Immigration

An Icy Census


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Here’s a little civics primer for you: The Constitution of the United States requires the enumeration of people in the U.S. every 10 years for the purpose of apportioning congressional representatives. It also requires that representatives be apportioned among the states “according to their respective Numbers.” Federal law requires the Secretary of Commerce to count the “population,” not citizens.

The Constitution says “persons,” not citizens or green card holders. I understand this may be difficult to comprehend for those who have only read the 2nd Amendment (and interpret it to suit their means as well), but the Constitution requires Congressional representation of people, not just citizens or voters. Children are people, and they don’t vote, yet they have Congressional representation.

The Trump administration wants a citizenship question included in the census. This is an attempt to under-count blue states, specifically California. The administration claims the question is required to enforce the Voting Rights Act, but nobody is buying it.

You may have forgotten since it’s been eight years since you’ve seen a census, but you fill it out anonymously. It’s not a voter registration. Republicans claim the citizenship question is a fight against immigrants voting illegally (which is not a widespread problem), but that’s a stupid argument. Another argument is they’re trying to determine who makes up the population where they claim there are abuses at the polls. That means check the box that you’re not a citizen so Jeff Sessions will know where to send more ICE agents.

The census is supposed to be confidential, but the Trump administration is trying to use it to scare immigrants from answering. This won’t just affect Congressional representation, but also how federal tax money and services are distributed. It will also affect the electoral college, as those votes are based on Congressional seats. Donald Trump won the Electoral College while losing the popular vote, which is also how Republican George W. Bush won in 2000.

Since the census is anonymous and Federal law states it can’t be used to punish people, does that mean we can trust Trump and his Justice Department? Sure, if you want to believe a man who promised to make a deal on DACA before reneging, and is now complaining that Democrats won’t give him money for his stupid border wall after spending two years telling us Mexico would pay for it (and is now trying to steal the money for it from the military’s budget).

It’s funny how Republicans complain about illegal votes while using several methods to suppress minority voting, from gerrymandering to voter ID laws to even closing DMVs in rural areas with black populations in Southern states.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders claims the citizenship question has been used for every census over the past several decades except for the last one. That’s a lie. It has not been used in a national census since 1950. Over a dozen states, including California and New York, are now suing the Trump administration to block this measure.

Trump has been targeting immigrants since day one of his administration, and hating minorities also warm the cockles of Jeff Sessions’ heart. California and the administration have been at war since he took office. The state has sued or joined other states’ legal actions against Trump at least 31 times. The suits have been over immigration, including deportation threats to “Dreamers” and building the border wall, Obamacare, greenhouse gas emissions, coal production, clean water, and so on.

Donald Trump is a cheater and a liar. He can’t be trusted. He’s not just using the federal government to go after brown people, but to throw red meat to his racist base. When California, New York, and other blue states take Trump to court, they’re defending America.

These lawsuits will continue until Trump is no longer in the White House. Let’s hope that’s sooner than later.

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California Shaming


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If you don’t know what song I’m spoofing here, get off my blog.

Jeff Sessions went to California, held a press conference and said, “California, we have a problem.” The Attorney General and Justice Department are suing the state of California over so-called sanctuary cities. This is a lawsuit with an audience of one, Donald Trump.

Sessions has been on Trump’s hit list of late as the president has been bullying the AG on Twitter for the Russia investigation and conspiracy theories the Justice Department has not been investigating. So, going after California shows Trump that Sessions is still that elfish Alabama racist he has always known and loved, and it’s red meat for the Trump base.

Unfortunately for Sessions, each point in his fight against California is bogus.

The state passed three laws Sessions and Trump hate. One limits state and local agencies’ ability to share information about criminals or suspects with federal immigration officers unless they have been convicted of a serious crime. Another bars local businesses from allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement to examine employee records without a court order or a subpoena. The third gives California the right to inspect immigration detention centers within the states.

Trump, Sessions, and other Republicans have perpetuated a myth that undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities are free from arrest, detention, or deportation. That’s just not true.

the first law, where the state doesn’t share information with federal immigration officers unless the suspect has committed a serious crime, just makes sense. First off, local law enforcement is not supposed to do the work of immigration officers. Second, by sharing information from every undocumented immigrant with the feds, then no immigrant will ever want to cooperate with police. Do you want witnesses to crimes or would you rather everyone hide when the police drive by? The Justice Department is suing the state for not doing ICE’s job.

The second law prohibits employers from giving ICE the records of their employees unless they have a warrant. Shouldn’t that be the law anyway? As usual, Republicans are two-faced when it comes to warrants. They believe the feds should be able to break down your door and go through your records without a warrant. But, they don’t want the FBI to legally acquire warrants to run a surveillance operation on a suspected Russian spy who is a member of the Trump campaign. Brown immigrants are bad while Russian spies are, what Russian spies?

That law is about state rights which is something that Sessions, being an old Keebler cracker from Alabama, should know something about. He’s made the state-rights argument plenty of times himself.

The third law allows the state to oversee federal detention centers. That makes sense, as there have been several cases of immigrants abused at these facilities nationwide. California has a better track record of treating undocumented immigrants as human beings than ICE, which has been on a joy ride of late separating families.

Trump and company have been scapegoating immigrants and describing them as gangsters. Now they’re attempting the same with California because they know they’ll never win California and believe they have nothing to lose.

But, Sessions and Trump also have a poor track record in the courts. I’m sure their fight with California will continue their track record.

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Ben, Stop Talking


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When Ben Carson said slaves brought to America from Africa were immigrants I was shocked. I thought to myself “how is it Trump didn’t name him Secretary of Education?”

Carson, who once claimed the Egyptian pyramids were built for storing grain (which were also built by “immigrants) actually said slaves were immigrants with dreams for their children and grandchildren. You wouldn’t think the one member of Trump’s cabinet who needed a course in African-American history the most would be the only African-American among his appointees.

Trump promised us the best people yet he’s given us Ben Carson to head Housing and Urban Development despite Ben himself saying he wasn’t qualified to lead a department. His biggest qualification for the job was that he’s lived in a city.

Trump’s also given us a Secretary of Education who doesn’t know anything about education and never supported public schools in her life. Where Obama appointed a nuclear physicist to the Energy department, and before that a Nobel Prize winner, Trump has given us a contestant from Dancing With The Stars who once couldn’t name the department. We have an Attorney General who doesn’t believe in civil rights, a head of EPA who’s sued the department, and a Secretary of State who’s received awards from Vladimir Putin. On top of all that I suspect the only reason he appointed Linda McMahon to head Small Business is just so he can find out if professional wrestling is real or not.

I made a tweet yesterday (not at 3:00 AM) that slaves were immigrants about as much as zoo animals are hotel guests. Samuel L. Jackson also sent out a tweet regarding Carson’s comment which might have summed it up best for everyone.

Meanwhile the TSA has implemented a new pat-down procedure that is very similar to how Trump once described on a bus how he likes to greet women. It’s a grabby technique.

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Voice


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During Donald Trump’s State of the Disunion address to Congress last week he unveiled a new plan to unleash tyranny on people who are not the right color. That is, those who are not the white color.

The new program is called VOICE, which is an acronym for Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement office, and not a singing game show featuring that guy high-pitched dude from Maroon 5. It was really hard to work out an acronym for “I Hate Brown People.” Its purpose is to go after undocumented immigrants who commit crimes. Number 45 said “I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims. We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests.”

Who he’s giving a voice to are racists and implementing a strategy to further build distrust and fear of immigrants. This despite the fact that immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than the general public and hard-line immigration policies don’t matter. It’s also a strategy to shame “sanctuary cities,” or anyone with compassion and empathy.

Trump signed another stupid executive order establishing this office. The Department of Homeland Security will be relocating department resources currently going to advocating for undocumented immigrants to punishing them.

During his speech Trump used human props which were three guests whose family members were allegedly killed by criminals living in the US illegally.

Bernie Sanders may have said it best with “The murder of anyone is a tragedy, and our hearts go out to all families who lose a loved one to violence. But let’s be clear about what Donald Trump is doing tonight in inviting family members who saw a loved one murdered by an undocumented immigrant. He is stirring up fear and hatred against immigrants and trying to divide our nation.”

Sanders also mentioned victims of hate crimes by non-immigrants and wondered why Trump didn’t mention them. He could create a special unit to go after white racists who commit violent acts. He can call the special unit Cracker Jacks. We can work out the acronym later.

I know the Nazi and Hitler comparisons are getting old, but so are policies that remind of Nazi policies that criminalized being Jewish. Yeah, they had those. It started with framing Jews as criminals and building mistrust and things just got worse from there.

Fearing the United States government cracking down on immigrants, Mexico has opened legal assistance, or immigration defense, centers at its 50 consulates in the United States. Don’t freak out but yes. Mexico has 50 consulates in our country. That nation has allocated $54 million and is hiring 320 workers to provide these services.

If you are a Mexican immigrant, or you know someone who is, visit Mexico Online for the locations, addresses, phone numbers and emails for the consulates.

Trump isn’t providing a “voice” to help people. But sanctuary cities and Mexico are willing to provide them a real voice.

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Walls and Sanctuaries


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The divide in America between the Left and the Right is growing wider as Trump attempts to not just crack down on people in this nation illegally, but also cities that voted against him.

Sanctuary cities are locations where local authorities don’t rat immigrants out to the feds if they’re here illegally. The reason being is that they don’t want people afraid to cooperate with local police or when they need help. It’s compassionate and humane. Trump doesn’t like that.

He’s threatening to withhold federal funding for cities that offer sanctuary. The problem with that is it may be illegal and unconstitutional. Let’s not mention how much these cities kick in to the federal budget. One also wonders how Cheeto-Potentate will handle future Trump Hotel locations in these cities after he’s done bullying them.

Our new paranoid president is issuing executive orders at a rate that’ll surpass Obama’s before his first week is over. On Wednesday he focused on immigration.

Trump is ordering the construction of his stupid wall on the border with Mexico, which you will pay for (Trump won’t because he doesn’t pay taxes). He’s cracking down on the number of Syrian refugees allowed into this nation. We can expect Trump to unleash deportation goon squads soon.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto issued a statement on Mexican television that his nation will never pay for the wall. He’s also scheduled to visit the U.S. soon and he’s now considering canceling his trip.

Trump had a busy day. Between talking about stealing Iraq’s oil, bringing back torture, hating on immigrants and refugees, and making one of our neighbors truly hate us, it’s amazing he can find any time to create new conspiracy theories. But he did as he continued to claim millions of illegal voters voted against him in the election which is what cost him the popular vote. If millions of people voted illegally, Trump would have won in a genuine landslide.

America is under attack but it’s from within. One wonders if these sanctuary cities should build walls to keep Trump out. I also wonder which one I should move to.

Creative note: I’m not a big fan of drawing “stuff.” A lot of cartoonists really enjoy drawing buildings, landmarks, planes, tanks, technical machinery, etc. I do too here and there depending on how I’m using it. It took me a while to realize I was more into drawing people than things. I did enjoy drawing the landmarks in this cartoon. I went to school so I was familiar with the landmarks though I did have to Google an image of each. I also Googled a list of the sanctuary cities just so I could be accurate. I was really disappointed St. Louis wasn’t one of them. If you can figure which city the star is from then you can award yourself a Claytoonz brownie point.

As I was drawing this it brought to mind the cover of the Foo Fighters last album, Sonic Highways. It combines the cities where they recorded the album. It consists of eight cities and one song for each. I’m a huge Foo Fighter fan and it’s the only album of theirs I don’t own. Everything I heard from it truly sucks. It was a pretty bitchin’ cover though.

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Deportation Happy Face


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I wrote that Donald Trump would go to Mexico, suck up to Mexicans and later that night he’d go to Arizona and bitch about Mexicans. That prediction came true as Trump is promising to start kicking immigrants out of the United States within his first hour of taking office.

My other prediction was that there would be a he-said, he-said after the meeting in Mexico City. Yup, that happened too.

During the little press conference he held with Mexico’s president Trump said the issue of who pays for his border wall didn’t come up. That’s really freaking bizarre since that’s his core issue. It’s the platform that won him the nomination. It’s the issue that’s gained him so much love from white supremacists and other racist groups.

Later in the day Peña Nieto said he kicked off his meeting with Trump by stating Mexico will not pay for the ridiculous wall. Today Trump tweeted out how Mexico will pay for the wall and the Mexican prez tweeted back that that’s not happening. I half expected a twitter war of “will too, will not, will too, will not, etc.”

It’s not that I’m really good at predictions as much as we know Trump lies. This proves Trump is not only a liar but like most racists, he’s also a coward.

Speaking of currying favor and love from racist groups, Trump is using the phrase “America First” and he’s going to give us a “special” deportation task force. You would think if this guy and his supporters don’t want to be compared to Nazis that they’d stop acting like Nazis. I’m surprised he didn’t goose step out of Mexico.

A lot of people expected Trump to soften his Immigration plan. Some of his Latino supporters were so upset over his Arizona speech that they pulled their support. How did Latino Trump supporters not foresee things going badly with a Latino-hating presidential candidate who calls Mexicans rapists and murderers and wants to tear their families apart?

There is good news. One Latino supporter went on MSNBC and warned America that if Hillary Clinton is elected that there will be taco trucks on every corner. We won’t have a Donald Trump presidency and there will be taco trucks everywhere? America really is going to be great again!

Hillary might want to campaign on the taco-truck-on-every-corner platform.

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