What’s Palestine? [All Walls must go says Cory Booker]
August 8, 2018
Is Cory Booker pro Palestine? Just not understand Israel’s need for a defense Wall? Or just fuzzy thinking? His denial does not hold up.
Senator Cory Booker was photographed holding a sign bearing a pro-Palestinian movement slogan. The image appeared on the Twitter feed of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a self-described “coalition of 330+ groups” working “for a US policy toward Palestine/Israel based on freedom, justice, and equality.”
“From Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go,” the sign read.
Booker, however, claims he wasn’t aware that the sign called for an end to the border wall between Israel and the Palestinian territory, but rather only a U.S. border wall with Mexico.
“In one instance, amid the rush, he was posing for a photo and was passed a sign to hold – he didn’t have time to read the sign, and from his cursory glance he thought it was talking about Mexico and didn’t realize it had anything to do with Israel,”
Firenze Sage opines: Do you suppose he [Cory Booker] reads proposed legislation with the same acuity?
$12 – 25 BILLION for a Wall built by Corp of Engineers, National Guard or private sector “shovel ready jobs”? Looks possible …
April 8, 2018
$12 – 25 BILLION for a Wall built by Corp of Engineers, National Guard or private sector “shovel ready jobs”? Looks possible ….
The military budget is $700 BILLION for 2018 and $716 BILLION for 2019.
Trump is willing to fund shovel ready jobs that start in 90 days.
The Corp of Engineers recently moved a river.
So, yes, the National Guard and or Corp of Engineers can use a shovel, clean out a drug infested tunnel, build a road.
Trump plans to build a military base along the wall.
WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is requesting that the U.S. military build walls for at least one military base along the U.S.-Mexico border, part of President Donald Trump’s plan to fortify the border, U.S. officials say.
“We are looking into options for the military to build a wall on military installations on the border,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
Details of the plan, expected to be released later Wednesday afternoon by the White House, come days after Mr. Trump suggested the military could pay for the wall he wants to build along the southern border.
Where might the $25 BILLION to build a WALL come from? The military got $700 BILLION in 2018 and 716 BILLION for 2019.
President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis have discussed the possibility that the U.S. military front the costs for a border wall, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday.
“The secretary has talked to the president about it,” said Pentagon press secretary Dana White. “Securing Americans and securing the nation is of paramount importance to the secretary. They have talked about it but I don’t have any more details as to specifics.”
President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion budget into law last Friday. The bill provides $700 BILLION in 2018 and $716 BILLION in 2019 to the Defense Department, money Mattis and the service chiefs have repeatedly emphasized is critical to rebuilding military readiness and lethality.
Aptos Psychologist: The “caravan” of 1,200 + coming from El Salvador provided incentive for Trump to send the National Guard. That caravan dissolved after intervention from Mexico providing assistance. What to do abut DACA remains. And what about the 12-20 MILLION illegals who live and work in the USA?
What say you? Immigration was and remains the issue that propelled Trump into the Presidency.
Why & How Immigration policies must change
March 9, 2018
Why & how U.S. immigration policies must change:
The USA backlog of illegals entering is huge and the USA decision rate for these cases is low.
There is a backlog of 660,000 cases. That’s a lot of cases. That’s a lot of undocumented individuals running around finding some sort of employment as they stay under the radar.
Legal advise is ‘get a lawyer’ (this improves the odds of winning from 10% to 50% currently) and lawyers cost money. Hence, undocumented person are advised to get a job to pay for the lawyer.
Immigration judges decided 32,000 cases in 2017. That rate was the highest in 5 years. Roughly 62% of cases overall are rejected currently.
Do the math. It would take 20 years to decide a backlog of 660,000 cases divided by a rate of 32,000 a year.
The policy of “catch and release” came about under President Obama. Overwhelmed by thousands of undocumented persons — largely from El Salvador and other central american countries — the USA was flooded.
Roughly 330,00 individuals were “caught and released” and these persons went underground and did not go to their court appearances. Many did and continue to get jobs.
These ‘catch and release’ individuals affect the overall jobs that are available to persons legally in the USA.
Why don’t these economic/ political refugees, largely from El Salvador and central america, go elsewhere? Mexico rejects rougly 90% of “refugees”. Same rate for the Philippines. Where to go? Russia only declines 11%.
In March 2018 Attorney General Sessions implemented several major changes in USA immigration policies. These changes may reduce the backlog.
One change: Judges can now decide cases based on written evidence without a full hearing. That could speed things up.
Another change coming up: will “economic refugees” continue to be granted special status?
The overall goal is to reduce the backlog of 660,000 persons sufficiently so that persons who are apprehended for illegal entry into the USA are kept incarcerated until their hearing.
Perhaps — if people who ‘jump the fence’ know that, once caught, they are in a USA jail and not free to get a job, that may slow down the rate of persons who come. Maybe.
Aptos Psychologist: Yes the USA welcomes immigrants. In the 1600’s immigrants came on boats to escape religious persecution. Today the USA continues to welcome more legal immigrants than any other nation.
Yes, immigrants are welcome. Stand in line. Follow the laws.
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Trump Wall? Immigration control? Chain migration? The DACA / Dreamers? Time to speak up?
February 10, 2018
Where are we? A Trump Wall? Control of chain migration? Will the DACA/ the Dreamers get right to citizenship?
Immigration — the control of legal and illegal immigration — which include “chain migration” and “the lottery system” — are right now on the table for discussion by Congress and the President.
The House, which is likely to support what comes from President Trump, probably opposes chain migration and the continuation of the Lottery System which allows anyone from anywhere to become an American citizen.
For 40 + years — from 1921 onward the USA stopped all immigration.
Do we need to integrate those who have come so that they do speak English and have the necessary skills to be successful here in America?
Or do we simply open our doors to all refugees who suffer oppression i.e. “I was a stranger and you welcomed me…”?
What say you?
written by Cameron Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
Dreamers – are they productive, law abiding and speak English? What Arizona statistics show ….
January 24, 2018
What do we know whether the Dreamers are productive, law abiding and speak English.
A majority (74 percent) of U.S. Protestants and Catholics support “Dreamers” receiving permanent legal status, according to a Pew Research Center report released on Jan. 19. Catholic Hispanics overwhelmingly support the Dreamers (92%).
“Dreamers” are persons brought to the U.S. as minors and who have only known the U.S. as their home.
In Arizona, the Dreamers are 4 times more likely to commit crimes than their numbers would suggest.
Younger illegal immigrants in Arizona make up a far larger percentage of the state’s prison inmates than their share of the population would suggest, according to a new analysis.
While illegal immigrants ages 18 to 35 — a group immigration activists call “Dreamers” — are about 2 percent of of the Arizona population, they are almost 8 percent of the prison population. The over-representation by a factor of four shows that younger illegal immigrants in Arizona are far more likely to commit crimes than U.S. citizens or legal immigrants of a similar age, says John Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center.
Roughly half of the Dreamers are literate in English. Persons who don’t speak English are not able to get jobs that will support themselves and their families.
Aptos Psychologist: America stopped all immigration for 40 years (1924-1965) which allowed for assimilation of all the millions who had come. Perhaps it’s time again to stop immigration and again assimilate those who are here? To be successful here immigrants need to learn English and learn skills so they can be productive members. What say you? Comments welcome.
freedom ? — Trump, Hilary and the “swamp” in Washington square off…. who is winning?
October 8, 2017
Three issues: immigration, taxes and health care. Looks like the “swamp” still runs Washingon D.C. The alligators are strong.
And the world keeps getting less safe in so many ways…. Las Vegas with 50+ dead and 500 sent to hospital. So sad. So terrible.
Trump stumped for a physical Wall to control illegal immigration, he wants to reduce taxes on the middle class and Trump wants to repeal Obama-Care.
Where are we?
So far, 10 months into his Presidency, Trump can’t seem get much done on any of these three issues. The ‘swamp’ [big time donors, the ‘establishment’ of both Democrats and Republicans] oppose Trump’s stance on all 3 issues.
Remember Hillary? Hilary opposed a Wall, wanted a single payer system of health care and said she wants to soak the rich — but who knows really what her policies would have been on taxes.
Freedom for the little guy. The small business. The lemon juice stand. People who want to start a business or grow one. How can we help to increase freedom?
And how can people safely go to a Country Western concert and just ‘hang out’ with friends listening to music that heals them? How do we as a People heal …?
written Oct. 7, 2017 by Cameron Jackson DrCameronJackson@gmail.com
Want to change the world? Jim Wallis of Sojourners online class forms basis for discussion
March 5, 2017
Our current political and world situation provides an incentive for us to learn and act says Pastor Dale with Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA. This church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Come to Christ Lutheran on Sundays in March at 11:15 for a series of six classes titled Faith and Public Policy. Location: 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA. 831 688-5727 www.aptosChurch.org
The classes on Faith and Public Policy follow Christ Lutheran’s 10 am Worship service and time for Coffee, Food and Fellowship.
Pastor Dale will lead the discussion sessions based on online lectures and suggested readings by Jim Wallis, President and Founder of Sojourners.
Class 1 is titled Introduction. Class 2 is titled Poverty (Part II) of Jim Wallis’ online lectures. Class 3 is titled Immigration. Class 4 is titled Race and Religion.
For information on the online classes available through Jim Wallis:
Faith, Social Justice and Public Life
Breitbart’s perspective of Jim Wallis and Sojourners:
Resource for the Social Statement by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (1991):
Start small in changing the world? Garden plots are available at Aptos Community Garden, an outreach of Christ Lutheran Church. Spade that dirt! Turn that soil! Make beautiful vegetables and flowers.
Sanctuary city lost $410 K school revenue in one day
February 17, 2017
Sanctuary city Watsonville CA school district PVUSD lost $410 K school revenue in one day — because 7,600 students failed to attend school on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.
Students choose freedom of speech over a free, public education provided by CA taxpayers.
On the average it costs about $10,600 to educate a student through public education
Thursday PM there was a Day without Immigrants protest calling on all immigrants to abstain from work, school or shopping.
LA: bad dudes from 12 countries arrested for deportation
February 13, 2017
Illegal immigration: The travel plans of over 700 were disrupted this last week by ICE.
In LA, bad dudes — largely felons — from 12 countries were arrested by federal government on immigration violations.
These are bad men, largely felons: Of the 160 arrested in Los Angeles, CA about 150 had criminal histories, while five more had either been previously deported or had “final orders of removal”. Many of those arrested had prior felony convictions for “serious or violent offenses” including child sex crimes and assault.
The arrestees in the LA area – which were 95 percent male – included nationals from a dozen countries, according to ICE.
Across the USA over 700 arrests were made:
Interesting development: Mexico urges illegals to fight deportation via the court system.
In Mexico, influential Mexicans want illegals to go overwhelm the USA legal system via the court system.