It Gets Worse: Illegal Immigrant Minors In Chicago Up To 748

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(usofarn.com)

Last night I posted the story of Illinois Senator Mark Kirk stating that 429 “unaccompanied minors” from the Southern Border Invasion had been sent by the Obama administration to Chicago.

This morning Sen. Kirk and Fox News are reporting that that number has increased to 748 illegal immigrants being held/sent to/released onto the streets of Chicago.

From Fox News:

Fox News has learned that 748 unaccompanied minors have been transferred from areas near the border to the Chicago area. Of the original group of 748 kids, 319 have been placed with family members or sponsors while they await an immigration hearing. The other 429 have been placed in facilities run by the Heartland Alliance, a nonprofit organization that receives grants from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., told Fox News Friday that he did not know the exact locations of the facilities where the children were being kept, and stated his belief that the White House did not want the children’s living conditions to be made public.

“My worry is the administration doesn’t want people to know what the condition of these place are or how these kids are being treated in detention,” Kirk said. “Kids can sometimes to be pretty cruel to each other, they don’t want those stories to get out and they don’t want us to know what is going on in these detention facilities. These detention facilities should be completely open to the press and to the American people so that we know how what conditions are, we should be able to talk to the kids who are there.

“I can’t explain the incompetence of the Obama administration,” Kirk said later. “This is a tremendous self-inflicted political wound … This narrative, [that] this is Obama’s Katrina, [is] sticking really hard.”

Fox goes on to report that the Obama administration is refusing to tell lawmakers about the movement of all of these illegal immigrants children and where they are being sent after being apprehended by the Border Patrol.

These revelations this morning just go to further illustrate the need for the Freedom of Information Act request with both the Border Patrol and the Department of Health and Humans Services that I have filled for the total number of “unaccompanied minors” sent to Illinois(and to which cities in our state).

I fully accept to have to fight HHS to get them to honor that FOIA.

Stay tuned.

Communists Gather in Chicago for Annual Convention

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(wikimedia.org)

As the Communist Party USA gathers in Chicago this weekend, its rhetoric strikes a somewhat familiar tone as those from the city currently in national power:

From the party’s convention announcement:

Put people before profits: Help build a movement to transform this country

Announcing the 30th Convention of the Communist Party USA

June 13-15, 2014, Chicago, Illinois

The people of the United States face enormous challenges today.

We live in a capitalist system where the 99% of people struggle every day to survive and the richest 1% control the vast majority of wealth and power. Capitalism cannot meet the needs of the vast majority.

Economic inequality and job insecurity are increasing. Working families are living with less and working longer hours. The infrastructure of our cities and towns is deteriorating. Our schools are underfunded and essential public services are strapped and slashed. Home foreclosures are everywhere and millions of people are homeless and hungry in the richest country in the world. Racism, sexism, homophobia and all kinds of discrimination are commonplace. Working men and women fight and die in wars around the globe for U.S. corporate interests.

We also face an urgent threat to the very survival of life on the planet. Climate change is the byproduct of capitalism. It is working people, the poor and communities of color who face the most direct consequences of global warming and the poisoning of our environment.

The drive of the rich and powerful to gain wealth at the expense of working people is the only logic of capitalism.

But everywhere in our country people unite to fight to improve their lives, to change the world for the better.

The main obstacle to progress today is right-wing extremism. Right wing spokespeople and groups represent and are funded by the most conservative sections of the rich and powerful.

Left-wing activists liken school closings in minority communities to Jim Crow segregation laws

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(Wikipedia)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a memorable scene from the classic TV comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Debra confronts her brother-in-law, Robert, who’s feeling sorry for himself because he was immobilized after being gored by a bull:

“You know what I think? I think you love that bull. I think you were so happy he found you, because he’s a two-ton excuse for your life! That’s right. You were a victim before that bull. You’ve been a victim your whole life, because there’s nothing easier than playing the victim, is there, Robert?”

While the sitcom used its self-pitying character to generate laughs, there’s nothing funny about seeing real people go through life blaming their self-inflicted miseries on others.

And that’s exactly what’s happening in Washington D.C., where a collection of progressives have filed three civil rights complaints with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights over school closures in Newark (New Jersey), Chicago and New Orleans.

The complaints were filed by officials with the Journey for Justice Alliance – a collection of left-wing organizations that includes state and national teacher unions.

The activists claim that students of color in Newark, Chicago and New Orleans “have been disproportionately affected by school closures and charter-school expansions,” the Washington Post reports.
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