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Ask the CEO: Crisis at the Border

"Here's the real crisis at the border: children are dying," writes DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti.

A photo of Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin who died while in the custody of the United States Border Patrol in December 2018. / REUTERS

After watching the president conclusively prove he can read off a teleprompter, I struggled to stay awake as the 146-year-old couple (Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) robotically read through an uninspired response.

Here's the real crisis at the border: children are dying. Families fleeing from drug cartel violence (criminal competition to serve Americans, monetarily the largest illegal drug market in the world) are having their children stripped away and detained in concentration camps with numbers written on their arms.

Last night, the president mostly avoided the lies he's been spouting about the imaginary hoards of (brown) terrorists and criminals coming across our southern border, but I'm certain the mean girl tweets and lies from the draft dodger and the amoral suck-ups remaining in his administration will start back up this morning.

If you're of a mind to be fearful of terrorists hiding among campesino asylum seekers looking for work, here's a crisis that hasn't been leveraged yet: There's a 4,000 mile border between mainland United States and Canada! OMG, the terrorists might have maps!

We also need to build more thousands of miles of walls around every international airport and seaport since almost half of our undocumented immigrants are from Asia, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. They arrive by airplanes that fly thousands of feet above walls.

Walls don't work — ask China. The most recent downfall of the Chinese government (Qing government) and the subsequent "century of humiliation" was at the imperial hands of the British exploitation and their Opium Wars. The British arrived where the Great Wall of China doesn't work — by sea — as do most of the illegal drugs (consumed mostly by white Americans) coming to this country today.

Anyone reasonably informed on Russian interference with our elections and the soul-sucking absence of responsibility of Google and Facebook executives can imagine that the real invasion crisis facing our nation is coming from the Internet.

Inept questioning of Silicon Valley billionaires by our completely out-of-touch octogenarian congressional leadership is scarier to me than people seeking asylum from American market incited violence.

However, if undocumented workers truly concern you, then I propose immediately jailing employers who conspire to circumvent employment laws. Let's start at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, N.J., where credible evidence of a criminal conspiracy to employ undocumented workers exists. Go right to the top. Lock him up. Lock him up. Lock him up.

Looking to the future, I have been invigorated by representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on "60 Minutes" and other interviews. Fresh, lively, intelligent. Representative of our nation's future, not our past.

If you want to truly understand why this is happening, read Professor Steve Phillips' book "Brown is the New White." Sign up for updates on his website.

The Conversation (4)
09 Jan, 2019

I am surprised to the lack of response on this topic. Why are we so frightened of people we place in office? Or, do we scare ourselves; because Trump is 100% representation of millions in this country? I did not bother to tune into Trump's nonsense; a total waste of my electricity and time with my Amazon Prime, Netflix, etc. watching.

The border between Canada and the US is open; people literally walk across it every day. People that have money take flights in every day from all over this planet. They obtain Visas and many marry Americans for a short period of time and then move on. There is a never ending story of people from all over the world entering this country; however, the eyes are on the brown folks from Mexico. Why? Well, to start they take jobs from our our high school dropouts, minimum wage citizens because people in flight will take less than minimum wage and, if the employer is like Trump, who do not give a damn, he will employ them illegally as he call them murderers and rapists. Millions of Trump's followers have the same mindset; however, they do not pay these brown people, Trumps followers just hate them because they are scared the brown people will one day have more than they have.

Bonissima9191009 Jan, 2019

Thank you for your honest and refreshing article. Yes, it is refreshing to see/read the truth expressed.

If only we could find the way to quickly and legally get rid of the chronic liar in the White House, and his disgraceful lap dogs, who know the demented and how to take advantage of it. They are as racist and perverted as the failed potUS.

10 Jan, 2019

I’m not surprised at all , as most people are . Of course the group that put him in office , is the same group who doesn’t want to deal with the aftermath so , they hide the hands that threw the rock . Mums the word . We’ll whisper about this at our tables , the water cooler and amongst ourselves . In fact , we can’t blame this one on the blacks so , we’ll agree with him in public and show our worst side when we’re out there . Because we can’t lose our standing by being tough and remaining rulers . We have power and must show it off . If people hate us , that means we’re still the Greatest ! We Rule ! Yeah !

Dawn10 Jan, 2019

I can't understand for the life of me why trump followers believe what he says. He is a fear monger, and I think that a whole heck of a lot of whites are now feeling justified that it's okay to let the racism and hate show... after all, trump is doing it with absolutely no consequences.

I would do anything in my power to keep my children safe and alive, including crossing a boarder illegally. Our government should be doing a much better job for these families. We are supposed to be one of the mightiest countries, and yet we can't figure out how to keep a child alive who crossed the boarder? We can't figure out how to keep children with their parents? These people aren't out to steal our money and take our jobs. They are looking for help!

I also wonder where these trumpers think their families came from... Even if they came here legally, unless you are from an indigenous people, you really shouldn't be here at all. Our white ancestors stole everything from the indigenous people, trashed and polluted the land and brought Black people here to be slaves. It's past time that we start paying that back.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Makes C-SPAN History With Speech on Government Shutdown

"This shutdown is about the erosion of American democracy and the subversion of our most basic governmental norms," said Ocasio-Cortez.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) first speech on the floor of the House of Representatives broke a C-SPAN online viewing record for House speeches.

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Shutdown Over Border Wall Stops Over 42,000 Immigration Hearings in Their Tracks

"Largely, the individuals in the immigration courts and the ones getting their cases cancelled during the shutdown are on the lower end of the economic spectrum," said Alan Pollack, a New Jersey immigration attorney.


A report by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse says that the tally of canceled immigration hearings, currently almost 43,000 for the shutdown period, would likely grow by 20,000 for each additional week the government fails to reopen.

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Ask the CEO: Is Criticism of Schumer and Pelosi Ageism?

Or is a tyranny of old people and a lack of leadership skills, most importantly mentoring and sponsoring the next generation, open for criticism?

I received a comment from a reader on my last column.

Here's the gist of it:

"I did not tweet or post (your last column) because of the ageist comment/s made about Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. I have no problem with them being criticized as lackluster, but not because of their age."

Here's my response:

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Ignorance is Driving Trump Support

Most Americans don't know that the overwhelming majority of U.S. immigrants are legal. A Pew report explains immigration.

As the partial shutdown of the federal government continues, it has now become the longest funding lapse in U.S. history. President Trump is demanding that Congress approve $5.7 billion in funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Meanwhile, on Friday, at least 800,000 federal workers did not receive paychecks.

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Rep. Steve King's White Supremacy Remark Just Shows His True Colors

King's remarks are "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse," tweeted Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) wants to know why white nationalists and white supremacists are getting a bad rep.

"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?" King asked in an interview with The New York Times published on Thursday. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

The far-right lawmaker is at the forefront of supporting the Trump administration's anti-immigration policies and the push to end birthright citizenship. As a matter of fact, King credits himself with getting Trump onboard.

"Donald Trump came to Iowa as a real non-ideological candidate," King said, in the Times interview. He said he told Trump, "I market-tested your immigration policy for 14 years, and that ought to be worth something."

King has previously, on the House floor, shown a model of a 12-foot border wall he had designed.

Thursday afternoon he released a statement on Twitter "clarify" his comments on white supremacy and white nationalism.

"I want to make one thing abundantly clear; I reject those labels and the evil ideology" represented by those terms. "I am simply a Nationalist," he wrote.

"I condemn anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of 6 million innocent Jewish lives." Like the Founding Fathers, he wrote, "I am an advocate for Western Civilization's values."

But let's look at King's track record.

In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, consumers and employees pushed back against companies donating to King's campaign in November. He is known for his association with white nationalists, even retweeting a Nazi sympathizer.

(But residents of Iowa still re-elected him for another term.)

King endorsed, Faith Goldy, an openly white supremacist candidate for mayor of Toronto. He often praises far-right politicians and groups in other countries.

In September, during a European trip financed by From the Depths — a Holocaust memorial group — King actually met with members of a far-right Austrian party with historical ties to Nazis for an interview on their anti-Semitic propaganda website. The meeting was just a day after ending a five-day trip to Jewish and Holocaust historical sites in Poland, including the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

"In an interview with a website associated with the party, King declared that 'Western civilization is on the decline,' spoke of the replacement of white Europeans by immigrants and criticized Hungarian American financier George Soros, who has backed liberal groups around the world," according to The Washington Post.

In December 2017, King shared a story on Twitter written by the Voice of Europe and quoted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who said, "Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one."

King added to the tweet: "Diversity is not our strength."

Members of Congress are condemning his recent comments.

"Everything about white supremacy and white nationalism goes against who we are as a nation," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, (R-Calif.), said, in a statement. "Steve's language is reckless, wrong, and has no place in our society. The Declaration of Independence states that 'all men are created equal.' That is a fact. It is self-evident."

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney tweeted that King's remarks are "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse."

"Dear Steve King (@SteveKingIA): FYI this is one reason you get bad search results when people type your name in Google," Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), tweeted.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Trump is a Racist

In a "60 Minutes" interview, the new Democratic congresswoman said the president's words are "historic dog whistles of white supremacy."

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is starting her term in Congress telling it like it is.

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