TRUST Act is pro-family and pro-public safety

On October 18, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors of those commentaries and  do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff  or publishers)

I’m the first generation son of immigrants. My parents came to the United States from Gaeta, just north of Naples, Italy. My older sister Maria taught me English in our Italian-speaking home. My parents were among the immigrants who have made Somerville the vibrant and booming community it is today. From the Italians, Irish and Greeks who came to our city in the early part of the 20th century, to the Portuguese, Brazilians, Hondurans, Salvadorans, Haitians, Nepalis and many others who have arrived since, these people chose Somerville. They are what makes Somerville stand out. It’s our diversity. It’s the people you see every day that enrich your life, who introduce you to foods you’ve never tried, songs you never knew, and wisdom you’ve never heard. That’s what defines a neighborhood. It’s not geographic borders, it’s the people there. These people make Somerville what it is: a home.

I support the TRUST Act because my home is threatened. It’s threatened by a punitive federal program called “Secure Communities” that requires police departments to detain immigrants who have not been convicted of a crime including those that the courts have ordered be released. It’s a program that is not based on facts, but on indiscriminately treating every person the same regardless of their history, save for one factor: their status in a broken system, a system that everyone knows is broken and is crying out for reform. Until the day when our representatives in Washington can put aside unyielding ideology, assumptions and speculation, and create the reform that’s better for families, better for workers and better for our economy, we must protect the members of our community threatened by this broken system. I support the TRUST Act on Beacon Hill and ask my fellow members of the Metro Mayors Coalition to join me.

More than 50 percent of residents deported due to the Secure Communities program are people with no criminal convictions whatsoever. In some towns, it’s up to 79 percent of residents deported. This program is leaving children parentless. Those who support Secure Communities always cite public safety as their number one concern. If they’re concerned about public safety, why break up families? Why take away the first line of defense against a young person walking down the wrong path and making bad decisions?

In Somerville, we take a holistic approach to every issue. Education, public safety, families—these are not separate systems. If we’re serious about reducing crime, we don’t simply put more officers on the street. We go to the root of the problem. We support strong family units. We support strong education. That’s how we make our community safe, not by tearing families apart. The TRUST Act will keep families together, strengthening the bonds of our community and addressing problems of education and public safety in a smart, holistic way.

The TRUST Act will not shackle public safety officials who do care about our community’s safety. It will only provide that individuals ordered released by Massachusetts judges and magistrates will not be detained for ICE in spite of the court’s release order. Those with criminal records will still go to ICE, and those without criminal records will not. That’s public safety. And that’s common sense.

Roughly 63 percent of the undocumented population living in the U.S. has been here for more than 10 years. In many cases, these are people who tried to play by the rules, only to find that there was no line to get into to become a citizen. And when those residents no longer have to fear being deported simply for doing the right thing and reporting a crime to the authorities, that’s also better for public safety.

But that’s the threat they live under today. Cooperation between residents and our public safety officials is essential to keeping our neighborhoods and families safe. It’s essential to getting the real criminals off the street. Secure Communities leaves us anything but secure. It forces those residents who fear they will be torn away from their families and ripped from their homes to not cooperate with public safety officials. In the end, we are all less safe. We are less secure.

Meanwhile, as cities and towns have to deliver daily services to our residents, we face rising fixed costs, dwindling financial support from a state government dealing with suppressed revenues, and a federal government filled with representatives whose sole focus seems to be “what can we cut next?” But even with less support, they want to point to us and say, “Well, we don’t have the resources to do this. So now it’s your job.” As if we have an abundance of resources. As if we do not know how to manage our own cities and towns, what truly requires our attention and time to build safe, strong communities.

The TRUST Act will codify a clear message: That we know what’s best for our communities. We know what demands our attention: That not only is immigration enforcement not our job, but under the broken system today, it weakens and undermines the communities we’ve worked so hard to build. The TRUST Act is pro-family values. It’s pro-public safety. It’s the best way to keep our communities safe and support the fabric of our communities that make them the beautiful, cherished neighborhoods that they are today.

 

30 Responses to “TRUST Act is pro-family and pro-public safety”

  1. Taxpayer says:

    Nonsense. They broke the law if they came here illegally, and they are stealing jobs and/or identities.

  2. gregtowne says:

    Mr. Mayor,
    Please tell us the story of how your parents came to this country illegally. I would like to hear how they snuck in or overstayed their visa. The point you’re trying to make equating your parents to todays influx of immigrants is like comparing apples to oranges.

  3. JazzMo says:

    To add to Taxpayer’s comments, the illegals are lowering the wage scale for American citizens. And because most of them work “under the table”, they don’t pay local,state, and federal taxes except for taxes like meals and sales. They don’t pay any income taxes; that is not right.

    I have nothing against immigration as long as you enter this country legally and lawfully as did my grandparents on both sides did. What I am against is illegal immigration. If you want to come here, get in line and follow the existing rules. They still work. But there are groups out there who want to give the illegals a fast and speedy route to citizenship because of purely political motives.

    I remember a great story concerning a husband and wife who fled Viet Nam before it fell to the Communists. They came to our country via the legal process with their SEVEN children and settled in Virginia.

    To make a long story short, this family worked very hard. All the children went to college(I believe two went to West Point)> The American dream is still alive and well.

    We must continue to guarantee the CHANCE for success; we can’t guarantee success.

  4. Darnell says:

    Curtatone is either stupid or deceitful. I believe that he is deceitful. His statement that “these people” wanted to come to our country lawfully but found “no line” to get into is a blatant lie and misrepresentation on his part to justify his support of illegal immigrants and the pending legislation of “Trust” that he defends.

    Here are the facts about coming to this country LAWFULLY aka by following the rules and OUR LAWS>

    A person can apply for a visa which allows a non-citizen to reside here for a designated length of time, but not permanent in most cases.

    A person can apply for a Green Card which allows said person to become a LAWFUL permanent resident of our country, but does not grant citizenship.

    A person can apply for U.S. CITIZENSHIP which allows one to reside here permanently and enjoy the rights of our country and its benefits.

    All of these processes require the filling out of paperwork and certain efforts on the part of the applicant such as getting in line! Yes, Mayor Joe, there is a line and there always will be unless you and frauds like you get your way. Our immigration system is not broken. Next time they swear in new LAWFUL immigrants to our country at the U.S.S. Constitution, the State House, or whereever, ask them about the process you want to do away with.

    The problem is that Curtatone and others want the illegals to skip the line completely and gain instant citizenship. The people who should be most upset with his lies and tactics and fancy speeches are the MILLIONS of LAWFUL IMMIGRANTS who came here and did it by the rules such as his kin and my kin.

    But Curtatone doesn’t want this. He and the liberals are slowly, but surely eroding the greatness and promise of our nation for votes. It’s as simple as that.

    Merry Christmas Joe. Oops, I’m sorry Joe-I’m not supposed to use the word “Christmas” in your liberal and secular progressive world. I’m supposed to say “Happy Holidays” in Joe’s world.

  5. Steve Keenan says:

    Point of Information for those interested in a Green Card or American Citizenship. To obtain a Green Card, fill out a Form I-130. To apply for American Citizenship, fill out a Form N-400. That’s how the process begins.

    You can obtain these forms at the O-Neil Federal Building in Boston, and other federal facilities. Perhaps they have these forms at City Hall or can arrange to obtain them and keep a good supply on hand. Come to America and keep us strong! It’s the greatest nation in the world. I hope it stays that way.

  6. Emelda says:

    This is just the mayor pandering for votes again and building his “progressive” qualifications when he ultimately tries to run for office somewhere else. He figures some of the illegals will ultimately vote and/or some are already voting (illegally). Also, if you look at the census data of Somerville – you realize that 50% of the students at in our public schools are illegals. If/When they become legal he has that baked in vote of a soft issue.

    Let’s see he has written recent articles in favor of illegal immigrants, higher taxes across the board, and railed against the tea party (is there even 1 tea partier in Somerville!!!????). But has he yet done a thing for residents of the city who actually PAY property taxes? I haven’t seen it.

  7. JPM says:

    Undocumented? You mean ILLEGAL……I hate this silly use of language. I doubt the mayor’s parents cam here illegally….You also undercut wages of working people…..it’s completely unlike something the old Dem party would have done.

  8. Kiljoy says:

    The right word to use is ILLEGAL as in breaking our laws. They are here ILLEGALLY. But that doesn’t matter to frauds like Curtatone, Patrick, Coakley, and the rest of the liberals who are giving this country away. They will continue to take from the workers and give to the shirkers.

    Curtatone will decline to hire a lifelong citizen of this city for a police or fire department job if the applicant has a speeding ticket or a bad credit record or whatever, but if you are an illegal here, his policy is “step to the front of the line-what can I do for you in return for your vote?”

  9. Pixie Pocohontas says:

    Guys,

    Immigration is much more complicated than the issues you pointed out. By all standards, our parents and grandparents did come here and live illegally as those we see in modern day. Jobs like bootlegging, hello? Many also worked under the table because for decades they were also discriminated upon. It is our foreign policies which are broken. Corporations demand cheap labor. Other nations do not take care of their people, where jobs are considered a luxury. Have you ever considered how difficult some of theses regions are to live, decades of continual civil wars, lack of clean drinking water, famine, just to name a few.

    I agree they should come in peace and legally but the element you miss is fraud of helping them cross over, who do you think is getting rich? Americans who are also breaking the law. It’s big business, just ask any immigration lawyer, friend in LE, or rep in the community.

    What needs to change is our government policies and first on the list is start taxing the rich again and corporations, that’s how we get sustainable jobs.

    The mayor has lost points with me on a few issues such as continued hike on taxes and services which were promised to be spread out to commercial leasing of RE. I also have a problem with the tidal wave of gentrification and condo building everywhere in our city. Our working families and elderly have been abandoned now that developers have become the dictators of our city.

    Immigration is more complex and also someone else’s gravy train. Ask the rich American contractor.

  10. ritepride says:

    Thus the mayor supports N.W.C. and the takeover of this country. There is a legal way to become a citizen of this country. Anyone who wants to shortcut the process is not of good moral character does not belong in this country. Our forefathers created the U.S. Constitution for the U.S. citizens. It gives no rights to non U.S. citizens. In this world of terrorism we do not need to allow any shortcuts to anyone. Our young men/women serving in the military to protect our freedom, putting their lives on the line everyday. If you think otherwise I feel sorry for you. Perhaps you should be sent to the middle east in their place to truly realize how lucky you are.

  11. joanne l. says:

    So you are bothered by yuppies moving in and driving up prices, but are okay with illegals coming in and taking our jobs? What’s the difference?

  12. Steve Keenan says:

    Both sides on this issue have valid points. Pixie Pocohontas was very informative and I enjoyed her piece. There was a great story in the Sunday Globe today about two immigrant entrepreneurs.

    I want our country to always be open to newcomers. Somewhere in all of our family trees is someone who came here and slowly, but surely took away the lives and land of the Native Americans who are the real Americans.

    I have spent time in South Dakota and Arizona and met many a Native American as well as in Montana. We broke every treaty with them that we signed. Visit Wounded Knee. We do almost nothing for the Native Americans. We are all ancestors of the original “Illegal Immigrants.” Don’t forget that. Good writing by Pixie Pocohontos. It’s nice that the Somerville News has this forum which allows for the exchange of ideas and opinions between people.

    Communication and understanding is the key!! Sleep well dear friends.

  13. Ron Newman says:

    What is N.W.C.? I am not familiar with this organization.

  14. MarketMan says:

    Thank you Pixie for pointing out some facts that show the other perspective. What many don’t understand about immigration is that it’s not as easy as filling out some forms. For example, a potential immigrant needs to show evidence of a substantial amount of money in a bank account to support themselves. The amount required is more than many of these people would even make in a decade in their home country, and more than many Somerville residents make in a year! Many of the complaints on this board about unfairness within Somerville between rich and poor also hold true for immigrants applying for visa. Also, even those that come in at the top with high levels of education and modest amount of wealth have to go through great lengths for a green card, by “showing” that the American economy would essentially collapse without their contribution. For those, it’s about who has the better lawyer and story.

  15. Mememe says:

    @ the people saying that they lower wages or steal jobs. Economics is not a zero sum game. It is a crazy and unthought out assumption. Do you believe that these people that ‘steal jobs’ do not buy goods or services? Do those not create other jobs?

    That being said illegal is illegal. Rally against the stupid laws that dictate if you born on the wrong side of an imaginary line you for some reason have no permission from the powers that be to provide a service that both sides (those supplying the labor, and those paying for the labor) freely engage in.

  16. ritepride says:

    Ron…Ron…Ron…. I am trying to save trees by abbreviating words previously done… N.W.C. = New Wave Communists…Lot of them around today. Where’s Sen. McCarthy & his aide Bobby Kennedy when you need them, they had expertise on this group. T.I.C., (that’s tongue in cheek Ron)

  17. huh? says:

    “no line to get into”?? there’s no actual line, but the process starts with a visa or citizenship request. then you wait. you wait in Brazil, Mexico, Finland, and you come here when your request is approved. While here on a visa, you apply and wait, sometimes returning home and waiting some more. That’s the “line”. do you really not understand that?

  18. Steve,

    Great point about the American Indians who were driven off their own land to make way for the “progress”.

    The only people benefiting from modern day immigration are lawyers, corps/business owners and yes, politicians. I’ve spoken to some lawyers who had been doing immigration law for over 20 years. One who is a good friend of mine, stopped working on cases because it was an uphill battle. Many just keep taking thousands of dollars from clients who get nothing in return–just court dates, postponements and distrust of Americans and the system of just-us.

    There was an interesting case involving a hair salon in a neighboring town, story was in the paper several years ago. The owner was buying hair styling licenses for her workers who were from S. America.The license helped them get other ID’s as well. There was also a “back-room”, a massage parlor. The police raided the place and shut it down. I don’t know what happened to the owner, but someone I was acquainted with was one of her tenants. He could never understand why she was able to afford two brand new hummers. The point about the story is that licenses to cut hair cost each of the girls $5k for one license. It was discovered owner had a partner in NY, an American who was splitting the proceeds, each making $2,500 for each license. I don’t know what the final outcome was, maybe deportation for all.

    Their are other stories, like the American contractors who hire cheap labor and don’t pay their immigrant workers if they don’t feel like it. The worker fears deportation if they go to court to fight for wages. A family member had worked among both–the exploited immigrant worker and the tax cheating contractor who didn’t even provide worker’s comp to his employees. A great deal of this goes on in seasonal communities of tourism. One guy from Eastern Europe working on a visa broke both his legs when he was riding his bike home from the restaurant where he worked. He was struck by a motorist who left him for dead. People in the town complained when he was taken to the hospital for his injuries because they worried who was going to pay his medical bills. Yet, they don’t mind when they are hiding in the kitchens preparing their meals.

    There are many agencies and employers making a ton of money off the exploited immigrant, but don’t expect mainstream media to cover the other side of the story you won’t get to read or hear about.

    It’s better to let Faux News paint a story which only fuels civil unrest among the people of this nation. Just look at what WS has got away with for over 15 years. Tell me where is the justice for those pack of thieves. The real heroes are those who make an honest living–American’s and immigrants alike. While the powers that be continue to keep us divided, we focus on hating people who have nothing to do with the real issues. They are here due to necessity, for their families and only wish to survive. Yes, I would take many as my neighbors before I would take a person of wealth who has no compassion for others who struggle just to survive. This is the new generation, those who hide their money in the Cayman Islands, tax evaders, self-centered with no character because everything has always been handed to them. Education is great if you actually use it to benefit humanity instead of destroying it just to keep billions for yourself. What good does this way of like bring? They don’t give it to charities or to job creation, many are living in other countries because they refuse to pay taxes. Are these neighbors you wish to have living next door? Good luck.

    There is no quick and easy solution to the immigration problems we have in this country today. The best we can do is not to judge people until you get to know them. Some of the worst traitors and thieves are those who have been wrongly glorified, aka corp welfare freeloaders.

    Harry Markoplos said it best during his testimony at the congressional hearing, “Government has coddled, accepted, and ignored white-collar crime for too long,” he testified. “It is time the nation woke up and realized that it’s not the armed robbers or drug dealers who cause the most economic harm, it’s the white collar criminals living in the most expensive homes who have the most impressive resumes who harm us the most. They steal our pensions, bankrupt our companies, and destroy thousands of jobs, ruining countless lives.” (wiki, H. Markoplos)

  19. JazzMo says:

    Curtatone understands it, but all he wants is votes. He is a typical liberal Democrat who hides behind the fancy phrases such as “immigration reform aka more people who will vote democratic”, fairness, etc..

    This Mayor is a fraud and a phony. Just ask JR for an opinion.

  20. Pixie Pocohontas says:

    Steve,

    Great point about the American Indians who were driven off their own land to make way for the “progress”.

    The only people benefiting from modern day immigration are lawyers, corps/business owners and yes, politicians. I’ve spoken to some lawyers who had been doing immigration law for over 20 years. One who is a good friend of mine, stopped working on cases because it was an uphill battle. Many just keep taking thousands of dollars from clients who get nothing in return–just court dates, postponements and distrust of Americans and the system.

    Their are other stories, like the American contractors who hire cheap labor and don’t pay their immigrant workers if they don’t feel like it. The worker fears deportation if they go to court to fight for wages. A family member had worked among both–the exploited immigrant worker and the tax cheating contractor who didn’t even provide worker’s comp to his employees. A great deal of this goes on in seasonal communities of tourism.

    It’s better to let Faux News paint a story which only fuels civil unrest among the people of this nation. Just look at what WS has got away with for over 15 years. The real heroes are those who make an honest living–American’s and immigrants alike. While the powers that be continue to keep us divided, we focus on hating people who have nothing to do with the real issues. They are here due to necessity, for their families and only wish to survive. Yes, I would take many as my neighbors before I would take a person of wealth who has no compassion for others who struggle just to survive. This is the new generation, those who hide their money in the Cayman Islands, tax evaders, self-centered with no character because everything has always been handed to them. Education is great if you actually use it to benefit humanity instead of destroying it just to keep billions for yourself. What good does this way of life bring? They don’t give it to charities or to job creation, many are living in other countries because they refuse to pay taxes. Are these neighbors you wish to have living next door? Good luck.

    There is no quick and easy solution to the immigration problems we have in this country today. The best we can do is not to judge people until you get to know them. Some of the worst traitors and thieves are those who have been wrongly glorified, aka corp welfare freeloaders.

    Harry Markoplos said it best during his testimony at the congressional hearing, “Government has coddled, accepted, and ignored white-collar crime for too long,” he testified. “It is time the nation woke up and realized that it’s not the armed robbers or drug dealers who cause the most economic harm, it’s the white collar criminals living in the most expensive homes who have the most impressive resumes who harm us the most. They steal our pensions, bankrupt our companies, and destroy thousands of jobs, ruining countless lives.” (wiki, H. Markoplos)

  21. Taxpayer says:

    The problem goes back to dear old Ted Kennedy who revised the immigration process. Now even our legal immigrants are not necessarily those who will enhance the country. And isn’t that what you want? To continue to build on the strength of our nation, rather than what we have now, which is destroying some once-vibrant cities into third world countries. Look at Springfield, Lawrence, Brockton as examples. Unlicensed Illegal immigrants are hired by contractors to do work they are not qualified to do, at wages lower than a licensed contractor needs to charge. Their children, as ‘minorities’ soak up far too many college grants, scholarships, etc., as well as spots in the college admission process. Because we still are living under affirmative action, they also get preference for jobs, especially government and public service jobs. They cost our municipalities and school departments millions of dollars because we are forced to translate everything because they will not learn English. Because we refuse to tighten our election laws for instance by requiring IDs to vote, it is almost certain that they are voting in large numbers and thereby skewing election results. We need to turn all of this around before the majority of the country looks like Lawrence.

  22. Pixie Pocohontas says:

    Dear editors,
    Please delete my second revised post of first, since all stories are true and should remain. It was under review, then deleted, then reappeared, so reason for second. They are personal experiences and others can be found in past news media articles. Thank you

  23. Pixie Pocohontas says:

    Taxpayer,

    Your comments sound like those from the Tea Party.
    How do you rate US born, tax evading, major polluters?
    Remember, A Civil Action, just to name one truth story of many which never see the light of day.

    The name if the game is big business- whether we talk about immigration, creation of jobs, outsourcing, corporate raiders, fraudulent mortgages, SEC violations, tax evasion/tax breaks, it is all the same outcome- exploitation and extortion of all working class. Divided we fall, united we have a chance.

  24. PixieLogic? says:

    Pixie, you make no sense. How does this drag in the topic of current, citizen law breakers? Nobody’s saying we don’t have them and they should be ignored. This is the stuff Liberals throw. Ridiculous.
    Look up Ted Kennedy’s comments on his Immigration Act. People predicted the exact situation we have now, and he said it would never happen. People were called racist when they predicted massive illegal immigration, and now here we are. Thanks, Ted.
    and the whole Faux news thing. another Liberal stone that gets thrown. NBC, CBS, ABC have fabricated more news than Fox could dream of. NBC/Zimmerman tape/blowing up a car to prove their safety story when it wouldn’t blow up the way they said it would. CBS/Dan Rather-National Guard-blown out of the water as an amateur hoax, ABC-edited Mrs. Obama when she completely misrepresented the Zimmerman Case. But Fox news is Satan? Grow up

  25. freedomforthepeople says:

    The whole thing in a nutshell it is ILLEGAL WE ARE A NATION OF LAWS,for MAYOR JOE CURTATONE IS BREAKING THE LAW .I would like to know why he has not been indited with all the ILLEGALITIES in this city. the city is now his own playground to play with the tax payers money.I see the new intelectuals or as they call themselves progressives ha! ha! they eat out of Curtatones hand as they are the me generation and just care about themselves and as long as he gives these people what they want they do not care about the illegals down at FOSS PARK WHO ARE ABUSED BY THE LIKES OF the MAYOR AND YOU SO CALLED PROGRESSIVES.ILLEGAL ILLEGAL ILLEGAL NO EXCUSES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. PixieLogic?,

    My point is that there are people in big business doing far worse crimes than what you and your Fox News groupies convey on a daily basis.
    The Democrats have their own reasons for wanting people of all nations to be able to live in this country. It’s called being an open society who embraces all people, not just one particular group with narrow views. The Republicans want them only for their friends the corporations who thrive on slave labor. As one family member who was raised in Mexico (family U.S. citizens, dad worked for govt.) stated, “No U.S. born citizen wants to pick oranges in 95 degree heat all day long”. He’s right–we are over-run by a society of shallow, ignorant, self-absorbed, spoiled, arrogant, intolerant, unappreciative cowards. I challenge anyone born in this country to walk one day in the shoes of an immigrant–you wouldn’t be able to handle it.

    My parents were immigrants of N.Italy — Dad in the 1920’s and Mom in the 1950’s. Nothing came easy for either of them–dad resorted to bootlegging because it was that or starve. He had a family to feed, 6 in all, who grew up in Somerville. Later, dad worked at the Parker House as a chef, after his first wife died, he married a woman 40 years younger, my mom who slaved for over 25 years cleaning dorms at Tufts, she eventually became a U.S. citizen, but for years never cared one way or the other, she would always be considered a “foreigner”, by most Americans who were born here. They stayed close to their family members and friends who also came over from N.Italy. I never knew dad’s ties to the city until 10 years ago, they kept his previous life on Hanover Street to themselves. It was the only way they could survive. One man grew an empire which sent his son to the presidency, but like other men who started from nothing, also built businesses the same way. They call them blue-bloods. The Kennedy’s always helped the poor, same as JMCurley who was one of dad’s closest friends. As a young girl I can still recall being in the old Buick riding home from Forest Hills cemetery and dad pointing to the shamrock shutters. Life was hard. Unless you grew up poor, you don’t get it.

  27. Pixie Pocohantas says:

    Taxpayer,
    The bogeyman under your bed is not immigration, it’s bank inking, corps, and WS looters.

    The Tea Party is not the answer. You need to get out of the house and talk to people who have experienced real hardships.

  28. Steve Keenan says:

    White collar crime is the most costly crime around. Remember the Enron scandal? People that worked there lost EVERYTHING. And don’t
    forget the Savings and Loan scandal from some years back. Lives were destroyed; both major political parties have a hand in the shenanigans.

    The best hope is that all sides stop the partisan bickering, the accusations, and the like.

    What needs to done is to identify the major problems facing our nation(Not that we don’t already know what they are) and to solve them in the best interest of all Americans. That will involve some sacrifice by all of us, but it will insure a promising future for our young people and our children. God bless America and those that protect us.

  29. Pixielogic? says:

    Pixie, all that diatribe and no response to the fake news sold by major networks. For the record, I don’t watch Fox News, never have. that’s an assumption and an insult Libs throw out if someone doesn’t agree with them, or quotes obvious flaws in their ‘logic’. you lost all credibility when you said the Kennedys have always helped the poor. Wow, out of touch and out of reach

  30. Taxpayer says:

    @Pixie Pocohantas (by the way, it is spelled Pocahontas. If you choose to use the name of an historical figure please learn to spell it first. I actually am noticing that you have spelled it several different ways. Interesting.).
    Please do not presume to know anything about me, what my political affiliations are (none), or how I grew up. You would be much more surprised than you realize. The point is, we are not now discussing white collar crime, government bailouts, the weather in California, or traffic in Minneapolis. We are discussing our politicians, who have taken an oath to serve and protect us, and yet are working to serve and protect non-citizen criminals, turning parts of our country into a third world country, for their own selfish gain.

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