Purge at DHS “Deeply Alarming”

As Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen oversaw the implementation of the Trump Admin’s increasingly toxic anti-immigrant policies. That she is reportedly resigning because she is not extreme enough for the White House’s liking is deeply alarming. “The President’s dangerous and cruel anti-immigrant policies have only worsened the humanitarian suffering at the border and inflicted vast […]

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Border visit shows nothing of what Trump speaks of

There is no national emergency at the United States-Mexican border. Having visited El Paso, TX (3/15/19 – 3/17/19), the same place our president visited recently before he declared a national border emergency, I saw no problems at the border fence or the port of entry. There was no massive invasion. There was no violence. There […]

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Week In Review

Trump’s budget Donald Trump unveiled his budget that includes drastic cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — the same programs that Arizonans told elected leaders to protect. The budget also greatly increases the deficit, forcing future generations to pay for tax cuts that benefit corporations and the super wealthy. Republicans are hellbent on providing […]

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Why This Week Was A Win

The bill Trump signed Friday (no doubt without reading) would have been quite different had the Democrats not won the House in November. Elections do matter. Without the need to compromise with Democrats to pass a funding bill, the Republicans in the Senate would never have defied Trump as much as this new law does. […]

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DORR Breakfast with the Florence Project & Somos America

The Somos America Coalition is a group of community organizations, religious organizations, non-profits and individuals partnering to advocate for immigrant rights in our community. Somos America representative Sharon Kopina will be at our DORR Breakfast on Thursday at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill at 8am. The mission of the Florence Project is to provide free […]

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The Caravan

An Editorial in last week’s Daily Sun challenges Democrats to talk about “the caravan.” I will. The Editorial concedes “The country’s strength is derived from the fact that it has been home to those in peril,” adding, “[t]his does not mean open borders but a smart and lawful methodology for determining who should be allowed […]

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Immigration Rally

A group of concerned citizens has planned a rally to call for a change in the Coconino County Jail policy of cooperating with ICE.   Our current county sheriff, Jim Driscoll, has chosen to cooperate with ICE.  A recent court case made it clear that Sheriff Driscoll’s policies are not mandated by law. But he has dug […]

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Separating families, belittling others not acceptable

This letter appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun on July 15, 2018 Taking children from the parents of families that are seeking asylum in the United States of America is morally reprehensible. We should be welcoming these refugees into our country with open arms and hearts. It is what Jesus would do. Nearly all of these […]

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Families Belong Together Rally

A coalition of Together We Will, Keep Flagstaff Together, Repeal Coalition, and the Coconino County Democratic Party are joining together to protest the policy of forced separation of children from parents and detainment at the border. Dorothy Rissel and Greta Murphy are coordinating. Please direct questions to them. The rally will go forward because Trump’s “Executive […]

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