Christian Conservative Fruits Dead When It Comes to Immigrant Children

POSTED ON
July 28

 

"Al tiempo pregunté yo:  ¿Padre, donde está Dios?" -- Atahualpa Yupanqui

 

When I used to be a registered Republican voter and an activist for the GOP, I remember getting approached by Conservative leaders who came to me for advice with regard to "Latino" and "Hispanic" outreach. They painted Conservative Christian faces on in the name of love.  They preached boldness in the name of God, and told me, "If God is with us, who can be against us?"  

But where are these Conservative Christians when it comes to true outreach and the opportunity they squandered to prove God's love for mankind?  Where is their boldness when it comes to their fellow colleagues within the Republican Party?   Did their Party masters trump our Creator's message with regard to our neighbor?  Why have these Christian Conservatives allowed themselves to be part of destructive forces when they see how families are being forced apart by Republican leaders like Speaker John Boehner when he fails to act on fixing the broken immigration system.  The Senate passed immigration reform over one year ago, and the Republican-led House of Representatives continue to stall and do nothing. 

I know that my questions will fall on many deaf ears, but it is important to document how Christian Conservative leaders have turned a blind eye during this great immigration struggle.  President George W. Bush initially stated there was not an immigration problem when he asked for the Chicano / Tejano / Latino vote during the 2000 election cycle.  The September 11 crisis put the immigration issue on the bottom of the agenda -- when it should have been made the first priority -- particularly when it is imperative for Americans to know who lives here and who does not.  Bringing out those who have been living in the shadows is key, and the only way we can accomplish that is to provide a means for these people to document themselves for the sake of American national security.

But Christian Conservatives seem to be bold so long as they receive permission from their Republican Party masters.  They have allowed the likes of the John Tanton network, FAIR, and Numbers USA to distort the essence of the gospel.   What happened to standing on the promises of reaping what we sow?  Therefore, wouldn't sowing in the "helping our fellow man" department during crisis situations allow for Americans a healthy harvest?  

When will Christian Conservatives make a bold stance against the poisonous and cancerous bigotry that has been allowed by the Republican National Committee and Chairman Reince Priebus?

And since this message will fall on deaf ears to those who are stiff-necked, yet proclaim to be for keeping families together, perhaps a real live psychosocial assessment might shed light to the stubborn on how the broken immigration is affecting millions of kids and families.  Perhaps with this assessment they will see how immigrants volunteer to help Americans in natural disasters because it is about a woman who is struggling to be self-sufficient and is doing her best to deal with the bad cards dealt to her.  The mom explains how a father figure being forced apart from her family has become disastrous.  

Perhaps, one or two Christian Republicans will read this and feel compelled to do what Jesus did when Christ defended a woman from getting stoned to death and said:  "Those without sin cast the first stone" when their Republican leaders choose to support policies with an "iron fist" mentality.  Will one or two Christian bold leaders come forward?  Time will tell. 

[Names confidential to protect identity.]

Psychosocial Assessment

 

Reason for evaluation:

To assess how ______ family is being affected by his current detention and how his family would benefit if he was to be released on Humanitarian Grounds. “Family” and their children were interviewed. “Father” was interviewed via telephone as he is currently being detained in an immigration detention facility.

Family History:

Mr. ____ was born in the Dominican Republic. In 1996 at the age of sixteen, he immigrated to the United States with his mother and his older sister. In the United States, he was able to obtain his high school diploma and worked for ____ fulltime. In addition, Mr. _____ was a volunteer fireman as he aspired to become a fulltime fireman. During his young adulthood, Mr. ___ lived with his Mom.

Prior to meeting Ms. _____ , Mr. _____ was involved in a previous relationship. That relationship did not last. Nevertheless, his previous relationship produced a child. Mr. ____'s 12 year-old son currently lives with his Mom in Florida.

...

Ms. ____ was previously married in 2001 and separated in 2004. Ms. ____ reported that her ex-husband was verbally and physically aggressive towards her. Her ex-husband was an NYPD police officer and sometimes he would leave his gun on the dinner table. Ms. ____ would ask him not to leave the gun in plain sight, especially with children in the house. However, he would become physically aggressive. Ms. ____ said, “One time he elbowed me and busted by eardrum.” She decided to leave her ex-husband out of fear for her and her children’s safety.

Even with the trauma and relationship difficulties she has experienced, Ms. ____ graduated high school and is pursuing a Criminal Justice Degree from Berkley College. She was also working in a program that helped formerly incarcerated individual re-adjust to society following their release from prison. However, Mr. _____’s detention by immigration officials in November 2013 caused Ms. ____ to take a lot of time from work to be able to attend court hearings and take care of her children. Taking time off from work caused Ms. ____ to lose her job in January 2014.

Family Composition

Mr. _____ and Ms. ____’s relationship has produced one child. In addition, Ms. ____ has custody of her two children from her previous marriage. It should be noted that Mr. _____ has raised his stepsons as his own children. Mr. _____ and Ms. ____ have lived together since May 2011. However, his immigration detention since November 2013 has created a financial and emotional hardship on his family.

Due to Ms. ____ taking time off to attend Mr. _____’ court hearings and not having daycare (since his detainment), she had to miss time from work. As a result, she was laid off in January 2014. As a result of her losing her job, she has had difficulties paying her rent. In February 2014, just a month after losing her job, she and her children were evicted from their apartment. Ms. ____ is currently renting another apartment and is on a month to month lease. Ms. ____ continues to struggle financially and emotionally and fears that she may be evicted again at any moment.

Ms. ____ said, “I don’t know what I will do, I have no family left. I have nowhere to go (if she is evicted).” Ms. ____ said that all three of her children have been affected by Mr. _____ not being home. Their son, has become angry and aggressive towards Mom. In addition, "son"has become oppositional, defiant and his grades have dropped. Furthermore, Son No. 1 has become aggressive and even has begun bullying other students in school. Ms. ____ gets frequent phone calls from school informing her of Son No. 1’s disruptive behavior.

It should be noted that "son"and Son No. 1 see Mr. _____ as their father, not their stepdad. Prior to his detention in November 2013, Mr. _____ used to take "son"and Son No. 1 fishing and played sports with them. Ms. ____ said, “He (Mr. _____) taught them how to play sports, ride a bike and use a skateboard. I can’t do any of those things. So they think that I am boring.” It should be noted that "son"and Son No. 1’s biological father is not involved in their lives. Furthermore, their biological father has not been paying child support since February 2014.

_________ _________

33 Years-old

 

Mr. _____ has been detained in an immigration detention center since November 2013. Prior to his detainment, he was working at a Western Beef Supermarket in the evenings. During the day while Ms. ____ was at work, he would take Son No. 1 and "son"to school and take care of . In the afternoons, Mr. _____ would pick Son No. 1 and "son"up from school. Then he would make them their meal and help them with their homework. As a result, Ms. ____ reported that her three boys are actually closer to Mr. _____ than they are to her.

Mr. _____ reported feeling powerless and depressed about not being able to take care of his family due to his current immigration status. Mr. _____ said, “I don’t want to lose my family. I miss them so much.” Ms. ____ added that Mr. _____ often cries when they speak on the phone. She said, “He is a good man, we don’t fight and he takes good care of us.” Mr. _____ added, “I know I have made mistakes in life and I am truly sorry and remorseful. I simply would like to come home to help her (Ms. ____) and our children.”

Mr. _____’s Volunteering Services To His Community

It should be strongly noted that not only is Mr. _____ a family man, he also likes to help his community. In the past, he volunteered for two years for the New York City Fire Department. In addition, During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, there was a lot of destruction, loss and chaos in Staten Island, New York. Through the Kiwanis Club of Staten Island, Mr. _____ and Ms. ____ volunteered their time helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Mr. _____ and Ms. ____ volunteered serving meals and distributing supplies to displaced victims of Hurricane Sandy. Even after Ms. ____ went into premature labor and gave birth to , Mr. _____ continued volunteering day and night.

 

Ms. _________ _________

37 Years-old

 

Due to not having daycare services and little to no support from family or friends, Ms. ____ has no choice but to remain a stay at home Mom. Her weekly $405 unemployment is currently the only household income and what is keeping her family from being homeless. However, Ms. ____ only has 5 more months of unemployment benefits. Without Mr. _____’s financial and emotional support and having to raise three children, it appears that Ms. ____ will not be capable of meeting her family’s expenses.

 

The following are some of the family’s monthly expenses ;

 

• Rent -$1200

• Groceries -$200 out of pocket (does receive $420 in food stamps)

• Cable - $140

• Phones-$176 Family Plan

• Car Insurance - $136

• Gasoline - $200

• Gas - $68

• School supplies, clothes

 

Financial Impact Mr. _____’s Immigration Status Is Having On His Family

 

Ms. ____ is currently struggling emotionally and financially to take care of her children. She has experienced numerous traumatic events in the last 7 months. First, in November 2013, her boyfriend (Mr. _____) was detained, then in January 2014 she lost her job and a month later she and her children were evicted from their apartment. Losing her job and being evicted (not being able to pay rent) is a direct result of losing her boyfriend and his financial help due to his detainment.

 

Prior to Mr. _____’ detention in November 2013, the family’s combined monthly income was about $4000. Currently, due to the loss of Mr. _____’s income and Ms. ____ losing her employment, the family is barely surviving on her weekly $405 unemployment benefits. Ms. ____ constantly worries about what will happen to her family once her unemployment benefits run out in 5 months. In addition, her ex-husband has not paid child support since January 2014. Mrs. _________ said that she cannot secure employment until she gets daycare for her children. But in order to pay for daycare, she needs a job. Mrs. _________ feels that she cannot afford to hire a babysitter to take care of her three children.

 

In addition, since Mr. _____’s detainment, Ms. ____ had no choice but to apply for food stamps benefits ($420 monthly). Furthermore, she had to put the pursuit of her BA in Criminal Justice on hold due to her financial hardship. Ms. ____ only has two semesters to go to earn her BA in Criminal Justice. Nevertheless, as long as she does not have Mr. _____’s assistance and support, Ms. ____ is very unlikely to finish her college education. Prior to Mr. _____ immigration detainment, Ms. ____ worked from 9 to 5 P.M. and Mr. _____ from 6 P.M. to 2 A.M. So while Ms. ____ was at work, Mr. _____ took care of their children.

 

Emotional Impact Mr. _____’s Immigration Status Is Having On His Family

 

Since Mr. _____’s detainment, Ms. ____ reported that she feels “hopeless, depressed and anxious.” Ms. ____ reported having difficulties sleeping at night and constantly worries about being evicted due to her barely being able to pay the monthly rent. In addition, Ms. ____ constantly worries about Mr. _____’s wellbeing and their family’s future if he is deported. It should be noted that Ms. ____ became emotional several times as she discussed her family’s current situation due to Mr. _____’s possible deportation.

 

It should also be noted that since Mr. _____’s detainment, Ms. ____ is also worried about her safety. She reported that her car has been vandalized. Ms. ____ reported that someone cut the break cable to her car. In addition, her car’s tires were punctured 11 times and the car was keyed from front to back. Mrs. _________ is now afraid to use her car because she does not want to risk her safety and the safety of her children. Ms. ____ said, “If he (Mr. _____) was here, I don’t think anyone would be vandalizing our car. But since they see that I am alone with three children, I’ve become a target without him being here to protect me.”

 

Mrs. _________ said that Mr. _____’ detainment has affected her three sons. They were used to spending more time with Mr. _____ than her and doing more “fun things” with him. Ms. ____ said, “He is a role model to our kids. He plays baseball with them and takes them fishing.” However, since Mr. _____’s detainment, Ms. ____’s children are no longer playing sports and prefer to simply stay home and play video games.

 

Ms. ____ also reported that all three of her children have been exhibiting disruptive behavior since Mr. _____’s detainment in November 2013. The two oldest (Mr. _____’ stepsons), Son No. 1 and "son"are exhibiting disruptive behavior at home and in school. While (biological son), has become aggressive towards Mom.

 

 

 

 

_________

15 months-old

Biological Son

 

_________ is Mr. _____ and Ms. ____’s biological son. is having a very difficult time adjusting to life without his father. Ms. ____ reported that since Mr. _____’ detainment, has become increasingly aggressive towards Mom. He hits and slaps Mom. In addition, has anger outbursts when he is taken to visit his Dad and is only able to see Mr. _____ through a glass window.

 

It should be noted that this clinician observed trying to hit Mom and he even bit her a couple of times. In addition, while sitting on his baby chair, constantly threw the toys on the floor that his Mom had given him to play with. Almost as if he was directly rejecting Mom. Ms. ____ reported that is very attached to his father. He used to sleep with Dad every night and Mr. _____ took care of during the day while Mom was at work.

 

Ms. ____ pointed out that prior to Mr. _____’ detainment, was reaching his developmental milestones ahead of time. However, since his Dad’s immigration detainment has regressed. He speaks less and yells more. Most noticeably, now prefers to crawl instead of walk. It should be noted that Mr. _____’ immigration detainment has torn his family apart. In essence, he and Ms. ____ are still together but physically separated.

 

It is this clinician’s clinical opinion that is being significantly affected by no longer having his father in his life. When there is a separation, some children react by regressing into an earlier developmental stage as a psychological response due to no longer feeling emotionally secure and missing their parent who is no longer in the household. Perhaps that explains why is now yelling more than speaking and crawling instead of walking.

 

Other times, some children whose parents are going through a separation become resentful and angry towards the parent that remains in the household (usually the Mom). Due to their limited coping skills, some children view the parent that stays with them as the one who initiated the separation or simply “kicked dad out” of the house. That may explain ’s aggression and defiance towards his Mom.

 

Son

7 years-old

Stepson

 

Son No. 1 is Mr. _____’s stepson and Ms. ____’s biological son. For the last four years, Mr. _____ has raised Son No. 1 as his own biological son. Prior to his immigration detainment, Mr. _____ used to take Son No. 1 and his siblings fishing, to the park or simply played with him at home. Son No. 1 is in the 2nd grade and receives Special Education due to him having a Learning Disability. In addition, Son No. 1 is restless, hyperactive and struggles academically.

 

Since Mr. _____’s immigration detainment, Son No. 1 has become aggressive, defiant and disruptive. Son No. 1 has is even bullying his peers. As a result, Mom gets almost daily phone calls from school complaining about Son No. 1’s behavioral difficulties. Ms. ____ said that Son No. 1 cries often and always wants to know “when is my stepdad coming home?” It is very likely that Son No. 1’s behavioral difficulties and aggression are his way of expressing his anger, sadness and frustration due to Mr. _____ no longer being in his everyday life.

 

"son"

12 years-old

Stepson

 

"son"is Mr. _____’s stepson and Ms. ____’s oldest biological son. Just like Son No. 1, Mr. _____ has raised "son"as his own biological son. "son"is in the sixth grade and is receiving Regular Education. He was an Honor Student. However, since Mr. _____’s immigration detainment, Son’s grades have significantly gone down. In addition, he has grown angry and defiant. "son"loves to go fishing with his stepdad or play baseball. Furthermore, Mr. _____ taught "son"how to ride a skateboard and play basketball.

 

Since his stepdad’s immigration detainment, "son"has little interest in going out to play. He simply stays home playing video games and has withdrawn from peers in school. "son"said, “He (Mr. _____) was my best friend, he taught me (how) to fish.” "son"is a bright and likeable boy who has dreams of one day becoming a Marine Biologist. His dream of becoming a Marine Biologist may have been inspired by all those times that "son"and Mr. _____ went fishing and were near the ocean and lakes.

 

Findings and Recommendations:

Mr. _____ and Ms. ____ are a loving and supportive couple who essentially are raising three children. Prior to Mr. _____’s immigration detainment in November 2013 the family was emotionally and financially stable. Mr. _____ and Ms. ____’s relationship has produced one child. Nevertheless, Mr. _____ has raised his two stepsons as his own. Mr. _____ would take the children on day trips to go fishing to the park and play sports.

 

Mr. _____ and Ms. ____ agreed to have different work schedules, that way one of them was always available for their children. Ms. ____ worked during the day and Mr. _____ at night. In the mornings, it was Mr. _____ who would take “step-son” and "son"to school and took care of during the day while Mrs. _________ was at home. In the afternoon, Mr. _____ went to pick up “step-son” and "son"from school, made them their meals and helped them with their homework. Essentially, Son No. 1, "son"and spent most of their time with Mr. _____ than with Ms. ____. That is part of the reason why they have grown so attached to Mr. _____ and why they are significantly struggling emotionally and behaviorally since he was detained.

 

Economic Impact That Mr. _____’s Deportation Would Have On His Family

 

Ms. ____ and her three children have been experiencing a financial hardship since Mr. _____’ immigration detainment in November 2013. Due to not having daycare services or a babysitter, Ms. ____ had to miss days from work and was laid off in January 2014. Her unemployment led to her not having enough money to pay her rent and her family was evicted in February 2014. In addition, Mrs. _________ had to file for unemployment and food stamp benefits. Essentially Mr. _____’s detainment has caused Ms. ____ to lose her job, get evicted and depend more on state sponsored programs (unemployment and food stamp benefits).

 

Ms. ____’s only source of income is her unemployment benefits ($405 weekly). With three growing children, she is struggling financially to keep a roof over their heads, food on the table and clothes on their back. In addition, Ms. ____ said that since Mr. _____’s detainment, there simply isn’t enough money for her to take her children anywhere. As a result, Ms. ____ and the children simply stay home. Ms. ____ is on a monthly lease and fears that she and her children may be on the verge of being evicted again. She said, “I have no clue where we would go, I have nowhere else to go.” It should be noted that Ms. ____’s parents passed away during her adolescence and young adulthood years and she has no support from her family.

 

In all likelihood, Mr. _____’s continuous immigration detainment and deportation will cause Ms. ____ to continue to struggle financially. She cannot secure employment until she finds daycare. However, in order for her to pay for daycare Ms. ____ needs to have a job. In addition, she cannot go back and finish her last two semesters of college due to her not being able to afford tuition. Furthermore, in all likelihood, Ms. ____ will have no choice but to continue applying for more public assistance benefits in the form of welfare, daycare and public housing.

 

It should be noted that Ms. ____ only has five months left of unemployment benefits. After that, her household will have no income. Entering the homeless shelter system is a strong possibility for Ms. ____ and her three children.

 

Emotional Impact Mr. _____’s Deportation Would Have On His Family

 

It is clear to this clinician that Ms. ____, , Son No. 1 and "son"are already being affected by Mr. _____’s immigration detainment and possible deportation. Ms. ____ is experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Given her history of trauma due to being a victim of domestic violence, having lost her parents at a young age and now her current family situation, Ms. ____ may not be emotionally stable enough to take care of her children without the help of Mr. _____. Ms. ____ cries often (depression), is constantly worried and has difficulties sleeping at night (anxiety).

 

Losing her job, being evicted and possibly losing her boyfriend to deportation (and the father of her youngest son) will most likely cause Ms. ____’s symptoms of depression and anxiety to be chronic. As a result, if Mr. _____ is deported, Ms. ____ will be in no emotional condition to raise three children as a single mother without any emotionally support from family and friends. Essentially Ms. ____ would be put in a position to raise three children that are currently struggling with their mental health needs while experiencing depression and anxiety herself.

 

It is my clinical opinion that , Son No. 1 and "son"are being emotionally affected by Mr. _____’s current immigration detainment and possible deportation. All three children appear to be exhibiting symptoms of Adjustment Disorder with mixed disturbance in Emotion and Conduct. All three have become more aggressive and defiant. is aggressive towards Mom and he throws temper tantrums very frequently. In addition, gets very upset when he visits his father and is only able to see him through a glass window without being able to be held or touched by him.

 

Son No. 1 has become a “bully” in school and his grades have dropped. Son's grades have dropped and he has lost interest in socializing with peers. The significant changes in behavior and socialization are typical behaviors of a child who is experiencing Symptoms of Adjustment Disorder. Adjustment Disorders occurs when an individual is unable to adjust to or cope with a particular stressor, like a major life event. In the case of , Son No. 1 and Son No. 2, it is the immigration detainment of their Dad (stepdad) and the significant changes in their home environment. , Son No. 1 and "son"went from living in a loving intact household to living in a single parent household, being evicted and no longer having a dad in their lives.

 

Given their young age and still developing coping skills, , Son No. 1 and "son"will be further traumatized if Mr. _____ is deported. Losing their father (stepdad) to deportation, the deterioration of their family nucleus and being raised in a single parent household with a Mom who is also struggling emotionally will put , Son No. 1 and "son"at risk of developing a chronic mental health disorder. It should also be noted that for Son No. 1 and Son No.2 , it would be like losing two fathers in their young lives. Their biological father is not involved in their lives and has stopped paying child support since January 2014.

 

How Will Mr. _____’s Family Benefit If He Is Released From Immigration’s Custody on Humanitarian Grounds

 

If Mr. _____ is released on Humanitatian Grounds, he will be reunited with Ms. ____, their son and his stepchildren "son"and Son No. 1. His presence back at home will help to decrease Ms. _____s depression and anxiety. In addition, having Mr. _____ back at home would ease Ms. ____’s fear for her safety. As previously mentioned, since Mr. _____’s immigration detainment their family car has been severely vandalized and rendered undriveable.

 

Furthermore, if Mr. _____ returns to his family, he will be able to help Ms. ____ address their children’s behavioral difficulties. At the same time, having Mr. _____ back home will once again make , "son"and Son No. 1 feel secure, loved and protected. In addition, if Mr. _____ receives a pardon he wants to go back to work immediately in order to help Ms. _____ financially.

 

Mr. _____ said, “I feel powerless being here (in immigration detention) and not being able to help her. It is my job as a man to provide for my family.” If Mr. _____ was allowed to reunite with his family, his family’s risk of being evicted from their apartment will be a lot lower. In addition, he will once again take on the role of the disciplinarian and make sure that , "son"and Son No. 1 are respectful to Mom, peers and teachers.

 

With Mr. _____’s support, Ms. ____ will no longer have a need to apply for food stamps, housing, daycare and housing. She said, “If he (Mr. _____) returns, I would go right back to working.”

Ms. ____ also reported that not being able to work has had a negative impact on her self-esteem. In addition, Ms. ____ said, “If he comes back, I will be able to finish the last two semesters of college and finally get my degree in criminal justice.”

 

How Will His Community Benefit If Mr. _____ Is Released On Humanitarian Grounds

 

As previously mentioned, Mr. _____ in the past has volunteered for the Fire Department and has helped displaced victims of Hurricane Sandy. If released on Humanitarian Grounds, Mr. _____ wants to go back to volunteering and making his community a better place to live in. Mr. _____ feels that volunteering also will teach his son and stepsons to care about and inspire them to improve their community.

 

 

 

It is my clinical opinion that Mr. _________ and her family will be better served if Mr. _____ is allowed to stay in the United States. If Mr. _____ is released on Humanitarian Grounds, his family will be able to once again enjoy financial and emotional stability. By having emotional and financial stability, it is likely that Ms. ____’s and her children’s mental health symptoms would subside or at the very least become less disruptive. Perhaps most important, having Mr. _____ back home will ensure that , "son"and Son No. 1 will once again get to enjoy their childhood by going fishing, playing sports or simply going to the park together as a family.









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Lakota Warriors In South Dakota Put Ted Nugent in Stranglehold Who Is Unworthy Of the Loin Cloth

POSTED ON
July 27

"...Time and time of being told / Trash is all I'm worth / When I was just a young boy / Had to take a little grief / Now that I'm [an elder chief]  / Don't put your shit on me ..."  - Primal Scream by Mötley Crüe

 

Mrs. Nugent told Ted Nugent not to wear the loincloth anymore, but the Lakota Warriors believe there is nothing underneath that will prove Nugent worthy of wearing one to begin with. 

 

Ted Nugent is notorious for sticking his foot in his mouth, but he really did it this time.  So far two Casinos have shut down his concerts after Ted Nugents referred to our Native American brothers and sisters as "dirty vermin" and less than human.   Ted Nugent was booked to play a concert at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley, Idaho, on August 4 -- but the show has been canceled due to concern over what the tribe called the rocker's "racist and hate-filled remarks."    According to Ultimate Classic Rock: "Following last week’s decision by an Idaho casino to cancel a Ted Nugent concert, another venue has done the same. The Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA has removed his Aug. 2-3 shows from their calendar.  Protests of the Gothic Theatre in Denver are now underway as Chicano activists such as Rudy Gonzales stand with Native American leaders to ensure the Ted Nugent Colorado concert doesn't take place.  If the Ted Nugent concert in Denver continues -- an all out boycott against the Gothic will occur.  Colorado has massive Chicano/Latino/Hispanic buying economic buying power.

But now Lakota Warriors are going to put Ted Nugent in a stranglehold as they expose him as a man unworthy of a loincloth to begin with.  More Ted Nugent protests are building momentum as a result of his racist Native American Comments, and  this time it will be in South Dakota (home of several Lakota leaders) like "United Urban Warrior Society" with James Magaska Swan at the helm.  James Magaska Swan is the founder of the Urban Warrior society which consists of 33 chapters across our Nation with 3 in Canada and a French support group.  James was raised by a Chicano step-father and feels a tie with us Chicanos and Chicanas.  He served our great Nation's military and is a true warrior who continues to defend minority groups.  We were happy to hear the American Indian Movement is standing against Ted Nugent, too, in South Dakota and we stand with both the American Indian Movement and Urban Warriors Society.   Keep in mind Sout Dakota has 9-Lakota/Dakota Nations in it alone and is truly considered Native American! 

James Magaska Swan writes: 

This is James “Magaska” Swan President and founder of “United Urban Warrior Society” based out of Rapid City South Dakota!  

With the support of Truckers, Misc. Bikers and Clubs, Native and non-Native Veterans, The American Indian Movement, Members of Nine federally recognized tribal Nations here in South Dakota as well as other Native Nations and countless individual supporters all across the nation, As well as around the world, through our international chapters. We are officially asking you “Full Throttle Saloon” in Sturgis South Dakota to cancel the “Ted Nugent” concert scheduled to be held on August 6th, 2014.

Due to his racist comments toward Native American’s, his disrespect for woman (whom we deem sacred), His disrespect for our veterans (They are the Warriors who protect us) and his pedophilia mentality toward our children! (They are our future). 

If this concert continues as scheduled “WE WILL” rally and protest! And we will not stop on the August 7th or after the rally is over. We have contacted national and local media on this issue including Sturgis local City Government and your Mayor, Monday I will contact South Dakota Secretary of Tribal relations and the Governor of South Dakota. We will continue to remind the world about his racism and rants as well as those who support him…That’s you! 

 

James “Magaska” Swan

United Urban Warrior Society

P.O. Box 14

Rapid City, S.D. 57709-0014

605-381-8612

unitedurbanwarriorsociety@yahoo.com

http://unitedurbanwarriorsocietyworld.jimdo.com/ 

 

 

 

  

Here are the protest details if the Full Throttle Saloon continues with the Ted Nugent concert: 

 

Protest Date:  August 6, 2014 

Protest Place:  Full Throttle Saloon

12997 Sd Highway 34, Sturgis, South Dakota 57785
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More Ted Nugent Protests Building Momentum As A Result of His Racist Native American Comments

POSTED ON
July 26

More Ted Nugent Protests Building Momentum As A Result of His Racist Native American Comments:

 

Protest Date:  August 6, 2014 

Protest Place:  Full Throttle Saloon

12997 Sd Highway 34, Sturgis, South Dakota 57785

 

 

 

As everyone has heard the Racist comments made by Ted Nugent! Native activists from The “United Urban Warrior Society” & “American Indian Movement” (A.I.M.Grassroots) will unite in an effort to stop! The Ted Nugent Concert at the Sturgis S.D. Bike Rally. We are planning unity drive (in front of the “Full Throttle Venue” during the Sturgis Rally) on August 6th 2014. Meeting at 6:00 at Bear Butte Lodge, we will post our banners and flags on trucks and drive towards full throttle! We will try to find a Drum group..
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For those who cannot make the trip we ask that you! Starting right now contact the Full throttle and ask them to cancel the concert! Send them e-mails…..and do it several times a day! Let’s let Ted Nugent know...We will not condone his racist ass! In Indian Country!

I can be reached at 605-381-8612. 

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Full Throttle Saloon
12997 State Highway 34
Sturgis, SD 57785-6400
Online @ www.fullthrottlesaloon.com
Telephone: (402) 441.5555
Local (605) 423-4584

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Protest Scheduled of Gothic Theatre If Ted Nugent Concert in Denver Continues -- Possible Boycott

POSTED ON
July 25

Rudy Gonzales is the son of the legendary Chicano activist via Corky Gonzales of Denver.  Rudy has initiated calls and made it clear to Gothic Theatre that if they continue with the Ted Nugent concert on July 30, 2014, a boycott against the theatre will be initiated.  Ted Nugent made discriminatory remarks against the Native American community recently calling them "dirty vermin" and less than humans.  

Chicanos, Latinos and Hispanics contribute massive economic buying power and Colorado is listed as top 10 states with billions of dollars feeding local businesses and corporations.  The ten states with the largest Hispanic markets, in order, are California ($253 billion), Texas ($175 billion), Florida ($101 billion), New York ($76 billion), Illinois ($43 billion), New Jersey ($37 billion), Arizona ($31 billion), Colorado ($21 billion), New Mexico ($18 billion), and Georgia ($15 billion).  In fact, according to immigration policy: "Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians account for large and growing shares of the economy and electorate in the swing state of Colorado. Nearly 1 in 10 Coloradans is an immigrant (foreign-born), and 1 in 5 is Latino. More than one-third of immigrants in Colorado are naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote. “New Americans”—immigrants and the children of immigrants—account for 5.9% of all registered voters in the state. Moreover, Latinos and Asians (both foreign-born and native-born) wield $28.4 billion in consumer purchasing power. At last count, businesses owned by Latinos and Asians had sales and receipts of $10 billion and employed more than 65,000 people. Immigrant, Latino, and Asian workers, consumers, and entrepreneurs are integral to Colorado’s economy and tax base—and they are an electoral force with which every politician must reckon.

We have received notification Denver area residents have already planned a protest at Gothic Theatre against Ted Nugent appearing in Denver.  

 

Here are the details: 

Protest Ted Nugent Concert @ Denver's Gothic Theater

Everyone has heard the Racist comments made by Ted Nugent referring to Native Americans as " unclean vermin" including many other racist and hate-filled remarks. The racist remarks most often cited are jabs at President Obama which include calling him a "subhuman mongrel" and a "chimpanzee." But Nugent's racially-insensitive behavior extends to Native Americans as well. He frequently wears a feather headdress on stage and appropriates a sacred Native symbol in his song "Great White Buffalo," both of which are highly disrespectful to Native culture.
Native activist from the American Indian Movement of Colorado, Denver Idle No More, and the Denver Chapter of the Colorado Latino Forum ask you to join us in protesting Ted Tugents concert being hosted by the Gothic Theater.
For those who cannot make it we ask that you start right now in contacting the Gothic Theater and ask them to cancel the concert! Call and send them e-mails…..and do it several times a day! Let’s let Ted Nugent know...We will not condone his racist acts In Indian Country! Please go to the Gothic Theatre fb and tell them to dump Ted Nugent! 

Gothic Theater
3263 S Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113
Facebook page: https://t.co/YraVjzBvhX 
or call (303) 789-9206

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Arizona Press Conference: Where Are the Nogales Detention Center Immigrant Refugee Children

POSTED ON
July 25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     CONTACT

Friday, July 25, 2014                                      Zully Rodriguez 602-559-6002

***Press Conference***

2:30 PM MST

1600 W Camelback, Suite 1-G

Phoenix, AZ 85015

 

“Border Patrol Commissioner Kerlikowske, Where are the Children?”

After Weeks of Being Denied Access to Detained Refugee Children, Arizona Advocates and Legal Experts to Give Crucial Update on Children’s Whereabouts

 

Nogales, AZ – For weeks, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and CBP Commissioner Kerlikowske blocked advocates and legal experts from contacting the thousands of children detained in Nogales. Today, advocates will speak about the CBP’s concerted effort to deny these children access to basic legal rights and where these children are in the deportation process.

 

WHAT:           Advocates and Legal Experts Give Update on Refugee Children, Slams CBP Commissioner Kerlikowske for Isolating Children from Legal Counsel

 

WHERE:         1600 W Camelback, Suite 1-G, Phoenix AZ, 85015

                        NW Corner of Camelback and 16th Ave, parking in the rear of building

 

WHEN:           Friday, July 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM MST

 

WHO:             Ruben L. Reyes, Esq.  Immigration Attorney, Advocate for UAM

                        Martin Quezada, Esq.  AZ State House Rep. District 13

Petra Falcon Executive Director PAZ

Cristian Avila, AZ State Coordinator Mi Familia Vota

Dee Dee Garcia Blase, Co-Founder of Somos Independents

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Key Swing Independent Voters Not Buying Extreme Tea Party Demaio's Message

POSTED ON
July 24

Our National key swing independent voter group led by women voters is relieved to see how moderates are not buying Tea Party candidate Carl DeMaio's extreme message.  Just recently, Carl promised to shut down the government if he is elected

Government shutdowns do not work.  It is a tax paying wasted effort that does nothing but obstruct forward movement.  Independent voters are tired of gridlock!  We want bipartisanship behavior in our government -- not partisanship and more gridlock.  Supporting DeMaio is the same as supporting the same old fighting rhetoric and gridlock in Washington D.C.  We support Scott Peters for Congress! 

Just in from Roll Call

 

Freshman Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., holds a slight lead over his GOP challenger, former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, more than three months from Election Day, in a new poll conducted for House Majority PAC and provided first to CQ Roll Call.

 

Peters leads DeMaio, 48 percent to 43 percent — slightly outside the survey’s 4.9 point margin of error. The poll was conducted by GBA Strategies and surveyed 400 likely voters via live telephone between July 20-22.

This race in California’s 52nd District, located in and around San Diego, is a top Republican target in November. The National Republican Congressional Committee has touted DeMaio as a top recruit in the district that President Barack Obama won with 52 percent last cycle. 

 

Democrat Poll: Freshman Barely Leads Carl DeMaio in California

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Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro: We should be sending the Red Cross Not National Guard to Border Humanitarian Children Crisis!

POSTED ON
July 23

Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro:  We should be sending the Red Cross Not National Guard to Border Humanitarian Children Crisis!

 

Photo: Rick Perry is sending 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border. He has it all wrong! Click here to tell him that a humanitarian emergency requires a humanitarian response.

http://bit.ly/1mxr5lO

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Founder of Jewish Chicano Radio Show Further Exposes Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson Ties to Anti-semitic John Tanton Networks

POSTED ON
July 21

Founder of First Jewish Chicano Radio Station via Lou Show Further Exposes Jesse Lee Peterson Ties to John Tanton Network. 

 

We just now discovered from our Jewish friend how the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson is connected to the John Tanton Network.  John Tanton has aligned himself with people who are anti-semitic and I believe it is hypocritical for Reverend Peterson to pray for Israel (hear audio here) when he is in bed with a devil.  As you may know, John Tanton is also the founder of Michigan's Planned Parenthood

According to SPLC: 

Although Tanton has been linked to racist ideas in the past — fretting about the "educability" of Latinos, warning of whites being out-bred by others, and publishing a number of white nationalist authors — the papers in the Bentley Library show that Tanton has for decades been at the heart of the white nationalist scene. He has corresponded with Holocaust deniers, former Klan lawyers and the leading white nationalist thinkers of the era. He introduced key FAIR leaders to the president of the Pioneer Fund, a white supremacist group set up to encourage "race betterment" at a 1997 meeting at a private club. He wrote a major funder to encourage her to read the work of a radical anti-Semitic professor — to "give you a new understanding of the Jewish outlook on life" — and suggested that the entire FAIR board discuss the professor's theories on the Jews. He practically worshipped a principal architect of the Immigration Act of 1924 (instituting a national origin quota system and barring Asian immigration), a rabid anti-Semite whose pro-Nazi American Coalition of Patriotic Societies was indicted for sedition in 1942.

The Lou Show was the very first Jewish Chicano show in our Nation.  Somos Independents continues to build coalitions and alliances with the Black and Brown Coalition, but also with the Jewish and Latino circles, and we do so because we realize simple minded tokens are unaware of how they are being used as tokens.  Reverend Peterson is a token who is clearly unaware of how he is being used.  That said, I wanted to know what Lou's views were with regard to the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson shows here and here

Here's what Lou says:

As the founder of the first Jewish-Chicano radio program “Phoenix Talkback”, I have a few things to say about Conservative Radio Host Jesse Lee Peterson. Peterson recently covered the issue of the Children Refugees fleeing Central American, along with the issue of immigration, in general. He also had a few things to say about Israel, and that’s where I come in.


A little bit about Jesse Lee Peterson: Jesse Lee Peterson is, supposedly, a reverend, a religious man, a Man-of-the-Cloth, a Christian. Although I am Jewish, not a Christian, my own sense of tolerance throughout my life has guided me to respect others in their religious beliefs. But after hearing Peterson spout off on the radio, I could easily see how he is one of those Christians who moreso value a vengeful God over a loving God. Peterson embodies the message of Hate, I’ll argue, due to what he is and how he goes about spreading his words. Peterson is a Black Tea Party Radio Host who is just another in a long line of charlatans who have used the mask of religion for their own gain. In the history of the media and communications, selfish religious types like Peterson have taken to the airwaves to spread their message of hate and fear along with their instructions of how to send your money to them, Ca-ching! Jesse Lee Peterson could be considered as a Black version of Pat Robertson. Yet as an African-American, Peterson disowns himself from his own heritage by saying “I am not an African, I do not have an Afro . . .” while offering other disclaimers against members of his own ethnic group. In other words, Peterson, who is Black, hates Blacks because they are, essentially, irresponsibly bringing problems amongst themselves. In this way, Peterson compounds and complicates his own messages because he damages his own credibility by appearing so self-hating. (Why should we respect him if he doesn’t even respect himself? Is he not a member of those he criticizes?) He might as well be White because his own words resemble what would normally be heard coming out the mouth of any run-of-the-mill racist Cracker. To other Black People who believe in love and cooperation, Peterson is a homophobic, self-hating, Black person, and observations like these have long been held in the Black Community against Peterson.

I don’t think Peterson gets along with anyone, except other racist Tea Party types who dismiss everything that comes out of his mouth except hardcore Tea Party ideology; as long as he preaches the message of the Tea Party, despite his obvious contradictions of his Black identity, of himself, he is accepted and Peterson doesn’t seem to care. Just like all the other Opportunistic Evangelical Christians in the media before him, Peterson leverages all of his hatred to create conflict and confrontation. After all, it’s good radio, it spikes up the ratings, and he, Peterson, can then use this infamy to support other endeavors, like the school he runs through his non-profit organization. 

Peterson does a weekly radio show. Peterson is also member of “Choose Black America”, a new F.A.I.R. front group designed to rally black Americans against Hispanic immigration. 

I caught a couple of Peterson’s recent radio programs after the Children Refugees started to arrive in the United States. Peterson’s view has been hard-line, ultra Conservative, “immediate deportation”, as he sees this as an invasion that threatens the Black Community. He conducts a litmus test of his guests, first asking “Do you love Black People?”, then “If you love Black People, then why are you encouraging an illegal invasion into the Black Community?”. (This set of litmus test questions sounds like it was written out of the minds at F.A.I.R.) Clearly, Peterson is not a humanist, else he would have some matter of, an iota of, an inkling of, sympathy, understanding, and humanity, for the children who had fled for their lives; Peterson expresses the most extreme inhumanity and selfishness of Anti-Immigration Movement. Yet . . . Peterson echoes the extremist view of fully supporting Israel in whatever Israel does against the People of Gaza. How can anyone who claims to be Christian religious leader simultaneously support the carnage Israel has recently conducted in the wake of the murder of three Israeli teenagers AND throwing the Children Refugees under the bus? How? This is a contradiction in values that everyone but Peterson can see. Surely he must be in a minority of Christians and Evangelicals who pick and choose who they think are worthy to be saved and those who are not. 

But spreading this kind of hatred, this obvious contradiction of values, on the radio, is a much different, much more serious, matter. How many who listen to his show nod in agreement to all the hatred Peterson spews? Is he merely a representative of all the distrust, prejudice, and hate in his community, or is he trying to politically incite his community? As he is a member of “Choose Black America”, Peterson is a political operative acting on behalf of F.A.I.R. to keep the Anti-Immigration Movement alive and operating in Southern California and in the Black Community, in general. 

My radio show, “Phoenix Talkback”, recognized the similarities and the level of cooperation between Chicanos and Jews. We did this by merely co-existing together in each program. We did this by example and to show that there really isn’t that much different between different types of people. Jesse Lee Peterson, however, does the opposite, pointing out and exploiting those differences between people and among people. Peterson’s living example on the radio is, to me, the worst example of humanity. So when Peterson began to spew RW talking points about Israel, I had to take a closer look at his meaning. Not only does he offer the inconsistency of supporting Israel over the Children at the border, he mirrors the most extreme of evangelical prophecies of supporting Israel because once Israel is seen as having been “returned”, Christians achieve the Rapture. In this way, our Black Tea Party Radio Host, the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, does a big service for F.A.I.R.’s agenda against immigration reform. In other words, I don’t think he believes in supporting Israel, I believe he uses his radio show for this political agenda. In turn, Peterson gets something out of using the Rapture for his own gain. He is truly selfish and evil.

We must overcome politics for the sake of humanity. The movement for Comprehensive Immigration Reform needs a radio show as powerful, more powerful, than the divisive, hate propelled, Peterson Show.

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Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson False Prophet and Bully to Children, Widows and Fatherless Refugee Immigrants

POSTED ON
July 21

 

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” -Matthew 19:14

 

Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson False Prophet on Treatment of Refugee Children

By DeeDee Garcia Blase

 

The Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson Show recently invited Somos Independents to appear as a guest on their Tea Party and religious show this past Saturday. Originally the show wanted us to appear two Saturdays ago, but we provided them with a qualified lawyer who is accepting pro bono cases to help with the refugee immigrant in California instead.  It appeared the Reverend was clueless when Salazar confronted him with actual case law that essentially debunked Tea Party anti-immigrant rhetoric. 

I was amazed to see and hear how the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson Show used his program to invite others to his Church, yet he could not quote one single verse from the bible as it relates to children, the fatherless, the immigrants and/or widows who are fleeing their government to find safe haven and/or refuge in our Nation.  Keep in mind American taxpayers like myself have been supporting 40 years of welfare to the Cuban Immigrant Refugees even though the Cuban government corruption index is better off than the Central American status.  Indeed the Cuban government is in a lot better condition than it was 40 years ago, too.  However, we noticed how Jesse Lee Peterson is turning a blind eye to the Cuban refugee adults while taking pleasure in the bashing of little infants and children from Central America and doing his best to instill fear with the disease and illness angle.  It's unfortunate Peterson forgot how this same 'disease' tactic was used against his own black community.

It's a good thing Jesus Christ wasn't driven by fear, else the lepers, the blind and the sick would not have been healed.  But why is Reverend Peterson afraid of little children and/or diseases?  Oh ye of little faith.  

I am by no means a leader in religion, but Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson claims to be.  This means he ought to be held by higher moral standards than the ordinary person because essentially he is ordained and supposed to lead and do what the bible says if he is to be taken seriously as a leader in religion and church.  According to Scripture, we will be able to tell by the fruits of the Spirit, and I am sad to say that Reverend Peterson bears no Christian compassionate fruit on children, the fatherless, widows and the defenseless when it comes to refugee children who are seeking safe refuge. 

Here is the audio debate and recorded interview between me and Reverend Peterson.   As you can verify with your own ears, he believes a black and brown coalition should not exist.  Never mind the skinhead and KKK groups that are still out there.  Essentially the Reverend does not want black and browns to unite against Anglo politicians such as the ousted and former Tea Party Sen. Russell Pearce who supported a law that would use the color of our skin to put us on the "no probable cause" slippery slope with his "show me your papers" law via SB 1070. 

We discovered how the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson is connected to the John Tanton Network.  John Tanton has aligned himself with people who are anti-semitic and I believe it is hypocritical for Reverend Peterson to pray for Israel (hear audio here) when he is in bed with a devil.  As you may know, John Tanton is also the founder of Michigan's Planned Parenthood.

Founder of the first Jewish Chicano Radio Show via the Lou Show states: 

Peterson does a weekly radio show. Peterson is also member of “Choose Black America”, a new F.A.I.R. front group designed to rally black Americans against Hispanic immigration. 

I caught a couple of Peterson’s recent radio programs after the Children Refugees started to arrive in the United States. Peterson’s view has been hard-line, ultra Conservative, “immediate deportation”, as he sees this as an invasion that threatens the Black Community. He conducts a litmus test of his guests, first asking “Do you love Black People?”, then “If you love Black People, then why are you encouraging an illegal invasion into the Black Community?”. (This set of litmus test questions sounds like it was written out of the minds at F.A.I.R.) Clearly, Peterson is not a humanist, else he would have some matter of, an iota of, an inkling of, sympathy, understanding, and humanity, for the children who had fled for their lives; Peterson expresses the most extreme inhumanity and selfishness of Anti-Immigration Movement. 

Another hypocrisy comes from Reverend Peterson's BOND non profit organization and is a nationally recognized 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization founded by Peterson in 1990, and is dedicated to “Rebuilding the Family By Rebuilding the Man.”  In no way does Peterson uphold the rebuilding of family views when he has no interest in uniting the Central American refugee children with their families here in our Nation. 

I have come to the conclusion Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson is below standard in radio because in my view he only invites guests only to talk over them.  Setting that aside, the real issue is how Reverend Peterson has become quite the bully against Central American children, the fatherless, the widows and the defenseless seeking a Safe Haven.  He advertises his Church and the gospel but could not quote one single bible verse as it relates to children and immigrants.  Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson gets no love from Somos Independents.  He is a sham of a reverand.  A false prophet who appears to be more interested in bowing down to his political tea party masters who are funding his 501 (c) organizations rather than preaching love and compassion as Christ did while on Earth.  I view the Reverend Peterson as a type of Sadducee / Pharisee, who quotes only Scripture that is slanted in his favor -- rather than the essence of the entire Bible.

I'm glad I am not a leader of religion or Christianity because I'm told God deals with leaders and false prophets in a more severe way.   So bet it.  May our Creator humble this reverend who has no love for these Central American children, because the arc of justice will always bend in favor of children, the fatherless, the defenseless and widows who seek a safe haven. 

 

 

 

 

Broadening coalitions are imperative when white nationalist groups use simple minded tokens like Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson who are used to pit blacks against browns.  We are part of a black and brown coalition Rev. Peterson considers 'racist' yet Peterson himself has no idea how he is being used by evil forces. 

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Inquisitr Gets It Wrong on Murrieta Protests and Quoting Somos Independents

POSTED ON
July 21

Inquisitr Gets It Wrong on Murrieta Protests and Quoting Somos Independents

somos independents

 

Inquisitir gets it wrong on Murrieta Protests and quoting our lawyers and/or leadership.  It may also help the Inquisitir to learn how to spell "amnesty."  

Ruben Salazar a California lawyer offering pro bono work to help these small refugee kids states: 

 

"They got it wrong, we acknowledged the protestors have a limited 1st Amendment, subject to the imminent lawless exception carved out the Supreme Court. But our DOJ demand was to investigate the organizers- not the protestors! The only Murrieta protestor mentioned was Joseph Crosby Culbertson , who was seen spitting on Lupe Rivera. The rest were former and current border patrol agents, city officials, and political Tea Party candidates who all conspired to block the DHS buses and to deny the refugee children their due process rights."

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