I Love Immigrants III

This blog is in support for the immigrants who are from Afghanistan and Iraq who have been promised visas to come the the USA because they were people who were interpreters and translators for our American troops and the previous American Secretary of State and other important officials during our now last 15 years of war. These are people who risked their lives to help our troops and were absolutely essential to saving the lives of many of our US soldiers. Because the US State Department and present Administration is so adverse to letting new immigrants in, some of these translators who helped OUR troops, are being murdered (including their families) while they are waiting on visas to the USA which were promised to them for their service to US war effort and our soldiers.

Thurs. March 16, 2017, President Trump asked for a large increase of the federal budget for the US military. Without keeping our word to the people who have already helped American Soldiers in far reaches of the world, this president is showing the world that we are a nation which CANNOT be TRUSTED. Therefore, the president is putting the future US soldiers and military he wants to expand in great danger because of ignoring the promises the USA already made to people who helped our military and risked their lives for us in the past. Throwing money at the problem is NOT enough. And one of his claims is to protect our US soldiers. OH REALLY? Those are just vacant words and false promises.

Who will stand with us in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries to translate for our troops in the future as we try to defeat ISIS? One thing many Americans do NOT understand is that the world looks at us. We may not know about their culture or people, but they know a lot about ours. We are the big dudes on this planet, but we can NOT do the job without the people from the regions where we want to defeat ISIS.

To understand what is happening with these translators, particularly in Afghanistan, this story was on The World which is on PRI radio on March 14, 2017:

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-03-15/visas-are-running-out-us-militarys-afghan-interpreters

The only thing that is even making it possible to even allow a few more translators to get the immigrant visas they deserve to get into the USA, is that the President’s ban of immigrants is being fought in courts in the states of Hawaii, Washington, California, New York and Oregon.

Still more than 10,000 of these interpreters who helped our county may be left out in the cold and not get the visas they deserve, and then more of them may be murdered by ISIS. How can the country that I love be so callous about people who helped US and saved our soldiers? This will certainly backfire, and we will lose more of our own US soldiers because of the choices of an ill-informed president who made a very destructive choice about Afghan and Iraqi people who helped us in the past. I hope the present Secretary of Defense Mattis will be able to get President Trump to see the fallacy in this thinking and that these immigrants who helped our US troops can NOT be dismissed because of some uninformed, misguided “campaign promise”.

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The REAL Voter Fraud Fraud

The above graphic that shows how you could divide 50 voters and how Gerrymandering works.

The real voter fraud in this country is not what it has been called. There may be a few people here and there, but it is NOTHING compared to the fraud perpetrated against people of color in conservative states that have done massive GERRYMANDERING to make sure many people do NOT get fair representation in the US House of Representatives, for sure. It is harder to mess with the US Senate representation. What is GERRYMANDERING? This is definition is from the Oxford Dictionary:

“To manipulate the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class.”

“Word Origin:
It was early 19th century: from the name of Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts + salamander, from the supposed similarity between a salamander and the shape of a new voting district on a map drawn when he was in office (1812), the creation of which was felt to favor his party: the map (with claws, wings, and fangs added), was published in the Boston Weekly Messenger, with the title The Gerry-Mander.”

The claims of so called voter fraud by President Trump that have not ever been actually proven in ANY STATE, have set off a flurry of activity in many conservative state houses to make it harder for legitimate older, poorer voters to meet the requirements, so that they may become disenfranchised from being able to vote at all.

One state where I witnessed gerrymandering happening as a perfect example: the state of North Carolina. After the 2010 census, The Republicans in the state house in North Carolina ensured that Republicans took the state House, Senate, and Governorship in the year 2012 because they changed the boundaries in 2010 of the districts that normally voted for Democrats. (See the above graphic for how they did this.) This was ALSO done back in the times after the Civil War (after 1865). It was called: “Negative racial gerrymandering” which refers to a process in which district lines are drawn to prevent racial minorities from electing their preferred candidates or political parties. Thus, the Democrats lost because the people in those districts lost their Democratic representation in their own state and in the US House of Representatives. This is the REAL VOTER FRAUD.

This is a map that shows how states in the USA redistrict after a census every 10 years. The state of North Carolina is one of the states where the state legislature does the redistricting. There are many other states that redistrict like North Carolina does. How many of those other states perpetrate voter fraud to get the party in that is the same as their own by gerrymandering when they redistrict, and in doing so screw over voters?

https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=Map+of+USA+about+redistricting&fr=yhs-adk-adk_sbnt&hspart=adk&hsimp=yhs-adk_sbnt&imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fs3.amazonaws.com%2Fdk-production%2Fimages%2F46621%2Flarge%2Fredistricting.jpg%3F1377795315#id=0&iurl=http%3A%2F%2Fs3.amazonaws.com%2Fdk-production%2Fimages%2F46621%2Flarge%2Fredistricting.jpg%3F1377795315&action=click

Another way to make it harder for older, and poorer Americans to vote is the latest kind of voter blocking. On March 9, 2017, npr.org did a story about this on Morning Edition. The story is called “More States Propose Voter ID Laws”
http://www.npr.org/programs/morning-edition/

Another piece of this unfair, fraud-ladened pie that I am updating this blog with has to do with the high number of polling places that were closed in southern and Republican leaning states which make it harder for poorer and older Americans to get to. This was published before the 2016 election. The mean-spirited, obvious disenfranchising many people to make it difficult for them to vote is appalling. Here is that story.

https://latest.com/2016/11/more-than-800-polling-places-close-in-the-south-after-voting-rights-act-ruling/

Again how many people of color, older, and poorer Americans would these Voter ID laws affect whether many Americans can even vote or NOT? How many legitimate, legal Americans would be kept from voting because we make registration and voting so difficult? The irrational FEAR that a few people may be perpetrating fraud does not warrant these extreme measures. For this American, the fact that certain states want to make it harder for all legitimate voters to vote, is the REAL VOTER FRAUD FRAUD.

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