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As Offensive As It Is, It Looks Like The Term “Illegal Alien” Isn’t Changing Anytime Soon

When you read the word alien, chances are you think of this…

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And not this…

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Fortunately, the Library of Congress has entered the immigration debate in an effort to offer new terms that describe immigrants as actual people and not aliens.

But before you get too excited, Congress is blocking their request.

As a recommendation from their Policy and Standards Division, the Library of Congress requested changing the terms “aliens” to “noncitizens” and “illegal aliens” to “noncitizens” and “unauthorized immigration.”

Sounds reasonable, right?

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According to a memo from the division, “the meaning of aliens is often misunderstood,” (duh) and can be taken to mean “beings from another planet” and that “the phrase illegal aliens has become pejorative.” To say the least.

However, the House Appropriations Committee just approved funding for the 2017 spending budget of the legislative branch with a very clear provision blocking the Library of Congress from changing their search terms.

The debate in Congress over the terms, though, is about Republicans paying too much attention to this provision and not the spending bill. “Any good done in this bill has been overshadowed by a political poison pill that puts the Legislative Branch bill squarely in the middle of our nation’s immigration debate,” said Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.). “This bill puts the Library of Congress front and center on one of our nation’s most contentious and emotional political issues – in the midst of a presidential election year.”

Republicans, on the other hand, argue that their efforts to block this request will prevent the Library of Congress from censorship and will require the use of the same terms in federal law. “The Library of Congress is undermining its credibility and ignoring its responsibility to provide the American people with forthright and factual admission to its many resources,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R., Ohio).

So even though the term “undocumented immigrant” is troublesome because most immigrants have some type of documents and not all undocumented people are immigrants, Congress wants the Library of Congress to stick with the terms.

Good job, Congress, good job. #smh

Read more about this heated debate here

READ: Here Are The Key Facts From The Pew Survey On Immigration, Border Wall And Pathway To Legal Status

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Human Smuggling Is Suspected In The Tragic SUV Accident That Killed 13 Migrants

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Human Smuggling Is Suspected In The Tragic SUV Accident That Killed 13 Migrants

Another tragic story has unfolded at the U.S. – Mexico border, this time involving the deaths of at least 13 people who were allegedly being smuggled into the United States. Although investigators are still working to piece together the tragic chain of events, one thing has become clear: we need serious immigration reform now.

13 people died in a tragic SUV accident near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The tragedy unfolded when a Ford Expedition carrying 27 people smashed into a gravel truck near the town of El Centro, about 30 miles from the border. Officials say that the Ford SUV and a Chevrolet Suburban, which was carrying 19 people, were earlier caught on video entering the U.S. as part of a smuggling operation.

The Suburban immediately caught fire after entering the U.S., but all the occupants managed to escape and were taken into custody by Border Patrol officers. It’s still unknown why the first vehicle caught fire.

The Ford SUV continued along its route when it collided with a gravel truck. Ten of the 13 people who died in the accident have now been identified as Mexican nationals, Gregory Bovino, the Border Patrol’s El Centro sector chief told the Associated Press.

“Human smugglers have proven time and again they have little regard for human life,” said Mr. Bovino.

An SUV designed for 7 or 8 people was carrying 27 people.

California Highway Patrol said that the Ford Expedition was designed to hold seven to eight passengers safely. But in this case all of the seats had been removed apart form the driver and front passenger seats in order to pack people in.

“When I pulled up on scene, there were bodies everywhere,” Alex Silva, the Holtville fire chief, told the LA Times. “I’ve been doing this for 29 years and that’s the worst scene I’ve ever seen. I’ve been to calls where we’ve had four or five people dead. I’ve gone to calls where we had a bus accident that had 24 people. But it wasn’t the fatalities that we had in this one.”

“I’ve never seen an SUV with 25 people in it. I can’t even imagine what that must have felt like being cooped up in there.”

Officials are confident the tragedy is connected to a human smuggling operation.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said they suspected the deadly crash was tied to human smuggling after the Ford Expedition and a red Suburban were caught on surveillance footage coming through a breach in the border fence. Border Patrol agents insist they did not stop or pursue either vehicle, although community activists express skepticism. Either way, the outcome illustrated the high stakes involved in human smuggling.

While it’s unclear what caused the crash, Jacqueline Arellano, 38, who works with the nonprofit Border Angels, said crashes involving vehicles packed with people aren’t unusual in the region. Arellano, who grew up in El Centro, recalled a crash in 2003 in which she witnessed a Border Patrol vehicle chase an SUV packed with people on Highway 8 heading west toward San Diego.

Migrant advocates agree that major changes need to take place in our country’s immigration laws so that deadly tragedies such as this one never happen again.

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Rep. AOC Calls Out Sen. Ted Cruz After He Tried To Join Her Fight Against Robinhood

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Rep. AOC Calls Out Sen. Ted Cruz After He Tried To Join Her Fight Against Robinhood

The story about Reddit users gaming the stock market at the detriment of hedge fund managers has caught everyone’s attention. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is ready to go after Robinhood for their action to stop people from gaming the system that the elite and rich game every day.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is ready to take on the Robinhood app for intentionally disenfranchising people using the stock market.

There is a lot of buzz about the stock market right now. The GameStop stock soared unexpectedly and everyone was shocked. Then it was discovered that a group of people on Reddit noticed that hedge fund managers were dumping the stock in mass. In response, amateur traders bought the GameStop stock with a vengeance to push GameStop’s value from $2 billion to $24 billion in a matter of days. It was a decisive victory against Wall Street that was celebrated across all social media platforms.

In response, to protect the hedge fund managers, stock trading apps like TD Ameritrade and Robinhood, stopped new trading and buying of the stocks in question. The move has drawn sharp criticism as it appears the move was made to hinder the efforts of amateur investors to the betterment of the hedge fund managers angered to be losing at their own game.

“It is not uncommon for us to make such decisions, which we consider on an individual basis, in the interest of mitigating risk,” a TD Ameritrade spokesperson told CNET. “We have been adjusting our requirements for several days as we continued to see trends indicating unusual volume in an unprecedented market environment, which appear to be divorced from traditional market fundamentals. We have made what we believe to be prudent and appropriate decisions to place some limits on certain transactions for certain securities.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, in an opportunistic tweet, appeared to side with Rep. AOC.

Rep. AOC and Sen. Cruz have a highly publicized strained relationship. The two politicians are polar opposites in their beliefs and styles of governing. Sen. Cruz’s tweet in support of finding out the reason behind Robinhood’s actions was not a welcomed sight.

People have responded to the tweet confused by Sen. Cruz’s interest is siding against Wall Street. Others are highlighting that the trading apps are directly manipulating the market in favor of the hedge fund managers and trying to force the retail investors to sell to the benefit of the hedge fund managers.

Rep. AOC is not interested in working with Sen. Cruz.

Sen. Cruz along with Sen. Josh Hawley, have faced resounding criticism from the public and colleagues after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6. The two senators have been singled out for their rhetoric and support that emboldened the mob that violently overtook the Capitol seeking to injure and kill members of Congress.

Rep. AOC expanded on her thoughts and fully laid bare the hypocrisy in Sen. Cruz’s tweet.

Rep. AOC is not someone who messes around with these issues. She is demanding accountability from those in government who have long created problems and take no responsibility. This is just the latest issue in her fight.

READ: Rep. AOC Took Up For A Medic Who Turned To OnlyFans For Extra Cash Because America Needs To Increase Wages

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