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THREAD: I voted early!

It felt different this year. Why?

I’m a Republican, but I joined #TheResistance’s #bluewave 🌊. I did not vote for a single @GOP candidate for the first time EVER; and with one exception, I voted @TheDemocrats down ballot. I want to explain why.
So you know, my voting history is solidly (R) and includes pulling the lever for many, many Republicans. Pres. Bush, @SenJohnMcCain, @MittRomney, and @JohnKasich are just a few examples.
I also voted for @KevinYoder from 2010 to 2016... but not this time. I’m #OverYoder. His indifference towards our self-proclaimed, “nationalist” @POTUS is appalling and not deserving of my vote.
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Impressive company representatives... #Amazon #Starbucks #UnitedWay #Expedia #AlaskaAir
#BrightonJonesLLC and many more... United way is a very interesting association... isn't it?!
#FindYourFlow
#EndFamilySeparation #EndCPS #EndFamilyCourt #worldwide 🌎

childhaven.org/about/board/
A company that has interests in Childhaven...
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordstrom
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With help from @leedsgarcia & @fwd, attorney @MarleeDeck flew our second #Nashville #EndFamilySeparation client to NYC tonight. Moments ago, she reclaimed her son, whom she hadn’t seen since May “no llore mama.” He said. Don’t cry, Mom. @AHouseElPaso They fky to BNA @ 130pm Fri
@AHouseElPaso, @MarleeDeck, @leedsgarcia and I demanded DHS #ReleaseRepresentReunify. Today. Not tomorrow. Today. And they did. Thanks again to @tnimmigrant @StephanieTeatro and @NCD_NashvilleTN for showing up and welcoming Yakelyn tonight. And to Barrett Johnston Martin&Garrison
TFW you never wanna let go.
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Putting this out there into the #EndFamilySeparation universe: @MarleeDeck and I are trying to reunite two families today. Not tomorrow. Today. Do I know anyone willing to use frequent flier miles to buy tickets for a mom to fly from Nashville (BNA) to NYC & back? With a +1 home.
Appreciate you folks.
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Why did family separation happen? FOLLOW THE MONEY. Then #EndFamilySeparation #EndFamilyDetention and #AbolishICE
Trump administration appointees went from profiting off the deportation machine to working directly in it interc.pt/2zbr5uV by @lhfang
Dan Ragsdale.
David Venturella.
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Heartfelt apologies for the disappointment felt by my 1000s of new MAGA followers who read the thread I wrote about my meeting with Pres. Obama that’s bounced around 19M times (literally). But maybe you’ll be interested in what @AlexNowrasteh and @mkolken have to say. #FF
It has been amazing to watch a couple thousand people tweet some version of “where was your outrage when Obama did it?!” at liberals and fake news outlets, while simultaneously showing zero outrage now, and doing nothing to stop it. If that’s the takeaway, idk, Man. IDK.
There used to be three or four main idealogical tent poles to conservatism and the Republican Party: (1) libertarianism/limited government “less government = more freedom; (2) “Moral Majority”/WWJD/“values voters” (3) Fiscal conservatives (4) strong national defense. Not anymore.
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Parents & children are not just being separated at the border. They are being separated in every state by @ICEgov - an immoral force ripping apart families everywhere. It’s time to #AbolishICE so we can #FreeOurFuture and #EndFamilySeparation.
U.S. Citizens - Call Congress and ask them use their oversight authority to #EndFamilySeparation. We must ensure the rights of children and parents are respected, and our legal system is allowed to work. Call- (202)224-3121 to share this important message. #ReuniteFamiliesNow
@DHSGov - the @UN has recommended guidelines for human rights at international borders bit.ly/2typSbW . The actions the DHS is taking do not comply with these guidelines. Stop the human rights abuses! #ReuniteFamiliesNow #EndFamilyDetention @womensmarch @UnitedWeDream
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🚧 1.Let's take a little trip down memory lane @NancyPelosi @SenSchumer @SenGillibrand because it appears as though you may have a memory problem. In 2014 there were children in cages, 80% of which weren't even receiving adequate food and water #AbolishICE #WomenDisobey
2. 2014 Brian Williams reported on 52k children cramped into small facilities and while "taking children from Mothers" is never said listen closely when they say ADULTS are deported, kids stay? @NBCNews knows this and it was @RepMcCaul (R) that was worried #KeepFamiliesTogether
3. The @ACLU wrote to the Obama Admin in 2014 complaining children, including infants were starved, kept in "freezers" and sexually abused they included 116 confessions from children. #KeepFamiliesTogether acluaz.org/sites/default/…
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Pres. Trump’s executive order still plans to criminalize families — including children. It’s not enough to #EndFamilySeparation or #KeepFamiliesTogehter. We need to #EndFamilyDetention. You can help us fight back.
We’re fighting back on the legal front. Our #SoutheastImmigrantFreedomInitiative provides pro bono legal representation to immigrants detained in the Southeast. You can volunteer.
splcenter.org/sifi
We’re fighting back by showing up and speaking out. We are rallying for immigrants’ rights here in Montgomery, Alabama — the state where AG Jeff Sessions began his career. facebook.com/events/2370502…
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Let’s be clear about what this Executive Order does: Instead of imprisoning children in separate internment camps away from their parents, this administration will now imprison children in the same internment camps as their parents.
The Executive Order @realDonaldTrump just signed does nothing to end the “zero-tolerance policy” that automatically criminalizes any and all immigrants who cross the border without legal papers, including those seeking asylum.

It does nothing to end the imprisonment of children.
Children locked in “tender age” prison camps will still be locked in camps. Family detention camps.

#EndFamilyDetention
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ICE lied, told flight attendants the kids were a soccer team. They weren't. Now this flight attendant won't work when the US transports children away from their parents. "I might as well have been a collaborator on their transport." houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-mat… #EndFamilySeparation
Can it happen here? Nazi historian says “the ultimate safeguard against aspiring authoritarians, and wolves of all kinds, lies in individual conscience” nybooks.com/articles/2018/… @CassSunstein
"We want no part of it" — @united Airlines CEO, saying his jetliner will not carry detainees separated from their family under the inhumane #Trump administration policy, in planning since September, which medical authorities have called child abuse. The statement:
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1) I.... actually really disagree with this article. The crux of the article's argument is that Godwin's Law was being used as a tool to suppress speech and free thought.
2) The initial logic pans out. It stated that there were situations occurring, such as Planned Parenthood's vivisection of fetuses and selling off portions of them, that were barbaric and deserved comparison to Mengele, the Nazi scientist known for cruel experiments on children
3) However, even as the author of the article briefly covers that Godwin initially proposed the law to prevent lazy arguments and rigid thinking like calling everyone who disagreed with you a Nazi, the author then tosses that claim aside
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Thread: How did we get here?
In 2015, I shook President Obama’s hand, thanked him for DACA, and asked him to reverse course & close the for-profit baby jails (also known as “family detention centers”) he opened in Dilley & Karnes City, Texas. What he said shook me to my core 1/
2/ Specifically, I told him, “It’s wrong. And it’s going to be a stain on your legacy.” He stopped moving on to the next person in the rope line and looked back at me. I’d gotten his attention. He turned back, looked at me and “Are you an immigration lawyer?” “Yes”
3/ Just days before, President Obama’s senior immigration policy advisor @cecmunoz had received a chilly welcome during her keynote address to the @AILANational annual conference attendees in National Harbor. She was greeted with silent protest & signs saying #EndFamilyDetention
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Please stop saying “this is not who we are.”

America ripped African babies from their enslaved parents, ripped Native Americans babies from their murdered ancestors, & threw Japanese American babies into Concentration Camps.

Denying history is the best way to ensure it repeats.
Please start saying, "This is not how we should be"—then prove it:
•Support candidates who support human equality
•Fund orgs working to uphold justice
•SPEAK UP when you see injustice

We change tomorrow by owning yesterday & changing ourselves today.
#EndFamilySeparation
History Repeats:
•WW2—1.2M White Germans excused, while under the same criteria Japanese sent to Concentration Camps
•Today—100K Undoc Canadians excused, while under the same criteria Undoc Latinos sent to Concentration Camps

This isn't about the Law—It's about White Supremacy
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African American Jews whose ancestors were enslaved, torn from their mothers’ arms and sold, know the trauma of violent family separation and dehumanization.

#FamiliesBelongTogether
Jews descended from holocaust survivors know the trauma of families torn apart by white nationalist and antisemitic regimes.

#FamiliesBelongTogether
Mizrahi Jews know the painful legacy of babies kidnapped by the state, never to be seen again, never to receive recognition or accountability of who and what was stolen from them.

#FamiliesBelongTogether
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I'm on another plane (this time to the border) - another thread on things you can do to help #EndFamilySeparation and #KeepFamiliesTogether, updates 1/
One opportunity to help is to volunteer w/ @TXCivilRights - they are in need of Spanish, Mam, Q’eqchi’ or K’iche’ and have paralegal or legal assistant experience to help w/ their legal intake process in McAllen, TX - here is the volunteer form: texascivilrightsproject.org/keepfamiliesto…
TCRP is also in need of full time volunteers to help lead a parallel process of intake efforts in Brownsville, Laredo, El Paso, and Alpine, Texas. They can help you with training and capacity to organize legal intake in these cities. Here is the form: texascivilrightsproject.org/keepfamiliesto… 3/
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The 1997 Flores Agreement that the Trump Administration is now attacking does not call for separating families.

Flores was a hard fought victory to prevent child abuse and detention.

Do not let anyone tell you otherwise

#ProtectFlores, a thread
Flores did three things:
1. Require govt. to release children from detention without delay
2. If sponsor isn't found, govt. is required to place children in least restrictive setting
3. Require govt. to set standards for care in detention for children

womensrefugeecommission.org/images/zdocs/F…
The Trump Administration, by blaming the Flores settlement agreement for their despicable policies, is literally trying to open the door to prolonged abuse and detention of children.

Do not let them come after Flores. nytimes.com/2018/06/14/us/…
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The Trump administration has selected Tornillo, TX for its "tent cities" to detain children arrested at the border & separated from their parents.

During the summer, Tornillo reaches the high 90s F, with heat indices in the mid-to-upper 100s F.

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elpasotimes.com/story/news/imm…
Tarpaulin tents trap that heat, creating inhumane & dangerous conditions for adults—let alone children.

Disgraced Sheriff Joe "concentration camp" Arpaio lost a lawsuit for KILLING prisoners in his "tent cities," which reached temps of 130F.

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theguardian.com/cities/2017/au…
In addition to calling our members of Congress to demand they #EndFamilySeparation...

...We should call the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce to protest Tornillo's for-profit deal in imprisoning innocent children.

☎️ 915-534-0500

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elpaso.org
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#FamiliesBelongTogether: Teresa has been detained in Ocilla, GA for 10 months. She has five children — 4 U.S born and 1 a DACA recipient. She has 6 U.S. born grandchildren. She was detained for driving without a license. #EndFamilySeparation splcenter.org/attention-on-d…
Teresa has been a devoted member of her @NewnanGeorgia community since 1999. Our Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative team has applied for a stay of removal to stop Teresa's deportation. #EndFamilySeparation splcenter.org/our-issues/imm…
Help raise awareness of Teresa's case by sharing her story. #FamiliesBelongTogether splcenter.org/attention-on-d…
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#Today's story to #EndFamilySeparation Four months ago, Dad and 4-month-old entered at the Texas/Mexico border and requested #asylum. Dad and child were immediately separated and the baby put in ORR custody. #FamiliesBelongTogether
Dad was detained in a #Texas detention center where @RAICESTEXAS consulted. Dad accepted a deportation to be quickly reunited w/ his infant child. However, the Dad was deported & NOT his child. The now 8-month-old baby has been in ORR custody for 4 months. #EndFamilySeparation
The Mom and Dad now have once weekly Skype calls with their 8-month-old baby. That's right, folks. They Skype with an infant. #EndFamilySeparation #FamiliesBelongTogether
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the detention of immigrant kids & families isn't all new, but thanks to @chrislhayes and others, it's finally getting the mainstream attention and outrage it deserves. many have asked what they can do to help - a few ideas. #EndFamilySeparation #KeepFamiliesTogether 1/
first: money! there are fantastic, smart, hardworking attorneys in the trenches doing this grueling work every day. give to them. a few suggestions in the thread to follow. (there are many people doing this vital work - not an exhaustive list.) 2/
has a bond fund to help parents reunite with their children. they're also raising $$ to provide lawyers to unaccompanied kids facing deportation - that's right, if a toddler can't pay for a lawyer, she's on her own. that's where @RAICESTEXAS comes in. 3/
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