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The House Is Getting Ready To Vote On The Articles Of Impeachment And Here’s What That Means

After weeks of momentous hearings and testimonies, the House Judiciary Committee on Friday voted along party lines to pass two articles of impeachment against President Trump. As a reflection of the divide in Congress, all 23 Democrats voting in favor and all 17 Republicans voting against the charges. This moment has been a buildup that began back in September when evidence pointed to President Trump abusing his powers in pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival, Joe Biden.

The House is expected to approve the two articles of impeachment, one for abuse of power and the other for obstruction of Congress, on Wednesday, before lawmakers depart for the holidays. The historic vote would make President Trump the third president in U.S. history to be impeached and the first to be running for reelection at the same time. 

“Today is a solemn and sad day,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said after the vote. “For the third time in a little over a century and a half, the House Judiciary Committee has voted articles of impeachment against the president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The House will act expeditiously.”

This is just the first step in many in what will be a weeks-long process that will ultimately lead to a vote in the U.S. Senate. 

Democratic lawmakers this week said that they didn’t come to Congress wanting to impeach a president, but they pointed to detailed evidence since the inquiry began in late September that led them to this point. This comes after multiple testimonies from diplomats, government officials, and legal scholars that all pointed at Trump abusing his powers as president. At the core of these charges is the assertion that the president had withheld approved military aid to Ukraine and then blocking Congress’ efforts to probe what happened.

Trump has denied these assertions and has said he acted justifiably in a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Since the impeachment inquiry began, Republicans have been unified in dismissing the charges that Democrats have put forward calling the entire process a “hoax”. 

“Rather than help Americans move into the future with confidence, Democrats are attempting to knee-cap our democracy. They’re telling millions of voters that Democrats will work to overturn the will of the people whenever it conflicts with the will of liberal elites.”Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said on Friday. 

 White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham voiced a similar tone as she called Friday’s vote a “shameful end” of what she labeled as a “desperate charade of an impeachment inquiry.”

“The President looks forward to receiving in the Senate the fair treatment and due process which continues to be disgracefully denied to him by the House,” Grisham said to ABC News.

While impeachment articles will most likely be passed in the Democrat-controlled House, the Republican-controlled Senate is where they will most likely find a roadblock moving forward. 

To this point in the impeachment process, there have been few surprises as things have followed as expected. With the articles of impeachment being sent to the House, there is little doubt that the votes won’t pass. As of today, there are 431 sitting members in the House and if all of those members are present, the number for impeaching President Trump would be 216. The Republican-controlled Senate presents a different problem for Democrats. A Senate trial would then begin to determine whether to remove President Trump from office or acquit him of the charges. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky has given no indication to this point that any Republican will break against party lines. In an interview on Fox News on Thursday, McConnell said: “there is zero chance the president will be removed from office.”

Throughout weeks of hearings, Republicans said that Democrats overstated their case against Trump and made the argument that the relied heavily on hearsay evidence. Instead, they cast the president as genuinely concerned with corruption in Ukraine, which Democrats in return repeatedly dismissed.

Whatever happens, moving forward, there are sure to be serious political consequences for both parties ahead of the 2020 elections. 

There is much more than just impeachment on the line after the House votes. If everything follows as expected in a Senate trial, there might be more harm than good when it comes to Democrats, especially in an election year. Countless Americans are deeply divided over whether the president indeed conducted impeachable acts and will look to Congress to show clarity on this issue. 

Even for Republicans, the impeachment trial has been a bad look as the president has cast a troublesome veil over the part that might cast some independent voters to sway to the left in 2020. There is no telling how far or how long this impeachment trial will go on but there is no doubt Americans will be watching closely. 

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Biden Says He Will Introduce An Immigration Bill “Immediately” But What Will Be In It?

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Biden Says He Will Introduce An Immigration Bill “Immediately” But What Will Be In It?

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During the 2020 election, Latinos were a massive electoral voting bloc. In fact, for the first time ever, the Latino vote outnumbered the Black vote. According to the Pew Research Center, there are now 32 million eligible Latino voters and that accounts for 13 percent of all eligible voters. 

And, Latinos helped deliver the presidency to Joe Biden. So it can be expected that the community has high expectations for Joe Biden to deliver on his campaign promises of immigration reform.

During a recent speech about his first 100 days in office, Joe Biden outlined his priorities once he’s sworn in on January 20th, and said he would “immediately” send an immigration bill to congress.

Joe Biden promises swift action on immigration reform as soon as he takes office.

Over the weekend, President-Elect Joe Biden promised he would take swift action when it comes to immigration reform and rolling back many of the cruel and dangerous policies put into place by the Trump administration.

“I will introduce an immigration bill immediately,” he said in a news conference on Friday.

Although he didn’t go into detail regarding the proposed legislation, he’s previously committed to ending Trump’s ban on immigration from predominantly Muslim nations, and that he wants a path to citizenship for Dreamers, and an increase in guest worker permits to help bring undocumented agricultural workers – many of whom are now considered “essential workers” – out of the shadows.

Biden had already promised an immigration overhaul within the first 100 days of his presidency but this commitment definitely increases the pressure on him and congress to get things done.

Biden also said his justice department will investigate the policy of child separation.

During the same press conference, Biden said that his Justice Department will determine responsibility for the family separation program, which led to more than 2,600 children being taken from caregivers after crossing the U.S. southern border, and whether it was criminal.

“There will be a thorough, thorough investigation of who is responsible, and whether or not the responsibility is criminal,” Biden said. That determination will be made by his attorney general-designate, Merrick Garland, he added.

During the campaign, Biden finally took responsibility for many of his administration’s immigration failures.

Nicknamed the “Deporter in Chief,” Obama deported more immigrants than any other president in U.S. history with over 3 million deportations during his time in office. 

But as part of that administration, Joe Biden is also complicit. That’s why during the campaign he seemed to acknowledge at least some of the pain the duo caused.

“Joe Biden understands the pain felt by every family across the U.S. that has had a loved one removed from the country, including under the Obama-Biden Administration, and he believes we must do better to uphold our laws humanely and preserve the dignity of immigrant families, refugees, and asylum-seekers,” Biden’s immigration plan reads. 

While Obama’s methods pale in comparison to the cruel tactics like family separation, inhumane conditions, and targeted raids, the impact the deportations have had on families is cannot be quantified.

Biden, like any Vice President, is put in the position of having to defend his president, but also himself as the future president. This isn’t a bad thing, Biden must distinguish himself from his predecessor but if the shadow of Obama’s legacy is buying him goodwill, it might be difficult to undermine that administration’s stances.

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Latino Congressman Lou Correa Fights Back at Insurrectionist Trump Supporters Who Harassed Him at a D.C. Airport

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Latino Congressman Lou Correa Fights Back at Insurrectionist Trump Supporters Who Harassed Him at a D.C. Airport

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As the nation still struggles to come to grip with the horrific events that took place at the Capitol on last Wednesday, the aftermath of the debacle threatens to be just as horrifying as the event itself.

Videos are still continuing to pop up of unhinged far-right Trump supporters making public spectacles of themselves. But one such video became viral when the target of their hate refused to lie back and take it.

Recently, a video went viral of Democratic California Congressman Lou Correa being harassed by a crowd of Trump supporters right after the storming of the Capitol.

The incident took place at the Washington Dulles International Airport right outside of D.C. Based on the location and the timing, its safe to assume that these enraged Trump supporters were part of the insurrectionist mob that stormed the Capitol.

In the video, we see Rep. Correa defend himself against an irate mob who is getting in his face and hurling vitriolic insults at him.

Videos if the confrontation were posted by various right-wing social media pages, ostensibly trying to “expose” Correa for standing up for himself.

The video begins with various Trump supporters raving to Correa about “communist China” and “antifa”. When Correa explains that he was in Washington, D.C. to defend democracy, one of the Trump supporters tells him that the U.S. “isn’t a democracy, it’s a republic.”

The video then shows a large, deep-voiced many getting in Correa’s face and bellowing “Who are you?” and calling Correa a “F–ker”. Off screen, another man yells at Correa: “Nobody here voted for you. We don’t want you,” to which Correa responds: “That’s okay! 70% of people in my district did.”

In the face of such hatred, Correa held his own, refusing to be cowed by a group of bullies who recently showed themselves to be no better than terrorists.

In various interviews since the video went viral, Correa described the events that led up to the incident.

Correa told The OC Register that he had had roughly 15 minutes of sleep the night before after having stay up late to ratify the electoral votes after the process was interrupted by an angry mob.

He says he turned the corner to head towards his gate when the angry Trump-supporters recognized him as a lawmaker. “They picked me out, and boy, they came at me,” he told CNN.

Correa added that he was “surprised” at how “brazen” the hecklers were.

“They started lobbing all kinds of statements and just getting in my face, and I wouldn’t back off,” he said to the Register. “It was a situation where they were amped up and I have no idea why they came at me. Then I was surrounded by them and I stood my ground.”

But Correa, who was born in East LA and spent much of his youth in Mexico, says that he wasn’t intimidated by the bullies.

In the same interview with the Register, Correa described himself as from “the hood” and said that he is used to having angry citizens confront him for one reason or another. But this incident was unlike anything he’s ever experienced.

“I’ve never seen our nation so divided,” he said. “I’m OK with people coming up and expressing their anger and what have you. It’s another thing when people go out of their way to surround you and go after you.”

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