Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Children Lost in the System!!!

I recently wrote a letter to President Donald Trump at the White House expressing my concern regarding his administration's separation of immigrant families at the border. This practice is not law as he uses as an excuse; this is policy as implemented by the TRUMP administration. It is totally at the President's desecration. I am opposed to the practice and am voicing my grave concern unlike our representatives in Congress who sit idle as this unjust inhumanity occurs on American soil! Donald Trump and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, both your wives I understand were not born in the United States ( I might be not be 100% correct regarding the Senate leader) but I am attempting to make a point. In addition Trump's assertion that Democrats view immigrants, not refugees, as future voters is ludicrous. The reason is because if the person enters the USA illegally, the reality is that there is no path towards legalization therefore they will always be in illegal status making them ineligible to ever vote.

Please read the below article. It explains the situation on the ground well.

"WASHINGTON — The former head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told NBC News that migrant parents separated from their children at the border are sometimes unable to relocate their child and remain permanently separated.
"Permanent separation. It happens," said John Sandweg, who served as acting director of ICE under the Obama administration from 2013-2014.
Sandweg's warning contradicts White House messaging that the separation of women and children migrants under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy is only temporary.
While a parent can quickly move from detention to deportation, a child's case for asylum or deportation may not be heard by a judge for several years because deporting a child is a lower priority for the courts, Sandweg explained.

"You could easily end up in a situation where the gap between a parent's deportation and a child's deportation is years," Sandweg said.
As a result, parents may find themselves back in their home countries struggling to find their children. Many do not have access to legal counsel or understand the U.S. immigration or judicial systems.
Children who stay in the foster system for lengthy periods of time may become wards of the state and finally adopted.
"You could be creating thousands of immigrant orphans in the U.S. that one day could become eligible for citizenship when they are adopted," Sandweg explained.
That scenario could be hard to swallow for immigration hardliners who argue against spending welfare dollars on immigrants and are opposed to a path to citizenship for children brought into the country illegally.
Sandweg says he has seen permanent separation happen when a parent is deported without his or her child.
"This is why family unity was critical for us. With the numbers of families crossing ticking up, [the] Obama administration was concerned about children being left behind," said Sandweg.
Speaking on Fox News on Tuesday, White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp insisted the separations were short term.
"We have come to understand that these families who are separated, it is for a limited period of time between five to ten days," Schlapp said.
But already, immigration lawyers in the U.S. and Central America say many parent immigrants who have been deported are having a hard time locating their children. The Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy was announced in April.
Parents are given a paper slip written in English and Spanish that explains they have been charged with a crime for entering the United States illegally and will be separated from their child while they await their court hearing.
"For assistance in locating your child(ren), you may contact the Office of Refugee Resettlement," the slip says, giving a 1-800 number.
NBC News called the number and heard a recording that allows the caller to be connected with a case manager regarding his or her child."

Link: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/former-ice-director-some-migrant-family-separations-are-permanent/ar-AAyS9og?ocid=ientp

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Case Against the American Health Care Act (AHCA)

27% of all adults would be denied insurance due a "pre-existing" condition according to the Republican proposal.

Bill proponents, such as  Mr. Donald Trump and House Leader Paul Ryan would have you believe these conditions are limited to only major conditions. This is not true, any medical condition minor or major would allow insurance companies to deny your coverage. This includes a minor allergy, previous sports related injuries, or surviving cancer. The Trump administration put little work into drafting the legislation that reorganizes 1/6 of the American economy.

The average penalty under Obama care for not having health insurance was $600.00, under the AHA the penalty increases to approximately $2,000 per American if your insurance laps. This is in fact a more expensive mandate to than seen with Obama care.

Placing persons into high risk pools who have serious medical conditions would make their premiums unaffordable.

It is a fact Congress wrote into the bill exception for themselves and their staff. They would be covered under a different system.

Obama care currently is better choice for American citizens when compared to the current Trump care proposal. This is my call demanding a better way.




Monday, January 09, 2017

Nepotism and corruption

My statement is non-partisan. How do those in power allow for the appointment of family members to official executive branch posts paid or unpaid? How can an administration from the top down not be obligated to submit tax information and financial interest?
This is the very definition of corruption.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Community supports victims of the attack at Pulse Orlando

At this time of political transition in the United States. Let us be cautious not jump to false conclusion or led by emotion. Was this a hate crime, domestic terrorism, coordinated attack on America. Current reports have made no clear determination. I urge the nation calm and to be cerebral in our response; law enforcement or war. Let us collective mourn our brothers and sisters.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prince Performs “Purple Rain”

Prince Performs “Purple Rain” During Downpour | Super Bowl XLI Halftime ...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Florida has poorest unemployment system in U.S.

"TALLAHASSEE — Most out-of-work Floridians will never see a jobless benefits check from the state.

In fact, a report this week from the National Employment Law Project, a nonpartisan research group, puts the Sunshine State at the bottom of the nation, tied with South Carolina, in the percentage of unemployed people who actually receive state unemployment insurance.

From June 2014 to June 2015, just one in eight unemployed people in Florida received benefits, the report says. It appears to be a new low. Just six years ago, at the height of the recession, more than 30 percent of those out of work received weekly payments.
Critics blame the state for making it harder for the unemployed to qualify for benefits.
The number of Floridians on unemployment insurance has fallen dramatically in recent years in tandem with new requirements from the state. Adding to the problem: A new online system for unemployment claims was plagued with glitches.
Nationally, about 27 percent of jobless receive benefits, though that rate has fallen since the recession as well.
"Unemployment insurance is a basic lifeline for America's workers when they lose jobs through no fault of their own," said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project (NELP), in a written statement. "Workers earn these benefits through their work histories, and like any insurance policy, the purpose is to help provide needed financial support when there is a catastrophic event — in this case, involuntary job loss."
One of the biggest hurdles to receiving benefits in Florida has been the rollout of CONNECT, an online filing system for unemployment, which cost $77 million to start in 2013. After the website launched, applicants experienced months-long delays in receiving benefits.
State audits have called for major changes to CONNECT, which is managed by the Department of Economic Opportunity, and lawmakers have taken them to task, as well.
The study's authors also point to a law passed in 2011 that requires those seeking benefits to routinely report information about their job search, which has accompanied a steep rise in people being disqualified from benefits for not following the proper procedure. The requirements are "among the most onerous in the country," according to NELP.
State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, who sponsored the legislation, said changes were needed to encourage people to look for work while receiving benefits and to stop those who should be ineligible from earning benefits.
"(The law) hadn't been changed since the '30s," Detert said. "Our studies showed that people didn't even start looking for a job until two weeks before benefits ran out."
Asked to comment on fixing CONNECT glitches and access to benefits, Department of Economic Opportunity spokeswoman Jessica Sims said that the study doesn't paint a picture of the economy as a whole.
"The best way to assist someone who is unemployed is to create more opportunities for them to find a great job, and that's what we are focused on," she said.
Contact Michael Auslen at mauslen@tampabay.com. Follow @MichaelAuslen.
Study: Florida has lowest rate of unemployed who receive benefits 09/22/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 8:37pm] "


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Space Flight by Light (Solar Sail)


The Planetary Society is preparing to launch a tiny satellite into orbit later this month as the first phase in testing a solar sail as a means of spacecraft propulsion — an idea that has been kicking around in the science (and science-fiction) literature for at least a century.

The satellite, LightSail, no larger than a loaf of bread, is contained within the somewhat larger Prox-1 satellite developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology. It is scheduled to liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket on May 20.

The concept states that if a large enough, kite-like "sail" can be deployed in space, the pressure exerted by particles streaming from the the Sun (known as the "solar wind") could be used to push a spacecraft along, much the same way that a sailing vessel is propelled when heading downwind.

The first LightSail won't reach a high enough orbit to try out the sail in the solar wind, but it should be able to test the mechanism for deploying the 345-square foot tissue-thin Mylar sail. A mission set for next year should put a second LightSail in a high enough orbit to fully test the concept.

A decade ago, the Planetary Society, the non-profit founded by the late Carl Sagan and now headed by Bill Nye ("The Science Guy"), made its first attempt to launch a solar sail, but the satellite was lost when the Russian launch vehicle it was on failed to reach orbit."