Tuesday Open Thread | It was Going to Be the CRIMINALS, REMEMBER?

I know that I seem to be harping on this. But, I believe that I must.

I don’t give a rat’s ass that Dolt45 or Stephen Miller or John Kelly are racist.

That they are racist MUST be brought up in context to the POLICY’S REGARDING IMMIGRATION that they now put forth.

They LIED that they were going to get rid of the CRIMINAL ILLEGALS….

I knew that they were lying by whom surrounded him and was giving him immigration advice.

I knew that Kelly was never the Adult in the Room, but a vicious racist due to the following at his tenure at Homeland Security:
1. Him threatening to leave meetings with concerned Arabs and Muslims in Michigan. Like he wasn’t a public servant and was supposed to sit there, and answer their serious questions.
2. Him not having a problem with SEPARATING PARENTS FROM CHILDREN IN CUSTODY! Who puts forth a policy like that?
So, I never fell for the “Kelly is a decent man” scam.

The GOP spend decades scaring White people with ‘ the Savage Black man is coming to get your White Women.’
And now, it’s morphed to ‘ every Brown person is a member of MS-13, and THEY are coming to get your White Women.’


This week’s ‘Criminals’:

A Chemistry professor who has been living here and paying taxes for 30 years. Yeah, I can see how much of a threat he is to this country.

Uh huh

An update on a previous person that was highlighted.

A post from The People’s View:

Ripped Apart: A Real-Life Example of the Trump Administration’s Deportation Policy

“It’s just a devastating situation.”

There’s a sad, somber tone in Jacob Leonce’s voice as he tries to smile. He looks much younger than his 45 years tell you he should look. He wears jeans and a long-sleeved white t-shirt, a casual dress compared to others around him. His skin is a shade of mocha, a reflexion of his Caribbean birth and upbringing. Seated beside him in church this morning sit his two sons, both under the age of 10. Like many their age, they wish they could be doing something else rather than sitting through a Sunday service. All they know is that their Dad wanted them to be there today.

Because this was no average Sunday service at the New England Pentecostal Church in Pelham, New Hampshire. This was a service dedicated to Jacob, an immigrant from the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, who was facing imminent deportation. Despite community groups rallying to his cause, a campaign to raise awareness by his pastor Bishop Stanley Choate, and a group of nearly 30 community leaders who attended Jacob’s most recent ICE check-in, there seemed to be little hope for Jacob. After having his stay of deportation appeal denied in December, Jacob knew that his time in the United States was limited. Despite the presence of multiple media outlets in attendance willing to share Jacob’s story, there wasn’t a whole lot that could be done for Jacob at the 11th hour.
Jacob is what this administration would refer to as a bad hombre. He came here on a sponsorship from the Caribbean nation of Saint Lucia in 1999. He is gainfully employed as a landscaper. He pays his taxes. He has no criminal record. He has a spouse and two children who are American citizens. He attends church and is active within his church community. As today’s service showed, he is respected and admired by a congregation whose members openly embraced and wept for him when it was announced that today would be his last service. Despite his initial melancholy, Jacob became more and more animated as the service progressed and by the time he spoke at the end of the service, he confided that he believed his deportation was part of God’s plan and he intended to embrace it.


In short, this is the antithesis of what Republicans want you to see when you think of an undocumented immigrant. Yet for ICE, it doesn’t matter. Their one-size-fits-all approach to deportations has no rhyme or reason. They’ve taken an Arizona mother during her required check-in. They deported a Detriot man who lived in this country for 30 years. They deported a New Jersey man who helped rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy. ICE has even attempted to deport a ten-year-old Mexican girl and a Polish doctor who has lived in this country for 40 years. This administration is not targeting rapists and thieves as was promised to its nativist base. Instead, it is picking off those who do good for their communities. Because for this administration heavily influenced by Stephen Miller, all undocumented immigrants are criminals regardless of the positive impact they have in their communities.

Oh, if you didn’t know, we now have ICE going onto transportation ASKING PEOPLE TO PROVE THEIR CITIZENSHIP.
ICE needs to be completely disbanded. They are OUT OF CONTROL.

BUT, folks see what they’re doing….and, are calling them on it.

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104 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | It was Going to Be the CRIMINALS, REMEMBER?

  1. rikyrah says:

    Been reading the #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe hashtag.
    A few of my favorites:


  2. rikyrah says:

    David Menschel‏ @davidminpdx

    With encouragement of new mayor, Atlanta City Council unanimously votes to abolish cash bail for those charged with non-violent misdemeanors or city ordinance violations.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Did y’all know this?

    I didn’t. Makes things VERY interesting.


  4. rikyrah says:

    Will Democrats have the money to win Congress? The Kochs are making me nervous.
    Jesse Ferguson, Opinion contributor
    Published 12:01 a.m. ET Feb. 6, 2018 | Updated 11:24 a.m. ET Feb. 6, 2018

    If you don’t think money matters, you’re wrong. We may have the advantage in enthusiasm, but Republicans will try to buy a ground game to match it.

    The Cook Political Report has said that “A wave is a comin.” And FiveThirtyEight argues “The Democrats’ Wave Could Turn Into A Flood.” In just over nine months, we’ll know whether Paul Ryan is still Speaker of the House and President Trump still has control of Congress.

    In January 2010, President Obama had a positive approval rating (49% to 46.7%), and even he got shellacked in his first midterms. By contrast, Trump is under waterby more than 11 points.

    Democrats have a record number of compelling candidates, with veterans and women leading the charge. And according to Real Clear Politics, Democrats hold nearly a 7-point lead in the average generic congressional ballot.

    Surf’s up for the Democrats. Everything’s set for us to ride this wave to victory. Right?

    I’m not so sure. I stay up almost every night worrying not just that the wave won’t be there, but that we won’t be able to ride it even if it is.

    When I started in politics, people obsessed that money was everything — the difference between winning and losing. It was the “mother’s milk” of politics. Now, the zeitgeist has flipped. Everyone either says money doesn’t matter or believes it will magically be there in the end. I’ve had countless Democratic strategists and candidates tell me not to worry.

    Guess what? They’re wrong.

    Money won’t determine the fundamentals of the cycle. It won’t transform an overwhelming loss into an overwhelming win. You can’t buy a wave.

    But it can make a difference — a big one. In a cycle like this, I believe it’s the difference that could either end Republican control of the House on a close night, or limit our gains if the wind is really at our backs.

    My night tremors got worse when the Koch network announced recently that it’s committing $400 million to preserve Republican control of Congress. Unlike most Democratic fundraising, the GOP is being rewarded by their donors for passing an agenda that helps their donors. The Trump Tax gives the Kochs as much as a billion-dollar tax break each year. Pay-to-play is contemptible, but effective: that one donor is the equivalent of nearly 15 million Bernie-Sanders-style $27 contributions.

    • vitaminlover says:

      Some white people stay stuck on stupid.. Back in the late sixties I I attended school in Montana. I was the only black in the 8th grade there and when I went to 9th grade I was the only black in the whole school. Well, long story short, there were a few idiots that commented on my hair when I went natural but for the most part my friends liked it. I didn’t care whether they did or not I just decided on day to do it. White boys were the ones who made comments but I still wore it everyday until we moved back to Missouri. So I am proud for this young girl She is showing inner strength.

  5. Ametia says:


  6. Ametia says:

    The stupidty & ignorance truly burns

  7. Ametia says:


    Pence’s name mysteriously missing from thousands of emails from transition he led
    By Oliver Willis |
    February 6, 2018

    Mike Pence was in charge of the Trump presidential transition, but his name is suspiciously absent from records of it.

    UH HUH
    UH HUH


  8. Ametia says:


    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Wow…if Trump reads that thread, I imagine he will freak out with worry and also be paranoid about those people around him who might be “flipping” against him.

  9. These people are pure EVIL. How can you do this to someone who have been through a tragedy and have nothing? Predators preying on the suffering.


  10. yahtzeebutterfly says:


    >”WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House chief of staff says “Dreamers” would not be a priority for deportation, even if their Obama-era protections expire and a deadlocked Congress hasn’t completed a deal to protect them.

    John Kelly has told a small group of reporters at the Capitol that as long as an immigrant in the U.S. illegally has no criminal record, they are likely to stay “out of anyone’s scope” for a long time. He says, “They are not a priority for deportation.”

    Kelly says he believes President Donald Trump wouldn’t extend “Dreamers” protections beyond March 5 because he doesn’t think the president has legal authority to prolong it.

  11. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Atlanta council OKs changes to cash bail system in a nod to the needy”

    “Over the objections of the bail-bond industry, the Atlanta City Council unanimously adopted a proposal designed to ensure that impoverished suspects accused of mostly nuisance offenses — such as urinating in public or trespassing — are not left in jail while their cases are pending simply because they can’t afford bail.

    “The change, approved Monday, was Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ first initiative to ensure that low-level offenders would not sit in jail for days, weeks or months because they cannot afford bail amounts as low as $100.

    “The change, which will take effect 30 days after the mayor signs it, will give the Atlanta Detention Center the authority to release people on their own recognizance if they are charged with nonviolent misdemeanors or city ordinance violations while they wait for their case to be heard in court.”

  12. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Jesus calls us o’er the tumult” to remember and follow HIs teachings in these dire times.

    from Matthew 25

    ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

    37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

    ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’


  13. Ametia says:

    WARNING: Brace yourself before opening or if you’re not a fan of horror movies.

    Kellyanne Conway’s ‘opioid cabinet’ sidelines drug czar’s experts
    In Trump’s White House, political appointees take control as the opioid epidemic rages.



  14. Liza says:

    This right here is your average, run of the mill, unremarkable, pretentious NAZI.

  15. Liza says:

    A powerful post today, Rikyrah, and you are absolutely right.

    John Kelly has been on my radar from the beginning. Why would he work under Trump? Only one answer, for the power he has because Trump is incompetent. He’s in it for the power. And he’s fundamentally in agreement with Trump’s views on white supremacy.

  16. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    ” Volunteering with the Southeastern Immigrant Freedom Initiative in Jena, Louisiana”


    “Bottom line: There are too many people in pretrial detention in this country — including a growing number of immigrants due to financial conditions alone.”

  17. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    SIFI provides pro bono legal representation to detained immigrants at three immigrant detention centers in the Deep South.


    Our objectives:

    Protect immigrants’ due process rights
    Challenge the deportation machine,
    Educate the public about immigrants and thereby change the narrative
    Hold law enforcement and detention facility personnel accountable for violations of immigrants’ civil rights
    Cultivate and expand attorney engagement.

  18. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    If you have time, this article is worth reading:

  19. yahtzeebutterfly says:


    “The overlapping issues of health care and employment discrimination remain pivotal ones for transgender communities. They became more so last month, when the Trump administration decided to allow states to institute work requirements for Medicaid.

    The unemployment rate for trans people is three times higher than the national average, according to a 2015 survey produced by the National Center for Transgender Equality — a rate that results, in many cases, from anti-trans job discrimination. These new rules create a double bind for the most vulnerable trans people: Find work amid rampant prejudice and mistreatment, or lose critical medical coverage.

    In Kentucky, the first state to adopt work requirements, one in four transgender people report losing a job, being passed over for a promotion or not being hired because they are trans.

  20. yahtzeebutterfly says:


    “The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) counted over 100 people killed or injured by alleged perpetrators influenced by the so-called ‘alt-right’ — a movement that continues to access the mainstream and reach young recruits.”


  21. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    The stock market plunge started three days after Trump’s State of the Union speech.

  22. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Wishing all of you a Good Morning and remembering how I /we can make an impact today and every day.

  23. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

    “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
    Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
    Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

    ~Martin Luther King

  24. rikyrah says:

    Countdown Clock:
    10 Days Until Wakanda 😎😎🎶👏🙌

  25. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Good Morning, Rikyrah.

      I hope many people read your post today and gain an understanding of the dire situation which upstanding people face today. My heart breaks for Jorge Garcia and all the other immigrants who were brought here as children without documentation by their parents. My heart aches for their U.S. citizen children who live here now without their deported parents.

      Where is the compassion for these deported, good people? Where is the understanding and concern for their children left behind here? Where is the support and sympathy for the wives and husbands left behind here?

      Only love will make America great.



      • Ametia says:

        Good Morning, 3Chics Family. America is becoming a plaything for Russia, using their tactics to intimidate and discard like garbage.

        Only Russia’s citizens show up dead or drugged. #45’s tactics are no different are just shy of killing Americans by their hateful policies, words, and actions.

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