Friday, August 1, 2014

Boehner: Immigration Order Would Cement 'Legacy of Lawlessness'



Boehner: Immigration Order Would Cement 'Legacy of Lawlessness'
Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 03:31 PM
By Jennifer G. Hickey
House Speaker John Boehner responded to reports that President Barack Obama is seeking to use his executive authority to act on immigration, saying such a move would solidify his "legacy of lawlessness."

Speaking to reporters, Boehner said, "If the president takes these actions, he'll be sealing the deal on his legacy of lawlessness. He'll be violating the solemn oath he made to the American people on the day of his inauguration. And he'll be sacrificing the integrity of our laws on the altar of political opportunism. And I can guarantee you, the American people will hold him accountable."

Boehner's cautionary comments came a day after the House voted 225-201 to initiate a lawsuit against the Obama administration for actions that are unconstitutional.

According to Talking Points Memo, Obama administration officials have been talking about using his executive authority to grant work permits to illegal immigrants and allowing them to remain in the country to work.

Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Munoz, White House Counsel Neil Eggleston, and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson have been meeting to chart a course on immigration. They also have been hosting meetings with immigration reform advocates and other special interests, Talking Points Memo reported.

On July 30, the Senate voted 63-33 to pass a $2.7 billion emergency spending measure to deal with the influx of Central American illegal immigrants coming across the southern border.

The House had planned today to vote on its own $659 million spending bill, which would be more focused on securing the border, but it was tabled after Republican leaders were unable to garner enough support for it, The Hill reported.

The House is scheduled to leave for its August recess Thursday, and the Senate plans to adjourn Friday.

Also Thursday, Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace executive order, which would require "prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations and will give agencies more guidance on how to consider labor violations when awarding federal contracts."

Barack Obama
Barack Obama is the president for the Barack Obama administration, Melody C. Barnes is his golf partner, and was an intern at Sidley Austin LLP.

Note: Melody C. Barnes is Barack Obama’s golf partner, was the director at the Domestic Policy Council for the Barack Obama administration, and the EVP for the Center for American Progress.
Cecilia Munoz is the director at the Domestic Policy Council for the Barack Obama administration, and was the SVP for the National Council of La Raza.
Pritzker Family Foundation was a funder for the National Council of La Raza, and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, and the Center for American Progress.
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, Jonathan Soros’s father, was a supporter for the Center for American Progress, and the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
Gara LaMarche was the VP & director of U.S. programs for the Open Society Foundations, and is a director at the Roosevelt Institute.
Jonathan Soros is the vice chairman for the Open Society Foundations, George Soros’s son, a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, and was the vice chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Center for American Progress, the Roosevelt Institute, and the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Jeh Charles Johnson was a governor for the Roosevelt Institute, and is the secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Donald F. McHenry is a governor for the Roosevelt Institute, and an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Cyrus F. Freidheim Jr. is an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago
R. Eden Martin is the president of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
Michelle Obama was a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP, and is Craig M. Robinson’s sister.
Barack Obama was an intern at Sidley Austin LLP.
Newton N. Minow is a senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Penny S. Pritzker is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce for the Barack Obama administration, Donald Pritzker’s daughter, was the national finance chair, fundraiser for the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign, a co-chair for the 2009 Barack Obama inaugural committee, a fundraiser, national co-chair for the 2012 Barack Obama presidential campaign, a contributor for the 2013 Barack Obama inaugural committee, the host for the Barack Obama fund-raising dinner, 7/2/2008, and Craig M. Robinson’s basketball coach for the children's team.
Donald Pritzker is Penny S. Pritzker & J.B. Pritzker’s father.
J.B. Pritzker is Donald Pritzker’s son, a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and the president of the Pritzker Family Foundation.
Pritzker Family Foundation was a funder for the National Council of La Raza.
Cecilia Munoz was the SVP for the National Council of La Raza, and is the director at the Domestic Policy Council for the Barack Obama administration.
Melody C. Barnes was the director at the Domestic Policy Council for the Barack Obama administration, and the EVP for the Center for American Progress, and is Barack Obama’s golf partner.
Barack Obama is Melody C. Barnes is his golf partner, the president for the Barack Obama administration, and was an intern at Sidley Austin LLP.









State: ‘No American is proud’ of CIA enhanced interrogation program



State: ‘No American is proud’ of CIA enhanced interrogation program
By Mario Trujillo - 07/31/14 07:00 AM EDT
A forthcoming report on the defunct CIA enhanced interrogation program "tells a story of which no American is proud," according to leaked State Department talking points.

The White House on Wednesday accidentally emailed The Associated Press the proposed "topline messages" the department prepared in anticipation of the declassification of the Senate Intelligence Committee report.

The executive summary of the committee's report on the Bush-era techniques — sometimes described as torture — is expected to be declassified in the next few weeks.

The leaked talking points reveal that then-Secretary of State Colin Powell was not initially briefed on the program, nor were some ambassadors around the world, according to the report.

The talking points mention that some ambassadors in countries where the detention facilities were held were told about the program, but they were instructed not to tell their superiors.

A former CIA official told the newswire that Powell was eventually brought into the loop on the program, and ambassadors in countries that housed the interrogation facilities were usually told.

It is unclear when the former secretary was first told about the program that began after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The leaked memo says the report "leaves no doubt that the methods used to extract information from some terrorists suspects caused profound pain, suffering and humiliation. It also leaves no doubt that the harm caused by the use of these techniques outweighed any potential benefit."

That broad conclusion has been widely reported in the past. Republicans on the committee, who did not participate in the production of the report, and the CIA have taken issue with the some of the findings. The CIA issued a rebuttal in December.

The State Department talking points propose concluding that the whole process is a testament to U.S. democracy.

"American's democratic system worked just at it was designed to work in bringing an end to actions inconsistent with our democratic values," according to the memo.

According to the AP, the memo also attempts to anticipate some questions from reporters including: Isn't it clear the CIA engaged in torture? Will the Justice Department reconsider prosecuting anyone involved?

Colin Powell
Colin L. Powell was the secretary for the secretary for the U.S. Department of State, is an honorary director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and an overseer at the International Rescue Committee.

Note: Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank).
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations.
R. James Woolsey is a director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and was a director at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
William H. Webster is an honorary director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and was a director at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
George J. Tenet was a director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), a director at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and John O. Brennan was his chief of staff.
John O. Brennan was George J. Tenet chief of staff, and is the director at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) & the former assistant to the president for homeland security & counterterrorism for the Barack Obama administration.
James R. Schlesinger was an honorary director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and a director at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Judith A. Miscik was the deputy director of intelligence for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and a director at the International Rescue Committee.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the International Rescue Committee, the Brookings Institution (think tank), and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank).
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
Bruce Riedel is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution (think tank), a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, and was an officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Saban Center for Middle East Policy is a policy center at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Kenneth M. Pollack is a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, was a senior fellow, Middle East policy for Brookings Institution (think tank), and an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Cameron F. Kerry is a fellow at the Brookings Institution (think tank), John F. Kerry’s brother, and was an associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.
Neal S. Wolin was an associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, and a special assistant to the director for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Stephen W. Preston was a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, and is a general counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Jamie S. Gorelick is a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, and was a trustee at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank).
Jessica Tuchman Mathews is the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), was an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Ed Griffin’s interview with Norman Dodd in 1982
(The investigation into the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace uncovered the plans for population control by involving the United States in war)
Andrew Carnegie was the founder of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), the endowed predecessor schools for the Carnegie Mellon University, and the founder of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
Teresa Heinz Kerry is a life trustee at the Carnegie Mellon University, a trustee at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, married to John F. Kerry, and an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Cyrus F. Freidheim Jr. is an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Robert S. Osborne is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and the EVP & general counsel for Booz Allen Hamilton.
Joan A. Dempsey is the SVP for Booz Allen Hamilton, and was the deputy director for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Steve Isakowitz was a senior intelligence officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and a senior consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton.
Edward Snowden was an employee at Booz Allen Hamilton, and leaked information about the National Security Agency (NSA).
Booz Allen Hamilton is a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA).
National Security Agency (NSA) is a member agency for the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is a member agency for the U.S. Intelligence Community.

                                                                                    




Cuomo Retains Defense Counsel as Corruption Probe Widens



Cuomo Retains Defense Counsel as Corruption Probe Widens
Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 10:19 PM
A criminal defense attorney says he's been retained by the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a federal prosecutor threatens to widen an investigation into the Democratic governor's handling of an anti-corruption commission.

Elkan Abramowitz said Thursday he was hired some time ago to represent the governor's office. Cuomo faces questions about whether his administration meddled with the commission.

The New York Times reports that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is threatening to investigate Cuomo's office for obstruction or witness tampering for allegedly asking commissioners to speak out about the panel's work.

Cuomo's office acknowledged Thursday having conversations with "relevant parties."

Five commissioners publicly rejected talk of interference on Monday, the same day Cuomo dismissed allegations that an adviser improperly pressured commissioners not to investigate entities linked to Cuomo.

Andrew Cuomo
Andrew M. Cuomo is the New York state government governor, Mario M. Cuomo’s son, and was married to Kerry Kennedy.

Note: Mario M. Cuomo was the New York state government governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, is Andrew M. Cuomo’s father, and a board of adviser’s member for the American Constitution Society.
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the American Constitution Society, and the Human Rights First.
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, and was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Human Rights First.
Kerry Kennedy is a director at the Human Rights First, and was married to Andrew M. Cuomo.
William D. Zabel is the chair for the Human Rights First, and was George Soros’s divorce lawyer.
Mark A. Angelson was a director at the Human Rights First, and a partner at Sidley Austin LLP.
James D. Zirin was a director at the Human Rights First, and is a senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
Michelle Obama was a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP.
Barack Obama was an intern at Sidley Austin LLP.
Newton N. Minow is a senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
R. Eden Martin is the president of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
Faith Elizabeth Gay was an attorney at Sidley Austin LLP, and is a director at the American Constitution Society.
Mario M. Cuomo is a board of adviser’s member for the American Constitution Society, Andrew M. Cuomo’s father, and was the New York state government governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state.
Andrew M. Cuomo is Mario M. Cuomo’s son, the New York state government governor, and was married to Kerry Kennedy.






Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh: Foolish for Boehner to Take Impeachment 'Off the Table'



Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh: Foolish for Boehner to Take Impeachment 'Off the Table'
by Tony Lee 30 Jul 2014, 6:55 PM PDT
After conservative icon and talk radio host Rush Limbaugh blasted House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for declaring that impeaching Obama was off the table, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin praised Limbaugh for understanding the importance of not emboldening Obama to act even more lawlessly.

"Rush is right," she wrote in a Wednesday Facebook post.  "The GOP wants to take impeachment off the table? When will you learn liberals won't hate you less if you play nice in these tumultuous times? No matter how polite, complacent, and complicit you are, Obama will continue to harm our Republic and make you impotent. Even today, his very un-presidential speech mocked you for always being a' 'hatin'. Your apathy is their power."

On his Wednesday radio show, Limbaugh criticized House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for announcing to the world that Republicans would not impeach Obama.

"Boehner took it off the table if it was ever on the table, and I don't like all these things being 'taken off the table,' by the way," Limbaugh declared. "We just said we're not gonna shut the government down, so we're not gonna use the power of the purse to stop Obama. Okay. Now we're saying impeachment's off the table, so we're not gonna use the Constitution to stop Obama."

Limbaugh said the "Republican Party is bragging or broadcasting that they're not gonna do anything to stop Obama" because, despite Obama's record-low approval and record-high disapproval numbers, the GOP establishment still believes that, "if there's any pursuit of Obama politically, that it's just gonna send the independents running right to the Democrats in the midterms and all that."

"They really do believe, even now, that the public does not want to hear their Dear Leader criticized," Limbaugh said of the squeamish GOP elites. "They don't want to hear their Dear Leader subject to impeachment talks or what have you, and so the Republicans are doing everything they can tell everybody, 'We're not gonna impeach him! We're not gonna do it!' It's just purely defensive. It's rooted in fear, and I think it's a miscalculation." Limbaugh said is not intending to lead the impeachment movement but realized the foolishness of taking impeachment off the table, which would only embolden Obama.
Palin asked Republicans who complain about Obama's lawlessness but do not want to consider impeachment: "After soothing Obama by reassuring him that he'll never be held accountable via the ultimate serious check on his lawlessness, you'll now ease on down WHAT road to stop the madness? What's the plan to stop his fundamental transformation of America?"

"Please don't tell us you're armed with a phone and a pen and now a bunch of lawyers filing suit," she said, of Boehner's lawsuit against Obama. "You can't bring those to the front lines and win."

And please don't underestimate the wisdom of the people. We see Team Obama's obvious strategy in pushing you back in a corner as you lay down the ultimate weapon of force our Founders provided you in our Constitution. Congress, you've already disarmed yourself of the other weapon the Constitution gives you by refusing to use the power of the purse to defund Obama’s lawlessness. Now you’re completely unilaterally disarming by taking any notion of impeachment off the table while Obama gleefully pushes forward with amnesty by fiat. He's called your bluff, GOP! But it's not too late.

Stand tall and don’t be afraid to educate the public about the Constitution’s remedy for a lawless imperial presidency. If you educate Americans about what impeachable offenses really are, they will listen. And trust me, if Obama moves on amnesty, Americans will look to you for action. If you stand up for the Constitution, you won't let them down. Please be stronger, wiser, and more courageous for us. We'll have your back. Reciprocate.

As Palin has been emphasizing, Limbaugh also emphasized that many do not understand what "high crimes and misdemeanors" actually are:

High crimes and misdemeanors does not mean theft, larceny, murder, any of that.  High crimes and misdemeanors means dereliction of duty! High crimes and misdemeanors means action outside the Constitution.  High crimes and misdemeanors means action detrimental to the country in violation of the oath of office.  It's an entirely different the thing than a criminal definition.

Andrew McCarthy, the former federal prosecutor and author of Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment, recently wrote in National Review, that many politicians are oblivious to what  "high crimes and misdemeanors" actually mean.

"Contrary to some less than informed opinion, 'high crimes and misdemeanors' – the legal standard for impeachment – refers not to indictable criminal offenses but to profound breaches of the public trust by high-ranking officials," McCarthy wrote. "Once the standard is understood, it becomes easy to see that the president and his underlings have committed numerous, readily provable impeachable offenses. "

Palin called for impeachment on the pages of Breitbart News, and said Obama's lawlessness on illegal immigration that impacts American workers of all backgrounds and races, including legal immigrants, was the tipping point. After her announcement, a third of Americans a majority of Americans are for it. And Palin said the threat of impeachment can prevent Obama from acting more lawlessly. And if Obama goes ahead with more executive actions on illegal immigration by granting work permits to millions of more illegal immigrants, even more people will consider impeachment. She has said if more Americans learn that the Founders intended impeachment to be the ultimate check against a lawless executive, they would be in favor of it.

John Boehner
John A. Boehner is the speaker for the U.S. House of Representatives, a member of the Burning Tree Club, and the House leader for the Republican establishment.  

Note: Jack Valenti was a member of the Burning Tree Club, and a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Marvin H. Edwards is the VP for the Aspen Institute (think tank), and was a director at the Constitution Project.
James S. Crown is a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Lester Crown is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and was a lifetime trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Aspen Institute (think tank), and the Brookings Institution (think tank).
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
James E. Rogers is a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and was a director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a longtime supporter for the Republican establishment.
Klaus Kleinfeld is a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), was a director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
John S. Chen was a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and was a director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Larry D. Thompson is a trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and was a director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
James W. Cicconi is a director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a partner at the Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP.
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP is the lobby firm for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Vernon E. Jordan Jr. is a senior counsel for Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), Valerie B. Jarrett’s great uncle, a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), was a member of the Iraq Study Group, and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Lee H. Hamilton was a co-chair for the Iraq Study Group, is a co-chair for the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America's Future, and an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Cyrus F. Freidheim Jr. is an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Valerie B. Jarrett is Vernon E. Jordan Jr’s great niece, the senior adviser for the Barack Obama administration, and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
R. Eden Martin is the president of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
Newton N. Minow is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and a senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
Michelle Obama was a lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP.
Barack Obama was an intern at Sidley Austin LLP.
Sidley Austin LLP was the lobby firm for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a longtime supporter for the Republican establishment.
John A. Boehner is the House leader for the Republican establishment, a member of the Burning Tree Club, and the speaker for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Jack Valenti was a member of the Burning Tree Club, and a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Marvin H. Edwards is the VP for the Aspen Institute (think tank), and was a director at the Constitution Project.
James S. Crown is a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Lester Crown is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and was a lifetime trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Aspen Institute (think tank), and the Brookings Institution (think tank).
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Child Watch® Column: "We Need Immigration Reform Now!"



Child Watch® Column: "We Need Immigration Reform Now!"
Release Date: November 8, 2013
Children’s Defense Fund Newsroom
Nine-year-old Jaime Gordillo Villa was born in the United States and is a good student who has gotten awards for both good grades and behavior. He wants to be a lawyer when he grows up to help immigrants and others who need help. He says he doesn’t want people to suffer for things they didn’t do. His family knows about suffering since coming to the United States to start a new life. Jaime adored his big brother. They studied and played soccer and video games together. But when his brother was detained by immigration officials his family had to spend so much money on lawyers to try to keep him here that they lost their home. And then his brother was deported anyway. Jaime’s afraid his mother or father might be next if they are caught by the police and he might lose them too. He is one of fifty courageous children the Fair Immigration Reform Movement has coming to Washington, D.C. on November 14 to share their stories with members of Congress and urge them to pass immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship this year.

As the debate on immigration reform continues in Congress, millions of children have so much at stake. One in four children in the United States currently lives in an immigrant family, representing about 18.4 million children. Children of immigrants represent the fastest growing segment of the child population. Immigrant populations are diverse, but many children in immigrant families face significant challenges to their health and well-being, including poverty, lack of health insurance, low educational attainment, substandard housing, and language barriers. Any long term solution to our immigration system must take into account what is best for these children.

A recent report from Human Impact Partners (HIP), Family Unity, Family Health, highlights the need to protect children’s rights and keep families together during immigration reform to ensure children’s health. Family-focused immigration reform would result in better child health. Our current immigration policies push families apart and children into illness and poverty. HIP projects that if current policies remain unchanged, 43,000 U.S. citizen children will experience a decline in health status, 100,000 will develop signs of withdrawal, and over 125,000 will go hungry in the next year. Children of undocumented immigrants—the majority of whom are U.S. citizens—will continue to suffer from trauma and fear of deportation which can lead to costly health consequences in their adult lives.

The Children’s Defense Fund has joined with many child and family advocates supporting a set of key principles for children we hope Congress and the Administration will incorporate in immigration reform without more delay. Limbo is a very bad place for children to live.

First, we believe there must be a direct, clear, and reasonable pathway to citizenship. Any pathway to citizenship must be open, affordable, safe, and accessible to children in need of status, including beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), undocumented children under the age of 21, and unaccompanied immigrant children.

Second, our immigration system must uphold children’s basic human rights and ensure access to critical public services, programs, and economic supports for children and their families. Protecting a child’s human rights should include ensuring children receive legal representation before all immigration authorities and, for all unaccompanied children, the appointment of an independent child advocate from the moment of detention throughout the course of any immigration or other related court proceedings.

Third, we need to ensure enforcement efforts have appropriate protections for children. In all enforcement actions, including those along the border, the best interests of the child should be a primary consideration and children must be given the benefit of the doubt during any investigation or detention. There should be appropriate and accountable training policies for interacting with and screening children that reflect a humanitarian and protection-oriented approach, prohibit the use of force with children, and create reasonable and safe conditions for children.

Finally, we must keep families together. All policies regarding admissibility, enforcement, detention, and deportation of children and their parents must consider the best interests of children, including enabling immigration judges to exercise discretion in admission and removal decisions based on the hardship to U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident children. The immigration system must be updated by resolving current backlogs and ensuring family-based immigration channels are adequate for future migration without lengthy family separation.

As the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society, every child within our borders should have access to the services and resources they need to survive, grow, and thrive. As our nation’s leaders, hopefully, move forward with the important task of reforming federal immigration laws, I hope they will take into account the unique needs of children. Please urge your member in the House of Representatives to take action on immigration reform that promotes child well-being by ensuring families stay together and gives all children the opportunity to grow and thrive. The Senate has acted. The House must vote—now.

Children’s Defense Fund
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Children’s Defense Fund, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), and the Brookings Institution (think tank).

Note: George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and his daughter is Andrea Soros.
Andrea Soros is George Soros’s daughter, and a director at the Acumen Fund.
Angela Glover Blackwell was a director at the Acumen Fund, is an advisory council member at the Acumen Fund, and a director at the Children's Defense Fund.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was a funder for the Acumen Fund, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Kati Haycock is a trustee at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the EVP for the Children's Defense Fund.
Andrew Carnegie was the founder of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the founder of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), the endowed predecessor schools for the Carnegie Mellon University, and the founder of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
Jessica Tuchman Mathews is the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (think tank), a director at the American Friends of Bilderberg (think tank), was an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a 2008 Bilderberg conference participant (think tank).
Ed Griffin’s interview with Norman Dodd in 1982
(The investigation into the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace uncovered the plans for population control by involving the United States in war)
Teresa Heinz Kerry is a life trustee at the Carnegie Mellon University, a trustee at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), the chair for the Heinz Endowments, and married to John F. Kerry.
Robert F. Vagt was the president of the Heinz Endowments, and a director at the Children's Defense Fund.
John F. Kerry is married to Teresa Heinz Kerry, Cameron F. Kerry’s brother, and the secretary at the U.S. Department of State for the Barack Obama administration.
Obama's bid to deport children complicates immigration reform effort
On Tuesday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry will meet with the leaders of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala on the sidelines of the Panamanian president's inauguration to reinforce items agreed to during Vice President Joe Biden's visit to the Central American countries earlier this month, the official said.
Authorities have apprehended more than 52,000 unaccompanied minors at the Southwest border so far this fiscal year — about double the number from a comparable period in the last fiscal year. Many are fleeing violence at home, or reacting to false rumors that children and families will be given permission to stay.
Cameron F. Kerry is John F. Kerry’s brother, and a fellow at the Brookings Institution (think tank).
Lee H. Hamilton is an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a co-chair for the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America's Future.