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DHS: Protesters who confronted Nielsen at restaurant share her concern about current immigration law

Source: The Hill


A spokesperson for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the the protesters who confronted her Tuesday evening at a Washington, D.C. restaurant "share her concern" over the family separations at the southwest border.

“While having a work dinner tonight, the Secretary and her staff heard from a small group of protestors who share her concern with our current immigration laws that have created a crisis on our southern border,” spokesperson Tyler Q. Houlton wrote on Twitter.

“.@SecNielsen encourages all - including this group - who want to see an immigration system that works, contributes to our economy, protects our security, & reflects our values reach out to Members & seek their support to close immigration loopholes that made our system a mess,” Houlton added.

The statement was in response to the Democratic Socialists of America’s Washington, D.C. chapter confrontation with Nielsen while she dined at a Mexican restaurant. The protesters yelled “end Texas concentration camps.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/latino/393172-dhs-protesters-who-confronted-nielsen-at-restaurant-share-her-concern-about-current

Yes they were sharing there concern alright, they didn't approve of your shit and then having the audacity to be eating in a Mexican restaurant.......................talk about lack of conscientiousness and empathy .......................you should be fired and if your not fired shortly.........................think of what its going to be like after November, we are coming for you lady...............your a traitor also

So in other words just like the humanitarian protesters were saying in no uncertain terms....................go FUCK Yourself Nielsen, and everyone that confirmed you in the senate to be where you are...........................

Michigan receiving detained immigrant children as young as 3 months old

Source: The Hill

BY BROOKE SEIPEL - 06/20/18 07:28 AM EDT

Michigan's Department of Civil Rights says immigrant children as young as three months of age have arrived in the state for temporary foster care placement after being separated from their parents at the U.S. border.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights denounced the Trump administration's zero tolerance immigration policy, which has resulted in the separation of migrant parents and children.

The statement also assured that the department was working to make sure children arriving in the state are well taken care of, are properly resettled and have their civil rights represented.

“This week, I have been in touch with various agencies and organizations working with these vulnerable children. We have received reports and are very concerned that the children arriving here are much younger than those who have been transported here in the past," Agustin Arbulu, the Department of Civil Rights' executive director said in the statement.

"Some of the children are infants as young as three months of age and are completely unable to advocate for themselves," Arbulu continued. "While we commend the work of resettlement agencies in Michigan attempting to serve these children with dignity and compassion, nothing can replace the love, sense of security and care of a parent.”

The announcement from the Michigan Civil Rights Department came on the same day the Associated Press reported that the Trump administration is running three "tender age" detainment facilities in Texas, where undocumented babies and toddlers are sent after being forcibly separated from their parents.

Thousands of children have been separated from parents as part of the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy, which mandates that all asylum seekers who cross the border illegally be prosecuted.

Members of Congress have introduced legislation to end the practice of separating families, while simultaneously urging Trump to unilaterally stop the separations.

Read more: http://thehill.com/latino/393171-michigan-receiving-detained-immigrant-children-as-young-as-3-months-old

Hey Michigan, I know you want to look like you are being a humanitarian and all, but you should have said, have they (children) gone through the hearings with there parents and this legality issue, and we will not accept this action of abduction of children from their parents, if they have not...............................this is fucking bull shit.

These kids should be housed and fed at the white house since this is this psychopaths doing................this is just fucked up

Activists fight to hold energy companies accountable in age of repressive state laws

Anti-Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations inspired legislative crackdown, Greenpeace report says.

MARK HAND JUN 19, 2018, 10:50 AM

The Native American-led protests against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) inspired a national movement that reached its peak in the fall of 2016. The massive protests against the oil pipeline also caught the attention of state lawmakers in North Dakota and other fossil fuel-friendly states who feared the spread of similar demonstrations against other energy infrastructure projects.

Starting in early 2017, these state legislators worked with corporate-funded groups to craft legislation restricting the right to protest and criminalizing protest. More than two years after the rise of the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline movement, efforts to crack down on protests have not slowed down, according to a new report from Greenpeace that focuses on Energy Transfer Partners, the corporate sponsor of the controversial oil pipeline.

More than 60 bills have been introduced in state legislatures restricting the right to protest in the wake of the anti-DAPL movement. Nine of the bills have passed and 26 are pending. Three of the nine bills became law in North Dakota. The most recent anti-protest bill to become law was signed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) in April.

Among the most recent bills to be introduced is one in Minnesota where state lawmakers are considering whether to create a felony for anyone who “recruits, trains, aids, advises, hires, counsels, or conspires with” an individual who causes significant damage to critical infrastructure such as pipelines. The bill would target people associated with someone that damages property. For example, a person who brings food to protesters could be held liable for the actions of others at a protest camp.

“The legislative trend sparked by the DAPL protests shows no signs of slowing down, and the resulting impact could have disastrous consequences on First Amendment rights and free speech — consequences extending far beyond pipelines,” Greenpeace warns in the report, released Monday.

Energy Transfer Partners, Greenpeace notes, has not been held accountable for its violent attacks on protesters or its aggressive stance against public participation in the pipeline permitting process.


We have legislation in these states attacking the First Amendment .................this outrageous

Rubio's 'personal view' defense of Chick-fil-A is bogus. Here are the receipts.

It's not just the owner's 'personal view.' It's the nearly $1.8 million in foundation donations.


JUN 19, 2018, 11:47 AM

Earlier this month, Twitter’s CEO came under fire for giving free advertising on his feed to Chick-fil-A — apologizing a day later for talking up one of America’s most notoriously anti-LGBTQ companies and saying he “forgot about their background.”

Fox News screamed that this “sparked another round of backlash, this time from more conservative social media users, who questioned what the CEO of Twitter meant by ‘their background.'” And Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who in 2016  cited the terror attack at a gay Orlando nightclub as his reason to run for Senate again  after vowing not to do so but has consistently opposed LGBTQ rights, went ballistic.

“This lunacy has gone too far,” he wrote, claiming that Twitter’s Jack Dorsey had been “bullied” into apologizing for “patronizing” a company whose owners hold a “personal view taught by mainstream Christianity.”

But while Rubio’s tweetstorm claims that the ongoing criticism and boycott by the “twitter mob” of a company “owned by Christians” is purely about the owner’s “personal view,” recently released tax documents demonstrate that the company’s actions continue to be pro-discrimination.


And what really deplorable they can write this stuff off to lower there tax burden..................

And then there is Marco Rubio..........................and his donations form the NRA..........over 1.2 million........

Pruitt grants home state coal ash regulation powers, enraging environmentalists

Environmental advocates say they will sue over the move.


JUN 19, 2018, 11:45 AM

Environmental organizations and activists slammed the Trump administration’s decision to grant Oklahoma the nation’s first-ever permit to regulate coal ash, citing the state’s lackluster oversight record. Critics also expressed concern that the move would put residents in danger and expose them to cancerous toxins.

Oklahoma received the green light on its efforts to self-regulate coal ash in the state on Monday, in a victory for utilities and conservative lawmakers in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt’s home state. The dangerous substance produced by burning coal has long served as a source of ire for environmentalists, who criticize the weak federal regulations overseeing its handling.

The state has long fought for the right to regulate its own coal ash. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) has regulated coal ash for over 20 years using federal rules, something Monday’s announcement changes. Now, the state will be completely in charge and able to set its own rules.

Pruitt lauded the “historic” news and emphasized in a statement that it “places oversight of coal ash disposal into the hands of those who are best positioned to oversee coal ash management: the officials who have intimate knowledge of the facilities and the environment in their state.”


Hey Pruitt you do fucking realize that the aquifers in your state and the rivers are under threat now, from your actions, because after all your home state has fucking tornadoes, and it is kinda dry country..................you really should be in jail

Kris Kobach ordered to attend legal classes for violating basic legal concepts

When striking down his voter registration system, the judge disciplined him for his unfamiliarity with the law


JUN 19, 2018, 8:15 AM

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Kansas Secretary of State and notorious voter suppression architect Kris Kobach’s documentary proof of citizenship law, and ordered Kobach, who decided to represent himself in the litigation and repeatedly violated basic rules of civil procedure, to attend six hours of continuing legal education classes.

During trial in March, Kobach argued that he had evidence that a significant number of non-citizens were registering to vote in Kansas. The only way to prevent this type of voter fraud, he argued, was his law which required voters to show a proof-of-citizenship document like a passport or birth certificate when they registered to vote.

The ACLU, which represented the voters in the lawsuit, argued that the law disenfranchised eligible voters, especially students and low-income citizens. According to the ACLU, the Kansas law blocked more than 35,000 people in that state from casting a ballot between 2013 and 2016 — about 14 percent of all new voter registrations.

The judge agreed with the ACLU.


Kobach, a Yale Law School educated attorney and a former legal professor, will have to sit for an additional six hours of continuing legal education classes on federal or Kansas civil rules of procedure or evidence. And American voters are spared from Kobach’s effort to enact more stringent requirements on citizens seeking to register to vote across the country.


And you can't cheat Kobach...............................

And if I was running against you in Kansas for governor , one of the first questions I would ask ..........so how was class and did you pass the test................you didn't have crib sheet for cheating did you................

The White House Bible Study group that influenced Trump's family separation policy

"Jeff Sessions [will] go out the same day I teach him something and he’ll do it on camera."

ANDREW L. SEIDEL JUN 19, 2018, 12:48 PM

UPDATED: JUN 19, 2018, 1:32 PM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions ignited a public theological debate last week when he used the Bible, specifically Romans 13, to justify the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border. He likely took his cues from the White House Bible Study (WHBS), a weekly Bible study for members of the president’s cabinet organized by Ralph Drollinger of Capitol Ministries.

According to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, significant staff time and resources go into coordinating the Bible study every week. Documents also show that Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who defended the policy during a press conference Monday, is heavily involved with the WHBS. In fact, she’s the only cabinet official whose direct email address appears on the electronic invitations to the WHBS.

The day before Sessions’ remarks last Thursday, the White House Bible Study held a meeting centered on “The Importance of Parenting and the Course of the Nation.” The first paragraphs discuss “obedience to a nation’s laws” and cite Proverbs 28:4 and Romans 1:32[2] . (There are a number of spelling and Bible citation errors in the packet, including “1 Corinthians 9:27a,” as well as Romans 1:32, which may be a typo intended to cite Romans 13:2, the chapter Sessions used to justify the separation policy.)


I want to know why as a taxpayer I am having my tax dollars and my time on the dime, having these assholes sit around some fucking conference table .......paying for this fucking bull shit

To all DUer's that may be interested and to get the word out

you can go to this site and find the position of "everyone" running this year and it will give you the drop down pages to find out what is going on in your state, I hope this is helpful...................


As a side note with protesting getting under way across the country...................a giant has been awaken and it is the woman.................and they do not like or appreciate when someone takes a child away..............

The Blue Wave is coming and November cannot get fast enough

Trump And Mulvaney Keep Hacking Away At The Finance Protection Bureau

Latest Move: Shutting Down a CFPB Online Database of Financial Firms’ Thievery

By Sarah Okeson DC Reports.org

The Trump administration took down online records about abusive animal breeders, and now they’re considering ending an online complaint database about illegal fees, inaccurate debt collection and other chicanery by banks and other financial institutions.
Mick Mulvaney, who took $55,000 in campaign contributions from the payday-loan industry when he was a South Carolina congressman, told bankers he’s not required in his new job as acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to keep complaints online about dirty bankers.

“I don’t see anything in here that I have to run a Yelp for financial services sponsored by the federal government,” Mulvaney said. “I don’t see anything in here that says I have to make all of those public.”

Eight of the 10 financial institutions with the most complaints in the database made $82,500 in campaign contributions to Mulvaney with political action committees, according to Public Citizen.

Equifax Inc., with 83,252 complaints, contributed $5,000.
Bank of America, 74,221, $19,000.
Experian Information Solutions Inc., 72,188, $6,000.
Wells Fargo & Co., 62,142, $12,000.
JP Morgan Chase & Co., 51,139, $10,500.
Citibank, 41,598, $19,000.
Capital One Financial Corp., 26,822, $9,000.
Navient Solutions LLC, 24,243, $2,000.

“The talk of eliminating it fits right in with the Trump administration’s mission to shield companies from accountability,” said writer Russ Kick whose web site, AltGov 2, features government data.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture removed detailed online reports about abusive animal breeders on Feb. 3, 2017, just two weeks after Trump took office. The Humane Society of the United States puts out a list of the worst dog breeders in our nation each year. In this year’s list, the names of about a fourth of the worst breeders are missing because their names aren’t online, and the Trump administration wouldn’t release the names.


November 2018 cannot get fast enough

Women Storm The Primaries

The Widening Gender Gap Could Determine the Mid-Term Elections

By Jillian S. Ambroz

Female candidates are holding strong midway through the primary season. If there are any significant changes in November, it will be because of a widening gender gap and a surge in Democratic female voters.

To date, 101 female candidates have won their primaries across the nation and are headed to the general elections in November. What’s remarkable here is that these are non-incumbent candidates.

Add these women to the roughly 20% of women who make up the 115th Congress and are running for re-election and women may have a chance at having a more meaningful say in politics.

At the start of the primary season, roughly 385 women had filed for candidacy, almost 70% of them Democrats. A female candidate could be found on the ballot in more than half of the 56 most competitive House races in the nation. And roughly half the country has yet to vote in primary elections, which run into mid-September.

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