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Threats Now Being Made Against Joaquin Castro

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 8:04 pm

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This isn’t a surprise. Whether on the left or on the right, there are people just waiting for one little extra nudge to act out on their anger. It is, however, a bit ironic when you consider that Castro said on Morning Joe that he didn’t want anyone on the left or right to be a target of “any crazy person,” and now he himself is a target. It just goes to show it really didn’t matter what Castro wanted. And what arrogance to think that it did. He set the ball in motion, and the chips fell. And because certain unhinged individuals are looking for a nudge to act out on their anger and behave badly, they found one in a list, and in Castro:

The San Antonio Police Department and Bexar County Sheriff’s Office increased patrols at the congressional district office and home of Rep. Joaquin Castro after threats were made against the congressman, records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders show.


Police records obtained by the Defenders show that SAPD officers were ordered by Chief William McManus’ office to begin increased patrols of Castro’s district office in downtown San Antonio on Thursday. The order stated that Castro “has received threats.” According to the document, the assignment is still in effect.

Another record obtained by KSAT shows Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar requested deputies patrol by Castro’s home on Wednesday.

While the Sheriff’s Office declined to respond to questions about how long the order for increased patrols will last, the agency sent the following statement: “While we cannot comment on the exact details of this matter, Sheriff Salazar along with the men and women of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office take our responsibility to protect and serve all Bexar County Residents, including our elected officials.”

In other words, they are doing what they are charged to do. With that, I hope that any of the 44 individuals named on the list are harassed or threatened, will be given the same level of consideration by law enforcement, especially the elderly San Antonio woman who was on the list and received a threatening voicemail.

Yesterday, Julian Castro defended his brother, saying he was proud of him:

“I’m very proud of my brother,” Julian Castro told MSNBC’s “Kasie DC.”

My brother took what is publicly available information that newspapers, other publications regularly do about people who maxed out, made the maximum contribution to President Trump here in San Antonio and he put that forward, as he said, as a lament to say, wow, just look.

In the city that is more than 63 percent Hispanic, a lot of these big business owners who were on this list who have basically made their fortune off the Hispanic community are putting money into the pocket of a campaign of a president that is turning around and using that money to fund something like 2,000 ads that say that there’s Hispanic invasion in the United States.

I find that very disappointing, very ironic and, you know, I believe that my brother had every right to do that, and that people should know who was funding that campaign of hate. I believe that’s completely legitimate information, and, you know, I think that one of the reasons that Donald Trump tweeted at my brother is because he must be afraid that people are ashamed that they gave to him or something.

Hm, he might want to rethink that whole bit about being “ashamed”.


New Rules: Green Cards Can Be Denied Immigrants Using Welfare

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 8:35 am

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Per the administration, it’s a move toward “self-sufficiency”:

The Trump administration announced Monday that it is moving ahead with one of its most aggressive steps to restrict legal immigration, denying green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance.

Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the U.S. — a “public charge” —but the new rules detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

Much of President Donald Trump’s effort to crack down on illegal immigration has been in the spotlight, but this rule change targets people who entered the United States legally and are seeking permanent status. It’s part of a push to move the U.S. to a system that focuses on immigrants’ skills instead of emphasizing the reunification of families.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers will now weigh public assistance along with other factors such as education, household income and health to determine whether to grant legal status.

They don’t apply to U.S. citizens, even if the U.S. citizen is related to an immigrant who is subject to them.

According to Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,:

…the purpose of the rule is to promote “self-sufficiency” among the immigrant population.

“Through the public charge rule, President Trump’s administration is re-enforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America,” he said.

Asked about the impact on the poor, Cuccinelli said: “We certainly expect people of any income to be able to stand on their own two feet.”

And there is this:

Homeland Security officials say they made a series of changes to the proposed rules following 266,000 public comments.

The new rules go into effect this October.


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