America “Burns” While Lawmakers Fiddle

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Migrants gather inside the fence of a makeshift detention center in El Paso, March 2019.

View on YouTube.

The humanitarian crisis at the border grows worse by the minute. Hundreds of thousands of people are demanding to be allowed into the country and there’s no place to put them. They are assigned a date to show up before an asylum judge who will decide if they get to stay, but ninety percent or more do not return, disappearing into the US where they assume new lives. More than 144,000 were apprehended at the border in May alone.

Adults who come in with children, by law, must be held in a detention facility. These are the “children in cages,” Hollywood stars and lawmakers scream about, not mentioning it is a program which began under the Obama administration. This should have been fixed long ago, but Congress has been unable to come together to craft legislation to deal with the crisis.

Last week, the President announced that ICE would be deporting “millions” of people. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others cried foul, accusing the President of fear tactics. Later in the week, media outlets published details of the upcoming raids. Many speculated that it was the acting DHS Secretary, Kevin McAleenan, who was responsible, although this is not confirmed.

The President then tweeted that he was calling off the deportations to give Congress two weeks to come up with a solution. Mexico announced it has deployed nearly 15,000 troops to the border to curb the flow of migrants.

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In the meantime, we provide housing, healthcare, education, recreation, clothing and food for detained migrants, with tent cities being erected to handle the overflow.

Emergency funds to meet humanitarian needs have been requested by the Trump administration, but it is now Democrats in the House that are refusing to appropriate them. Leading the charge is the youngest member of Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who doesn’t want any of the $4.5 billion in emergency aid to be spent on immigration enforcement, and is demanding that the legislation include higher standards for the migrant shelters.

Instead of fixing these problems, the Democrat-controlled House is focused on:

  • Quasi-impeachment hearings on the President. They are recalling witnesses from the Russia-Collusion investigation and re-examining them–even though the Special Counsel found the President not guilty of collusion and obstruction. Eighty members of Congress now support impeachment, including Justin Amash (R-MI).
    Discussing reparations for slavery and having US taxpayers “repay” black Americans for what their ancestors endured.
  • Pledging refunds for LGBTQ+ couples who are now married, but weren’t eligible for marriage tax benefits before 2015 when the Supreme Court changed the law. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 campaign platform includes giving them retroactive tax refunds.
  • Cancelling college debt is in some of the 2020 campaign platforms. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has a plan to cancel $1.6 trillion in outstanding student loan debt and Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a sliding scale of debt relief for those earning less than $250,000 a year.

Why this Matters: We need to control who comes into this country, and who gets to stay. The latest example of someone who should have been deported is a Ukranian national who drove into a line of motorcyclists on Friday on a rural highway in New Hampshire. He killed seven people and injured three others.

The driver, Volodymyr Zhukovsky, 23, has a green card. He was convicted in 2017 for heroin and cocaine use, and in 2013 for drunk driving. His drivers’ license was suspended last month when he failed a sobriety test.

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Google Caught Red-Handed

James O’Keefe, of Project Veritas, the man who caught Planned Parenthood executives negotiating prices for baby body parts, published several videos on Monday exposing proof of fascist-style censorship at Google.

  • Jenn Gennai, Google’s Head of Responsible Innovation was secretly filmed saying that Google is working to make sure Trump is not elected in 2020. She admitted Google executives were called to testify before Congress multiple times about censorship but refused to appear. She said, “We knew they were just going to attack us but we’re not going to change our mind… They can pressure us, but we’re not changing.”
  • She added that she loves Elizabeth Warren, but her idea to break up Google into small pieces would “make things worse.” Small companies don’t have the same resources that Google does and “will be charged with preventing the next Trump situation…” (emphasis added)

O’Keefe also released an interview with a whistleblower who gave further examples of censorship tactics.

  • Structuring the auto-fill on searches to push “social justice” agenda items. If one types “Men can…” in a search query, one of the first possible results is: “Men can have periods.”
  • Skewing search results to remove “algorithmic unfairness.” From a Google policy document: “… imagine that a Google image query for ‘CEOs’ shows predominantly men. Even if it were a factually accurate representation of the world, it would be algorithmic unfairness because it would reinforce a stereotype about the role of women in leadership positions.” Therefore, the results are skewed to represent more women, even if it is not accurate.
  • Disabling the “suggestions” feature. A Google memo from the Transparency and Ethics Group calls leading conservative voices like Ben Shapiro and Dennis Prager, who are both Jewish, “Nazis using the dogwhistles” and recommends disabling the suggestions feature for their content.
  • Filtering content to make sure outcomes are socially desirable. In May, YouTube (owned by Google) began a campaign to censor conservatives and started taking away their ability to host ads—also called “demonetizing” their videos. They did nothing however, to stop pornography which is monetized and rampant on YouTube.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) asks Google rep. Maggie Stanphill at June 25, 2019 hearing if Google considers itself a “neutral public forum,” because the Project Veritas reports raise very serious concerns about Google’s political bias.

  • Google is using “Shame-Loading Fairness” to combat hate, misogyny and racism–which is what they say got Trump elected. Presumably, shame-loading fairness means that if my beliefs are politically incorrect, they will be censored in order to provide fairness to oppressed classes of people.

YouTube pulled O’Keefe’s interview with the whistleblower within hours of it being uploaded; it is no longer available on YouTube, but you can watch the video here. According to O’Keefe, dozens more big tech insiders have come forward who also want to tell their stories.

How to Pray: Father, execute judgment on behalf of all people. Let the wicked be identified and removed. Thank you for remembering the needy and the poor. Restore America’s laws and statutes to protect her citizens. Comfort those who mourn and give hope to the hopeless through the mighty power of Your mercy and grace. We exalt You and praise You above all else and ask this in Jesus’ name, amen.

Psalm 9:16-20 – The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.

Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.

Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men.

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