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Republicans Graham & Labrador Lead Charge Of Anarchy


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The law is the law. If you don't like it, change it, but don't break it.

Sadly, the cry from the confused right wing is two-fold. The first is a given. Whatever the issue is, it's Obama's fault. The second is, only follow the law when you like it. Look at Cliven Bundy as an example.

We are now facing a critical time on our borders. Vast numbers of undocumented immigrants, many of them unaccompanied minors, are crossing our border in order to seek refuge and asylum. Others just looking for a new start, being sent by their families to stake out a new start for a more promising future.

Regardless of the reason they are here, we have laws and they must be followed or else we have anarchy -- something the right wing of the Republican party is wont to commence. They're losing their grasp on the control of the country and will do everything within their capacity to not fall into obscurity. Even if it means our system must fall along with them.

The law is quite simple in regards to this immigration crisis. There's a legislative process set up and it must be followed until such time as it's changed. Sadly GOP mouthpieces like Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), two loudmouths without brains, are leading a charge of anarchy. They want due process of law ignored. Law that their party passed. In 2002 it was the Homeland Security Act and then in 2008 it was the Human Trafficking Act -- both bills signed by Republican George Bush. Both laws spell out exactly how children are to be dealt with who arrive across our borders as undocumented immigrants. 

Congressman Luis Gutierrez, (D-Illinois) spelled it out quite simply and clearly with Chris Hayes last night during All In. Please take a look and you'll understand what the Republicans and right wingers refuse to accept.


Letter compares "Illegal immigration" to Kevorkian's "second-degree murder"


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Today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor include opposing views on "illegal immigration." If you can get through the first one, kudos; then please proceed to the second, because our voices matter:

Re "The GOP's 2016 handicap," Opinion, April 9 and "Jeb Bush calls immigration an 'act of love,'" April 8

Illegal immigration is an "act of love," says Jeb Bush. My foot it is.

Bush should tell that to those who obeyed the law to come to the United States, and to those around the world waiting to enter legally. They waited (or are waiting) patiently for years, even decades, to get their green cards, adhering to the much-maligned and supposedly "broken" immigration system.

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, notorious for assisting more than 100 people with ending their lives, probably thought he was committing an "act of love" each time he helped someone commit suicide. But a jury of his peers convicted him of second-degree murder and sent him to prison.

As an independent voter, I respected Bush's political views and opinions, and would have considered voting for him had he not uttered those melodramatic words about immigration.

Rogelio Peña



When I served in the state's National Guard, I had the honor and privilege of commanding a unit. We had several soldiers who were not citizens of this country. They were every bit as dedicated and reliable as the others.

I never once saw or heard any behavior by them that led me to believe their national loyalties lay elsewhere. In fact, I actually had been around citizen soldiers who weren't bashful about displaying Confederate symbols.

So I was disappointed to read about House Republicans who had harsh words for undocumented immigrants who have lived here since childhood and wanted to serve in the U.S. armed forces. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) should be ashamed for telling the undocumented who want to serve their country that "we have a bus for you to Tijuana."

Anyone willing to put on the uniform and risk dying for this country deserves a chance at citizenship. King and others in Congress who think like him demonstrate why there should be term limits in Washington.

Kimberlyn Hearns

San Bernardino


Arnold Schwarzenegger might challenge foreign-born citizens law to try for presidential run in 2016


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Couldn't my former governor [sic] Arnold Schwarzenegger have just left it at "Hasta la vista, baby"? But nooo, he had to go and revive "I'll be back" instead.

I'll be sick.

The Hill:

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) might challenge the law to try and run for president in 2016, according to the New York Post.

The paper said the actor might launch a legal challenge to the section of the Constitution barring foreign-born citizens from becoming commander in chief.

Schwarzenegger was born in Austria and became a U.S. citizen in 1983.

Of course, you just know that hypocritical Republicans would whisper that this sounds like a swell idea from one side of their mouths as the other side accuses President Obama of being an evil commie Marxist fascist socialist illegitimate Kenyan commander in chief.

Approving any amendment to the Constitution, by the way, would require a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate.

But Ahnold doesn't care. According to New York Post, he "has been talking openly about working on getting the constitutional rules changed so he can run for president in 2016. He is ready to file legal paperwork to challenge the rules."

And things of that nature.


Rafael Cruz Could Be Doing Time In The Big House, Not The White House


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Ted Cruz has made no secret about his land of birth -- Canada. Well, he hasn't kept it a secret lately.

A few weeks back, he released his Canadian birth certificate.  He was born to dual-citizenship, something he knew from childhood. Something he repressed for years, and even thought that closing his eyes would make it go away. But his land of birth really isn't what makes his character. How he acts and what he does is the way to judge a (wo)man.

My problems are with his politics, not his citizenship. Character is the important issue.

So why has he not only hidden the fact that he has dual citizenship with Canada, but he's committed perjury while doing so? It seems that Rafael 'Ted' Cruz has lied on US federal forms. That's a federal crime, BTW.

Prior to entering the Senate, Cruz had a legal career that included stints as the director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning and as an associate deputy attorney general in the Justice Department. Both government department's applications include questions about an individual's background.


Peter Kaplan, a spokesperson for the FTC, told TPM on Tuesday that the heads of offices at the agency undergo background checks through the Office of Personnel Management. The OPM has standard forms they use “government-wide for various employment and benefits program purposes.” On the OPM’s list of standard forms there are three questionnaires for jobs of various sensitivity; “national security positions,” “public trust positions,” and “non-sensitive positions.” All three of these questionnaires contain detailed sections on citizenship that ask applicants their “place of birth” and whether they have ever held “dual citizenship.”

Archived versions of the OPM website show these questions were included on all three questionnaires when Cruz first worked at the DOJ in 2001 and when he moved to the FTC later that year.

It seems that calls to Senator Cruz' office have not been returned requesting a comment on this. He has stated publicly a few weeks ago that he was going to renounce his Canadian citizenship which could take 8 months to complete. So this becomes a fun game of
"What did he know and when did he know it."

If Rafeal is to be taken at his word that he only recently found out that he was a dual citizen, this Harvard educated lawyer must be quite a simpleton. He would have and should have known just by being born in Canada that he was part Canadian by birth. To have gone all these years and not looked into it? I find that hard to believe. This man is known for being detail orientated -- impressive in his appearances as a lawyer in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Usually sidewalk shysters don't get to Washington to plead cases in front of SCOTUS.

So, either Rafael Cruz is: A - lying, B - stupid, C - eats Wheaties for breakfast,  or D - all of the above. Though I'd like to go with D, I have a feeling that Raffy's been planning this presidential move for a while and he's just gotten caught with his pants down -- leaving A as the most likely answer.

Federal Prisons

Oh, if he did lie, it's a federal crime. He might be looking at 4 -8 years, but in the 'big house', not the White House.


Cruz'in For A Bruisin'


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Politically or intellectually, Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz is quite savvy. He rose from total obscurity on the public level to being what Chris Hayes classifies as the most dangerous Republican in the world, all in the blink of an eye.

He's got some obstacles to overcome in his race for the White House but he's taking them one at a time. There's his citizenship problem. That'll be relatively easy to clear up -- but make no mistake, he hasn't yet filed the paperwork and it'll take a $100 filing fee, a four page document to be filled out and a waiting period for the Canadian Immigration department to act on it. That could take between 4 weeks to 9 months. But it's all pro-forma.  Standard stuff. But until that has been completed, he's still a dual citizen.

But the larger problem for Cruz is also foreign -- the truth. He's alien to that concept and lately has become more and more estranged from it. Two issues that are commonly, if not almost exclusively discussed by the junior senator are the inflammatory bombastic attacks he's made on two fronts -- Obamacare and impeaching Obama.

Cruz's choice is to inflame the "unwashed" with rhetoric-filled lies and purposeful misleads -- Tea Party politics 101.  This is easily corrected, but if the truth be told, it will totally take away any reason to vote for the populist Texan.

Nicole Wallace, on Morning Joe, has addressed both of the aforementioned lies Rafael has been spreading-- Obamacare can be defunded and Obama can be impeached.

We know the lies, but now lets hear the truth.

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Pandering to the audience is the red meat of Republican right-wing tactics. Sadly, there's an ignorant group of followers that comprise this faction of the Republican party. It's really a very small portion of the whole, but somehow they've taken over. The GOP has seded control of their future to these miscreants.

What the GOP needs is a true message. They've got a lot of messengers, but no consistency in what their view is for the future. They're devoid of concrete plans. They choose instead to re-litigate and re-argue lost battles. What is their plan for the future?

Sadly, they don't have one, and that's why they're losing. The party of "NO" should become the party of "Here's What We're Going To Do," but their collective brain trust is stymied. And the reason they listen to Cruz and his lies is the same reason that the tea party exists. The GOP is devoid of vision and visionaries.


Immigration Fear Dispelled in Two Words: Robert Reich


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Immigration reform, whenever our congress gets around to dealing with it, is a key to our economic recovery. That is, if fear and rumors don't squash it first. Leave it to those right wing, fear mongering individuals and groups to create myths, propagate them hoping that the masses will fall for it. They tried it with Obamacare and that's not worked.

Now they've moved on. They're attacking immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship. They hope this time their lies will be told and retold enough to make them fact. Sorry, truth doesn't work that way. When it's distorted, it's corrected. And lies can't be justified under the scrutiny of substantiated fact.

That doesn't mean people won't try. Deny climate changes, deny evolution, deny the benefits of Obamacare, but these truths are self-evident to sane people. When you start creating facts to fit the situation, be prepared for blowback by those who know.

Robert ReichOne such person is Robert Reich former Clinton Secretary of Labor. He dispels three major rumors, ginned up by the right about immigration reform. And he does it quickly and efficiently.

The three myths are:

1. Immigration strains government programs including Social Security and Medicare.
2. New immigrants take away jobs from native born Americans
3. We don't need new immigrants.

See for yourself, in under three minutes, why immigration reform is so very important for us.

It's time to start kicking some elected officials' ass and prime the pump. The people aren't going to wait any longer on a stalled congress to get their acts together. If they won't work together to do the job they were elected to do, the people might revolt with their votes and wipe the entire slate clean. Kick 'em all out, the few good with the many bad and start all over again. Maybe Romney did have something with his etch-a-sketch plan. Unless Congress acts responsibly and soon, let's kick their asses -- out of office. Dump the chump.


Thanks For Clearing That Up, Ted Cruz


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Hmm.  I see.  Senator Ted Cruz this week shed the light on his potential candidacy for President in 2016. He addressed the Obama birthers,while clearing the way for his run for the White House. You see Ted clearly was born in Canada, or so he says. Now if he was not a natural born citizen of the U.S., he wouldn't be eligible to serve as President under Article Two of the U.S. Constitution.

As far as we all know, Canada is not part of the U.S. So is this a problem?

According to Ted this week in a (campaign stop) in Iowa, absolutely not. Laura Bassett reports in HuffPo:

While Cruz would not exactly say whether he is gearing up for the primaries, he cleared up speculation that he is not eligible to run because he was born in Canada. “My mother was born in Wilmington, Delaware," he said. "She’s a U.S. citizen, so I’m a U.S. citizen.”

“I’m not going to engage in a legal debate. The facts are clear. I can tell you where I was born and who my parents were. And then as a legal matter, others can worry about that. I’m not going to engage.”

So according to Ted, his mother was born in the US, making her a citizen. Therefore, no matter where she was when giving birth to Ted, he is considered a natural citizen and thus legally able to serve as president. Okay. I buy that.

Now it seems to me, President Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, likewise, was born in the states if we consider Wichita, Kansas part of America. (B.O. was too, in Hawaii, but just go along with this tea party/birther argument that he was born in Kenya.) So if the president's mother was born in the U.S., then why is his eligibility any different from Cruz's? Aren't these two scenarios that same?

Thank you Senator Cruz for setting the record straight. Birthers? What say ye?