President Trump has not had an easy time getting his appointees confirmed. From Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education to Jeff Sessions at Attorney General, Democrats have worked diligently to slow down the process of confirming these appointees as a sign of disapproval. The latest drama coming from a Trump appointee is the revelation from Department of Labor Secretary Andrew Puzder that he and his wife once employed an undocumented housekeeper.
Andrew Puzder (center) claims that he and his wife unknowingly hired an undocumented housekeeper. He’s not the first appointee with the same revelation.
CREDIT: @andypuzder / Twitter
According to the Huffington Post, Puzder’s undocumented employee is just one more scandal in a growing list of questionable activities, one of which is the accusation of domestic abuse by Puzder’s ex-wife. Though the hiring of an undocumented immigrant is counter to the promise of job growth for Americans by the Trump administration, Puzder claims the hiring was an honest mistake. According to the Huffington Post, Puzder was unaware that his housekeeper was undocumented and the moment he realized her status, he immediately started to work to rectify the situation.
“My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which I was unaware that she was not legally permitted to work in the U.S.,” wrote Puzder in a statement released by his spokesperson. “When I learned of her status, we immediately ended her employment and offered her assistance in getting legal status. We have fully paid back taxes to the IRS and the State of California and submitted all required paperwork.”
Puzder is not the first presidential nominee to face questions about hiring undocumented employees. According to Newsweek, Bill Clinton had two attorney general nominees who withdrew their nominations after it was revealed that they had hired undocumented nannies. George W. Bush had a similar problem when his Secretary of Labor nominee, Linda Chavez, was found to have hired an undocumented Guatemalan immigrant who lived with her for two years and received cash for cleaning and other housework, according to The New York Times.
Puzder’s confirmation hearing keeps getting delayed, so it is unclear when and if he will be confirmed.
President Trump Monday night, less than 24 hours before he officially kicks off his re-election campaign, leaked shocking details of a secret U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation that has been in the planning stages for months.
Trump said in a tweet that starting next week, ICE will remove “millions” of immigrants who have entered the United States illegally.
In a series of tweets Monday night, President Donald Trump threatened mass deportations of undocumented immigrants and said they could happen as soon as next week.
The posts from Trump signaled that a shelved plan for raids in major cities, an idea challenged by former administration officials, could be back on.
This is the first of Trump’s announcements, and like so much else, he made it on Twitter.
In a report from the Washington Post, Kirsten Nielsen was forced to resign from her post as DHS Secretary because of her hesitancy to move forward with the plan the president announced on Monday.
Last year, the government had already begun processing deportation orders for thousands of undocumented families, but Nielsen and others were worried about the complications of these orders. So Trump replaced them.
Trump, his top immigration adviser Stephen Miller, and other supporters of the plan, which will largely affect families, reportedly want to send a message to any migrants considering crossing the border. Deterrence was also the driving force behind the administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The mass arrests the president says will
begin next week could result in the splitting up of thousands of families who have been living in the United States for years, if not decades.
The consequences of such a plan could have devastating effects on tens of thousands of families.
The Post paints a grim picture of what the operation could look like: “Should adults be arrested without their children because they are at school, day care, summer camp or a friend’s house, it is possible parents could be deported while their children are left behind.”
In fact, according to some experts family separation is equivalent in trauma to several forms of physical and emotional abuse.
The government has claimed the deportations would be carried out with “with compassion and humanity.” But promises to carry out deportations in a compassionate way have never come to fruition, despite similar claims from numerous administrations: There’s no kind way to uproot someone’s life against their will, and no nice method for sending a person back to a dangerous situation. And there’s definitely no nice way of tearing children from their mothers and fathers.
Trump’s announcement seems to not only surprise the public but his own government as well.
The curious thing about the president’s tweets Monday night is that deportation raids typically aren’t announced ahead of time, as the element of surprise is often crucial. ICE officials were reportedly unaware that Trump planned to tweet about the arrests and the agency was “stunned” that Trump announced the plan on Twitter.
Many pointed out that announcement was made on the eve of Trump’s kick-off of his reelection campaign on Tuesday.
I mean why else would Trump jump the gun and compromise the deportation plan? Look no further than his tweet Tuesday morning — as well as several others from the past few days — teasing his big rally in Orlando, Florida, Tuesday night, during which he will officially relaunch his re-election campaign. Announcing a big crackdown on undocumented immigrants is a pretty juicy piece of red meat for Trump to throw to his supporters. The president apparently couldn’t resist.
The reactions on Twitter have been swift.
To many, the cruelty is shocking but many realize that the cruelty is the point.
Some have called total BS on many of the government’s supposed ‘pro-life’ stances.
Like seriously, you can’t call yourself pro-life and then go above and beyond to ruin the lives of thousands of families.
While some on Twitter wanted to point out the shocking levels of hipocrisy coming from the President.
His own wife would be a target of his new immigration enforcement policies.
Many on Twitter asked “what can we do to help?”
Many followed up with tips of keeping the pressure on your government representatives on a daily basis. Getting your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same.
And one group that provides legal services to immigrants was quick to remind people of their rights during these scary times.
In what’s sure to be a frightening time for undocumented immigrants, RAICES, a Texas nonprofit that provides legal services to immigrants, was quick to remind people of their rights. If ICE raids your workplace, the group noted in a tweet responding to Trump, you don’t have to speak, you do have the right to a lawyer, and you don’t have to sign any documents.
The arrest of Scot Peterson, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sheriff’s deputy who heard shots fired inside the school and hid outside is raising some troubling questions for teachers.
Labeled a coward cop by many, Peterson has been charged with eleven counts of child negligence, culpable negligence, and perjury for his inaction and lies he made about his role while under oath.
Armed and tasked with providing security for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Peterson can be seen hiding in video footage during the Parkland shooting. Many parents of slain children, such Manuel and Patricia Oliver, believe that Peterson should have risked his life and entered the school and do whatever he could to stop the shooter, Nikolas Cruz on February 14, 2018.
The aftermath of the shooting has resulted in an uprising of teen activism, the arrest of Peterson, and changes in the law.
One such law passed in Florida last month, allows teachers to carry firearms.
The law has raised many questions and much controversy, such as concerns about racism and implicit bias that many fear could result in the shooting of black students. The charges against Scot Peterson and the passage of the gun law that allows teachers to be armed in classrooms has raised questions about the responsibility of those teachers who might choose to arm themselves at school. The Florida Education Association, Florida’s teachers’ union, is particularly concerned because they fear that Peterson’s arrest, could set precedence for holding armed teachers accountable for injuries or death of students on their watch, should they choose not to use their weapon to subdue a school shooter. Tort law speaks very specifically about negligence which the teacher association fears teachers, like Peterson, could be charged with under the new law: “Negligence is the unintentional failure to live up to the community’s ideal of reasonable care, having nothing to do with moral care. An individual who has behaved negligently is one who has not lived up to a certain imputed duty or obligation to conform to a certain standard of conduct for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm.”
When a state passes a law that encourages teachers to arm themselves to protect children in the classroom from school shooters, presumably other children, many other questions should be raised?
the hero teacher narrative at play? Is it fair to encourage teachers, trained
to educate America’s children, to arm themselves and protect them or face neglect
charges when they don’t or couldn’t?
Shouldn’t we be focused on common sense gun laws? Does it make sense to allow firearms in school?
When it comes to both a rallying cry for common sense gun laws and charges of negligence against Scot Peterson, many on Twitter are asking some of these questions and more.
TruthBeTold wants to know why the federal government isn’t being held responsible for not enacting strict gun laws and asks “What about Congress” What about the president? Didn’t they also fail to protect those children?”
12yearlagavulin and jon-e-lingo point out the irony of laws that protect police offers who shoot unarmed men but convict of negligence. Jonelingo points out how unlikely it would have been for Peterson to face jail time had he actually shot someone rather doing what he did which was not shoot.
Many on Twitter called Peterson a coward for not doing his job or being willing to “put his life on the line. Others, like Junebug, believe he’s being unfairly scapegoated.
Twitter user @LopezMaddox made a donut joke about the Broward cop to make about about Peterson’s lack of action.
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