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Number of U.S. companies prosecuted by the U.S. government for hiring undocumented workers in 12-month period ending in March: 0.

Number of individuals prosecuted: 11.

Number of the 11 jailed: 3

Number of individuals prosecuted for illegal entry into the U.S.: 85,727.

Number prosecuted for illegal re-entry: 36,627.

Number of undocumented workers Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago has hired at his estate in Palm Beach, Fla.*: read here.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/09/us/mar-a-lago-undocumented-workers.html

Also, read about the undocumented workers at Trump’s New Jersey golf course here.

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SOURCE:
Syracuse University’s TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.)

*Excerpt from the article linked above:

    In March, seven veteran maintenance workers at Trump National Jupiter, the golf club 18 miles north of Mar-a-Lago that Mr. Trump bought in 2012, were informed that the work force was being reorganized. Workers had until March 22 to provide proof that they were legally eligible to work in the United States, they were told.

    One by one, the workers — from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico — began to depart. Only one of the seven was a legal resident.

    “They got rid of me after so many years of hard work because I don’t have papers,” said Doroteo Hernández, 42, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who worked for 10 years on the maintenance crew at Jupiter, one of Mr. Trump’s favorite golfing spots on his weekends at Mar-a-Lago.

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I think it’s safe to say that the great American writer John Irving is about as credible a historian on abortion in America as anybody alive.

Irving’s novel The Cider House Rules was all about the conflict between a young orphan opposed to abortion and a physician who did illegal abortions. (Irving also wrote the award-winning screenplay for the hit movie of the same name that starred Michael Caine and Toby McGuire.)

Never one to sugar-coat his opinions on all kinds of political and cultural issues, Irving has a lengthy think piece in today’s New York Times under the heading “The Long, Cruel History of the Anti-Abortion Crusade.”

If you read the entire, lengthy piece here, you’ll come to this blistering assertion by Irving:


    Whatever the anti-abortion crusaders call themselves, they don’t care what happens to an unwanted child —- not after the child is born —- and they’ve never cared about the mother.

I used to believe it’s unfair to dismiss all pro-life activists as insensitive to the welfare of a mother and child after the child is born. But it is a relatively small number of pro-lifers who commit themselves to care for even one baby and mother after the baby is out of the womb. Look at the numbers of babies and children that are available for adoption or foster care and explain to me why those numbers are extremely low with so many pro-life Americans around.

How about you, pro-lifer.

How many unborn babies have you ever contracted to adopt or care for from the day they are born? Or how many desperately poor mothers have you pledged to support morally and financially once a baby is out of the womb? Are you a foster parent?

Are you in the process of adopting either a born or an unborn child because of your pro-life commitment?

If you’ve put your pro-life belief into that sort of genuinely pro-life action, I salute you.

But you are not representative of the masses of pro-life crusaders unwilling to put their stridently pro-life and Christian belief into practice.

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All that said, one only has to look at how children are being treated under the pro-life(?) administration of Donald J. Trump on the U.S. border with Mexico today to see that pro-life crusaders aren’t entirely pro-life.

In the past week we’ve had report after report of the cruel and inhumane treatment of children — including babies who have no diapers — in American detention centers on Trump’s watch.

You have to wonder why supposedly “pro-life” crusaders aren’t outside American detention centers where Central American children are being denied everything from toothbrushes and soap to food fit for human consumption — not to mention anything like basic health care.

A prominent law professor who inspected one of the centers told of a babies without diapers being cared for by siblings from age 10 to 14.

Another observer described an American-managed detention centers for children as “a human dog pound.”

(Of course, if animals were being treated with this kind of cruelty, a million American pet lovers would descend on the White House demanding a stop to it. I’ve said before that many people care more about abused animals than they care about abused humans.)

All this because of Donald Trump’s cruel “family separation” policy — a policy that was supposed to have ended a full year ago.

Where are the pro-life crusaders, who teach their children in Vacation Bible school to sing about how Jesus loves the little children of the world?

Why aren’t they out marching and demanding that the pro-life administration treat this inhumane treatment with the urgency of a national emergency?

Might it be because they care more about life in the womb than they care about brown children outside the womb?

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American nationalists wrap themselves in the flag and claim to be all about individual liberty, complete with freedom from government meddling and control.

How ironic it is that they embrace government control with open arms.

They can’t seem to get enough government meddling.

And Donald J. Trump — who thrives on keeping paranoid American nationalists ever more scared of enemies real and imagined– is certainly willing to oblige them.

“Give me liberty as long as there’s another dollar to be conquered.”

The nationalists live in fear of an America in which all Americans would be left alone in their love life, allowed to love or marry or live with whomever they wish, without fear of government interference or of being demonized by the bedroom police.

With their lips, the patriotic white nationalists pledge allegiance to an America sustained by “liberty and justice for all.” But they are perfectly willing to accept injustice for many, and no justice at all for a president clearly guilty of treasonous behavior and any number of white-collar crimes going back to a fraudulent “university.”

The nationalists, who think of themselves as America-loving patriots, live in fear of a truly free America in which women would have the freedom to make decisions about birth with their conscience as their guide instead of Uncle Sam thinks he knows what’s best for the ladies.

The good Christian nationalists fear the thought of an America in which people of all faiths (and no faith) are allowed to practice faith (or not) without hostile government leaders who pose and posture as followers of Jesus while passing ludicrous religious-liberty laws and heaping scorn on faiths not Christian.

The patriotic nationalists want law and order — for some; for the president and so many others, not so much.

The patriotic nationalists live in fear of an America in which Americans of many and various beliefs and philosophies — of various skin colors, faith traditions, economic stations in life, and sexual orientations — would be truly welcomed with seats at the tables of leadership in government, business, religion and civic life.

They fear an America in which Americans will no longer have scores upon scores of enemies — real and in many cases simply perceived — to conquer or dominate and dictate to in countries around the world.

They fear an America in which freedom of the press is allowed to flourish anywhere outside of the cool-blue studios of Fox “News” Channel in Donald J. Trump’s home turf.

The patriotic nationalists are fine with freedom of the press as long as the press is Fox News.

The white-right nationalists fear an America in which people are allowed to vigorously exercise their right to protest — unless the protest is against abortion and a woman’s right to let her conscience be her guide.

The Jingoistic, Sword-Rattling, Might-Makes-Right nationalists and the leaders they worship want a United States military that is the greatest in the world and they wholeheartedly support our brave troops — especially at sporting events.

Just don’t expect them or their sons and daughters to put their lives on the line for liberty and justice for anybody.

In short, the mostly white, supposedly patriotic America-first nationalists are too scared of genuine freedom and liberty to allow it to naturally bloom into a true democracy.

The only thing they don’t fear (which in Christian language means revere) is the God they see as having created America to be exceptional.

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HOW TO SPEND A FRIDAY AFTERNOON WITH YOUR BELIZEAN KID.

TAKE HER DOWN TO THE RIVER AND WATCH HER WALK ON WATER AND MOVE ROCKS AROUND IN THE RIVER WHILE YOU SIT ON A ROCK AND CHOW DOWN ON A FRESH-OUT-OF-THE-OVEN SUGAR BUN YOU BOUGHT FROM A KRIOL LADY ACROSS THE RIVER.

SPEND A LITTLE TIME ADMIRING THE HOLES Woody Woodpecker PECKED INTO A TREE HE FELLED.

STOP TO ADMIRE FOR A LONG TIME A REAL PRETTY PICTURE OF A CARNEVAL COSTUME AN OUTDOOR CAFE DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE.

HAVE A BEER AND REPENT FOR LOOKING TOO LONG AT THE PICTURE OF THE COSTUME WHILE THE KID IS ANXIOUS TO GO HOME.

TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME ACROSS THE SWAYING SWING BRIDE AND THINK ABOUT YOUR BLESSINGS.

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SAYS IT ALL.

Federal prosecutors keep trying and failing to make cases against Christian and humanitarian people and organizations who provide food, water or humanitarian aid to immigrants…..

Recently in Texas, a resident of a small town was arrested and charged for taking a dying immigrant to the local hospital. Such horror stories keep coming.

This is a story about just one such case from Tuesday as reported in TheHill.com:

    An activist charged with illegally offering food and medical assistance to migrants suspected of illegally crossing the southern border had his trial end Tuesday in a hung jury.

    NBC News reported Tuesday that Scott Warren, who was charged in late 2018, thanked supporters of his legal defense outside a courthouse in Tucson, Ariz., following the announcement of the jury’s inability to reach a decision.

    “Today it remains as necessary as ever for local residents and humanitarian aid volunteers to stand in solidarity with migrants and refugees, and we must also stand for our families, friends and neighbors in the very land itself most threatened by the militarization of our borderland communities,” Warren said, according to NBC.

    A spokesperson for the Justice Department did not immediately return a request for comment as to whether the Trump administration would seek to retry the case.

    Warren faced up to 20 years in prison for what he said was providing food, water and lodging to migrants who were in medical distress.

    Prosecutors, meanwhile, contended that those aided by Warren were not in distress and that instead Warren conspired to provide them with safe housing and help them evade U.S. authorities.

    No More Deaths, an organization seeking to address humanitarian concerns along the U.S.-Mexico border and with the Trump administration’s immigration policy, tweeted Tuesday that Warren’s court victory was an example of Arizonans “standing their ground for justice and kindness.”

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It’s time for us to support our troops again.

Down on the California-Mexico border, scores of our brave American military troops are hard at work during the month of June painting a one-mile section of President Trump’s wall.

Sadly, these military heroes — not to mention the president — are given scant attention and credit for the commander-in-chief’s beautification project.

Think about it. A one-mile section of the small but perhaps important section of a 30-foot wall that Trump has erected requires a lot of military manpower.

It’s tough duty and somebody’s got to do it.

But, according to the Department of Homeland Security, the expense in taxpayer dollars for the paint and the show of United States military strength is worth the money.

Here is a quote from a recent article in military.com:

“The Department of Homeland Security said the primary purpose of the paint job is ‘to improve the aesthetic appearance of the wall’ but noted that the new color could make it easier to spot migrants trying to blend in against the fence.”

It could maybe do that, but that’s not all.

“The government also says a painted fence could make it harder for immigrants to scale, likely because the new coat made it more slippery.

“The government made that determination after Customs and Border Protection earlier painted sections of barrier in Arizona. Some sections there were painted bright white.”

We now have 2,100 active-duty Marines and Army troops on the border, along with almost 1,000 National Guard members sent there by governors around the country.

Because the apprehension of immigrants crossing the border illegals is a domestic job for Customs and Border Protection agents — and not a job for military troops trained to kill hostile enemies in war zones — our troops are helping the agents to spot illegal immigrants.

So don’t be thinking this paint job is a complete and total waste of your tax dollars or our military might. Our troops are spotting for law enforcement when not painting and transporting more paint to the beautification front.

People, it is time to pull out those old Support Our Troops stickers that proliferated on American vehicles during the Iraq invasion in the Bush-Cheney era.

Please, let’s keep our brave men and women involved in the President Trump’s beautification project — and their families back home — in our thoughts and prayers.*

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*But seriously, read the whole article from military.com here.

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