Monday Open Thread | America is no longer a Nation of Immigrants? Really? Seriously?

They are ridiculous.
Outside of the Native American, and the Involuntary Immigrants from Africa…
What IS America, if it’s not a Nation of Immigrants?
Without IMMIGRATION, how did we build this country?
Ellis Island?
Statue of Liberty?
What is America without Immigration?

Is America a ‘Nation of Immigrants’? Immigration Agency Says No
FEB. 22, 2018

LOS ANGELES — The federal agency that issues green cards and grants citizenship to people from foreign countries has stopped characterizing the United States as “a nation of immigrants.”

The director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services informed employees in a letter on Thursday that its mission statement had been revised to “guide us in the years ahead.” Gone was the phrase that described the agency as securing “America’s promise as a nation of immigrants.”

The original mission statement, created in 2005, said,: “U.S.C.I.S. secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.”

The new version says: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation’s lawful immigration system, safeguarding its integrity and promise by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland and honoring our values.”

León Rodríguez, director of the agency from 2014 to 2017, said the revision of the mission statement marked “a particularly sad turn of history.”

“We should not forget that under the discarded mission statement, the integrity and national security functions of U.S.C.I.S. grew — dramatically so — showing that we could be both a welcoming nation and a safe one,” Mr. Rodríguez said. “We should stop to reflect about the many opportunities that America will lose because of the attitudes reflected in this statement, and ask ourselves whether this is really the country we want to be.”

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63 Responses to Monday Open Thread | America is no longer a Nation of Immigrants? Really? Seriously?

  1. simeon.marie says:

    I totally agree with this. It’s as if white people forget America’s history and how they became America. America would be nothing without immigrants! If you could take a look at my recent blog post, I would appreciate it

  2. White people need ‘Black Panther’ as much as black people do

  3. I love this movie so much. My daughter says she looked over at me during our 2nd viewing of the movie and I was smiling away. LOL!

  4. rikyrah says:


    KENTUCKY: Four Times Married Christian Adulteress Kim Davis Releases Book On The Sanctity Of Jesus Marriage –

    — JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) February 26, 2018

  5. rikyrah says:


    I’m genuinely exhausted of people saying teens shouldn’t be involved in politics because “we don’t know anything.”

    The president was a former reality TV star who knew literally nothing about politics, yet you still voted for him.

    — Emilia (@PoliticalEmilia) February 26, 2018

  6. Celebrate the Badass Ladies of #BlackPanther

  7. Liza says:

    I saw Moonlight in the theater and it immediately became one of my favorite films. I later bought the DVD and I don’t even know how many times I’ve watched it. The director’s commentary with Barry Jenkins is excellent.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Who actually believed them?

    Corporations told the public they were using their tax savings to reward workers. They were telling investors a very different story.

    — NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) February 26, 2018

  9. rikyrah says:

    “Mueller has not yet made public his findings on… the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow… [and] whether Trump and the Russians used the relationships cemented at the pageant to advance Trump’s goal of becoming President of the United States.”

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 26, 2018

  10. rikyrah says:


    Mueller’s interest in Skadden goes beyond Alex can der Zwaan to the law firm’s work with Manafort and Gates for the pro-Russian Ukrainian regime. Skadden has produced docs and named a top attorney to deal with the probe. Lawyers are on edge, NYT reports.

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 26, 2018

  11. For the culture, y’all. For the culture….

  12. #WakandaForever

  13. rikyrah says:

    Iowa Republican faces a doozy of an ethics mess
    02/26/18 11:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    At first blush, it sounded like a rather mundane controversy. Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa), a top target for Democrats in this year’s midterms, reportedly violated House ethics rules by “failing to disclose his role in a company that he formed.”

    Given the scope of some of the recent political scandals we’ve seen, Blum’s disclosure issue seemed easy to overlook. But the Associated Press had a longer report on the Iowa Republican’s “mysterious outfit,” which suggests this story is a lot more interesting than first assumed.

    Rep. Rod Blum was one of two directors of the Tin Moon Corp. when the internet marketing company was incorporated in May 2016, as the Republican was serving his first term, a business filing shows. Among other services, Tin Moon promises to help companies cited for federal food and drug safety violations bury their Food and Drug Administration warning letters below positive internet search results.

    Blum said in a statement Wednesday evening that he made an “oversight” in failing to disclose his ties to the company on his personal financial disclosure covering calendar year 2016, which he submitted last August. He said he was amending the form to list his role as director of the company and Tin Moon as an asset, even while he downplayed the significance of the matter.

    So, while serving in Congress, Rod Blum helped create a sketchy-looking company intended to help those who are accused of violating FDA standards. The GOP congressman, who was featured on the company’s website in a photo featuring his congressional members’ pin, was required to disclose his role in the business, but didn’t. What’s more, as the Associated Press’ report noted, the business is based in the same Iowa office as a construction software company Blum also owns.

    The congressman called the disclosure failure an “administrative oversight,” which isn’t exactly a compelling defense.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Trump describes investigation into Russia scandal as ‘illegal’
    02/26/18 10:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Donald Trump’s willingness to play make-believe extends to pretending to be a legal expert who’s uncovered evidence of all kinds of crimes.

    On Saturday, for example, the confused president, pointing to a memo prepared by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, argued that the Justice Department and intelligence agencies did “terrible things” that were “so illegal.” The Democratic document actually proved the opposite.

    Soon after, he called into a Fox News program to argue that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was guilty of unspecified crimes, worthy of investigation. The president’s eagerness to lobby the Justice Department to probe his political adversaries continues to be unhealthy.

    But perhaps most importantly, Trump published a tweet about an entirely new criminal allegation:

    “This whole Witch Hunt is an illegal disgrace…”

    Trump was referring to the investigation into the Russia scandal, which isn’t a witch hunt, illegal, or disgraceful.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Why is Ivanka Trump engaging in international diplomacy?
    02/26/18 09:30 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Not long after the 2016 election, CBS News’ Leslie Stahl noted to Ivanka Trump that there were widely held assumptions that she would soon have a role in her father’s administration. “No,” she replied. “I’m going to be a daughter.”

    It was a commitment she quickly abandoned. Ivanka Trump soon had a West Wing office, a staff, a policy portfolio, and a presence on the international stage.

    Trump World continues to push this envelope. On Friday, Donald Trump announced new sanctions on North Korea, and soon after, the Wall Street Journal had this report:

    U.S. presidential adviser Ivanka Trump arrived in Seoul on Friday as South Korea’s leader faced a backlash for agreeing to host a North Korean general blamed for the deaths of 46 South Korean sailors.

    Ms. Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, landed in the afternoon and headed to the presidential Blue House in Seoul for a dinner with President Moon Jae-in.


    And yet, according to the Trump administration, Ivanka Trump reportedly briefed South Korean leaders on the new U.S. sanctions on North Korea. When Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was asked if the president’s daughter had the necessary security clearance for such a briefing, he replied, “She has the appropriate access to brief the president.”

    The difference between “access” and “clearance” matters. Indeed, Ivanka Trump is one of several people in the president’s orbit who has not yet obtained a permanent security clearance.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Trump rips Fla. Deputies for not going into school. “I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon.”

    — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 26, 2018

    Do the Blue Lives Matter crowd realize that Dolt45 has thrown their azzes under the bus?

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      I am going to go see it again today.

      SG2, what was it like for you to see the movie a second time?

      • I could take time to absorb every moment. My daughter says she looked over at me during our 2nd viewing of the movie and I was smiling away. LOL!

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        I know what you mean, now that I have seen it a second time. It also gave me time to absorb every moment in much more detail.

        You daughter must have realized how much you were enjoying the movie when she saw you smiling away :)

    • Ametia says:

      Saw Black Panther AGAIN yesterday.


      • yahtzeebutterfly says:


        Loved reviewing lines from the ancestral plane as well as those on present/past issues:
        From museum:
        How do you think your ancestors got this? Did they pay for it or did they take it like everything else?”
        Loved it when, after healing the “colonizer”, Shuri tells him, “DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING.”
        (This kind of plays back to the museum quotation.)
        “I have seen too many in need to just turn a blind eye. Wakanda is strong enough to help others and to protect itself.”

  17. rikyrah says:

    BREAKING: 2nd Circuit appeals court just ruled in favor of a gay worker, saying anti-gay discrimination is prohibited under 1964 civil rights law. It’s a loss for the Justice Dept, which injected itself into the case to argue against gay rights.— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) February 26, 2018

  18. Gina Loring sings a lament for Trayvon Martin. 😢

    Six years have passed since 17 year old #TrayvonMartin was stalked and gunned down like an animal by a racist vigilante on a dark rainy night in Sanford Florida & No Justice! #NeverForget

  19. rikyrah says:

    The Supreme Court declined to hear the DACA challenge, and the March 5th date is null and void.


  20. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Some of the most powerful quotes from the #NeverAgain rallies”
    Lorenzo Prado, Parkland school shooting survivor:

    “To let these victims’ lives be taken without any change in rerturn is an act of treason to our great country.”

    Florence Yared, Parkland school shooting survivor:

    “The right to bear arms … does not and never will overpower the individual’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

    “We cannot protect our guns before we protect our children.”

    Delaney Tarr, Parkland school shooting survivor:

    “We’ve had enough of thoughts and prayers…To every lawmaker out there: No longer can you take money from the NRA. No longer can you fly under the radar doing whatever it is that you want to do … We are coming after every single one of you and demanding that you take action.”

    (You can listen to them speaking by clicking the videos on the page of the above linked article.)

  21. rikyrah says:

    “Do you believe your father’s [sexual misconduct] accusers?” –@PeterAlexander

    “I think it’s a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father when he’s affirmatively stated there’s no truth to it.” –@IvankaTrump

    — TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 26, 2018

  22. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Twitter account: NoNRAMoney@noNRAmoney

    ” #NoNRAMoney is a national campaign demanding that political candidates reject funding from the NRA. It’s time to make the NRA politically radioactive.”

  23. rikyrah says:

    Public attitudes on gun policy shift quickly following Parkland
    02/26/18 09:00 AM
    By Steve Benen


    Support for stricter gun laws has spiked to the highest level since 1993, and almost two-thirds say government and society can take action to prevent future mass shootings, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

    The findings suggest the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has shifted public opinion on gun laws in a way other recent mass shootings have not.

    Overall, 70% now say they back stricter gun laws, up from 52% who said so in an October poll not long after a mass shooting in Las Vegas killed 58 people. Just 27% oppose stricter laws.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Long-awaited Democratic document lowers the boom on GOP stunt
    02/26/18 08:33 AM—UPDATED 02/26/18 08:46 AM
    By Steve Benen
    It wasn’t long ago that some of the rabid voices in Republican politics had exceedingly high hopes for the so-called “Nunes memo.” The document, prepared by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and his staff, was one of the most hyped reports in recent memory, which proved to be rather embarrassing when it proved to be utterly pointless.

    The problem was painfully obvious: the memo set out to prove a handful of partisan points, intended to help Donald Trump, and it failed spectacularly. In fact, instead of advancing the White House’s interests, Nunes created a setback for his presidential ally, leaving the GOP worse off than it was before the previously classified materials were released to the public.

    It quickly became clear that the memo had effectively discredited itself. What we didn’t know was that the Democratic rebuttal to Nunes’ document, would make Republicans look even worse.

    Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released a long-awaited and freshly declassified rebuttal Saturday to Republican claims that federal officials abused the process for obtaining warrants to eavesdrop on Carter Page, a former campaign aide to President Donald Trump who had Russian contacts.

    The 10-page memo offers insight into one of the most secretive processes in government, directly quoting from the text of a secret surveillance warrant application to show that the Justice Department had disclosed that some evidence sprang from political opposition research intended to discredit a political campaign, contradicting a key GOP claim.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Private-sector exodus away from NRA picks up steam
    02/26/18 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    About a week ago, ThinkProgress published an interesting item about the National Rifle Association and its corporate partnerships

    After paying the gun lobby’s $40 annual fee, members are offered access to a range of discounts and “five-star savings.”

    Much like AARP or AAA, the organization promotes its discounts for members as a selling point for why people should join. The “valuable 5-star benefits” promised include not just a subscription to an NRA magazine and a gun-owner liability protection policy but also savings on insurance, identity theft protection, hearing aids, car rentals, moving vans, shipping, and even wine.

    ThinkProgress’ list featured 27 of the NRA’s corporate partners, including several brand names that most of the country would immediately recognize, such as some of the nation’s largest rental-car companies.


    The point, however, is to extend the public backlash, fueled by the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., and push the National Rifle Association closer to pariah status. As we discussed last week, the more the NRA’s brand, such as it is, reaches a toxic level, the more the group finds itself isolated.

    And while the changes won’t happen overnight, the more an advocacy group is pushed to the fringe, the harder it will have to work to maintain political influence.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Kamala Harris positions herself for White House run

    Source: The HILL

    Sen. Kamala Harris is increasingly positioning herself for a what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary for the White House in 2020.

    The former California attorney general, who is just at the beginning of her second year in the Senate, is taking positions that could endear herself with the Democratic base while allowing her to stand out from a group of Democrats who might seek the progressive mantle.

    Harris has also sought to highlight her positions on gun control while carving out an identity as a hard-core critic of the National Rifle Association.

    What Harris and other would-be presidential candidates must be careful about is positioning themselves so far to the left that it backfires in a general election against Trump.

  27. rikyrah says:

    In Russia probes, Republicans draw red line at Trump’s finances
    CNN Digital Expansion DC Manu RajuJeremy Herb
    By Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb, CNN

    Updated 8:36 AM ET, Mon February 26, 2018

    Top Republicans on Capitol Hill have made a concerted decision in their Russia inquiries: They are staying away from digging into the finances of President Donald Trump and his family.

    Six Republican leaders of key committees told CNN they see little reason to pursue those lines of inquiry or made no commitments to do so — even as Democrats say determining whether there was a financial link between Trump, his family, his business and Russians is essential to understanding whether there was any collusion in the 2016 elections.

    Republicans have resisted calls to issue subpoenas for bank records, seeking Trump’s tax returns or sending letters to witnesses to determine whether there were any Trump financial links to Russian actors — calling the push nothing more than a Democratic fishing expedition.


    “I think the allegations on money laundering are credible enough that we ought to, in the exercise of due diligence, see if this was one of the other vectors of the Russian active measures campaign,” California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence panel, said earlier this month. “To me, that is far more potentially compromising than any salacious video would be.”

  28. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s lawyers are still considering ways for him to testify before Mueller, provided the questions are limited and don’t focus on specifics where the president might perjure himself.

    — Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) February 25, 2018

    Trump’s lawyers keep talking about Trump being interviewed by Mueller as a “perjury trap.” But that’s not an actual thing. It’s like calling a barn filled with hay “an arson trap.” It’s only a “trap” if you’re an arsonist.

    — Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) February 25, 2018

  29. rikyrah says:

    Director Kevin Smith had a massive heart attack. May he make a full recovery. He’s only 47.

  30. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Good Morning Rikyrah and Everyone :)

  31. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “An open letter to the students in Parkland from a dad who lost his daughter to a gun”


    Take if from someone who’s been in the trenches for a while. Never apologize for speaking the truth. Calling out those who are willing to accept young people as collateral damage to the Second Amendment is not something that needs an apology.
    I was proud of the way you as well as your parents demanded during CNN’s Town Hall meeting that Rubio answer for his failure to act on bills that could save lives.

    If I can offer some advice, here it is:

    Keep calling out Republican lawmakers, but concentrate on participating in the fall election to get Democrats elected. They are no longer afraid of running on the gun violence issue, which was the number two concern for voters in Virginia. Many of you can’t vote yet, but you can influence and encourage people who can.

    Don’t hold back. Two years ago in the national media, I called the NRA a terrorist organization and politicians who take money from them traitors. I still stand by those statements and I’m right there with you on your “No BS” mantra — just like Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

    Demand change. Call “BS” on anyone who suggests that what happened to us is the “price of freedom and democracy.” Your life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness take precedence over the right to own assault weapons.

    Thank you all so much for your bravery. Stay strong, and be relentless. Even most gun owners want what we want: To end this madness.

    (“Parker’s daughter Alison was a Virginia television reporter shot to death on live TV in August 2015.”)

  32. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

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