TUCSON — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is pushing for the implementation of a pilot program along the U.S.-Mexico border that aims to more quickly screen and remove migrant families without valid legal claims for asylum in the United States.
Sinema, D-Ariz., joined a bipartisan group with eight other senators who sent a letter Wednesday to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan describing their proposed program, dubbed “Operation Safe Return.”
They’ll have the chance to make their case during a meeting with McAleenan in the coming weeks.
The program would allow the Department of Homeland Security to deport certain migrants within 15 days, according to the letter, and would help alleviate overcrowding at border facilities, Sinema said.
“This pilot program would apply to families who aren’t claiming ‘credible fear,’ which of course is the first threshold in seeking asylum,” Sinema told The Arizona Republic. “If someone says ‘I left my country because I can’t make a living,’ (or) ‘it’s hard to take care of my family’ — that’s what we call an economic migrant.”
Sinema is one of the main architects behind the proposed program, along with Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
Sinema said she came up with the idea for the pilot program in response to a meeting with White House and Trump administration officials who she said were focused on changing asylum laws and challenging court rulings like the Flores Settlement Agreement, dictating how the government treats certain migrants.
“I just felt those weren’t the right answers,” Sinema added. “We wanted to solve the problem. We wanted to protect the asylum process for valid applicants … and we want to respect the Flores decision.”
But the idea for the pilot program has raised concerns from migrant advocates who worry that speeding up the process could lead to cases of valid claims being wrongfully denied and migrant families returned to dangerous situations.
Ruben Reyes, a board member with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said he worried about a botched implementation similar to last year’s family separations, which sparked a national furor.
“We still have children who are missing in the system,” Reyes said. “So we can’t take this letter outside of the context of what’s happened for the year and a half.”
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The St. Louis Park City Council in Minnesota voted to reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance on Monday night, a month after initially voting to stop saying it at council meetings.
Council member Thom Miller started the meeting by moving to reinstate the pledge, letting each member speak about the issue before they unanimously voted in favor of overturning the past decision.
“I’ve concluded that I made a mistake and I’m sorry and I’m asking for forgiveness,” city council member Steve Hallifan said at the meeting, according to FOX9.
“It’s impacting our staff’s productivity and mental health. Our wonderful staff. It’s costing us money,” council member Margaret Rog added.
Some of the members also spoke about receiving threatening phone calls and emails since the original vote.
Last week, President Trump brought more attention to the issue when he weighed in on social media.
Check out the tweet and read the rest at: Pledge
When Luke Parker told producers of “The Bachelorette” that he was a born-again Christian who was saving sex for marriage, ABC knew they had the season’s villain.
Luke’s family tells me they are outraged over ABC’s campaign to portray the 24-year-old as an evil, pathological liar, misogynist and psychopath – simply because he follows the Bible’s teachings regarding sex and marriage.
Hannah Brown, the star of the show, gave Parker the heave-ho after an ugly argument with Luke over sex before marriage.
“I have had sex, and, like, Jesus still loves me,” she said on national television. “Guess what? Sex might be a sin out of marriage, pride is a sin, too, and I feel like this is a pride thing. I feel like I’ve finally gotten clarity on you and I do not want you to be my husband.”
Hannah seems to believe that she is the more authentic Christian because she’s tussled in the sheets a time or two or perhaps more. In today’s vernacular, she’s called a “woke Christian.”
The Parker family said Luke was led to believe that Hannah was a good church-going girl when in fact she was fornicating inside a windmill.
Mike Parker, Luke’s brother told me that ABC intentionally edited important segments of the show that indicated early on Ms. Brown shared the same beliefs about sex that his brother had.
“Leaving out those conversations makes Luke look judgmental and controlling when they talk about sex,” he said.
On Monday ABC will broadcast a “Men Tell All” special and the family tells me Luke is going to be skewered.
“They all bashed Luke for his faith and challenged his biblical view of Christianity,” Mike tells me. “Luke was asked about his view of a man’s position in a marriage and he said the man should be the spiritual leader of the home. He was booed and bashed by all the other contestants.”
He also said that Ms. Brown “tells Luke that he is the embodiment of toxic masculinity and that is who he is to the core.”
Read the rest at: Christian confusion
ABC’s “The Bachelorette” intentionally villainized Christian bachelor who believed sex should be saved until marriage.
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Guest, Dan Pilla of TaxHelpOnline.com explains the single most common mistake that small businesses make.
Why is it the IRS will come after someone who owes $1200 like a rabid dog, but someone who owes the IRS $4 million like Al Sharpton is running around without a care in the world? The more you owe them, the less likely they are to collect it.
Single most common mistake that small businesses make… launching into a business entity without understanding the record-keeping you have to maintain. The key is to keep a record-keeping system it as simple as possible. Sole prop is the easiest records to keep. Checks you write to yourself are not an expense, it’s a distribution of income.
Any space that’s in your home, even a detached structure like a barn or storage shed, can be a writeoff for business if it’s used exclusively for business. You can’t deduct a space in the home if it’s mixed use business/personal.
The tax code is SO huge, that most agents couldn’t possibly know all the law. Plus, they don’t go by the “law”, they go by the tax manual.
What constitutes a deductible business expense?
The decisions of tax auditors are NEVER final. You always have the write to appeal. The appeals office is tasked with trying to negotiate a settlement. Still not final. After that, you can take it to tax court and have it heard. The higher up the ladder you go in the IRS, the better chance you have of an accurate and fair assessment.
New book coming soon… Dan Pilla’s Small Business Tax Guide.
Former Planned Parenthood head says she suggested depoliticizing the group and was shortly after that. She wanted to emphasize “providing essential health care to millions of underserved women and families.” PP wanted to focus on abortion rights advocacy. Guess they aren’t really about total women’s health. Just women’s abortion.
Meanwhile, the new Planned Parenthood CEO, Alexis McGill-Johnson, hit the ground running calling pro-lifers racist while saying aborting black babies is helpful.
You can’t impeach a President for being a racist. These people don’t even know impeachment means!
Pres. Trump’s tweet was not racist, but it was ill-timed and unnecessary.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes told viewers that the fate of the nation may rest on ripping out “the heart” of Trump’s supporters and banishing “the darkness” elsewhere.
Colorado State University releases list of 100 terms to avoid to ensure inclusivity. They actually have an “Inclusive Communications Task Force” aka “Word Police.” How much money are we wasting on this lunacy?!? And the terms to avoid?? “American”, “male,” “female,” “war,” “eenie meenie miney moe,” “Eskimo,” “freshman,” “hip hip hooray!”, “hold down the fort,” “starving,” and “policeman.”
Students think immigration quote is racist, thinking it was from Trump (it was really Obama). But it was ok when Obama said. Trump just did it wrong.
James Bond is NOW Jane Bond REALLY! WHY? Why not give Jane a new number and spin off a new series? Writer Ian Fleming was very specific about what 007 looked like, and it wasn’t female.
Xander Gibb, openly gay CONSERVATIVE talk show host of X-RAD says he’s tired of other people telling him what vernacular to use. Don’t they have more important issues to solve?
Xander comes out as “trans-slim”, and from this point on will be referred to as slim and fabulous!
Where you come from has nothing to do with race. That’s your national origin.
I was a Democrat, not a Liberal. I never gave my brain up to be part of the Party. I don’t politicize my sexuality. It doesn’t define who I am.
We don’t need Blacks for Trump, Gays for Trump, Women for Trump. We need AMERICANS for Trump and we need to be united behind him to further his agenda
Ilhan Omar, a member of the anti-American, Anti-Semitic gang of four, called the squad is pushing Antisemitism again. On Wednesday she introduced a resolution in the house supporting the Anti-Semitic BDS movement. In an interview with the U.S. based Arab news site Al-Monitor, she explained
“We are introducing a resolution … to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our first amendment rights in regard to boycotting,” Omar told Al-Monitor. “And it is an opportunity for us to explain why it is we support a nonviolent movement, which is the BDS movement.”
Right to boycott? Is it right to boycott a country because of its faith? Or skin color? What if someone wanted to boycott any business owned by African-Americans? Or Muslims? Should people boycott Saudi Arabia because it is primarily Sunny Muslim? Or Lebanon because it’s Shia? Maybe we should never go to Brazil because the majority of its citizens are Catholic. But Rep Omar is introducing a bill that boycotts the Jewish State based on hatred of the Jewish people.
Read the rest at: Anti-Jewish
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. – who has refused to apologize for past anti-Semitic remarks – introduced a resolution in the House this week supporting the right of people to participate in the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Omar’s resolution opposes laws banning any boycott of Israel and supports the right of Americans to organize boycotts of other countries. Although the resolution doesn’t specifically name Israel, Omar has told reporters it is directed against the Jewish state.
This deeply flawed resolution deserves to go down to overwhelming bipartisan defeat for many reasons.
The BDS movement that Omar so warmly embraces is an international effort with the ultimate goal of delegitimizing Israel and disrupting its economic stability. It attempts to cause direct harm to the economic interests of people conducting business in and with Israel – or deemed to be affiliated with Israel.
BDS is, in effect, a declaration of economic warfare against Israel. It uses the threat of withholding business to coerce companies to cease or refuse to engage in business relations with the Jewish state, its nationals and its residents. Especially in its accompanying “cultural and academic boycotts,” BDS also often targets people who are Jewish or who do business with Jews.
Read the rest of it at: Holocaust
The only thing that Congress is doing on Capital Hill is holding hearings with the sole intent of making President Trump look bad.
Elijah Cummings and other Democrats feign outrage over kids in DHS cages, you know, the cages that were in effect and used under the Obama Administration.
9th Circuit sides with Trump. He can withhold DOJ grant funding from sanctuary cities.
Denver Post asks Aurora Police to stop using their photo of a protester.
20 times during Obama Admin, Breitbart reported on migrant deaths. But no one cared then. Why? 535 migrant deaths in on Texas county alone. Where was the outrage then?
For you Jews who keep voting Democrat after what we’re seeing with Congressional Dems, you get what you deserve! Now there’s an antisemitic resolution to implement BDS! Rep. Omar accused members of Congress of being bribed to support Israel. Rep. Tlaib declares that Israel has NO right to exist.
Breitbart consolidated a list of racist statements by #TheSquad! (AOC, Omar, Tlaib, Pressley)
Mexican Border State Cops Kidnapped by Cartel Gunmen Found Murdered
Seattle-based restaurant chain blames high minimum wage for bankruptcy
Berkeley, CA eliminates gender references to words like “manhole” and “manpower” from the city code. Because that’s the most pressing issue they have in that city?
Berkeley bans natural gas in new buildings because, you know, it’s dirty.
What does Iran think they’re doing? Did they forget the firepower behind who they’re trying to provoke? What gives?
Founder of the Grassroots Conservative Association Group (GRCAG) and Retired USMC Colonel Corey Duncan says, God bless the “TRUTH” radio and podcast hosts! Keep spreading the truth. There’s not many Joe Messina’s left in this world.
Get in a relationship with God, then cleanse your mind.
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Is Trump really against the LGBTQ community?
Peter Boykin, with TakeBackPride.net and MagaFirstNews.com and Founder of #GaysForTrump says it’s time to #LGBTQuit. Pride month is in June and his group wants to take back the movement. It isn’t about being as outrageous as possible.
There’s so much love at a Trump rally. The gay community is like the Mafia. If you don’t say and do what they want, you might get punched in the face (like his husband did for simply wearing a Trump hat).
Joe takes a couple of callers in the last segment.
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Conservative comedian and author, Evan Sayet’s new book, “Apocali Now!” is written as a faux children’s book so that Democrats can understand it.
It’s a totally made up word! You can only have ONE apocalypse by definition. But Democrats have tried to scare us into believing one world-ending disaster after another.
Culmination of the radical leftist hate agenda. They couldn’t do it back then, but they’ve produced a new generation of those who can carry it out.
Facts are the enemy of the Democrats, unless they can use them to their benefit.
The very rich don’t care if they ruin everything with Liberal policies because they can afford to buy their way out of the mess they create.
I’m glad we heard what Bernie had to say (on the FoxNews interview), because he’s an idiot. Never trust an old socialist who drives a Tesla.
Republicans make their fortune then enter public service. How are Democrats in public service rich, and where’d they get their money from? ie: Joe Biden, in “service” since his 20’s.
Evan reads from his new book… conservative poetry!
As many 2020 Democrats push to make college “free” for everyone, a recent study finds that nearly one-third of students were influenced by the prospect of parties while deciding to attend college.
The study, conducted by Niznik Behavioral Health (NBH), surveyed more than 1,000 college graduates on what influenced their decision to attend college. Twenty-seven percent of survey participants stated that a motivating factor was partying. NBH ultimately defined partying as “a social gathering with friends where excessive drinking or drug consumption was present.”
Twenty-nine percent of survey respondents reported having a fake ID, allowing them to purchase alcohol while underage. More than half of the respondents who said that partying was an influential factor in their college decision also reported having fake IDs. This news may not come as a surprise, as the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) finds that 60 percent of teens have had at least one drink by the age of 18.
NBH discovered that both the frequency and intensity of partying increased for students transitioning from high school to college. Seventy-one percent of survey participants claimed that their partying increased at college.
“I got hungover before a final, and I went from an ‘A’ in the class to a ‘C,’ since I did so badly on the final because I had been drinking the night before,” one of the survey participants recalled. Another respondent reported having “stay[ed] out so late and being so hungover the next morning that” she had “missed a final and failed the class.”
Not only can partying affect the quality of your education, but it can also be very costly. NBH calculated that women on average spend $20.85 on alcohol each week, while men spend $24.84.
The cost of education already is not cheap, and prominent Democrat figures such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have been advocating for free, taxpayer-funded college. Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has also called for the government to step in to alleviate $1.6 trillion in student loan debt.
“It’s unfortunate that so many of my peers attend higher ed institutions solely for the purpose of binge drinking,” Rachel Carroll, a student at Brigham Young University and intern for Campus Reform’s parent organization, the Leadership Institute, said. “And to think that politicians have been proposing free college tuition plans — I don’t want my tax dollars to fund such wasteful activities.”
While nearly a third of students were influenced to attend college by the potential parties, this factor ranked behind advancing one’s education (90 percent), influence exerted by parents (49 percent), a school boasting a program the respondent wanted to study (37 percent), and getting away from home (35 percent).
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A July study conducted by Harvard University psychologists concludes that there is “no evidence” that trigger warnings help trauma survivors.
Conducted by Harvard psychologists Payton Jones, Benjamin Bellet, and Richard McNally, the study went so far as to suggest that trigger warnings could hurt the very individuals they are intended to help.
“Most empirical studies on trigger warnings indicate that they are either functionally inert or cause small adverse side effects,” the study’s abstract states. “We found substantial evidence that trigger warnings countertherapeutically reinforce survivors’ view of their trauma as central to their identity.”
The Ivy League psychologists said that “451 trauma survivors were randomly assigned to either receive or not receive trigger warnings prior to reading potentially distressing passages from world literature. They provided their emotional reactions to each passage.”
Self-reported anxiety was used by the researchers as the main dependent variable.
“Trigger warnings are not helpful for trauma survivors,” the study concludes. “It is less clear whether trigger warnings are explicitly harmful. However, such knowledge is unnecessary to adjudicate whether to use trigger warnings — because trigger warnings are consistently unhelpful, there is no evidence-based reason to use them.”
This is not the first study that has reached this kind of conclusion.
In 2018, the same psychologists did a different study that said “trigger warnings increase people’s perceived emotional vulnerability to trauma,” “trigger warnings increase people’s belief that trauma survivors are vulnerable,” and “trigger warnings increase anxiety to written material perceived as harmful.”
In March, researchers from the City University of New York and the University of Waikoto found that trigger warnings made no difference in how bothered study participants were by troubling images and words, Reason reported.
But trigger warnings have become increasingly popular on college campuses. A 2016 NPR survey found that half of professors have said they used trigger warnings in class and most reported incorporating them of their own accord and not upon student request or administrative requirement.
A New York University professor said trigger warnings are “imperative” for learning. In 2018, the University of New Mexico posted one outside of a free speech zone. American University pushed for trigger warnings on syllabi despite the faculty objecting to them.
Read the rest at: Trigger Warnings
Research from the University of Washington found that students believe Asian Americans who identify as LGBTQ are “more American” than those who do not.
The recent findings, published June 27 in Social Psychological and Personality Science, were collected from multiple studies that involved four randomly assigned groups of participants from the school’s student body. Each participant was asked to answer questions regarding different profiles of imaginary people.
In the first study, students were assigned a brief description of a person named John, either labeled as an “Asian American man” or a “gay Asian American man.” With a one through seven scale for various questions, they were to rate how American he was. The questions included “How fluently do you think this person speaks English?” and “How integrated is this person in American culture?”
The results overwhelmingly found that the “gay Asian American man” scored higher on the “Americanness” scale that the normal “Asian American man.”
The second study used questions similar in nature, but included more groups of people, with profiles of men, women, whites, and Asian Americans. The hypothetical profiles listed each person as either “gay” or not specified. Common “American” names were also given to each imaginary subject. Once again, the study found that Asian Americans who identified as gay were seen as “more American.”
“One possible extension of this work is that gay Asian Americans may be less likely to have their American identities questioned than straight Asian Americans,” said Sapna Cheryan, a UW psychology professor.
Separate studies by the Pew Research Center have shown that Asians are the fastest-growing racial group in the U.S. UW, however, notes that they are also consistently perceived as “foreign.”
“I am offended that my patriotism is being questioned in this study,” Caleb Chung, an Asian American student at Northeastern University, told Campus Reform. “Regardless of my race, I was born and raised in the U.S., and I want to be seen as an American.”
“The bottom line is that if you are an American citizen, you love this country, and you are willing to defend the Constitution and the principles that this country was founded on, you are an American by all means,” Joel Valdez, who studied at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, told Campus Reform.
Valdez, an intern for Campus Reform‘s parent organization the Leadership Institute, noted that he is a Mexican-American and proud to be a citizen of this country: “The danger in designating a ranking of Americanism based on a minority status completely undermines the longing for equality that the LGBT community has been fighting for. We are all equal under the red, white, and blue.”
Read the rest at: Asian Pride
United States Women’s Soccer National Team star and World Cup Champion Megan Rapinoe has become a polarizing figure.
With her attacks on President Donald Trump and her accepting of an invitation to visit New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez she is making it worse.
Then, on Tuesday, she appeared on CNN with host Anderson Cooper and essentially categorized herself as not being an American.
And she did not stop on Wednesday when she cursed during the New York City parade for the team causing MSNBC to apologize and by saying the team could not win if it did not have gay players.
“New York City, you’re the motherf***er best!” she said, classy as ever, as the crowd cheered for her and her vulgarity.
“Well, we certainly want to apologize for the language at the end there,” MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin said to the audience.
“But that is Megan Rapinoe speaking in New York City right now to the tens of thousands of fans who have assembled to celebrate that World Cup championship.”
On Twitter after the United States defeated the Netherlands she shared a photo of her and two other homosexual teammates with a caption.
“We already discussed this,” she said in the tweet. “Science is science. Gays rule,” she said, as if heterosexuals could not win.
It was a continuation of what she told The Guardian about somehow in her mind, science has proven gay people are better.
“Go gays! You can’t win a championship without gays on your team — it’s never been done before, ever. That’s science, right there!” she said.
“I’m motivated by people who like me, who are fighting for the same things. I take more energy from that than from trying to prove anyone wrong.
“That’s draining on yourself. But for me, to be gay and fabulous, during Pride month at the World Cup, is nice,” she said.
For centuries heterosexuals have won numerous sports Championship, more than could be counted in merely one story.
Read the rest at: Gay Rules
Harvard study says trigger warnings don’t work, and they MAY even hurt! Now what?
Xander Gibb, openly gay CONSERVATIVE talk show host of X-RAD talks about the day’s events from his point of view.
The whole point of the MAGA ideology is to get rid of all this divisive garbage.
I don’t care if Rep. Omar is a Muslim, but leave your religiosity at the door.
We as a populous are being forced to comply in order not to offend someone else. If Christians tried to force everyone to abide by their scripture so as not to offend them, there would be an uproar! So why is it OK for Muslims to do that to us?
U.S. Women’s Soccer Team player, Megan Rapinoe, speaking at the World Cup victory parade, claims she’s not an American (then why did she play on our team?) amidst a vulgarity laden speech where she also says gay people are scientifically better than straight people. What a great role model, eh?
Brad Dacus, attorney for the Pacific Justice Institute, discusses the California Healthy Youth Act and whether or not parents have the right to opt-out. The new curriculum introduces KINDERGARTNERS to alternative sexual behaviors and explicitly discusses intimate behaviors.
Legislation pretending like ex-gay people don’t exist is intolerant and bigoted.
The 24/7 news cycle seems to only be able to talk about Trump’s tweets responding to #TheSquad. Now he’s a racist because he disagrees with them and they’re not the same color as him, so… RACISM. That’s not how it works! And where’s the fairness? Why are THEY allowed to say hateful things about him and America, but he can’t respond?
Wesley J. Smith is among the world’s foremost critics of assisted suicide and utilitarian bioethics. Under bioethics, some people have more value than others and therefore are more deserving of care… a la… death panels.
Immigration detention center shooter recently glorified by CNN. In his manifesto he aligned himself with antifa. Shocking.
Do you REALLY think the government could keep Area 51 secret? They can’t keep anything from leaking. There’s no way they could hide something that huge!
NYC Mayor’s office issues public service announcement to immigrants (code for “illegals”) and distributing resources door-to-door letting them know they have rights and setting up a hotline for them if they have trouble with ICE deportations.