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201default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:53 am

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Well, news is reporting that Trump has ended his cruel separation policy (his policy of taking away babies, toddlers, young  and older girls and boys from their families).

A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CARED AND WHO CALLED THEIR U.S. SENATORS AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO URGE THEM TO ADVOCATE THAT TRUMP END HIS INHUMANE POLICY OF TAKING AWAY IMMIGRANT CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS.  heart heart heart



This NPR article summarizes issues that remain:     What We Know: Family Separation And 'Zero Tolerance' At The Border.  While the Trump administration is no longer forcibly separating additional immigrant children from their parents, the Trump administration is sticking to their "zero tolerance" policy, thus the policy still remains that from now on, immigrant families with children will  be detained in detention centers. 

In addition, the question remains of what will happen to the more than 2,000 children who thus far has been taken from their parents and currently are imprisoned, in the U.S., while their parents were deported out of the U.S. without their children.  Is it a certainty (or is it not) that the Trump administration will try to reunite the children with their parents, and even if this is the goal, will they succeed in reuniting the separated children with their parents who are no longer in the U.S.?   The news have reported that many parents were not given an information about where their children were sent.  In other cases, staff at some detention centers seemed uncertain whether their "tracking system" would be sufficient to reunite the children with their parents.



The news also has reported that there are various detention facilities all over the U.S. and  that some of these children were sent out of the state of Texas to other states with detention centers.  See this New York Times article where various airlines, such as American Airlines, United Airlines and Frontier Airlines refused to transport immigrant children further away from the parents:  Airlines Ask Government Not to Use Their Flights to Carry Children Separated at the Border.





One airline was mislead by ICE agents, who told the airline that the children were part of a soccer team.  But later the ICE agents admitted the children were being relocated to an "assigned camp.  " One of the flight attendants for this flight wrote this heartbreaking message in The Houston Chronicle:



“Since working the two flights, the images of those helpless children have burned into my psyche. The little children whose faces were full of fear, confusion, sadness and exhaustion left me somewhat traumatized as it occurred to me a few weeks later that I might as well have been a collaborator in their transport.”

I sincerely hope that people continue to watch and read the news about the plight of these children and what happens with them.   Only when the people of a country remain ready to fight for and advocate for the rights of people who have very little rights, whether it's immigrants or whether it's children or both, can we try to deter our government from taking actions that are  inhumane and cruel, and run counter to the ideals of our country. 





Some photos from the NPR article:




A photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows the interior of a CBP facility in McAllen, Texas, on Sunday. Immigration officials have separated thousands of families who crossed the border illegally. Reporters taken on a tour of the facility were not allowed by agents to interview any of the detainees or take photos, the AP reported.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP











A photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows people detained at a facility in McAllen, Texas, on Sunday.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP

















Detained migrant children play soccer at a newly constructed tent encampment as seen through a border fence near the U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry in Tornillo, Texas, on Monday.

Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters


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202default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:47 pm

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Some more updates:


While the Trump administration is no longer forcibly separating immigrant babies and kids from their parents, the Trump administration is still  insisting on executing their "zero tolerance policy,"  by criminally prosecuting anyone who crosses the border, even if persons "cross the border" in order to file for asylum (filing for asylum is an established process allowing immigrants to request that refuge be granted by the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services, due to violence and political persecution in applicants' native countries). 

Thus, moving forward, the Trump administration will detain families--both adults and children and babies--if these families cross the border, even if they are using the established legal process of filing for asylum. 

However, there is an existing court settlement for a case that prohibits detention of children for longer than 20 days, which is a problem for Trump's "zero tolerance" policy of imprisoning families that cross the border. 

In terms of the vital issue of reunifying the currently imprisoned babies and children, whose parents were deported, a special task force will be set up now (geez!  why wasn't this set up earlier if the knew they were going to separate the kids from their parents??!) and is called the "Unaccompanied Children Reunification" task force.  The same arm of government that deals with public health disasters (the assistant secretary for preparedness and response) will help the Office of Refugee Resettlement with "Unaccompanied Children Reunification." (I guess they are admitting this is a colossal mistake in the magnitude of a disaster!)

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Politico wrote:
Hasty immigration order gives way to West Wing tensions
June 22, 2018

Under a 1997 federal [court] settlement, the government cannot hold children with their parents longer than 20 days – not enough time for adults to get a court hearing given extensive backlogs.

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As the administration scrambles to implement Trump’s directive, a legal showdown over the new family-detention policy appears to be at least a few days away.

The central fight over Trump’s new policy seems likely to take place in federal court in Los Angeles, where Justice Department lawyers filed an emergency request Thursday to alter a decades-old consent decree so that immigrant children can be detained along with their parents. Federal government lawyers said the settlement in the long-running case, as interpreted by U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee and confirmed by an appeals court panel, currently bars authorities from holding children for more than 20 days in most cases.
Source:  https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/22/trumps-quick-fix-on-family-separations-unleashes-internal-tensions-667175






Rallies to attend

There are nation-wide "Families Belong Together" protests and rallies planned on Saturday, June 30 to protest Trump's original policy of separating babies and kids from their parents, as well as to oppose his current "zero tolerance" policy of criminally prosecuting families and placing them in detention indefinitely.  These rallies are planned by Move On and other groups like the National Domestic Workers Alliance 

Go here to  enter your Zip Code to find the closest rally location:  https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/



Please note for some rallies, you may have to register before attending.


PLEASE CALL YOUR U.S. SENATOR AND U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE

Please continue calling your U.S. Senator and U.S. House of Representative--especially if they are Republican--and demand that the over 2,000 children who have been separated are reunited with their families immediately, AND state that you would like them to oppose Trump's "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting families who cross the border to apply for asylum.

PLEASE DONATE


If you can afford to donate to important civil rights groups who are providing legal assistance to immigrant parents and children who are victims of Trump's separation and zero tolerance policies, please donate to:



ACLU:  https://www.aclu.org/donate-aclu?ms=menu_gift&ms_aff=NAT&ms_chan=web&initms=menu_gift&initms_aff=NAT&initms_chan=web



Raices.org (Texas):  https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/bondfund?source=direct_link&

Note:  Raices has several locations in Texas, where attorneys provide legal counsel to immigrants, as well as providing monetary help with making their bond. 

Parents separated from their children at the border (and other immigrants placed in detention) can’t get released from ICE custody to reunite with their families until they pay the full amount of their immigration bond. Bonds are set at a MINIMUM of $1500, and are usually in the range of $5-10K, even for asylum seekers without any criminal history.

Unlike in the criminal system, bail bond companies either do not help people in immigration proceedings or impose very strict requirements, like private ankle monitors (which families have to pay to “rent”).

Donate to our fund to directly support legal services for detained separated parents and the direct funding for bonds to get parents released!
Source:  https://www.raicestexas.org/



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203default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:20 am

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The private contractors holding immigrant children separated from their parents, along with various U.S. agencies (ICE/Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and the Department of Health and Human Services), have allowed the press to have only limited access to the children.  In particular, babies and toddlers have not been seen anywhere, although news media have suspected 3 "tender age" facilities (the name used by the government) in Texas at one point housed the babies and toddlers taken from their parents. 

Trump is planning for the Department of Defense to receive children on its facilities.  News media have warned the public that if the children are transferred to military bases, that it will be extremely difficult for the press to have access to the conditions under which the children are kept. 

News media also are reporting that already, children are being transported to other facilities during early morning hours, operating in the dark and in secrecy, making it difficult for the press to track the number of children at any one facility.   (What kind of sick game is this?!)  They are hiding the children from the public and from the media.



Because the media is not allowed to take photos or videos of the children in these facilities, the public has limited knowledge of how the children are doing in the facilities after having been separated from their parents.

These images were just released by border patrol @CBP showing the McAllen, Texas detention facility that we were allowed to tour today. For now, we can only rely on what they give us. They will not allow us inside to film on our own. Why? “Privacy”; they don’t want faces shown pic.twitter.com/laZAyEHwij
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) June 17, 2018

On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Representative Ted Lieu played an audio recording of ten immigrant children, estimated to be between the ages of 4 and 10 years old, crying at an internment facility after they were taken from their parents.  The audio recording came from a whistle-blower who provided the recording to a well known civil rights attorney, Jennifer Harbury, who provided the recording to respected news media Pro Publica. 

Especially given the secrecy shown by the various immigration agencies and the private contractors, Representative Lieu wanted the public to hear with their own ears the sound of children being traumatized by the cruelty of Trump's separation policy.



C-SPAN
June 22, 2018

Who ever would have imagined that my country would again experience such darkness?!  This kind of thing happened long ago during WWII, when my own parents, uncles, aunts and grandparents were summarily interned without any due process in Japanese internment centers, surrounded by barbed wire, with armed guards.  Just like these children and their parents, the government (and a portion of the American people) regarded Japanese-Americans as a threat, as foreign, so inconsequential that they did not deserve respect and empathy, much less deserve due process rights under our country's Constitution.

We need to do something about this.  We must speak out.  Please read the posts above this message for info about calling your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives to demand the children be reunified with their parents, AND to ask your U.S. Senators and U.S Representative to oppose Trump's "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting families who cross the border to apply for asylum In the above posts, you also will find information about "Families Belong Together" Rallies occuring this Saturday, June 30, and how to donate to ACLU and Raices.




Also:  Please register to vote if you have not yet done so. 

For information of how to REGISTER TO VOTE IN YOUR STATE, go here: 

https://marchforourlives.com/vote-for-our-lives/


You may also go here:
https://www.rockthevote.org/register-to-vote/







And  VOTE every chance that you get (in your state's Primary Election, in any Special Election,  and in the vastly important General midterm election in November).  The most sure way to prevent the destruction of civil rights of people is to vote out the Republicans who are enabling and permitting Trump's cruel policies.  

Go here to see when your State's Primary Election is being held:
http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/2018-state-primary-election-dates.aspx


Seven states (Colorado, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, Utah, and South Carolina) will have their state primaries later today, June 26 Please vote Democrat for any state offices.    Remember, state legislative majorities and whether your state's governor is Republican or Democrat make a difference in whether redistricting is fair or whether it gives an advantage to Republicans, which is important in November for the races for U.S. House of Representatives (which we need to flip to Democrat!).   And vote for a Democratic candidate for federal races, especially U.S House of Representative in your district.




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204default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:41 pm

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Just as in the Supreme court cases involving the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans in federal internment centers due to racial prejudice during WWII, the Supreme Court will be on the wrong side of history by upholdingTrump's travel ban against immigrants from five predominantly Muslim countries (with North Korean and Venezuelan immigrants added as a thinly veiled attempt to show the Muslim travel ban wasn't created to ban Muslims). 

In 2016, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed, and Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell refused to consider President Obama's nominee Merrick Garland, with McConnell hoping that the next President would be Republican.   How can Mitch McConnell do this?   It seems the longer certain Republicans are in power, the more I am regularly amazed at and horrified about their abuse of power.   The result of Mitch McConnell's partisan refusal to consider President Obama's nominee, is that conservative Trump-nominee Neil Gorsuch caused the majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices to be conservative. 

Today, the conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court of my country, ruled that despite the numerous blatantly prejudiced insults by Trump of Muslims, that national security justified Trump's travel ban against Muslim immigrants from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor gave an angry, impassioned dissent against the majority decision:

New York Times wrote:
Sonia Sotomayor Delivers Sharp Dissent in Travel Ban Case

June 26, 2018

Steely and unwavering, she began: “The United States of America is a nation built upon the promise of religious liberty. Our founders honored that core promise by embedding the principle of religious neutrality in the First Amendment.”

The crowded courthouse fell silent.

In upholding President Trump’s ban on travel from several predominantly Muslim countries, Justice Sotomayor continued, the Supreme Court had failed to “safeguard that fundamental principle.”

For the next 20 minutes, she remained resolute as she delivered an extraordinarily scorching dissent, skewering the court’s decision and condemning the ban as “harrowing” and “motivated by hostility and animus toward the Muslim faith.”

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Justice Sotomayor once said that “personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see.” She again drew upon that idea in her dissent on Tuesday, in which she accused the majority of “ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering the proclamation inflicts upon countless families and individuals, many of whom are United States citizens.”

That was the crux of the Justice Sotomayor’s damning conclusion: The president’s ban is “inexplicable by anything but animus,” and to argue anything else is to divorce oneself from the facts.

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But one of her most striking decisions was to repeat the words of the president himself. Citing more than a dozen instances in which Mr. Trump tweeted or issued anti-Muslim sentiments, it was his words, not her own, that rang out from the bench.

She continued down the list for minutes, reading one example after another.

“On Dec. 21, 2016, President-elect Trump was asked whether he would ‘rethink’ his previous ‘plans to create a Muslim registry or ban Muslim immigration,’” Justice Sotomayor said. “He replied: ‘You know my plans. All along, I’ve proven to be right.’”

“‘People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!’” she read, recounting the president’s 2017 tweet.

“Islam hates us,” she read, citing another example, and added another: “We’re having problems with Muslims coming into the country.”

The conservative justices, staring unblinkingly ahead, remained stone-faced.

She continued that Mr. Trump had never disavowed any of his statements regarding Islam, and thus had failed “to correct the reasonable perception of his apparent hostility toward the Islamic faith.”

In another powerful passage, Justice Sotomayor drew parallels between the decision and Korematsu v. United States, the 1944 ruling that upheld the detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

“As here, the government invoked an ill-defined national security threat to justify an exclusionary policy of sweeping proportion,” she said. “As here, the exclusion was rooted in dangerous stereotypes about, inter alia, a particular group’s supposed inability to assimilate and desire to harm the United States.”

Justice Sotomayor continued that “our nation has done much to leave its sordid legacy behind” in the years since Korematsu. But, she reasoned, “it does not make the majority’s decision here acceptable or right.”

“By blindly accepting the government’s misguided invitation to sanction a discriminatory policy motivated by animosity toward a disfavored group, all in the name of a superficial claim of national security,” she said, “the court redeploys the same dangerous logic underlying Korematsu and merely replaces one ‘gravely wrong’ decision with another.”

(Emphasis added by me.)

Source:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/26/us/sonia-sotomayor-dissent-travel-ban.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=span-ab-lede-package-region®️ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news



The Youtube video of yesterday's episode of the Rachel Maddow show was taken down.   Here is another video, of the ACLU Executive Director speaking about the Supreme Court's decision on Trump's Muslim ban:

Source:  http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show






And here is the Youtube video of Rachel discussing the parallel of the Supreme Court making the wrong decision of the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII, with the Supreme Court making the wrong decision upholding Trump's Muslim ban.  U.S Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is my hero. 








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205default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:25 am

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Boy, trouble comes in batches.  Between the children stolen from their parents by the U.S government, the U.S. Supreme Court upholding Trump's Muslim travel ban, and now U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often was a swing vote on the highest court of my country, retiring (with the risk of a more conservative justice being appointed). . . it's been a crappy week.  Not to mention a close family member getting a heart procedure tomorrow.  I turned on the news this morning, heard Justice Kennedy is retiring, promptly turned off the TV, and have been trying to be in denial of how Justice Kennedy's retirement could be disastrous for so many people in my country, for the the right of women to have freedom of choice/reproductive rights, for LGBTQ rights including same-sex marriage, for the right to exercise one's vote without the attempts of the government to suppress one's vote, . . .

We have to keep fighting. 



--> >Please register to vote NOW!  If you haven't registered to vote, do it NOW.  Tell your friends and family and keep reminding them until they do register.  Post it on Facebook, tweet it, instagram it.  To register to vote, go here:  https://www.rockthevote.org/register-to-vote/

Or go here to register to vote:  https://marchforourlives.com/vote-for-our-lives/


-->  >Please VOTE!  In your Primary election, in your Special election if you have one, and most importantly, in the November mid-term election.  Once you find out the date of your state's Primary Election--tell your friends to vote on that date for Democrats and post it on Facebook, tweet it, etc.  Flipping the U.S. Senate and/or the U.S. House of Representatives to a Democratic majority is the single best way to directly combat Trump!





-->  >Please continue to call or write your U.S. Senators and U.S. House of Representative when your fellow human beings or Mother Earth need your help.  To find out how to contact your U. S. Senators, please go here:    https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

You can find your House of Representative’s number by calling the Capitol's switchboard at 202-224-3121.   You also may find your House of Representative's phone number by going here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/



-->  >Please attend rallies like the many "Families Belong Together" rallies organized by Move On and the ACLU to take place THIS Saturday, June 30, and send the message loud and clear, that we will be heard, we will make a difference!  Go here to find your closest "Families Belong Together" rally for this Saturday, June 30:  https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/




-->  >Please Join liberal groups like ACLU's People Power, Move On, Indivisible local chapters and other liberal groups that will keep you informed about the daily challenges to our democracy.  (Note:  Indivisible and ACLU People Power help get out the Democratic vote by texting voters, writing postcard to voters and calling voters.  Join ACLU or your local chapter of Indivisible to help get out the vote.)  Please also check out 5Calls.org which makes it easy to break down important issues to 5 calls/week that they recommend you make to your U.S. officials. 

Organizations you can join:

--ACLU People Power (enter your email address for alerts):  https://www.aclu.org/action


--Indivisible:  https://www.indivisible.org/

--5Calls.org: https://5calls.org/  and https://5calls.org/faq
 
--Move On:  https://front.moveon.org/




-->  >If you can afford it, please donate to the the ACLU, and/or to Act Blue(even a few dollars help--whatever you can afford).

Resources: 

--ACLU donation:  https://www.aclu.org/donate-aclu?ms=web_horiz_nav_hp

--Act Blue donation

You can use Act Blue as a central place to donate to liberal organizations, and/or to Democratic candidates in political race; enter the name of the liberal organization or the name of the Democratic candidate you wish to donate to in the "Search Directory" box.  https://secure.actblue.com/about

"ActBlue is a nonprofit, building fundraising technology for the left. Our mission is to democratize power and help small-dollar donors make their voices heard in a real way."  Source:  https://secure.actblue.com/about   






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206default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:44 am

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I have heard from news media that Trump may announce his choice for Supreme Court nomination as early as July 9 (next week on Monday).

As many of us realize, the next person to be on the Supreme Court is extremely important.  Justice Kennedy, who is retiring, was often a swing vote on important issues like a woman's right to have freedom of choice/reproductive rights, affirmative action, and LGBT rights, including the right of same-sex couples to marry.   Trump is seeking to appoint someone who is young enough to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court for 40 or more years, which would affect an entire generation of people.  Many young people have grown up taking for granted they would always have the freedom of choice.  Well, that right may be taken away from you if the next Supreme Court Justice is anti-choice. 

We need to make our voices heard.  Please call your Senators to urge them to oppose any nominee who is an extreme conservative who will take away so many of our rights.  Please note that all the persons on Trump's short list of possible Supreme Court nominees are considered by many to be not merely conservative, but are extreme conservatives (those on the short list were screened and approved by the Heritage Foundation, a very conservative group which supports anti-choice/anti-reproductive rights).

If you live in Maine, please, please, please make sure you telephone Senator Susan Collins (Maine), and if you live in Alaska, please telephone Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska),  the only 2 Republicans who support freedom of choice for women.   Please call them this week, before July 9! 



Senator Susan Collins
Maine: 202-224-2523
Augusta: 207-622-8414



Senator Lisa Murkowski:
Alaska: 202-224-6665
Anchorage: 907-271-3735



Suggested Script for calling Senator Susan Collins (Maine):
My name is ___ and I’m calling from [part of state].

I would like to urge Senator Collins to honor her own record of standing up for women, which includes fighting for women's right to have freedom of choice.   Please tell her I expect her to stop Trump from filling this vacancy with anyone on this list or anyone who is so extreme that they would take away the freedom of choice.






Suggested Script for calling Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska):
Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [part of state].

I want Senator Murkowski to honor her record defending health care for Alaskans and for women. I want her to oppose any nominee that would put our health care or women’s reproductive health at risk.




If your Senators are Democratic or other Republican Senators, please also call them NOW (before July 9).  Suggested Script for Democratic Senators and other Republican Senators:
Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [part of state].  ].  I would like to ask Senator [name] to oppose anyone that Trump nominates from his short list.  Each and every pick on that list is an extremist--outside the mainstream of  the general public--who would dismantle our health care, the right to choose, affirmative action, and LGBTQ rights.






  To find out how to contact your U. S. Senators, please go here:    https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm




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207default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:28 am

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Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

As I stated before, he was on a list of potential Supreme Court nominees who were vetted over many years by several conservative groups like the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation.  Every single person on that list are conservatives who have received a stamp of approval from extreme conservative groups. 

You may want to skim over this article in The Daily Beast.

Consider this:
The Daily Beast wrote:
The Secrets of Leonard Leo, the Man Behind Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

A Catholic fundamentalist who controls a network of right-wing groups funded by dark money has put three justices on the court.  He's about to get a fourth.


07/09/18

When President Donald Trump nominates a justice to the Supreme Court on Monday night, he will be carrying out the agenda of a small, secretive network of extremely conservative Catholic activists already responsible for placing three justices (Alito, Roberts, and Gorsuch) on the high court.

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“The Christian right has been written about a lot, but hardly anyone talks about the Catholic right,” Carter said. “Four Supreme Court justices—they’re more successful than anybody: the NRA, the Israel lobby, Big Pharma, no one else has had that kind of impact.”

[. . . ]

. . .The Federalist Society has mainstreamed ideas that were once considered intellectual outliers: that most of the New Deal and administrative state are unconstitutional, that corporations have free speech and free religion rights, that women and LGBT people are not “protected classes” under constitutional law, and that there is no right to privacy implied by the due process clause of the Constitution (i.e., banning abortion, contraception, and gay marriage are entirely constitutional).

Two decades ago, hardly anyone in the legal academy took these ideas seriously. Now, they are litmus tests for conservative judges.
Source;  https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-secrets-of-leonard-leo-the-man-behind-trumps-supreme-court-pick




Also note that The Daily Beast article states, "how of the 25 people on Trump’s Supreme Court list, all but one are Federalist Society members or affiliates.  Justice Gorsuch was the speaker at the 2017 Federalist Society gala."

In addition, "of the 18 people Trump has nominated to federal appeals courts, 17 are Federalist Society members or affiliates."


This is scary stuff, folks.  If you haven't been paying attention or worrying about this before, you should now.

We have extreme right groups, whose mission it is to curb the rights of so many Americans, dictating who are the members of our judiciary branch -- one of the two branches of government in the U.S. (the other is Congress, currently with both houses controlled by Republicans) that is supposed to be a check on any abuse of power by our Executive Branch (Trump and his administration). 

And now a new fight begins.  Like all the numerous fights that are occurring during Trump's administration:  You all have a choice.  You can get involved:  Call your U.S. Senators (especially if they are Republican), attend any rallies about this, and most importantly, register to vote and be sure to vote (in your state's primary election, and most definitely in the extremely critical mid-term elections in November 2018).   Or . . . you can be a spectator on the sidelines, and watch history continue to take a turn down the wrong path, the path that will affect countless lives for an entire generation, or longer.


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208default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:05 am

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But aren't these judges supposed to determine what's constitutional or not, instead of making decisions based on their political views (what a government does) ? And do they "revote" about past legalisations, especially old ones like the legalisation of abortion ?

209default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:59 am

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Supreme Court justices can make law by overruling previous court decisions.  But they also may follow precedents as well.  Political views of judges often play a part in how a judge will decide on a case.  (If the political views never played a part on how a U.S. Supreme Court justice ruled in a case, then it wouldn't be such a big deal when a very conservative judge or a very liberal judge is nominated for the highest court of America.)


This article may be helpful.  Here is an excerpt.
Five Thirty Eight wrote:
“Conservative Activist Judge” is NOT an Oxymoron

July 16, 2009



Part of the sad kabuki dance of Supreme Court confirmations is the ritual denial by nominees that they will depart in any way from constitutional prerogatives, and that they will “respect the law” and venerate judicial precedents. Well, geez, if all the Court justices are reading the same Constitution, and the same laws passed by Congress and state legislatures, and the same judicial precedents, and never applying any judicial philosophy of their own, then the Court would never issue anything but unanimous decisions.

The whole point of the Court is to rule laws unconstitutional based on justices applying their philosophical interpretations of the Constitution, and to reverse bad precedents when they recognize them. And the point of presidents nominating justices of similar ideological ilk is to put them on the Court to do just that. If the standard really were that all precedents must be upheld, the Court might as well pack up and do nothing more than administer the judicial system and settle occasional disputes between the elected branches. (Oh, and the Chief Justice could still oversee presidential impeachments … whooopee!) And, of course, by this same logic we’d still have Plessy v. Ferguson on the books, and no state-level protections for civil rights and liberties, and so on.
Source:  https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/conservative-activist-judge-is-not/



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210default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:50 am

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Thank you for the information, Poppy.

Also in the news : Belgium didn't qualify for the finale of the World Cup :cry

211default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:09 am

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Sorry about Belgium not qualifying for the final round of the World Cup, Jeremy.  sad face


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A federal judge had imposed Monday, July 10, 2018 as the deadline for the federal government to reunite  102 immigrant children under the age of 5 years old, with their parents.  As of that date, July 10, only 4 children (under the age of 5 years old) were confirmed to have been reunited with their parents.

CBS wrote:
Feds miss deadline to reunite all immigrant children under 5 with families

July 10, 2018

Lawyers for the Justice Department said in a court filing Tuesday that the federal government will miss a court-imposed deadline to reunite most of 102 migrant children under the age of 5 with their parents from whom they were separated.

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As of Tuesday morning, four children [out of the 102 immigrant children who are 5 years or younger who are being detained ] had been reunited with their parents, according to the joint filing submitted by the government and the ACLU to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

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One child whose parents' location is unknown may not actually be an immigrant, according to the filing.

"Records show the parent and child might be U.S. citizens," lawyers for the government wrote in the filing.

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In the filing, the ACLU criticized the government's work reuniting the children with their parents. 

"For (the parents) who were deported without their children, (government officials) have not even tried to contact them or facilitate their reunification by today," ACLU lawyers wrote.

There are as many as 2,900 more children five or older who remain in federal custody awaiting a July 26 reunification deadline, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday. 

Source:  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/feds-say-just-4-of-102-young-migrant-kids-reunited-with-parents-as-court-deadline-looms/



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213default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:40 pm

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@Poppy wrote:Sorry about Belgium not qualifying for the final round of the World Cup, Jeremy.  sad face

Well, after that, they largely won the "small final" (the match opposing the losers of the semi-finals) and they finished on the third place. Yesterday, they were welcomed as heroes in Brussels :

214default Re: General News You Want to Talk About Yesterday at 12:41 am

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Congrats Jeremy!

In other big news today:  America's President, Trump, chooses to believe Putin that Russia did not interfere with our 2016 Presidential elections, rather than believing America's own intelligence community that Russia did indeed, without a doubt, interfere with the U.S. 2016 elections.

So it's ok for a hostile foreign government ruled by a dictator to determine who is elected in our country, instead of the voters of our own country?!

Watching the words come out of the U.S President sent chills down my spine.

If you haven't yet registered to vote, please, please, please do so now!  Tell your friends and family and keep reminding them until they do register.  Post it on Facebook, tweet it, instagram it.  To register to vote, go here:  https://www.rockthevote.org/register-to-vote/

Or go here to register to vote:  https://marchforourlives.com/vote-for-our-lives/



And please VOTE every chance that you get, AND  please vote Democratic every chance that you get.   So vote in your state's Primary election (and in any Special Election), AND in the extremely critical General election/midterm election in November 2018 for Democratic candidates.

Tuesday, July 17, there is a state-wide primary run-off election in ALABAMA.   Please vote!


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