Thursday, June 14, 2018

House Republicans Advance Monster Bill


Republicans seek to protect their vulnerable candidates, not to protect people.
Funds border wall. 
Restricts asylum rules.
Legalizes separation of children and families. 
Offers limited protection for current DACA recipients. 
Reduces over all immigration. 
Unclear what it would do on TPS. 

This is Fascism
U.S. Catholic Bishops say current policy of separating families is immoral.  
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A survivor of the NAZI Death Camps remembers life in Germany this way;

Pastor Martin Niemöller is best remembered for the quotation: 
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. 1947.

We still talk about American fascism as a looming threat, something that could happen if we’re not vigilant. But for undocumented immigrants, it’s already here.
There are countless horror stories about what’s happening to immigrants under Trump. Just last week, we learned that a teenager from Iowa who had lived in America since he was 3 was killed shortly after his forced return to Mexico. This month, an Ecuadorean immigrant with an American citizen wife and a pending green card application was detained at a Brooklyn military base where he’d gone to deliver a pizza; a judge has temporarily halted his deportation, but he remains locked up. Immigration officers are boarding trains and buses and demanding that passengers show them their papers. On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions decreed that most people fleeing domestic abuse or gang violence would no longer be eligible for asylum.

The New bill is  to oppose HR 4760, Goodlatte.  This Republican bill written by the Chair of the     Judiciary Committee includes all of the worst, most repressive measures of the Trump Administration.

The Republican leadership is advancing the new monster bill in order to block a discharge petition calling for a vote on a bill that would have provided a pathway to citizenship to Dreamers. 

From Politico.  House Speaker Paul Ryan told his conference during a meeting Wednesday that President Donald Trump is "excited" about a possible immigration compromise between factions of House Republicans, POLITICO's Rachael Bade and Heather Caygle report. And he's not the only one. "White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, an immigration hard-liner, came to the Hill on Wednesday afternoon and encouraged the 160 conservatives in the Republican Study Committee to support [a compromise bill]," the pair write.
There remain a few sticking points. Ryan hasn't released a bill yet. On Tuesday evening he said he'd allow votes next week on a compromise measure that bridges the divide between GOP moderates and immigration hawks, and also on a hard-line bill, H.R. 4760 (115), from Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). The outline of the compromise bill appears to fulfill the "four pillars" that Trump seeks in any immigration legislation: an eventual path to citizenship for more than 1 million "Dreamers," $25 billion for a border wall, cuts to family-based immigration, and an end to the diversity visa lottery program.

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