(2014 AP Photo)
This article originally appeared in the Daily Beast during the Obama administration. It’s written by the executive director of the “National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.” I’m guessing that means it’s a pro-abortion group.
This article appeared on the organization’s website for years and was still there as of June 11th of this year. It has now been scrubbed by the organization and has also disappeared from the Daily Beast site. However, the story still shows up on cache — for now. Amidst the lies by the left as to what this administration is doing on the border and as the fake “fact-checking” sites all pretend then president Obama did nothing of the sort, look at how this group that is firmly a part of his base attacked Obama for what he was doing with children and mothers coming across the border. It’s no wonder they deleted it. Feel free to ask Ms. Gonzalez-Rojas why she deleted it after all of these years. firstname.lastname@example.org
Obama Lets Down Immigrant Women
The Daily Beast
This article was originally published on The Daily Beast.
To the great disappointment of civil and human rights advocates, President Barack Obama has askedDepartment of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to delay submitting recommendations for reforming deportation policies and practices. The promised recommendations had been a bright spot on the horizon for our communities and this latest delay is quite concerning for immigrant women and families.
With record deportations and families torn apart, we are in the midst of a humanitarian and moral crisis. The Administration’s failure to prioritize this, coupled with Congressional inaction on immigration reform, only illuminates the need for our continued vigilance.
The cry from activists, mothers, DREAMers, and immigrant rights leaders from across the nation has been clear. The aggressive and harmful detention and deportation of 2 million immigrant people has taken a toll on countless families, and the very fabric of our country. And it must come to an end.
Every day, I hear from Latinas across the country who are struggling to get by after their husbands, parents, or partners have been deported. I talk to women who are afraid to go to the doctor because they fear ICE agents waiting for them in the parking lot.
The hardest stories come from the mothers. Between 2010 and 2012, the Obama administration deported more than 200,000 parents of U.S. citizen children, and more since that time. Many of the children of deported parents end up in the child welfare system, and may be separated indefinitely.
To make matters worse, if a mother attempts to return to the United States to unite with her children after being deported, she can face a felony charge with a federal prison sentence of up to 20 years.
These deportations, combined with the climate of fear created by the existence and aggressive implementation of programs like Secure Communities and 287(g), have a devastating impact on immigrant women, whether they are themselves deported or left behind to pick up the pieces of their shattered families.
As a mother myself, it breaks my heart to think of being separated from my son.
It’s time to listen to the stories of immigrant women and families, to fully understand the human face of this issue.
The majority of immigrants today are women, and those women are the backbones of their communities. They are workers, teachers, and caretakers. They are more likely to start business than their native-born counterparts, and are the drivers of integration in their families. They encourage kids to learn English, do well in school, and register to vote. And yet they are being the denied the opportunity to live with dignity and without fear.
Women like Adriana, who is 41, and had lived in the US for 17 years, and raised 2 children, when her husband was deported to Mexico, away from the family and life they had built in this country. Shortly after being deported, Adriana’s husband was kidnapped and, she believes, killed. Adriana is now the sole caretaker and breadwinner for her family, including her two young grandsons.
Every day, Adriana lives in fear that she’ll be deported, and her grandsons will have no one to care for them. She is even afraid walking them to the bus stop in the morning for school.
Adriana’s story is not unique—she is one of many immigrant women whose lives and livelihoods have been turned upside down by immigration policies and practices that fail to recognize their contributions or allow them to lead healthy, successful lives.
We must remember Juana Villegas—who, while being held in immigration detention, was forced to give birth in shackles and denied the right to breastfeed her child, endangering her health and the health of her newborn.
We must remember Victoria Arellano—a Latina trans woman who was detained and subsequently denied HIV medication and treatment, and died as a result.
And we are just beginning to bring to light the ongoing reports of sexual assault perpetrated against women in immigration detention, including the countless unreported cases.
These indignities are more than injustice—they are a denial of our very humanity.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
That’s why we are calling on Congress and the Obama administration to stop focusing on policing and imprisoning our mothers and children, and focus on humane, meaningful reform.
It’s time to end detention bed quotas, mandatory detention policies, and the alarming trend of entangling community police departments in immigration enforcement.
It’s time to implement and expand community-based alternatives to immigration detention that keep families together.
It’s time to protect the safety and civil rights of our border communities by clarifying legal limits on Customs and Border Patrol’s authority, and ending the violent militarization of our borders.
And it’s time to ensure that the human right to health care, including reproductive health care, is a reality for every single person in this nation, regardless of her immigration status, by passing the Health Equity and Access under the Law for Immigrant Women and Families Act, by ensuring standards of care for people who are detained, and by ending the denial of health coverage to undocumented people.
We will not solve our nation’s immigration challenges by throwing prisons and police at the problem. To build a stronger and more successful future for us all, we must recognize the contributions of immigrant families and affirm the human right of every person to live with salud, dignidad, y justicia, health, dignity, and justice.
Jessica González-Rojas is the executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.
#IllegalImmigration #KeepFamiliesTogether #TellTheTruth #FakeNews
(Photo: Facebook) Donald Trump is the front-runner for the republican nomination for President of the United States. I have taken some heat from my conservative listeners and followers. I truly think he’s been a breath of fresh air in this process and has energized the voices of those of us who oppose the direction in which our country is going. As far as his success so far, the big media is in disbelief. The democrats are scared to death. The old guard of the republican party aren’t showing him any love. But, everyday Americans are hearing his words and they are resonating with them. He has sparred with many of the other candidates. Called them names. He has little to no filter. Again, that’s a huge part of why so many are supporting him. He said John McCain wasn’t a war hero — then said he was. His numbers went up. He said Rick Perry put on glasses to look smart. His numbers went up. He said Megyn Kelly had blood coming out of her “wherever.” His numbers went up. But, in his attacks on Jeb Bush he’s doing something I believe will show a chink in his filter-less verbal armor. He’s going after former president George W. Bush. CLICK HERE FOR THE FACEBOOK STATUS The last candidate who did that was the current president. Trump is selling himself as a candidate who is the anti-Obama. He calls this administration “stupid.” Yet, he’s employing the same tactic Obama used. Some might think it’s brilliant. Heck, Obama won big time — twice by aligning the republicans running to the former White House holder. But, center-right, moderate-right, right-right and far-right voters have a great affinity for “W.” McCain was just flat beaten in 2008. He was a horrible candidate who made some huge mistakes on the trail. But, Romney’s loss was more about conservatives staying home and sitting on their hands on election day. We the electorate have shown Trump, Carson and Fiorina we are very ready for an outsider to come in and clean up Washington and get this country back on track after what will be eight years of a president whose horrendous decisions and policies have us in a very bad place domestically and beyond. The one thing that will force us to disengage is any of them — as Trump seems to be lately — as the anti-Bush. We want the antithesis of Obama to energize us. Those of us who felt G.W. Bush was head-and-shoulders above the current resident at 1600 Pennsylvania are not amused nor are we in agreement with this tactic. I’d suggest you keep the focus on what we really care about and what affects us. You’ve done a nice job up ’til now on the economy, illegal immigration, Iran, Russia, China et al. If you think this is just one viewpoint from one guy, I would suggest you read the comments on your own Facebook thread.
- As much as we all complained about how Fox managed its shot, CNN showed how to really screw up a debate.
- 10 was rough in the prime time debate last time and 11 made it even worse.
- We all see, hear and perceive things differently.
- Rand Paul – He was obviously coached to not come off as confrontational or angry. He is great on the Constitution but, I felt a letdown from him after the fire we’re used to seeing. That said, I think he helped himself a bit although starting at 1 percent, you can’t really go down much.
- Mike Huckabee – I really like him and his convictions about values. He got very little time to talk but when he did speak he was convicted, strong, direct and did it with a smile. He’s right on the Fair Tax but most people do not understand it so it’s an issue from which he’ll gain traction. He comes off as very nice and for those not as engaged in issues, that’s very important. He helped himself.
- Marco Rubio – He was great but needs to assume he’s on camera the entire time. He was caught wiping sweat quite a few times and looks a bit lost when he’s not talking. Interestingly, when it is his turn, he appears just the opposite. As far as issues, his answers on foreign affairs were great and his answer to speaking Spanish was interesting. He did well for himself
- Ted Cruz – On the issues, he’s the best candidate by far. He’s incredibly consistent but got very little time to talk. The reason for that is two fold. The media either doesn’t see him as a threat or the fact that he’s not attacking Trump makes him seem disinterested. His firmness on the Iran deal and Constitution were strong. When he did have a shot to speak, he found the camera and looked at it. That served to make the viewers feel uncomfortable. He should have looked at Tapper and stayed looking at him. He didn’t help nor hurt himself mainly because he didn’t get the chance to.
- Ben Carson – He remains a bit of an enigma for me. His intelligence is immense. He’s got a great dry wit. His thoughts on issues are strong although his comments on illegal immigration won’t win him a lot of stern conservative support. But, as I’ve said before, he’s got to raise the energy and charisma levels. Like it or not, those are big factors for voters. They need someone dynamic with a big personality. I think he hurt himself a bit.
- Jeb Bush – He brought more energy and seemed much more engaged. His dust up with Donald Trump was strong on both ends. He needs to develop a better strategy to derail the Big Media as they continue to ask him loaded questions about his brother’s presidency. He helped himself.
- Scott Walker – He’s a strong republican governor in a blue state. That in it of itself is very strong. His answers on the issues were strong. He jumped in a lot and was just allowed to talk which seemed strange. He, like Cruz, should NOT look directly at the camera when answering. It comes off sales-pitchy and will make viewers uncomfortable. He didn’t help nor hurt himself.
- Carly Fiorina – Another big winner of the night. She belonged on the Prime Time debate. She did great on foreign policy issues. She stayed on message about fixing what’s wrong here and abroad and more than held her own surrounded by bigger, louder men. One issue she should watch is that she seemed to almost constantly interrupt that became annoying. Lastly, she’ll find if she smiles a bit in the heat of the debate she’ll make more people watching comfortable and garner support. She helped herself.
- John Kasich – He comes off as a nice enough guy although the substance of what he says revolves around his service in the House many years ago and he touts successes in Ohio. Fact is, he’s expanded Medicaid in that state which is more of your money and mine going to those who didn’t earn it. That’s a very unconservative thing to do. His biggest problem is, however, he comes off as very uneasy on the stage. Status quo for him.
What if this email scandal were about Colin Powell or John Ashcroft or Condoleeza Rice. How would it be covered? How much more would we know? They media would be rabid in its attempt to publicly skewer those people. The coverage and the responses from Hillary Clinton would be hilarious if the implications weren’t so serious for our country. Just to catch you up, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused to use the official .gov email account. This is the account we pay for and that is the account of record so those who work for us — like her — would be accountable to us. Not only didn’t she use the account provided to her, she used an email server that she had control over. It was a private server in a private place completely out of reach of the government and us. When this information came to light, the former First Lady said she just didn’t want to carry two devices around. It was more convenient to have just the one device. A short time later, at a technology conference, she was asked “iPhone or Android.” She responded, “iPhone… and Blackberry.” Huh? I thought she couldn’t bear carrying two devices around. Add to that the fact that all devices have the capacity to install many email accounts and her explanation makes no sense. Her explanation just made us more suspicious. The former Secretary of State and US Senator was then subpoenaed to hand over her emails from the private server. Forgetting the fact that she claimed in an interview there was no subpoena, she had her staff print out in hard copy, 55,000 pages and turn them over. Why is this significant? Because hard copy pages cannot be searched technologically. Had she just handed the emails over electronically, it would be easy to search for classified correspondence. One could easily put “Benghazi” in a search string and find all emails containing the word. This would make the process of investigating if America’s secrets were being chatted about on a private server out of view of the government and the people. This was purposeful. Forgetting the laughable comments by Clinton that she didn’t think it was necessary to hand over emails about her daughter’s wedding or her mother’s funeral, this entire thing stinks to high Heaven of a cover-up of massive proportions. If you didn’t agree before this week, you certainly should now no matter what side of the aisle you’re on. What happened this week? Clinton turned over the server. What was on it? Nothing. Nada. Niente. It had been professionally wiped clean. Why do that? The fact that she’s still in the race for the Democrat nomination is crazy to me. But, I’m torn as to what should happen. I’m sick and tired of the expanded government, higher taxes, ignoring the Constitution liberals who are ruining this country. The abortion-is-great, illegal-immigration-is-wonderful, let’s-put-more-people-on-entitlements, the-second-amendment-doesn’t-matter, your-religious-beliefs-don’t-matter, and control-the-masses crowd is killing this country. So, I want someone who opposes those things to be the next president and I think Hillary Clinton has no shot to win. I’d like for her to be the nominee from the other side opening the door to one of 17 (way too many) far more qualified from the right to win. The Washington Times is reporting that as many as 60 classified emails have now been identified in the email dump and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Mind you, I don’t think Joe Biden or Al Gore or Bernie Sanders have a shot either, but I would love to see Clinton get the nomination and the eventual rebuke she deserves. jp