Immigration

Puerto Rico Death Toll


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Mollie Tibbetts was a student at the University of Iowa who disappeared on July 18, 2018. Her body was found a month later and the suspect in her murder is a 24-year-old Mexican in this country illegally.

Conservatives have played this up as an argument for Trump’s racist border wall and for stronger anti-immigration policies.

The suspect was an employee at Yarrabee Farms, owned by Craig Lang, a prominent Republican in Iowa. As part of his employment, he was allowed to live rent-free on the farm’s property. The Lang family claimed they had vetted his immigration status through the E-Verify program. After that agency indicated Yarrabee Farms did not subscribe to the E-Verify program, they changed their story and said they had checked with the Social Security Administration and that the immigrant had given them false information on his status.

Donald Trump has played this up, much like he has with the murder of Kate Steinle. Mike Pence and other Republicans have piled on. The Tibbetts family has asked them to stop politicizing it.

Karin Housley, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota said, “liberal Democrats are more concerned about protecting criminal aliens than protecting innocent lives like Mollie Tibbetts.” That’s politicizing it. Tibbetts’ cousin told political commentator Candace Owens, “stop being a fucking snake and using my cousin’s death as political propaganda.” Of course, none of these conservatives are attacking the Republicans who illegally employed the accused murderer.

At Mollie’s funeral, her father said, “The Hispanic community are Iowans. They have the same values as Iowans. As far as I’m concerned, they’re Iowans with better food.”

Trump stated, “A person came in from Mexico illegally and killed her. We need the wall, we need our immigration laws changed, we need our border laws changed.” If one death should spark change, then 3,000 should demand it.

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Donald Trump was tweeting about NBA player Steph Curry not wanting to visit the White House. He waited two weeks to visit the island (which he helpfully informed us is “an island surrounded by water”). The two weekends before his visit, he was playing golf. When he finally did visit, he claimed the hurricane only killed 16 people, and he threw paper towels at survivors.

It took eleven months for power to be restored to Puerto Rico. You didn’t hear much from Trump on the subject except for how great of a job he did and that any blame should fall on the local leaders.

Trump didn’t pay any attention to Puerto Rico before Maria hit, and he hasn’t paid much more since. Trump thought the governor of Puerto Rico was the president of the island. On the day the government raised the death total to nearly 3,000, Trump said, “I think we did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico … I think most of the people in Puerto Rico really appreciate what we’ve done.” Nobody, especially the president of the United States, should believe that 3,000 deaths are a “fantastic” job.

I wouldn’t expect Trump to take blame, but at the very least he could promise to do better. He’d admit the government dropped the ball or didn’t do enough. Instead, in pure Trumpian obtuseness and fashion, he wants credit for a great job that never happened because he’s our “favorite president.” He stated, “it’s been incredible the results that we’ve had with respect to loss of life.” From there, he’s turned it into a culture war as he’s feuded with the mayor of San Juan, who has two qualities of his favorite bullying targets, being Hispanic and female.

We should be outraged by the murder of Mollie Tibbetts. One untimely death is too many. So are 3,000. We should demand change to prevent future deaths from psychopaths.

I suggest we make a change at the top.

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Yo Quiero


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What is obvious is that when the Trump administration started to rip families apart and throw babies in jail, that they never had a plan to reunite them.

The Trump administration missed one court-ordered deadline to reunite the families they’ve torn apart. After receiving an extension, they missed their second deadline.

Of course, the Trump administration doesn’t plan ahead for anything. After promising that Mexico would pay for his stupid, pointless, and racist border wall, Trump demanded American taxpayers to foot the bill. On Sunday, he threatened to shut down the government if Democrats, who are in the minority and don’t set the agenda, did not fund the wall.

By last Thursday, the Trump administration claimed it had met the deadline to reunite families despite there still be 711 children remaining in government custody. How can you meet a deadline when you don’t meet a deadline? Can I use that on my clients? Can I tell them not to believe what they see and hear?

The administration gave a list of 914 parents to the court it had determined were “either not eligible, or not yet known to be eligible, for reunification.” They said over 400 were not in the United States, with many having been deported.

They claimed 127 have waived reunification as if the parents brought their children to this country and now they don’t want them. Many of the parents weren’t aware of what they were signing, and some were even lied to by being told the document would reunite them with their children. Others felt coerced to sign. Many weren’t aware of what they were signing because of the language barrier, as not only do they not speak English, they don’t speak Spanish and come from areas in Central America where only indigenous languages are spoken.

The government claims 64 have a “prohibitive criminal record,” which is very murky. Many have only been accused and the government isn’t sharing the information with the press or the public. They also claim that 260 parents need “further evaluation” before being reunited, without explaining what needs to be reevaluated.

This policy isn’t designed just to discourage illegal immigration but also asylum requests. Why wouldn’t we want to bring in people escaping violence? Because, the Trump administration is racist.

One sign that a person is racist is when they target minorities in their criticism and need lies to justify their position. Guess who does that on a daily basis? I’ll give you one big fat orange hint.

He recently lied about who was going to pay for a border wall and the reasons (racists and murderers) why we need it.

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Ice Ice Baby


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Donald Trump’s Zero-Tolerance policy of separating families and throwing children in detention centers has stirred a sentiment among many Democrats and liberals to abolish ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Trump and Republicans have used immigration as a divisive wedge to rile up his base. He’s even accusing those who call to abolish ICE as wanting MS-13 gangs to run wild in the streets. Any rational person (which describes fewer Republicans lately) knows that is preposterous. Just because you don’t want immigrants unjustly punished and families ripped apart doesn’t mean you want open borders or gangs killing Americans. But yelling and screaming about MS-13 has become the latest racist wolf whistle for Republicans.

I have been undecided about abolishing ICE, but now I’m starting to think we don’t need the agency. While ICE isn’t responsible for separating families at the border, it has become an abusive and needless program. It’s also interesting that for once, Republicans are the ones against decreasing the size of government.

ICE has only existed for 15 years. It spends over $2 billion a year on detention out of an annual budget that’s over $7 billion. Private contractors have been benefiting from detention centers, which gives them a huge financial incentive to holding immigrants indefinitely as if they’re al-Qaeda members in Guantanamo. There have been 1,448 allegations of sexual abuse between 2012 and March 2018 in ICE detention centers.

ICE’s job is to round-up illegal immigrants. They don’t patrol the border. That job is for Border Patrol, which can technically operate within 100 miles of the border. Since two-thirds of Americans live within 100 miles of the border, that makes ICE redundant.

Republicans argue we need ICE to catch violent criminals. But, we already have the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, the DEA, the ATF, your local police department, Neighborhood Watch, John Walsh, McGruff the Crime Dog, and your nosy neighbor who calls the cops every time she sees a brown person at the public pool. Now, at least 19 ICE agents want their own agency dissolved, believing the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal migrants has limited their ability to pursue national security threats, child pornography, and transnational crime.

We need secure borders. We need to arrest violent criminals, whether they were born south of the border or in the United States. But we don’t need to harass and separate families just for seeking a better life for their children, attempting to escape violence in their home country, or even seeking asylum (which is legal). We don’t need to use the issue as a racist wolf whistle. And, we don’t need to hold brown babies and children hostage to fund a wall the president told us we wouldn’t have to pay for.

The greatest threat facing this nation does not come from immigrants. That distinction belongs to the current occupant of the Oval Office.

ICE is very much like the Vanilla Ice song, “Ice, Ice, Baby” (which was ripped off from Queen). It’s redundant, pointless, useless, and should be banished and never seen or heard again. Sorry if I put it in your head today.

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Feliz Dia De La Independencia


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I find today very ironic and hypocritical. We celebrate a holiday that commemorates our freedom and Independence while our nation separates families, throws children in detention centers, and holds them hostage for the parents to choose between their legal rights to seek asylum or being reunited.

I’m a glass-is-a-little-less-than-half-empty kind of person. It’s really hard for me to feel optimism and pride in my nation while we engage in policies that will make future readers of history books shake their heads. While a majority of Americans believe the president of the United States is a racist and bases his policies on his racism, a large contingent still support him.

President Obama said with Trump’s presidency, “we’re about to find out just how resilient our institutions are, at home and around the world.” But, what if they’re not really that resilient? Our institutions lie within the people, but what if the people support a racist madman who cares more about crowd sizes, ratings, and who gets the most scoops of ice cream than he does about policy or people?

I have an inability to refrain from pointing out the negative while people celebrate the positive. Instead of joining with the shiny happy people, I tend to focus on the serious, like the Supreme Court influenced by Trump for decades, to his baby prisons, to the petty stuff, like I’m going to see someone put ketchup on a hot dog today. Turbulent times, indeed.

It’s probably why I’m not invited to a lot of holiday parties.

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Costa Rica Border Defense


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This cartoon was published June 22, 2018, in The Costa Rica Star.

There’s a huge crisis happening in Nicaragua, a nation that borders Costa Rica. There is not a civil war going on, but a civic uprising where the president’s goons have killed more people than the dictator has in Venezuela.

The protests started over increased taxes and decreased benefits in the public pension system, it’s expanded to grievances over the amount of time Daniel Ortega has and will occupy the presidency, in addition to his wife being vice president. Ortega was elected (again) in 2007 and the constitution was amended in 2014 which allowed him to run for a third term in 2016, which he won. His current term ends in 2022.

Sanctions have been placed on Venezuela but the world has been silent over what’s happening in Nicaragua.

I think if you’re fleeing Nicaragua and the dictator posing as a democratically-elected president, then you’re not going to want to cross into another country run by a wannabe dictator.

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Touched By A President


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I looked up pictures of anatomically correct dolls that are used for victims of child abuse to identify where their attackers touched them. I immediately regretted it.

Can you think of anything more horrifying for a child to be put through after the experience of being abused? What probably comes close is being ripped apart from your family and your parents being forced to choose between you and being deported. Add to that, being forced to appear on your own in a court for a deportation proceeding.

According to attorneys in Washington, D.C., Texas, and California, the Trump administration is forcing children as young as three to do just that.

“We were representing a 3-year-old in court recently who had been separated from the parents. And the child — in the middle of the hearing — started climbing up on the table,” said Lindsay Toczylowski, executive director of Immigrant Defenders Law Center in Los Angeles. “It really highlighted the absurdity of what we’re doing with these kids.”

The director also said, “The parent might be the only one who knows why they fled from the home country, and the child is in a disadvantageous position to defend themselves.”

You may get the perception that with this cartoon I am accusing the president of the United States of America of child abuse.

That’s exactly what I’m doing.

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This Is MAGA


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A recent Quinnipiac Poll states 65% of American voters oppose the Trump policy of separating migrant children from their parents. The same study finds 55% of Republican voters are heartless, inhumane, unsympathetic, troglodyte, subhuman mongrels you don’t want to be stuck in an elevator with.

And there you have it. The majority of Trump supporters and MAGA heads love the idea of tearing brown families apart. It’s why Attorney General Jeff Sessions is giddy when explaining the hateful policy. It’s why Trump adviser and white supremacist advocate Stephen Miller is taking credit for the idea. It’s why Director of Homeland Security, whose first name is as traditional Native American as Sacagawea and Pocahontas, Kirstjen Nielson can claim she’s totally unaware of pictures, videos, and recordings of these children crying for their mothers. When I was a kid, Jaws scared the hell out of me but I couldn’t forget I saw it.

A racist base is why the President of the United States, who has married two immigrants, can shed all appearances of governing for all the people, and hold migrant children hostage until Congress gives him ten billion dollars to break his campaign promise of Mexico paying for it, and build a wall on the border with Mexico. Hillary was right. These people are deplorable, and they’re proud of it. Trump his holding the children hostage and blaming Democrats for making him do it.  This policy is so heartless and inhumane, that even Ted Cruz is against it and trying to stop it.

The New York Times editorial board asks, “when did caging kids become the art of the deal?”

The thing is, Trump can stop this. He can stop it right now. He doesn’t need legislation to stop ripping families apart. George W. Bush and Barack Obama governed under the same law, and they didn’t go to town ripping families apart, stacking the kids in cages in abandoned box stores, and making plans to place them in tent prisons to share in the desert with Gila Monsters.

Jeff Sessions said it’s unfair to compare this situation to how Jews were treated in Nazi Germany, because “the Nazis were keeping the Jews from leaving the country.” Yes. The Nazis loved the Jews so much, they were begging them not to leave Germany. Please don’t go, Jews. No. That’s not right and someone buy the Attorney General a history book. The Nazis actually shipped them out of Germany in death trains. But he does have a point about the comparison. We’re not gassing these immigrants or tearing out their fillings to melt down and store the gold in Switzerland, so at least there’s that.

Last week, Trump endorsed South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford’s opponent in the Republican primary because Sanford “wouldn’t help him MAGA,” make America great again. That wasn’t true. Sanford was MAGAing all over the place. Trump just didn’t like Sanford’s public opinion he should release his tax returns.

What is “MAGA?” MAGA is returning America to when white people had full control over government policy (which it never really lost). MAGA is making white people feel like someone is protecting them from being disenfranchised. MAGA is gaslighting and using the Joseph Goebbels method of propaganda. MAGA is emboldening white supremacists and Nazis to crawl out of the sewers where they’ve been hiding and bask in the sunlight. MAGA is being able to listen to children cry for their parents and not want to do anything to help them. MAGA is hearing those cries and continuing to use them as political leverage.

Trump ran a campaign on racism. He accused Mexico of sending their worst people to the U.S. and called them “rapists” and “murderers” minutes after riding slowly down the escalator to announce his candidacy. He said being of Mexican descent was why a judge was unfit to sit on one of his many lawsuits.

Trump said, “I hate the children are being taken away.” He could have stopped at, “I hate the children.”

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