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January 14, 2019

Q-Poll: Democrats Are Winning Messaging On Shutdown

by Christine Stuart | Jan 14, 2019 3:16pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Immigration | Poll | Public Health | Public Safety | White House

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A Quinnipiac University poll of 1,209 American voters found 63 percent oppose shutting down the government to force Congress to fund a wall along the southern border.

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January 10, 2019

Federal Shutdown Continues With No End in Sight

by Peter Urban | Jan 10, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Immigration | White House | Norwalk

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WASHINGTON — Congress made no progress Wednesday in ending a partial government shutdown — now more than two weeks old — that has left some 800,000 federal workers without paychecks and raised concerns over the impact it is having on government programs from small business assistance to air traffic controllers.

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December 20, 2018

Sentencing Commission: Let Parolees Vote

by Jack Kramer | Dec 20, 2018 11:59am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Courts | Election Policy | Equality | Immigration | Jobs | Law Enforcement | Legal

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HARTFORD, CT — The Sentencing Commission Wednesday voted to once again get behind any bill that would restore voting rights to parolees, who are still serving their sentences.

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December 7, 2018

Public Urges Sentencing Commission to Get Behind 364 Day Sentence

by Jack Kramer | Dec 7, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Immigration | Legal

Courtesy of CT-N

HARTFORD, CT —Immigration advocates and Yale Law School students were back again this year urging an independent state criminal justice agency to recommend reducing misdemeanor sentences from 365 to 364 days in an effort to stem deportations.

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September 7, 2018

Blumenthal, DeLauro Decry Latest Trump Action on Child Detention

by Peter Urban | Sep 7, 2018 3:00am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | DC News Junkie | Immigration

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A Trump administration proposal this week to lift court-ordered limits on the length of time it can detain immigrant children drew swift rebukes from U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro.

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August 16, 2018

Lawsuits Seeking To Block Citizenship Question Advance

by Brian Woodman Jr. | Aug 16, 2018 8:00am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | Courts | Immigration | White House

Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

For the first time since 1950, the U.S. Census Bureau wants to ask everyone whether they are a U.S. citizen. It may seem to some like an innocent enough question, but it could have a big impact and it’s why states like Connecticut have joined a multi-state lawsuit to block it.

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July 31, 2018

DOJ Warned of ‘Zero-Tolerance’ Harm to Children

by Peter Urban | Jul 31, 2018 4:02pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Immigration | Poverty | Public Safety | White House

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WASHINGTON — Before launching its “zero-tolerance” policy in April, the Trump Administration was warned that it could do serious harm to children separated from their parents at the border.

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July 23, 2018

DOMINIC A. RAPINI OP-ED | Immigration - The Walmart Solution

by Dominic A. Rapini | Jul 23, 2018 8:54pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Election 2018 | Immigration | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion


It is not complicated — solve the immigration problem on conservative terms or it will be solved for us — Republicans won’t like the other solution.

With one piece of legislation, we can craft a solution that will save the United States hundreds of billions of dollars in deportation costs, end the civil war created by sanctuary cities, and develop programs based on merit and the economic needs of our country. How? Walmart can save the day.

Let’s be clear: no solution is possible until we build the wall, eject the criminal illegals, end the visa lottery, and limit chain migration to immediate family. With these goals obtained — then we can begin to develop a solution for the 10M to 30M immigrants here illegally in the US. Illegals that came here against US Law but were allowed to stay because of our lack of courage and conviction to follow through on our laws. At an estimated deportation cost of $10,000 each it would cost up to $300 billion dollars to deport everyone. Why would we even do that? They are baked into our economy, they are our friends and neighbors, here because we allowed them to stay.

Instead of spending $300 billion to deport people, rip apart families and disrupt our economy, let’s send everyone to Walmart. Ninety percent of all illegal immigrants live within 10 miles of Walmart. Walmart is where families shop for clothing, household needs, and food. Imagine a private-public partnership with Walmart that establishes Freedom Centers within each of their stores. Small stores-within-a-store much like the H&R Block pop-up stores found within Walmarts each tax season.

Staffed with trained government employees, Freedom Centers would be the location where Illegal Immigrants come to register with the United States to gain legal status in our country. They must fulfill minimum requirements. They cannot have felonies or a DUI conviction. Applicants must be able to speak English, show documentation from their country of origin, be off social welfare programs, and pay a fee. Once registered they can legally get jobs, pay taxes, get a legal drivers license. They cannot vote nor have a path to citizenship. To become citizens, they must follow current US Law, leave the country and re-enter as legal immigrants.

Does it have to be Walmart? No, it can be any retailer that has a national footprint and an interest in being part of the immigration solution. What retailer doesn’t want to be the hero in this story? Plus, they get to sell a lot of ‘bread and milk’ to these families. In other words, it’s good business. In the end, we have a solution that involves the US Government and a business partner. It is self-funding with fees and savings from not deporting people. This is a solution that will unify our country and give us the freedom we need to conquer other pressing issues. Let’s get it done and eliminate one of the greatest wedge issues of our time.

Dominic A. Rapini is a Republican candidate for United States Senate.

DISCLAIMER: Paid for by Dominic for U.S. Senate, Michele Berardo, Treasurer. The views, opinions, positions, or strategies expressed by the author are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or positions of CTNewsJunkie.com.

If Tolls Become Reality, The ACLU Wants Privacy

by Christine Stuart | Jul 23, 2018 1:00pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Legal | Privacy | Transportation

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HARTFORD, CT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut wants to make sure that data gathered by any future electronic tolling system on state highways isn’t sold or used by the government to track down undocumented immigrants.

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July 16, 2018

Feds Release Separated Parents

by Thomas Breen, Paul Bass, & Christine Stuart | Jul 16, 2018 11:55am
Posted to: Courts | Immigration

Thomas Breen / New Haven Independent

Updated—In response to a landmark ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Victor Bolden, two immigrant children being held in Connecticut will be reunited with their parents.

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