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Families from Latin America get off a bus at a motel being used as a shelter run by the non-profit Colores United, after being released from immigration detention in Deming, New Mexico on June 4, 2022. - The non-profit Colores United uses the motel, where they feed, clothe and assist migrants who are on their way to sponsors in the United States. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo by PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images)

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When asylum-seekers are actually allowed to seek their U.S. asylum rights, they are often released to borderland non-profit organizations and churches that help them with everything from diapers, meals, and bus tickets as they continue their journeys. Many asylum-seekers already have relatives here. “The new model would use federal funds to send migrants to shelters in cities farther inside the country before they go to their final destinations,” NBC News reports. “Besides Los Angeles, they will be sent to Albuquerque, New Mexico; Houston; Dallas; and other cities.” 

The report says that the proposal is jokingly being referred to as the “Abbott plan.” The right-wing governor this past spring decided that he would use asylum-seekers as human props, and bus individuals and families from Texas to Washington, D.C., as a fuck-you to the president. But some migrants bused out of Texas for free by Abbott had a message that he maybe wasn’t expecting: Thanks for the ride.

Santo Linarte López told The New York Times in late April that he didn’t have much money left after traveling from Nicaragua, with hopes to meet family in North Carolina. “He said he did not understand why Mr. Abbott was paying for him to travel north, but he was grateful.” An official told NBC News that the administration ”is taking a page from Abbott’s book and paying for buses and flights itself to alleviate overcrowding.”

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley has been among the organizations to have aided newly arrived asylum-seekers, and for their good work, they have been inundated with hateful vitriol by hateful people.

Sister Donna Markham told Jesuit magazine America that phone calls have come “in language that I would never repeat and threatening our agencies.” That harassment happened in part because of conservative group hits. When these right-wing groups single out organizations like Catholic Charities, they know exactly what they’re doing and instigating. But Sister Norma Pimentel, who heads Catholic Charities Rio Grande Valley, told America that she’s undeterred. 

“As a Catholic, I firmly believe that God desires that we care for our brothers and sisters in need, those who are suffering,” Sister Pimentel told America. “My focus remains unshaken. I refuse to be distracted from helping others. I am consoled and inspired by those who do support the work we do, who care for those who suffer and who stand up and protect and defend those in need.”

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I’m truly lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Sometimes I think the only thing keeping me alive in the face of an ongoing pandemic, intensifying climate crisis, and many, many more issues worsening with a swiftness is the outdoors. I’m not saying I’m holding onto this mortal coil for dear life, but instead that I see meaning in the life I’m living thanks to my surroundings. I can think of so many moments when clearing my head meant a walk to the river, a run on the Lafitte Greenway, or getting away even farther and exploring more of the place I love and call home. Once I’ve hit the road and I’m walking through the swamps of the Barataria Preserve, it’s like the chaos of the world cannot reach me. Mosquitos can, which isn’t great since they inexplicably love me, but my worries are just as small as they are when I’m out in nature. Quite literally taking a hike is the only way I can imagine celebrating this 4th of July.

Exploring nature is something I’ve only recently come around to in my adult life, and that may be because often the folks we assume are hitting the trails are their own stereotype. Typically, the most visible people heading outdoors are white, cis, able-bodied, and have enough money to afford the luxury of time and equipment for all sorts of terrain. But a whole host of grassroots and more formal organizations are making it possible for people from a diversity of backgrounds to feel more comfortable when they head out into nature. Field Magazine has a great resource for BIPOC groups blazing a trial—I’m personally obsessed with Latino Outdoors. The publication also offers great resources for LGBTQ+ hikers. And disability advocates can take comfort in the amazing work Disabled Hikers is doing, though certainly more can be done so that all are welcome to this space.


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“At least six people were dead, 31 were hospitalized and a gunman was at large Monday afternoon after shooting Fourth of July paradegoers from a roof in this Chicago suburb,” the Washington Post reports.

“Video from the scene appeared to show blood pooled on the sidewalk and police talking to people in downtown Highland Park. Others showed the chaos while loud bangs could be heard on the downtown street where chairs, toys and blankets were strewn.”

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Exclusive: Biden Wants To Scrap Filibuster To Codify Abortion Into Law – Manchin And Sinema Refuse To Budge – TalkOfNews.com

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President Biden on Thursday called on the Senate to carve out an ‘exception’ to the filibuster as a means to codify abortion rights into law following the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“The most important thing to be clear about is I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that,” Biden told reporters at a NATO summit in Spain.

“And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be we provide an exception for this, requiring an exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision,” he added.

One reporter openly wondered if Biden, whose popularity is at record lows and who has struggled to coalesce his party around any significant policy achievements, is the best messenger.

“Yeah, I am,” he snapped back. “I’m the president of the United States of America. That makes me the best messenger.”

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Biden Wants to End Filibuster to Codify Abortion Rights

It’s no mystery as to why President Biden is seeking a filibuster ‘carveout’ to force abortion legislation into law.

The filibuster is designed to prolong debate and delay or prevent a vote on a bill. Ending debate requires the agreement of three-fifths (60) of Senators, or in today’s Congressional makeup – 10 Republicans would have to join the majority party.

Eliminate the filibuster, and suddenly a bill to codify abortion rights into law requires 50 votes in a Senate divided 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris giving the tie-breaking vote to the Democrats.

Fortunately, however, it turns out Biden isn’t the best messenger to eliminate the filibuster, with the idea already having been nixed.

Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) have, as they have consistently, vowed to protect the filibuster. And Biden’s comments haven’t swayed them one bit.

The Daily Mail reports that the pair’s offices reached out to them and Manchin’s said “the West Virginia Democrat’s position had not changed in light of the president’s new comments,” while Sinema’s referred them to a previous statement, a statement which reveals the filibuster has actually been used in the past to protect pro-choice legislation.

“Protections in the Senate safeguarding against the erosion of women’s access to health care have been used half-a-dozen times in the past ten years, and are more important now than ever,” Sinema said.

RELATED: Biden Calls To End Filibuster For Democrat Voting Bill, Something He Once Called A ‘Very Dangerous Thing To Do’

It’s Not Really an Exception

It’s important to note that when President Biden, Democrats, and the media use phrases like ‘carveout’ and ‘exception,’ they’re trying to create the illusion that this is the only time they’ll consider scrapping the filibuster.

In fact, it seems quite clear they’ll use it for nearly every platform they’d like to get passed in the Senate and squash the ability of the minority to stand in their way.

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In January, the same man talking about an ‘exception’ to codify Roe v. Wade into law delivered an angry speech calling on the Senate to change the filibuster in an effort to get Democrat voting reform legislation rammed through Congress with a simple majority.

He was so adamant about nixing the filibuster that he said anybody refusing to support voting reform was equivalent to being a segregationist or Confederate.

If Manchin and Sinema were to cave on this ‘carveout,’ do you think Democrats would revisit the voting reform bill?

And while those two Democrats have remained opposed to scrapping the filibuster, it’s important to remember that an ‘exception’ was made back in December after 14 Republicans joined in offering a one-time exception to suspend the filibuster, allowing Democrats exclusively to vote in favor of raising the debt ceiling.

That move led Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to refer to Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as “Biden’s bitch.”

Biden’s support for eliminating the filibuster is part of his new evolution since becoming President and being yanked to the extreme left by a party that is currently dominated by radicals.

In 2005, Biden called the nuclear option to weaken the filibuster an “arrogance of power,” and said eliminating it “would undermine the protections of a minority point of view” and have “long-term consequences.”

In 2019, President Biden called ending the filibuster a “very dangerous thing to do.”

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Now suddenly, ‘Danger’ is his middle name, as Biden throws caution to the wind and demands the filibuster be eliminated for policies and platforms he personally supports.

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