Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is ripping the Trump administration for ending a key Obama-era immigration program aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children.
“Trump’s decision to end the DACA program … is the cruelest and most ugly presidential act in the modern history of this country. I cannot think of one single act that is uglier and more cruel,” Sanders said from the Senate floor.
Sanders added that the decision, announced this week by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is an “abomination.”
Senate Democrats have taken over the Senate floor on Wednesday to protest the decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Democrats are demanding a stand-alone vote on the DREAM Act. Similar to DACA it would allow people brought to the United States illegally as children to continue to live and work freely in the country.
Sanders added that Congress should pass the DREAM Act “as soon as possible.”
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There are several commentaries that defend the new immigration bill by favorably comparing it to the Canadian ”points system” for immigration which prioritizes younger more educated workers and those with skills deemed to be in demand. I agree there are advantages to a points system, for one, it takes a more holistic view of immigrants. For example, the Canadian system awards points for family, including siblings in Canada, under the assumption (largely correct) that such a support network helps new immigrants successfully navigate the economy and society. But, lets not delude ourselves. The proponents of these bills don’t want to set up a …Continue reading →
Stephen Miller (Santa Monica native, Duke grad and self-appointed defender of African-American workers) led a press conference on immigration today where he tried the standard Republican trick of playing the victim. You can watch the entire exchange at C-Span. Miller at one point said Jim Acosta was exhibiting cosmopolitan bias by quoting Emma Lazarus’s poem “Give me your tired your poor…” That should probably be transcribed as (((cosmopolitan))) bias, but same difference. Miller was at the presser because the administration is pushing a bill introduced byTom Cotton (R-AK) and David Perdue (R-GA) to reduce by 50%, the number of immigrant visas available each year. That’s …Continue reading →
That large banner has the famous line from the American Declaration of Independence, followed by “If of African descent tear off this corner”. TomP had a diary last month on the 100th anniversary of the East St. Louis massacre that described the events and their causes in detail. Today is the 100th anniversary of the Silent Parade in New York City, organized to protest that massacre which claimed the lives of 100-200, the vast majority of them black people. Google changed it’s doodle today to commemorate the protest. They are also highlighting a documentary project from the Equal Justice Initiative called Lynching in …Continue reading →
By now, most of us are well aware of how the Koch brothers have run a multi-decade effort to fund right-wing economic orthodoxy by financing think-tanks, journalists, periodicals, colleges and professors. There’s often an element of racism at these institutions, but they aren’t explicitly focused on race. That’s an implicit acknowledgement that the broader US post civil rights-era integration has a limited appetite for outright racism. It turns out there’s a counterpart to the Kochs, who has funded white supremacist organizations and rabble-rousers for decades. He Spent Almost 20 Years Funding The Racist Right. It Finally Paid Off. How did explicit racism move …Continue reading →
The Supreme Court announced today that they would hear Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project. This is the Muslim ban, Travel ban case. In it’s decision to hear the case, the court also lifted the temporary injunctions granted by the circuit courts against Trump’s Muslim ban: We grant the Government’s applications to stay the injunctions, to the extent the injunctions prevent enforcement of §2(c) with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. This means students, employees, spouses, parents, children etc. returning to the US should not be affected by …Continue reading →
Presente.org The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) just split 4-4 on one of the biggest cases for immigrant communities in U.S. history, threatening the safety and unity of millions of families across the country. But our work and our fighting back is not over. Now, more than ever, we need to renew our commitment to justice until all immigrants receive the dignity and fair treatment we deserve. Please sign here. Tell President Obama: Act on the Supreme Court’s decision now! Unless the Obama Administration acts now, more than 4 million immigrants – our neighbors, friends, mothers, and children – will continue to be …Continue reading →
WASHINGTON – Addressing NALEO, a Latino leaders’ conference, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday denounced the “bigotry” of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. “I had hoped and I think most Americans had hoped that by the year 2016 we would be beyond having candidates make bigotry the cornerstone of their campaigns,” Sanders told the annual convention of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. Sanders said Americans will not put in the White House a candidate who “insults” Mexicans, Muslims, African-Americans and others. “Our country needs somebody who brings us together, not divides us up,” the Vermont senator said …Continue reading →
Two major rulings, one on Affirmative Action and the other on Immigration, are just out this morning from the Supreme Court of the United States. The Affirmative Action case ruling upholds the program at the University of Texas in a 4-3 decision. The case originated out of a lower Texas court and was brought by a white student, Abigal Fisher, who claimed she had been discriminated against for being white. Affirmative Action supporters were nervous the case could set back progress by decades if SCOTUS did not rule in favor of upholding the program. Justice Scalia, an opponent of Affirmative …Continue reading →
@JDestin currently suffers from the ‘can’t post with her phone and her fiance refuses to give up the computer’ bug to which I’ve yet to find a cause… but she wanted me to say: JDestin Speaking now: This obvious Bernie-Bro thanks you all for the sweet things you have all said to me and all of the good wishes and advice on staying calm and positive. Thank you for supporting @liepardestin and all of his projects. One day I hope to be able to post under my own name so I can say hi more often in the comments 🙂 …Continue reading →