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April 3, 2020

Leaked Border Patrol Memo Tells Agents to Send Migrants Back Immediately — Ignoring Asylum Law

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Family, Fascism, Hate, Health, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 07:29

The problem is this is a sort of martial law.    The president & administration has decided to just not follow the laws of the country and international treaty for no good reason.   The virus is here people, the genie is out of the bottle.  Ignoring the law to carry out a racist program is not legal and has no legitimate purpose.  The bigger question to consider is if they get away with this, what civil laws will they just ignore next?   If you think we can not lose our democracy look what just happened in Hungry, and what has been happening in Egypt.    Their government used pretexts to invoke new laws and powers and kept doing it until the leader because the sole law themself.  This is what tRump has been pushing for the last 3+ years and it looks like he is going to get it.  This administration ignores any requirements they don’t like such as archiving mail, not mixing political campaigning and government functions, not responding to any requests for information even when ordered to do so by the courts.    Hell tRump owes states for all his rallies costs because he refuses to pay anyone thinking he is above the need to pay for what he takes.    All hail the Dear Leader.    Hugs

The administration gave the Border Patrol unchallengeable authority over migrants seeking asylum by invoking a little-known power given to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. public health agency, to ban the entry of people or things that might spread “infectious disease” in the U.S. The CDC on March 20 barred entry of people without proper documentation, on the logic that they could be unexamined carriers of the disease and out of concern about the effects if the novel coronavirus swept through Customs and Border Protection holding facilities.

U.S. immigration law requires the government to allow people expressing a “well-founded” fear of persecution or torture to be allowed to pursue legal status in the United States. The law also requires the government to grant status to anyone who shows they likely face persecution if returned to their homeland.

“The Trump administration’s new rule and CDC order do not trump U.S. laws passed by Congress and U.S. legal obligations under refugee and human rights treaties,” Eleanor Acer, of the legal advocacy group Human Rights First, told ProPublica. “But the Trump administration is wielding them as the ultimate tool to shut the border to people seeking refuge.”

Two weeks ago, the Trump administration hastily put in place a policy, which the internal guidance calls Operation Capio, to push the overwhelming majority of unauthorized migrants into Mexico within hours of their apprehension in the U.S.

Over 7,000 people have been expelled to Mexico under the order, according to sources briefed by Customs and Border Protection officials.

The guidance, shared with ProPublica by a source within the Border Patrol, instructs agents that any migrant caught entering without documentation must be processed for “expulsion,” citing the CDC order. When possible, migrants are to be driven to the nearest official border crossing and “expelled” into Mexico or Canada. (The Mexican government has agreed to allow the U.S. to push back not only Mexican migrants, but also those from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador; the four countries account for about 85% of all unauthorized border crossings.)

Under the Refugee Convention, which the U.S. signed onto in 1968, countries are barred from sending someone back to a country in which they could be persecuted based on their identity (specifically, their race, nationality, religion, political opinion or membership in a “particular social group”).

The Trump administration has taken several steps to restrict the ability of migrants to seek asylum, a form of legal status that allows someone to eventually become a permanent U.S. resident. Until now, however, it has acknowledged that U.S. and international law prevents the U.S. from sending people back to a place where they will be harmed. And it has still allowed people who claim a fear of persecution to seek a less permanent form of legal status in the U.S. (In the last two weeks of February, 2,915 people were screened for humanitarian protection, according to the most recent statistics provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.)

The Border Patrol guidance provided to ProPublica shows that the U.S. is acting as if that obligation no longer applies.

A clear case of revenge and bigotry

I posted about this yesterday but some may have not understood the extent of the damage this does.  It is a clear hateful harmful action by tRump to hurt others to keep more money in his pockets and the  pockets of his friends.  Doing this deprives the tribe of far more than the casino they need.   Hugs

The tribe’s proposed casino would have been competition for two casinos in Rhode Island owned by Twin River Worldwide Holdings, whose president, George Papanier, was once a finance executive at the Trump Plaza casino hotel in Atlantic City, The Washington Post reported.

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the Conservative Political Action Committee, is a lobbyist for Twin River casinos, Keating noted. His wife, Mercedes Schlapp, is the White House strategic communications director.

Trump attacked Native American casinos in the past as unfair competition when his operations in Atlantic City were still functioning, at one point calling them the “biggest scandal ever.”

A slave population needs the words “never again” to to apply to them also

April 2, 2020

Despite Calls for Global Ceasefire, Trump Threatens War With Iran Amid COVID-19

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/01/despite-calls-global-ceasefire-trump-threatens-war-iran-amid-covid-19

As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on world economies, claims tens of thousands of lives, and cripples healthcare systems worldwide, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to threaten to attack Iran and make the country “pay a very heavy price” for any “attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq.”

The threat comes on the heels of the Trump administration crippling Iran’s access to crucial medial supplies as it battles over 47,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 by ramping up a sanctions regime on Iran that leading economists said was “feeding the coronavirus epidemic” and progressive organizations and Democrats said must be eased in light of the deadly disease.

“Unsatisfied with a global pandemic and an economic collapse, Trump wants to add a major war into the mix,” Stephen Miles, executive director of Win Without War, said on Twitter in response to Trump’s tweet.

Miles detailed “a series of escalations” the White House has taken with Iran since Trump took office, including his 2018 formal departure from the Iranian nuclear deal.

“It’s impossible to say with certainty right now what is happening on the ground that’s leading to this latest talk of war, but one thing is clear, we did not have to be here,” said Miles. “The President chose to put us on this path and he continues to own the consequences of his actions.”

Other observers drew attention to the legal language Trump used in the tweet—”Upon information and belief.”

“The United States is threatening wars now based on the standard lawyers use when making allegations they can’t necessarily prove,” said MSNBC analyst Matthew Miller.

There is more information at the link above.   Hugs

They won’t admit they were wrong

April 1, 2020

The US needs foreign doctors and nurses to fight coronavirus. Immigration policy isn’t helping.

Filed under: Bigotry, Economics, Health, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 09:59

The US health system already relies heavily on immigrants, who make up 17 percent of all health care workers and more than one in four doctors. At a time when coronavirus is pushing states like Washington and New York to the limits of their resources, those health care workers will be all the more critical.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already waived licensing requirements to allow graduates of foreign medical schools to contribute to the coronavirus response anticipating such a shortage, but no other state has so far followed suit.

But even before the current crisis, the immigration system made it difficult for foreign doctors and nurses to work in the US and go where they’re needed. Doctors may face long wait times for green cards, restrictions on where they can settle geographically, and limitations on where they can practice while they’re waiting for a green card. Nurses, meanwhile, also face long waits for green cards and can’t come to the US under temporary skilled worker visas.

Much more at the link above.   Hugs

MAGA Bigotry

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Economics, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 07:07

Clay Jones Comic Strip for April 01, 2020

March 31, 2020

Tribe That Drew Trump’s Fire Over Casino Plan Loses Its Reservation Status

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 08:16

The Dear Leader’s money streams must not be interfered with.  tRump will use all the levers of government to crush those who anger the king tRump.   This is again criminal and scary.  We have to deal with tRump and McConnell.    They are turning the country into a one party rule for ever like China.   The corporate Democrats don’t see this as a huge problem as they are paid by the same big donors as the republicans but the Democrats are paid to lose.   Otherwise why run a candidate with as many problems as Biden?   Hugs

https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/mashpee-wampanoag-cape-cod-trump-casino-caronavirus-073953500.html

The U.S. Interior Department is rescinding the reservation status of a Native American tribe whose plan to build a casino on its Massachusetts land was attacked by President Donald Trump last year.

The planned gaming operation would have competed for business with nearby Rhode Island casinos with strong ties to Trump, who once owned, then bankrupted, casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs informed the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on Friday that its 321-acre Cape Cod reservation will be “disestablished” and its land taken out of federal trust, according to Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell. Land in trust to the federal government effectively grants a tribe special legal status and autonomy. The Mashpee Wampanoag, however, will still be officially recognized by the federal government as a Native American tribe, according to a spokesman for the Interior Department.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs “informed me that the Secretary of the Interior has ordered that our reservation be disestablished and that our land be taken out of trust,” Cromwell said in a statement Friday. The crushing news came as the tribe “desperately” struggled with the “devastating pandemic” as the nation tallied a record 100,000 cases of COVID-19.

Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.), who represents the district including the tribal land, called the action “one of the most cruel and nonsensical acts I have seen since coming to Congress.” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt “should be ashamed,” Keating said in a statement. “In a time of national health and economic emergency, the secretary of the Interior should be reaching out to help all Native American tribes,” he added.

Trump last year attacked the proposed federal Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act, which sought to protect members’ “tribal homeland.” Trump blasted it as a “special interest casino bill” and used the name of a Native American hero as a slur against bill supporter Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), slamming her yet again as “Pocahontas.”

The bill was later passed by the House, but failed to get through the Senate.

The tribe’s proposed casino would have been competition for two casinos in Rhode Island owned by Twin River Worldwide Holdings, whose president, George Papanier, was once a finance executive at the Trump Plaza casino hotel in Atlantic City, The Washington Post reported.

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the Conservative Political Action Committee, is a lobbyist for Twin River casinos, Keating noted. His wife, Mercedes Schlapp, is the White House strategic communications director.

Trump attacked Native American casinos in the past as unfair competition when his operations in Atlantic City were still functioning, at one point calling them the “biggest scandal ever.”

He insisted at a congressional hearing in 1993 that tribal owners “don’t look like Indians to me ” and claimed: “I might have more Indian blood than a lot of the so-called Indians that are trying to open up the reservations” to gambling. (Check out the video up top.)

More at the link above.  Read how vengeful and bigoted tRump is.  Read how he holds a grudge and thinks only of money, his money, and how he can get more money.   Hugs

March 30, 2020

Voting rights Republican style

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 05:10

Political cartoon

March 28, 2020

Beautiful friends ship of taxpayer money

March 27, 2020

Pompeo pressed G-7 leaders to refer to ‘Wuhan virus’ in statement

Filed under: Bigotry, Fascism, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 11:40

https://thehill.com/policy/international/489484-pompeo-pressed-g7-leaders-to-refer-to-wuhan-virus-in-statement-report

The G-7 leaders have thus far not been able to agree on a joint statement because of Pompeo’s insistence that the group should refer to the disease as the “Wuhan virus,” which other member states have rejected.

“The Chinese Communist Party poses a substantial threat to our health and way of life, as the Wuhan virus outbreak clearly has demonstrated,” Pompeo added.

President Trump and other GOP lawmakers referred to the novel coronavirus as the “Chinese virus,” despite critics noting that such rhetoric could be correlated with a rise in targeted violence against Asian Americans.

Public health officials, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have advised against referring to the coronavirus by its city or country of origin.

March 22, 2020

Despite COVID-19, These Evangelicals Want to Convert Isolated Brazilian Tribes

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, Health, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 07:58

You really have to be narrow minded to feel it is better to preach to someone while killing them.   Far better they die now that you got the name of your god to them then live long healthy lives without it.   How egotistical is that.   Hugs

Despite COVID-19, These Evangelicals Want to Convert Isolated Brazilian Tribes

What are evangelical Christians doing during the pandemic? One organization, Ethnos360 (formerly known as New Tribes Mission), has responded by purchasing a helicopter in order to “contact and convert isolated indigenous groups in the remote Western Amazon.”

We’re talking the sort of isolation that’s maintained by the government. When missionary John Allen Chau idiotically attempted to contact and convert the people on a remote Indian island in 2018, he never returned. He was a threat to their way of life, not to mention their health.

A group representing those isolated tribes’ rights is all kinds of opposed to what these Christians want to do:

Survival International, itself, is vehemently opposed to the Ethnos360 initiative. Fiona Watson, Advocacy Director of Survival, told Mongabay: “The New Tribes Mission’s plan to use a helicopter to locate uncontacted tribes is dangerous and irresponsible. They clearly have no intention of respecting these indigenous peoples’ clear desire to be left alone. Any attempt to force contact risks infecting them with deadly diseases. The NTM’s appalling history of forced contacts in South America in the last 60 years resulted in the death and destruction of many uncontacted peoples and should serve as a stark warning not to let them anywhere near these vulnerable tribes. The Brazilian government must act now to stop the NTM’s genocidal plans.”

When a missionary organization believes converting people is the ultimate goal, no law or public health fears are going to stop them. That’s the problem with being brainwashed. No amount of reason will dissuade you from hurting other people.

Those tribes will be decimated if these Christians are allowed to invade their space. The Brazilian government needs to step in to enforce laws protecting those tribes from the harmful invasion of Christians.

More at the link above.    Hugs

 

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Don’t forget the most vulnerable

Tom Toles Comic Strip for March 22, 2020

(cartoon by Bob Englehart)

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Political Cartoon U.S. Mitch McConnell Amy McGrath Kentucky senate race ads danger

 

Jeff Stahler Comic Strip for March 22, 2020

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March 20, 2020

KANSAS: GOP Official Shrugs Off Local Virus Threat Because There Aren’t A Lot Of Chinese People There

Filed under: Bigotry, Hate, Health, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 10:43

These are elected leaders, members of the SPTV watching network.  This is why tRump repeatedly calling this the Chinese virus or even worse Kung-flu is so dangerous.   People are going to die because of things like this.   Hugs

KANSAS: GOP Official Shrugs Off Local Virus Threat Because There Aren’t A Lot Of Chinese People There

From the editorial board of the Kansas City Star:

The chairman of the Riley County Commissioners suggested this week that the global coronavirus pandemic is not a problem locally because unlike in Italy, there are not a lot of Chinese people living in central Kansas, according to two other officials who attended the meeting Wednesday night. Before we go any further, the scientific term for this kind of xenophobic falsehood is bunkum.

https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article241353836.html

Reached by phone, Rodriguez told The Star Editorial Board, “I didn’t necessarily say it like that.” So how did he say it? “Italy has a problem with its health department, first. It’s health for everybody. I have a friend in the Navy, and he said in that area” of Northern Italy where that country’s first cases were reported, “there’s a garment industry and a lot of Chinese. If we were like Italy, we’d have it already.”

“Well, they say it came out of China,” he answered, “and I’m not putting it past the Chinese government in communist China.” Meaning, to export a virus on purpose? “Normally, this kind of thing spreads slowly,” he answered, so “I put two and two together. I’ve been around a long time, girl.”

He also said that his only public policy goal in saying all of this was to try to discourage panic. “We’re hurting a lot of people in Manhattan” by overreacting, he said. “Places are being shut down for no reason at all.”

All of the above not only encourages racist attacks but also encourages the public to ignore the life-saving advice of public health officials to take proper precautions to avoid transmitting the virus.

But such talk is not a slip of the tongue. It hurts real people in real ways to call COVID-19 “the Chinese virus,” as President Donald Trump insists on doing. Our elected leaders should all be making clear that it’s harmful and wrong to speak that way.

The proof that it is a racial slur is the effect it’s having, with Asian Americans suffering an increase in attacks of all kinds, just when we most need to come together — paradoxically, by staying apart.

That the coronavirus has no nationality should be obvious. It’s no more the fault of the Chinese people, or of their government, than it was the fault of Kansans that the “Spanish flu” of a century ago seems to have started in Kansas. Very close to home for Mr. Rodriguez, in fact, among World War I soldiers at Camp Funston, part of Fort Riley in Geary and Riley counties.

 

 

Trump knows his Republican base well.

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Fascism, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 08:47
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Trump is deliberately race-baiting to take the heat off of him for his poor performance.

Someone needs to take the Sharpie and shove it where the sun don’t shine.

Trump knows his Republican base well.

March 19, 2020

PHOTO: Trump Sharpie’d “Chinese Virus” Into Notes

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 20:27

The tRump and crew will waste no opportunity to be racist and to create hate against those they hate.   You already know tRump wanted to exclude from the travel ban the UK and Ireland.   Why?  Some say it is because they have tRump golf courses, and that could be.  It also could be that the race haters see the UK as being their white history.  I have already talked to a person who left a comment claiming that China had lost control of a bioweapon.  We know that is false, we have the science showing this is a natural evolving virus.  Later that day I found out that SPTV was pushing that line and so were TV evangelical preachers.  We must cure the problem with the artificial bubble that keeps many people from seeing reality.   Hugs

PHOTO: Trump Sharpie’d “Chinese Virus” Into Notes

Mediaite reports:

Washington Post White House photographer Jabin Botsford captured an incredible photo showing that President Donald Trump crossed out — with a sharpie marker — the word “Corona” and replaced with the word “Chinese” virus.

https://twitter.com/jabinbotsford/status/1240701140141879298?s=20

More at the link above.   Hugs

 

March 18, 2020

Racism is a motivator

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Fascism, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 08:41
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Trump’s white nationalism rules his policy decisions. The caravans were obvious. It also led Trump to eliminate Obama-era programs out of racist spite.

March 10, 2020

Facts matter

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 06:33

March 9, 2020

There is no excuse for this in the US. if clean drinking water is not a priority than what is?

Remember this problem was caused because of greed.   The mayor and crew wanted to save money so switched from the working system to a cheaper one that they were warned about being untrustworthy and having issues.  This can easily be fixed.  This is something the federal government could fix with hardly a notice of the cost.  Instead we are consumed with building walls and buying fighter jets for over a trillion, yes over 1 trillion dollars that are obsolete the first day they are flown.    Sickening.  Again this is why the country is angry.  These are poorer people, these are working poor, these are lower incomes, these are a majority POC.   That is why it is not being fixed in a timely manner.   If I was a multi millionaire or billionaire I would fix this, but instead Bloomberg ran for president instead so he wouldn’t get taxed a bit more.  The overall cost is projected to be about 15 million.  Bloomberg spent over 500 million on his vanity presidential run to sabotage the progressive cause.   Yes there is work being done on the Flint water crisis, but it is being done slowly and only in cost cutting mode.    Six years?   We can do better.   Hugs

Racist bigotry is rampant in Republican controlled areas. Voting is a right the Republicans do not like

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 11:53

bartfargo:

Let’s all remember this when a certain party tries to spin their loss as being because some people decided not to vote, okay?

astrodidact:

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