deported, Ms. Guerrero understood from a very young age about her parents immigration status. After her parents were deported, she survived as best she could, but the loss of her parents took a toll on her that took years to deal with. It was only with professional help and revisiting her love of performing that put the spark back in her life.

This book is amazing and a must read, regardless of where the readers stands on the immigration debate. Not only is is easy to read, but it puts the humanity and a face on a subject is often hard to humanize.

I recommend it.

 

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So Chain Migration Is Only Acceptable When It Comes To Your Family?

Chain migration is defined as follows: “movement in which prospective migrants learn of opportunities, are provided with transportation, and have initial accommodation and employment arranged by means of primary social relationships with previous migrants.”

For many years, chain migration has been the way to American citizenship. One member of a family would come to America, settle in and in time bring over the rest of their family.

You know who has included in his anti-immigration policy the banning of chain migration. Except, that is, when it comes to his own family.

It was announced today that his in-laws have become citizens. They became citizens via chain migration.

So, basically, chain migration, like immigration to the US in general, is bad, Except, that is, when it comes to his family. Then it’s fine.

I hope I am not the only one who sees the complete hypocrisy in this latest bit of news. It just adds one more reason why he is unfit for the Presidency.

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The Hypocrisy Of Stephen Miller

Most, if not all Americans can trace their lineage to at least one family member, who at one point in history, left their homeland for a new life in the United States.

This list of Americans includes Stephen Miller, who is an adviser to you know who. His family left Belarus in the early 20th century, escaping from poverty, violence and discrimination.

The irony and hypocrisy of Stephen Miller is that while he is a direct descendant of Jewish immigrants who left their homes for a better life in America a century ago, he is preventing new Americans from completing the same journey. Not only is he vehemently against immigrants who are undocumented, he is also vehemently against those who are documented and have followed the legal process to become citizens.

America is supposed to be like a salad bowl, where citizens of all shapes, sizes, colors and backgrounds can live and thrive together. If Mr. Miller and those who thought like him had their way, this particular salad bowl would be rather dull and colorless.

Mr. Miller is a shande to both the American Jewish community and to the overall country at large. I am sorry to call him both an American and a member of the Jewish people.

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The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life Book Review

Unless one is living under a rock these days, it’s hard to ignore the fact that immigration is a hot button issue these days. The problem with the debate is that there are nuances and real human beings behind the debate that are more often than not, overlooked.

Last year, journalist Lauren Markham published her new non fiction book, The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life.

Born in El Salvador, Ernesto and Raul Flores were growing up in the midst of their homeland’s civil war. At the age of seventeen, as gang violence mounted, the boys knew that they had no choice. They had to leave their home and family for the United States. Surviving the treacherous journey to America, Ernesto and Raul face new challenges. In addition to the growing pains that every teenager deals with, the boys must deal with immigration courts, adapting to a new life in America and living with an older brother whom they had not seen for a number of years.

I was blown away by this book. It read more like a fiction novel than a true story. Above all, what I loved about this book was that it put a human face and a human story on a subject that many in this country do not see eye to eye to.

I absolutely recommend it.

 

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I Can Quote The Bible Too, Jeff Sessions

The bible is often used as justification when it comes to defending our actions.

Recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions quoted the bible to defend the treatment of migrants at our Southern border.

He is not the only one who can pull quotes from the bible.

“The stranger who sojourns with you shall be as a native from among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord, your God.” Leviticus 19:34

The quote that he is so easily referencing was also used to justify slavery in the United States.

There is also, the story of the three unknown men who approached the tent of Abraham and Sarah. Abraham could have sent them away, not knowing who they were or what their motives could have been. But instead, he welcomed these men into his home, treating them as honored guests.

When reporters asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders about this immoral treatment, she also referred to the bible.

I’m not a parent, but the sounds of these young kids crying for their parents absolutely breaks my heart.  I’m not a biblical scholar by any stretch of the imagination, but even I know that there is nothing that states that children of migrants should be separated from their parents in such an egregious manner.

If there is any justice in this world, you know and his minions will pay for what they are doing to these families. Until then, I can only hope that there are enough reasonable minds in Congress to undo this beyond horrible injustice.

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The American Immigration Policy Has Become Inhuman

Every nation has the right to protect its borders. And, by extension every nation has the right to ensure that those who want to immigrate to that nation are doing so for the right reasons.

It’s not exactly news that the current American immigration regulations are not exactly welcoming to immigrants, especially those of color.

This morning it was reported that border agents separated an undocumented immigrant from Honduras from her infant daughter while she was breast-feeding her.

This is disgusting, this is inhuman, immoral and for lack of better word, wrong. It’s clear that the administration wants to send a message to certain people who want to come to the United States. There are other ways of broadcasting this heinous message than the current process of separating children from their parents and prosecuting the parents.

I hope you know who sleeps well tonight, those kids separated from their parents may not be sleeping so well.

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