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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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Puerto Rico Is Planning To Vote On U.S. Statehood Once Again And Here’s Why So Many Are Against The Idea

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Puerto Rico Is Planning To Vote On U.S. Statehood Once Again And Here’s Why So Many Are Against The Idea

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Puerto Rican’s are no stranger to referendums. Since 1967, they’ve had five chances to make their opinions known on U.S. statehood and each and every time, their voice hasn’t been listened to. Congress has failed to take up the issue after each referendum and local leaders are often guilty of using the referendum simply to drudge up support for their candidates.

But this upcoming referendum is different in that it comes at a crossroads for Puerto Rican politics. The island has been plagued by natural disasters, political scandals, and unprecedented hate crimes. Even Bad Bunny is letting his thoughts out on the referendum and many others have lots to say on the issue.

For the first time in the island’s history, the referendum will ask a single question: Should Puerto Rico be immediately admitted as a U.S. state?

On Saturday, Puerto Rico’s pro-statehood Republican governor, Wanda Vázquez, announced yet another vote on the question (the sixth since 1967 and the third since 2012). It’s a move that comes amid growing frustration with the island’s territorial government and its relationship with the mainland.

However, it’s a question that also outraged the island’s independence supporters and members of the main opposition Popular Democratic Party – which supports the status quo.

But it’s a gamble that members of the governor’s pro-statehood party are confident will pay off given that Puerto Rico has struggled to obtain federal funds for hurricanes Irma and Maria, a string of recent strong earthquakes and the coronavirus pandemic amid growing complaints that the island does not receive fair and equal treatment.

“Our people will have the opportunity once and for all to define our future,” Vázquez said. “It’s never too late to be treated as equals.”

The upcoming referendum is just the recent in a long line of previously failed ones.

In the past, voters have been asked more than one question and presented with various options, including independence or continuing with the current territorial status – but none of them have ever been as direct as the upcoming one scheduled for the November 3 general election.

However, many on the island see the referendum as little more than a political move by the governor’s New Progressive Party to get voters out on Nov 3 – to boost her party’s candidates.

The New Progressive Party has been rattled with scandal after scandal and many are ready for change.

The past few years have not been good for the party – or the island for that matter. A string of devastating hurricanes, a severe debt crisis, ongoing corruption scandals that even forced a pro-statehood governor to resign, earthquakes, and now a global pandemic – have all led to challenging times in Puerto Rico. To some observers, the idea seems to be: Let’s dangle the illusion of a yes or no statehood referendum (nonbinding) that is already dead on arrival?

Many also feel that Gov. Vasquez is not truly authorized to make such a decision since she was never actually elected to the office. Instead, she became governor after Ricardo Rosselló was forced to resign following massive protests.

Meanwhile, the Republican government on the island doesn’t even have the support of the Republican-led federal government. The Trump administration’s blunt response was basically, “The first priority for all Puerto Rico leaders should be getting their financial house in order.”

This coming November, there will be plenty of incentive to vote “no” and punish the Vázquez administration. Even prominent figures such as Bad Bunny are jumping into the fray against her leadership.

What would statehood mean for Puerto Rico?

Statehood would award Puerto Rico two senators and five representatives, but it’s unlikely a Republican-controlled Congress would acknowledge the referendum because Puerto Rico tends to favor Democrats.

Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but cannot vote in U.S. presidential elections. And while the island is exempt from the U.S. federal income tax, it still pays Social Security and Medicare and local taxes and receives less federal funding than U.S. states. Many believe the island’s territorial status has contributed to its struggle to recover from the hurricanes and earthquakes, as well as worsened its economic crisis, largely caused by decades of heavy borrowing and the elimination of federal tax incentives.

President Trump Thinks Injecting Disinfectants Could Cure COVID-19 And The Memes Are Hilarious

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President Trump Thinks Injecting Disinfectants Could Cure COVID-19 And The Memes Are Hilarious

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The world is still grappling with COVID-19. Mainly, health experts around the globe are still experimenting with new ways to cure people sick of the coronavirus. President Donald Trump has often criticized health experts and has tried contradicting them during press conferences. The latest claim from President Trump has everyone very confused and concerned about the well-being of his supporters.

President Donald Trump recently floated the idea of experimenting with injecting disinfectants to fight COVID-19.

“And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute,” President Trump suggested during a press conference. “And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning cause you see it gets in the lungs and does a tremendous number so it would be interesting to check it.”

The memes immediately started flowing because this is just too crazy to be real life.

The number of U.S. infections from COVID-19 has topped 800,000 and deaths are over 50,000. There is still no real national response in place for handling the virus as President Trump has been pressuring states to reopen their economies against the advice of health experts.

Latinos have come through with the Fabuloso jokes because we have to keep our cures culturally relevant.

But, seriously, don’t go injecting disinfectant if you think you have COVID-19. President Trump has been throwing out suggestions for cures that have consistently been discredited by health experts around the world. Namely, President Trump has been pushing for more hospitals and doctors so start experimenting with hydroxychloroquine. Yet, a recent study disproved the president’s claims and he has quietly stopped talking about it.

The bizarre claim reminded people of the classic “Heathers” death scene.

If you haven’t seen “Heathers,” it is a great movie to watch while in lockdown. Winona Rider’s character goes on an accidental killing spree with her high school boyfriend. One of the first deaths is the main Heather who is given drain cleaner in secret killing her.

Disinfectant companies felt the claim was so outrageous from the president of the United States that they released statements.

“As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route),” a spokesperson for Reckitt Benckiser, the United Kingdom-based owner of Lysol, said in a statement to NBC News. “As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information.”

President Trump’s press conference was less to the press and more to Dr. Deborah Birx.

Dr. Birx was off-camera as President Trump suggested ways to cure people with COVID-19. One thing the Republican president suggested was using lights to kill the virus. While using UV light to kill the virus is something that is being researched, it is being used to disinfect contaminated surfaces. President Trump wants Dr. Birx to see if there is a way to introduce the light under the skin as a cure.

The memes just keep flowing with people making fun of President Trump suggesting disinfectants and lights as cures.

People fear that President Trump’s suggestion of injecting disinfectants could only exacerbate the COVID-19 health crisis. The fear is that people trying the disinfectant suggestion would only further overwhelm healthcare workers and already burdened hospitals.

Please, if you ever have questions about health issues, contact your doctor and a healthcare professional.

Never listen to advice about medicine from people who are not in the medical field. It is important to keep yourself aware and safe during these times. Stay safe. Stay home. Stay healthy. We are all in this together.

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