URGENT: In its last months in office, the Trump Administration is seeking to deport vulnerable children and their parents from the Berks Family Residential Center and the South Texas Family Residential Center. (thread)
These parents and children fled unspeakable violence in their home countries in Haiti, Central America and South America. For many of them, deportation is tantamount to a death sentence. /2
Included is this group is a girl (15) who fled Honduras after gang members tried to torture, rape, and kill her; a boy (14) who fled domestic violence and human trafficking in Guatemala; a three-year-old who was ripped from his mother’s arms and held captive by gang members... /3
There's also a four-year-old girl whose father was violently murdered in Honduras immediately prior to her journey to the United States; a 16-year-old girl who was stripped naked, sliced with a knife, and almost raped by gang members in El Salvador; and so many more. /4
Katherin, 14 yrs old, wrote about her experience: “I don’t have the warmth of family anymore, I feel alone & sad...Our lives are also in danger because of so many people who are infected with COVID-19. Please, I implore you...I don’t want to spend another Christmas locked up.” /5
Jhoselyn, 11—and his sisters Zoe, 8 & Emily, 6—wrote: “We have been locked up here for 11 months already, we spent our birthdays here & it’s very hard...I can’t stand it anymore & I cry a lot… Please, I don’t want them to separate us. My sisters & I can’t go back to Ecuador.” /6
Juan David, 11 years old, wrote: “I’m afraid that the gangsters will hurt me..That’s why I ask God to soften the hearts of the asylum officers and that I can go live with my aunt and uncle in New York…I want to have a normal life...Here, I always have a headache and anxiety.” /7
.@SenBooker & I are calling on @DHSgov to halt the deportation of these 28 children & parents, immediately release them to sponsors & allow them to present their claims for asylum. DHS should be focused on protecting our national security, not innocents fleeing danger & violence Letter to DHS re: child deportation, page 1. Full letter avaLetter to DHS re: child deportation, page 2. Full letter avaLetter to DHS re: child deportation, page 3. Full letter ava

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22 Sep
Our Nation has reached another painful milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic. Two hundred thousand Americans have lost their lives to this cruel virus. Every death represents a human life lost, a family shattered, a community forever changed.
We have lost parents, sisters and brothers, grandparents, friends, colleagues, classmates, neighbors and heroes on the front lines.
My prayers and my deepest sympathies are with those who have lost loved ones, and those who are living with the long-term health repercussions of the virus.

It didn’t have to be this way.
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The next Supreme Court justice is likely to be the deciding vote on whether the Affordable Care Act will be overturned, which will mean up to 5.5 million people in PA will lose their protections for pre-existing conditions, and 996,000 more will lose their insurance entirely.
It is disturbing and hypocritical that Republican Senators would attempt to fill this vacancy now while Americans across the country have already begun casting their ballots in this presidential election…
…especially when they were unwilling to even grant a hearing to President Obama’s nominee to the court in early 2016.
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10 Sep
Today’s vote was another bad faith effort by Republicans, who refused to engage in meaningful and bipartisan negotiations all summer. This proposal fails to meet the needs of workers and families who have been struggling for months.
It has no support for food assistance, no relief for renters facing eviction, no funding for state and local governments which are laying off employees because the federal government isn’t helping them.
The Republican bill doesn’t provide any additional money for nursing homes. And it has no investment to help seniors and people with disabilities receive the services they need to stay safe at home,...
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JOBS: We don't have to choose between good jobs and a clean environment. The @SenateDemsClimate plan makes clear that any climate action MUST also promote the right to organize, better wages and higher labor standards.
HEALTH: The health of our children and our communities depends on commitment to invest in meaningful climate action now. We can save lives and make Americans healthier by addressing air quality, heat exposure, vector-borne and infectious diseases, access to safe water and more.
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Mr. President, there’s nothing great about delaying medication delivery to our veterans & seniors. Or making it harder for small businesses to engage in e-commerce. Or cutting off a lifeline for rural America. Don’t take it from me though, my constituents can tell you:
Norman, U.S. Army Vietnam veteran from Erie County, wrote in a letter to me that "there are already delays in service. I receive several medications through the VA for a service related disability. I have prescriptions right now that are not being delivered."
Anne wrote from NEPA: "As a rural Wayne County voter, the post office is a lifeline. My husband is disabled and receives a worker's comp check every two weeks. It now arrives five days later than it used to."
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In Mitch McConnell’s Senate, 2 mos. have passed w/o action on COVID-19. No vote on the HEROES Act, no real relief. Republicans focused on corporate immunity while hardworking Americans continue to suffer the effects of this vicious virus. And now he’s sent everyone home.
Here’s just a short list of who the Majority Leader has turned his back on:
✅ Those who desperately need additional unemployment benefits
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✅ State & local governments who may be forced to cut services and lay off first responders
✅ Nursing home residents and workers who will continue to suffer and die at shocking rates
✅ Workers who need enforceable OSHA standards to keep them safe on the job
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