Modeling Christian compassion on Easter, Trump tells 800,000 young American immigrants that he will not seek a solution to protect them from deportment

Always looking for opportunities to model Christian values, our born-again president, right before entering church this morning for Easter service, took to Twitter to inform the approximately 800,000 young American immigrants who had signed up to under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, that he would no longer be seeking to make a deal that would see their protected status extended. “NO MORE DACA DEAL,” Trump tweeted, essentially setting the wheels in motion to deport these young DACA recipients, who, having trusted our federal government, came forward years ago, offering all of their personal data in exchange for the promise of protection and a path toward citizenship. These, again, are young people who came here as children, and have never really known life outside of the United States. They are individuals who did everything right, trusted their government, and come forward when given the opportunity, registering and working with authorities. And, now, on a whim, Donald Trump, in an act of extreme cruelty, has told them that they will have to leave, as, in his opinion, things are “getting more dangerous” along the US-Mexico border, and too many people are now crossing the border in hopes of, like them, finding protection under DACA.

Here, with more, is an excerpt from what the Washington Post.

President Trump said Sunday that there would be no deal to legalize the status of millions of “dreamers,” undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, and directed congressional Republicans to pass tough new anti-immigration legislation.

…In fiery Sunday morning tweets, sent an hour after he wished Americans a “HAPPY EASTER” and minutes before he attended a church service here, Trump vowed, “NO MORE DACA DEAL.”

As he walked into an Episcopal service at Bethesda-by-the-Sea with wife Melania and daughter Tiffany, Trump elaborated on his position on immigration to the traveling pool of reporters. He accused congressional Democrats of stymieing a potential deal to protect dreamers, after Trump canceled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last fall.

“A lot of people are coming in because they want to take advantage of DACA,” Trump said…

Trump, in arguing that DACA has to go because “a lot of people” are coming to the United States to take advantage of the program, makes it clear, yet once again, that he has absolutely no understanding whatsoever of the program, which, contrary to what he might think, was only open to young people who have been in the United State since 2007… Oh, and he also ended the program last year.

Trump, in his racist tweet storm, also demanded that Republicans in Congress employ the “nuclear option” to pass tougher immigration laws, by which, one would assume, he means restricting immigration from this non-white countries he refers to as “shitholes.”

Oh, and as for his claim about the increasing flow of illegal immigrants over the border, the facts paint a much different picture. The truth is, there are fewer illegal border crossings now than there have been in decades. This isn’t about facts, though. This isn’t about swarms of Mexican children attempting to cross our border. And this isn’t about stopping the flow of opioids, which, as we know, are being manufactured in our own country. This is about fear, scapegoating, and distraction. This is about giving those in his racist base what they want, so that they will stay by his side when he moves to fire Robert Mueller, and the calls for his impeachment become more pronounced.

So, here we go, lurching toward authoritarianism on Easter Sunday, with Trump announcing the need for even more racist policies, as the cowardly Republicans in Congress sit on their hands, afraid to utter a peep in defense of these young DACA recipients, in spite of the fact that 87% of Americans are in favor of protecting them… Happy Easter, everyone.

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30 Comments

  1. John Harwood by proxy
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Trump came of age in an America where 80% of the population were white Christians, fewer than 5% were born abroad, and our economy dominated the world. facts on the ground changed, but his impulses have not

  2. CNN
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    President Trump says “our country is being stolen” due to illegal immigration https://cnn.it/2H3s3K2

  3. Iron Lung 2
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    By complaining about Trump and DACA, you have unwittingly brought the end to DACA, similar to how complaining about nuclear proliferation will bring about a nuclear holocaust.

    You should buy a cheap revolver immediately, for you and all of your family members, following the wonderful advice from the readership of this site.

  4. Eel
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    If only people hadn’t complained about Hitler.

  5. EOS
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    DACA has ended because Democrats would not agree to pass a rational law that would have granted the DACA kids, and more, a path to citizenship in exchange for stopping future illegal immigration. And what sealed the deal is that some Democratic run states are issuing voter registration cards to known non-citizens. And many Democratic run cities are refusing to comply with Federal laws concerning non-citizens. The vast majority of taxpayers and the few remaining middle class families support Trump doing this.

  6. Lynne
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Oh puh-leez. EOS By “rational” I am sure you mean something which would hurt even more people. The fact that our president was using these kids lives as a bargaining chip is deplorable. I often wish I could believe in God and Hell or even Karma because then I could comfort myself knowing that evil people who would hurt others in this way would get what is coming to them. I suppose it is at least something that so many have to lie to themselves about Democratic states engaging in voter fraud in order to justify it.

    I hope you are wrong that a majority of Americans support this because I don’t like to think that the USA has that many horrible selfish people. I guess we will see in November.

  7. M
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    “Democratic run states are issuing voter registration cards to known non-citizens.”

    Please elaborate, EOS.

  8. EOS
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Lynne,

    Here’s what Trump proposed and the Democrats turned down.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/26/trump-daca-deal-is-a-dream-come-true-for-democrats-commentary.html

  9. EOS
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    M,
    11 states issue drivers licenses to known non-citizens. The only other thing necessary for a voter registration card is a valid address. Many sanctuary cities prohibit the local clerk’s office from even asking about immigrant status. Yes, its still against the law to apply for a voter registration card if you are not a citizen, but many locations fail to even ask to verify the status.

    http://www.theamericanresistance.com/issues/drivers_licenses.html

  10. Lynne
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    FWIW, I do think the Dems should have taken the deal with the intention of changing it once the political pendulum swings and they are the party in power. But that doesn’t mean they are to blame for Trump’s cruelty.

    I also do not that issuing driver’s licenses to non-citizens is akin to voter fraud but would accept putting that question on official forms as an acceptable measure to prevent non-citizens from accidentally registering to vote. I am sure it happens but I don’t think non-citizens voting has swayed any elections so is not quite the big huge problem so many on the right make it out to be.

  11. M
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    It’s not true, EOS. Here is background from Politifact:

    In April 2018, a new law will allow Californians to automatically register to vote when they renew their driver’s license.

    It’s intended to bolster registration in a state where voter turnout has lagged.

    A slew of conservative websites, however, have seized on the law, dubbed the California New Motor Voter Program, to make the claim this week that it will register undocumented immigrants to vote.

    They cite a separate law, AB 60, that allows undocumented Californians to apply for and obtain a state driver’s license, as alleged proof.

    This World Net Daily headline on Jan. 21, 2018 sparked the recent claims: “California To Register Illegal Aliens To Vote – Automatically.”

    Shortly after it was published, similar allegations were made by The New American, FoxNews.com and conservative commentators Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh.

    This isn’t the first wave of commentary on the topic. Similar statements were made when California passed the Motor Voter program in 2015.

    But because the claims popped up again this week, it’s time to take another look at the California laws in question and the safeguards state officials say are in place.

    We’ll also place a rating on the claim by World Net Daily.

    Background on the laws

    Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 60 in 2013, making California the 10th state to allow driver licenses for people in the country illegally. The goal was to increase public safety and reduce penalties for undocumented immigrants who drive. As of June 2017, the state Department of Motor Vehicles had issued more than 900,000 of the licenses.

    In 2015, Brown signed the New Motor Voter law. By April, it will automatically register DMV customers to vote when they renew or obtain a driver’s license or fill out change of address forms, unless the customer opts-out.

    Under the law, the DMV would electronically send information for those eligible to register to vote — which does not include undocumented residents — to the California Secretary of State’s Office. That office would, in turn, verify name and citizenship information. A spokesman for that office did not respond to requests for comment this week.

    In the past, however, Secretary of State Alex Padilla has pledged the new system will be an improvement over the existing one.

    “Automated voter registration is actually a more secure way of doing things,” Padilla told the Huffington Post in 2015. Potential voters “have to demonstrate proof of age, the vast majority of time people are showing a birth certificate or a passport, which also reflects citizenship. That’s arguably more secure than someone checking a box under penalty of perjury.”

    “Completely inaccurate” claims

    Jessica Gonzalez, spokeswoman with the California DMV, said she’s contacted several of the websites making what she called “completely inaccurate” claims and asked for corrections. One, the Daily Mail, had pulled down its story, another updated its article, while she said Fox News did not immediately correct its article.

    “Undocumented Californians are not eligible to register to vote at the DMV,” Gonzalez told PolitiFact California. “And we have programming measures in place to prevent that from occurring.”

    At DMV field offices, Gonzalez said, technicians will not be able to key in any voting information for undocumented customers seeking AB 60 license renewals.

    As soon as a technician types in AB 60, the voter information section automatically gets “greyed out” and can’t be typed into and can’t be bypassed, the spokeswoman said. She added that the same safeguards are in place for online and mail renewals.

    “The (mail) form won’t even have the voter information questions on it, so they won’t be able to register to vote,” Gonzalez said.

    “It’s really interesting how quickly false information spreads,” she continued, “and how difficult it is to get the correct information out there to Californians that really need to know this information.”

    A representative for World Net Daily could not be reached for comment.

    Several fact-checking websites, from Snopes.com to The Weekly Standard, a conservative publication, examined the topic this week.

    The Weekly Standard concluded “there is zero evidence to support that ludicrous claim.”

    Our ruling

    Conservative news websites and commentators claimed California plans to register undocumented immigrants to vote.

    This isn’t the first time such unsubstantiated claims have been made. But the recent spat was sparked by the World Net Daily headline: “California To Register Illegal Aliens To Vote – Automatically.”

    In reality, the California law that goes into effect in April 2018 will automatically register only those eligible to vote when they renew or obtain a driver’s license. Undocumented immigrants are excluded. The law does nothing to change the federal requirement that one must be a U.S. citizen to register to vote.

    State officials said safeguards are already in place to prevent state DMV workers from typing in any voter information for AB 60 license holders. The state allows unauthorized immigrants to obtain a driver’s license, but explicitly excludes that group from the automatic voter registration.

    The allegations on this topic are recycled. And they’re still blatantly untrue.

    We rate World Net Daily’s claim Pants On Fire.

  12. EOS
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    M,

    I didn’t cite World Net Daily.

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Do-Non-Citizens-Vote-in-US-Elections-Richman-et-al.pdf

  13. Jean Henry
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Trumps Easter tweets were racist and anti-Christian, yes, but also nonsensical and meaningless policy wise. They were a response to a questionable fox news report that morning about an uptick in illegal immigration and drug trade. 1) No one is immigrating here because of DACA. The program is not open to new undocumented immigrants. 2) The COURT’s have suspended his order halting DACA while it’s under review 3) the issue of funding DACA is now with Congress. Trump has little influence. He’s going to try to sell harsh immigration restrictions, but Congress is unlikely to buy it. They are only concerned with cutting social benefits costs right now. Which is what we should be paying attention to.

    As to EOS claim that DACA might have been preserved had we secured the border, the wall would never have secured the border. And the border states don’t support the wall. They support better technology solutions. Trump does in fact operate with the mentality of another era. It’s a frightening regression. But he’s a distraction from the work of Congress right now. That’s where our energy should go. He’s useful politically as an antagonist, but in terms of policy, Congress is what matters right now. What they do before November, and potentially as lame ducks with nothing to lose post November to January, will be hard to undo.

  14. Iron Lung 2
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    ” Trump does in fact operate with the mentality of another era.”

    Yes, for any of us old enough to remember the 80s, it is pretty staggering to see someone so vastly ignorant of the world since. Even if you dig back into his past interviews, he says the exact same things he does now (though in complete sentences). The man simply hasn’t progressed since then.

    A byproduct of not reading, I suppose.

    Meat producers are freaking about China’s tarriffs on pork imports. The dude can’t think more than one step in. The economy is a system, you can’t just change something selectively and not expect impacts elsewhere. Trump is so stupid, he probably really believed that a tariff on steel imports would stop there.

  15. Jean Henry
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    China is targeting Trump voting sectors and states in its trade war response. Brilliant strategy and handy. I have Trump voting relatives in California with fruit and nut growing ranches. They would be completely screwed by fruit tariffs. Good. They are wealthy and can afford it. For years I’ve been listening to their trickle down beliefs and their anti-immigrant/anti-China bullshit. Now they will finally feel the pinch of their own idiocy, instead of just poor people as usual.
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/facing-u-s-tariffs-china-plans-countermeasures-1521632332

    On the other hand, if anyone has any good information on the technology transfer issues/’theft’ between China and the US and how best to address it, I would like to know more.

  16. Iron Lung 2
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Large pork producers are going to respond by buying up small pork farms as bargain prices, putting the small guys out of business for good.

    MAGA

  17. Jean Henry
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    PS I hated the 80’s so much. I still have Reagan nightmares, and we are still living with the damage he caused. I can’t wait until these old dinosaur ideas disappear. The revisionism around Reagan’s legacy concerns me a great deal. His populist appeals to racism and white nationalism obviously still play with a big chunk of the population. The consequences of his policy fails most heavily impacted the poor and had a very delayed impact on the rest of us. This allowed their impact to be blamed on Bill Clinton and so transferred to HRC during the election. It’s Reagan’s legacy people were protesting, not Bill C’s. From the way Sanders supporters talked, you’d think Bill C invented welfare reform and mass incarceration and that he was the anti-LGBTQ president. There was zero political context to their assessment of Clinton’s presidency, much of which I objected to at the time… I never thought I’d be defending that guy, but he was a gem compared to Reagan and Bush Sr.
    It’s heartbreaking to see history repeat itself over and over, but perilous not to take the lessons. I really am hanging a lot of hope on 2018. I need a break from this relentless downhill slide away from where we need to be. Here’s to the pendulum swing. (fingers crossed)

  18. Jean Henry
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    “Large pork producers are going to respond by buying up small pork farms as bargain prices, putting the small guys out of business for good.” — I didn’t think of the fire sale aspect. Given the horrors of many factory farming practices; this is bad news for all of us, especially the workers and the hogs.

  19. Iron Lung 2
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    The Reagan era was miserable.

    The 80s were a terrible, terrible time. Clearly, though, some people wax nostalgic for it.

  20. Jean Henry
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I heard a dude on the radio explain the economic problem with tariffs brilliantly. He told a story about how his uncle fixed a plumbing problem in his apartment, only to have the waste shoot up through his upstairs neighbor’s sink and spray all over the ceiling. Then he said, that’s how tariff’s work. They fix a problem one place and create much worse and more expansive problems down the line…

  21. Jean Henry
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    People born in and after the 80’s wax nostalgic for it and old rich white people do too. That’s about it. But it’s enough to create a risk of repetition. It was a terrible time, true enough.

    Another bit of nostalgia I notice among leftists, mostly young but some old too, is a fantasy about a unified, progressive and non-racist labor movement and dem party pre-Reagan. That never existed. The loss of the Kennedy’s, Malcolm X and MLK, plus Vietnam and Watergate, etc left a giant gaping hole in the US progressive movement, but their idea of that time is as though the potential was realized. It never was. Maybe it will be someday.

  22. Jean Henry
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    This, however, is new: https://theconcourse.deadspin.com/how-americas-largest-local-tv-owner-turned-its-news-anc-1824233490

    That’s a must watch. Even Reagan would have hated this. This kind of propaganda is the natural consequence of Newt Gingrich’s compact with America strategy from the 90’s. It’s amazing how effective is has been. Time for all of us to wake up and start thinking for ourselves.

  23. Iron Lung 2
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    “a fantasy about a unified, progressive and non-racist labor movement and dem party pre-Reagan.”

    Astounding, isn’t it.

  24. Jean Henry
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    This post and link from a friend on FB provides deeper context, linking the Regan revolution to the horrific and gutting passage of prop 13, and then seeing the current teacher rebellion in ‘right to work’ red states through that lens:
    “It’s 1978, and you’re a politically minded person paying attention to electoral politics. You focus all of your attention on the midterm elections. And you find that after two years of a historically unpopular Democratic president, whose approval ratings are tanking in the low 40s, the voters re-elect a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate by wide margins. You find that the voters give the Democrats complete control over 27 state governments (that is, the governor’s mansion plus the state legislature) and complete control over an additional nine state legislatures. You’ll be thinking: the Democrats are firmly in control of the country and will be for the foreseeable future. Nothing you’ll be noticing will give you the slightest clue that the country is heading for a profound counterrevolution in just two years’ time.

    The reason you’ll be thinking this, beyond your focus on the midterm elections, is that you’ll have completely missed the most important political development of 1978: the passage of Proposition 13 in California, which radically gutted property taxes in California and made it extremely difficult to raise taxes in the future. This was the real harbinger of the country’s future, a fundamental assault on the postwar liberal settlement of high taxes, high state spending, high public services, in what had once been one of the most liberal states in the country.

    It’s 40 years later. Don’t make the same mistake. Right now, in the reddest of red states, in the places you’d least expect it, teachers are starting a movement not only to raise their salaries and improve the schools, not only to reverse the assault on public education, not only to reverse the rule of Scott Walker which was supposed to provide a national model across the country, but to confront the real governing order of the last 40 years: the Prop 13 order.

    In West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arizona, we’re seeing the real resistance, the most profound and deepest attack on the basic assumptions of the contemporary governing order. These are the real midterms to be watching, the places where all the rules and expectations we’ve come to live under, not just since Trump’s election but since forever, are being completely scrambled and overturned.”
    http://amp.nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/03/red-state-teacher-unrest-just-keeps-spreading.html?__twitter_impression=true

  25. Demetrius
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Things before Reagan were far from perfect, but his election in 1980 that was like a firing pistol that began, then accelerated, the downward spiral that ultimately led us to Donald Trump.

    Never mind Vietnam. Never mind the Middle East. Never mind the energy crisis. Never mind our crumbling cities. Never mind the closing factories, mines, and farms. Never mind falling wages coupled with crippling inflation …

    Suddenly, it was “Morning in America™” baby! Whooo-Hooo!!

    And just like that … we were in a new gilded age. Everything was suddenly “supply side economics” and record tax cuts for the wealthy, Star Wars defense spending and “Peacekeeper” Missiles, Nancy in her $50,000 designer dresses (usually bright red) smugly saying “Just Say No,” Dallas and Dynasty sparkling on TV, firing the Air Traffic Controllers (which began the beginning of the end for organized labor), “Welfare Queens,” ignoring the AIDS crisis, etc.

    I know it makes me sound like an “old” to say so, but those who didn’t live through that era simply can’t imagine how awful and toxic much of it truly was.

    That said, many things were still much better than they are today. For all the evil awfulness … we still had a relatively robust opposition party capable of holding the bastards accountable for their worst excesses. We still had a functioning independent press, able to act as a check-and-balance on the powerful. We still had a meaningful labor movement, capable of mobilizing millions of ordinary Americans to fight for better wages and working conditions, and helping them understand that their real allies were each other – not the obscenely wealthy plutocrats some aspired to be. Public institutions, and the public sphere as a whole, still garnered substantial respect – public teachers, public schools, university professors, and state and local employees were still somewhat generally admired – not looked upon as merely greedy “takers” sucking at the public teat.

    It isn’t hard to draw a straight line from Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump. Two terms for Clinton, two for Obama, and a handful of Democratic congresses seem merely to have slowed, not stopped, the inexorable slide to where we are today.

    Living in Trump’s America is like living in the Reagan era on steroids. Those of us who lived through it, and after which, thought surely America would eventually come to its senses have surely been made fools by what we’re experiencing today.

  26. Jean Henry
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    YES ten x to all of that, Demetrius.

  27. wobblie
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    EOS, thanks for posting the link to the paper by Richman, Chattha, and Earnest. I learned a lot. for example, in the third paragraph,
    “The United States also has a long history of noncitizen voting at the local, state and national levels. Aylsworth (1931) notes that “during the nineteenth century, the laws and
    constitutions of at least twenty-two states and territories granted aliens the right to vote.”
    From the founding of the Republic to the early 20th century, various territories and states
    enfranchised noncitizen residents for several reasons. ”

    In other words citizens not voting in our elections are as old as the Republic and not necessarily illegal at all. In fact who knows, it might have been all those German immigrants from the failed 1848 Revolutions voting for Honest Abe, that helped him get elected, and caused the freeing of the slaves.

    I also learned,
    “The decision to (dis)enfranchise non-citizens falls within the states’ authority to define qualifications for voting.”
    and that,
    “The nineteenth-century practices in various states produced a case-law legacy that most
    legal scholars conclude permits states to enfranchise noncitizens if leg­islators so choose.
    Similarly, on several occasions the Su­preme Court has upheld the constitutionality of noncitizen voting because states have the authority to set voter qual­ifications.
    (Earnest,2008 ,25 e26). The question of noncit­izen voting is, in the end, a political
    rather than a legal one.”
    In other words if California wanted too, they could extend the franchise to every physical resident within the state. (I think Illinois did that in order to have sufficient folks to enter the Union as a Free state in 1818, pissed off the slave owning oligarchs who could only count their slaves as 3 5ths. of a person).
    Since I read the whole article I also learned that
    ” our results also support the arguments made by voting and immigrant rights
    organizations that the portion of non-citizen immigrants who participate in U.S. elections
    is quite small.”

    Thanks for the education EOS, I am going to start advocating to let all residents in the state be “enfranchised” so they can vote if they want. We would crush the Republicans once and for all, and be able to pass some “reasonable” immigration reform.

  28. wobblie
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    EOS, thanks for posting the link to the paper by Richman, Chattha, and Earnest. I learned a lot. for example, in the third paragraph,
    “The United States also has a long history of noncitizen voting at the local, state and national levels. Aylsworth (1931) notes that “during the nineteenth century, the laws and
    constitutions of at least twenty-two states and territories granted aliens the right to vote.”
    From the founding of the Republic to the early 20th century, various territories and states
    enfranchised noncitizen residents for several reasons. ”

    In other words citizens voting in our elections are as old as the Republic and not necessarily illegal at all. In fact who knows, it might have been all those German immigrants from the failed 1848 Revolutions voting for Honest Abe, that helped him get elected, and caused the freeing of the slaves.

    I also learned,
    “The decision to (dis)enfranchise non-citizens falls within the states’ authority to define qualifications for voting.”
    and that,
    “The nineteenth-century practices in various states produced a case-law legacy that most
    legal scholars conclude permits states to enfranchise noncitizens if leg­islators so choose.
    Similarly, on several occasions the Su­preme Court has upheld the constitutionality of noncitizen voting because states have the authority to set voter qual­ifications.
    (Earnest,2008 ,25 e26). The question of noncit­izen voting is, in the end, a political
    rather than a legal one.”
    In other words if California wanted too, they could extend the franchise to every physical resident within the state. (I think Illinois did that in order to have sufficient folks to enter the Union as a Free state in 1818, pissed off the slave owning oligarchs who could only count their slaves as 3 5ths. of a person).
    Since I read the whole article I also learned that
    ” our results also support the arguments made by voting and immigrant rights
    organizations that the portion of non-citizen immigrants who participate in U.S. elections
    is quite small.”

    Thanks for the education EOS, I am going to start advocating to let all residents in the state be “enfranchised” so they can vote if they want. We would crush the Republicans once and for all, and be able to pass some “reasonable” immigration reform.

  29. Jean Henry
    Posted April 2, 2018 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    But, please note that Prop 13 was pre-Reagan and began the turn away from support of public education in favor of reduced property taxation. The consequence of which was not just the erosion and segregation of the best public school system in the country but a precipitous and mostly continuous rise in CA property values, creating further segregation and wealth inequality. That was the moment when the boomers decided they were the ‘me generation’ after all and sold progressivism up the river. The white working class would soon follow.

  30. anonymous
    Posted April 3, 2018 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Jim Acosta on the “caravan” of immigrants that our racist president says is coming to our country: “It’s a human rights march. It’s called the ‘Stations of the Cross’ caravan and it poses zero danger to the U.S.” Also, I believe they’ve done it five years in a row now.

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