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Politician Behind Anti-Immigration Bill Loses Her Cool When Confronted About Anti-Immigration Bill

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“Could you please stop referring to us as ‘these people’?”

On Monday, a coalition of immigrant advocacy groups paid a visit to Pennsylvania State Representative Martina White (R-Philadelphia) to discuss a bill she wrote that would undermine sanctuary cities and municipalities. Things did not go well.

The TL:DR version of White’s bill is twofold:


1. Sanctuary municipalities would be held financially responsible for any damage caused by an undocumented immigrant charged with a crime.

2. Sanctuary municipalities could not restrict local law enforcement from communicating and passing on information to federal authorities (namely Immigrations and Customs Enforcement). Further, police would have the right to ask people about their immigration status.


If passed, municipalities would have to file reports on the regular, showing that they are in compliance. Noncompliance would result in the municipalities’ loss of state funds.

Which brings us to why members of advocacy groups Juntos, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizen Coalition, the New Sanctuary Movement, and Make the Road PA, visited State Rep. White at her office. Though uninvited, White brought the group into her office to discuss the bill. Things were off to a fine start until one of the advocates pointed out that White’s bill is laced with racist rhetoric. Once the R-word got dropped, White became apoplectic and defensive. Shortly thereafter, White told the advocates to GTFO of her office.

Here’s the thing, though: The pro-immigration groups have a point. There are a lot of problematic aspects to White’s bill. For starters, it implies that undocumented immigrants are committing so much crime that actual legislation needs to be passed to address it. Time and time again, data has proven that the opposite is true. Then there’s the provision that would give police the authority to ask for people’s immigration status if the officer suspects that person undocumented. Given that the majority of undocumented immigrants are either Latino or Asian, it’s difficult to see how this would not result in racial profiling. That will surely be a headache for the close to 900,000 Latinos (or 6.6 percent of the total population). that call Pennsylvania their home.

Then there’s the difficult-to-ignore fact that State Rep. White cited a study conducted by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) as justification for her bill. The Souther Poverty Law Center — a non-profit civil rights organization that identifies hate groups nationwide — labeled FAIR a hate group for spewing anti-immigrant rhetoric.

For her part, State Rep. White has defended her bill and denies any claims of racism:

Today I released the following statement in response to a video released by pro-illegal immigration activists who…

Posted by PA State Rep. Martina White on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

For years, Mexicans have been taking to the streets to denounce violence against women and to demand accountability from their leaders. However, much of that messaging doesn’t seem to have reached the very top as President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to support a candidate for governor facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A candidate for governor faces multiple sexual assault allegations and still enjoys widespread support.

Félix Salgado Macedonio, a federal senator (currently on leave) is accused of sexually assaulting five women and yet is still in the running for governor of Guerrero.

Despite the accusations he faces, 64-year-old Salgado, has maintained the support of President AMLO, who has claimed that the allegations are politically motivated, and other high-ranking party officials including national party president Mario Delgado. He was considered the frontrunner in the election for governor.

AMLO came to the candidates defense, calling on people to stop politicking and avoid “media lynchings” and asserting that people should trust the party process that was used to select Salgado as candidate.

“We have to have confidence in the people, it’s the people who decide. If polls are taken and and the people say ‘I agree with this colleague [being candidate],’ I think that must be respected. Politics is a matter for everyone, not just the elites,” López Obrador said.

The MORENA party has committed to reselecting its candidate for governor but Salgado is still in the running.

Officials from the MORENA party announced that they would conduct a new selection process to find a contender for the June 6 election. The party’s honesty and justice commission said its members had voted unanimously to order a repeat of the selection process.

While the honesty and justice commission has ordered a new candidate selection process, Salgado was not precluded from participating in it. He indicated in a social media post on Friday night that he planned to seek the party’s backing for a second time.

“Cheer up colleagues! There is [still fight in the] bull,” Salgado wrote on Facebook.

Activists continue to fight back against his candidacy and the president’s support for an alleged rapist.

Women have protested in Mexico City and Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo and the hashtag #NingúnVioladorSeráGobernador (No Rapist Will be Governor) has been used countless times on Twitter.

Yolitzin Jaimes, a member of the feminist collective Las Revueltas, said the withdrawal of Salgado’s candidacy is a positive first step but urged the authorities to continue investigating the rape allegations.

“… He has to go to jail, … he mustn’t return to the Senate and he mustn’t be nominated [for governor] by any political party because … it’s very probable that he’s seeking to go to the Labor Party [a Morena ally],” she said.

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