Posted by Brandon Jarvis
Here is your roundup of our top political stories for Virginia in this past week.
“Today at the Ashland Strawberry Festival I saw Rep. Rob Wittman (VA01) so I asked him about his position on separating children from their parents at the border and.. wow.
First he said criminals are coming into the country exploiting children so we need to determine whether they are families or not. I repeated this back to him and he said “yes, the majority are criminals before coming into this country.” This is factually incorrect and shouldn’t be the basis for separating young children from their parents and putting everyone in prison.”
Under Virginia law, leadership and non-candidate political committees are required to report any single donation of $10,000 or more to the State Department of Elections within three business days.
The following donations have been reported since Thursday.
$161,250 – Laborers District Council of Eastern Pennsylvania – 6/13/2018 – Itemized cash contribution
|$161,250||Mid-Atlantic Laborers’ Political Education Fund|
|$25,000||Va Auto Dealers Assn|
|$22,500||Virginia Senate Republican Caucus|
|$17,756||House Democratic Caucus|
|$15,000||House Republican Campaign Committee|
|$15,000||Colonial Leadership Trust PAC (Del. Kirk Cox)|
“A tea party group backed by billionaire conservatives plans to sit out the U.S. Senate race in Virginia.
News outlets report that Americans for Prosperity has announced it won’t support Republican nominee Corey Stewart as he tries to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine.”
The group is the main political operation funded by industrialists Charles and David Koch. It spent heavily to help Stewart’s opponent in the GOP primary and was a major spender in last year’s election for governor.
President Donald Trump has tweeted his support for Stewart, a loyal supporter who has often targeted fellow Republicans. But the Senate GOP campaign committee also has said it won’t help him.”
“Backlash of the Trump administrations policy continues to grow as The White House continued to insist on Monday that we should be blaming Democrats for the administration’s forced separation of children from their families at the southern U.S. border.
Corey Stewart, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia that has partied with white supremacists went on MSNBC to back Trump.
When asked if he thinks that President Trump should be separating children from their parents at the border, Stewart started by implying that Trump himself is not the one separating the children. He the continued: ‘The fact is we do have to enforce the law however, otherwise we are going to have another humanitarian crisis at the border like we did a few years ago. A lot of those children came into my county, I know everything about it. We don’t want to have that happen, we have to send a signal to everybody else south of the border that if you come to the United States illegally you are going to get arrested – and yes your children are going to be temporarily separated from you. But as soon as you go home you will be reunited.‘”
“The nation is reeling from images and stories of children being held inside of a chain-link fence enclosure in a Texas warehouse. This is an image that sounds more like the plot of a Lifetime movie about children being kidnapped, not kids that came to the US seeking a safe haven. There are horrific stories of children being separated from their parents and relatives, heartbreaking images of distraught toddlers watching on while their parents are searched and detained, stories of children being taken “for a bath” only to be moved to a child detention center. Soul-crushing stories of flight attendants accompanying children being flown in cheap gray sweatsuits across the country, not quite understanding what is happening to them.”
Governor Ralph Northam today issued the following statement after he ordered the recall of four Virginia National Guard Soldiers and one helicopter from the U.S. Southwest border in response to the federal government’s enforcement of a “zero-tolerance” policy that separates immigrant children from their families.
“Virginia benefits from the important work of securing our border and we have a responsibility to contribute to that mission. However, we also have a responsibility to stand up to policies or actions that run afoul of the values that define us as Americans. Today I spoke with the Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard and ordered him to withdraw four soldiers and one helicopter from Arizona until the federal government ends its enforcement of a zero-tolerance policy that separates children from their parents.
“When Virginia deployed these resources to the border, we expected that they would play a role in preventing criminals, drug runners and other threats to our security from crossing into the United States—not supporting a policy of arresting families and separating children from their parents.
“Let me be clear—we are ready to return and contribute to the real work of keeping our nation safe. But as long as the Trump administration continues to enforce this inhumane policy, Virginia will not devote any resource to border enforcement actions that could actively or tacitly support it. I urge President Trump and leaders in Washington to turn away from this zero-tolerance policy and come to the table on the real immigration reform this nation needs.”
“U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today wrote to Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Alex Azar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to press for more information about the Administration’s policy that separates asylum-seeking parents from their children at the U.S. border. Though the law does not require the U.S. government to separate immigrants from their children, a policy put in place by the Trump Administration in April has resulted in 2,000 children being separated from their parents by DHS officials at the border. These children “rendered unaccompanied” by forcible separation from their parents are remanded by DHS officials to HHS for care in temporary detention centers, placement with foster care, or return to their families or legal guardians.
Today’s letter comes one day after Sec. Nielsen offered several falsehoods and incomplete answers to questions regarding the Administration’s family separation policy at a White House press briefing.”
- Audio of the migrant children being separated from their parents at the border is as bad as you would think
“The Trump administration has separated thousands of children from their parents who try to enter the country illegally seeking asylum. The children are being held in chain-linked fence facilities until authorities can find a foster home for them, sometimes thousands of miles away from their parents who have been arrested and treated as criminal, simply for bringing their child into the United States seeking a better life. The Trump administration is the first presidential administration to separate parents from their kids at the border.
Imagine it must be for a child to not only leave behind your home, but to also be ripped away from your family, not understanding the language well enough to communicate, and being passed off from place to place and treated like a prisoner. More than 2300 children have been removed from their parents since The Trump administration started this practice 5 weeks ago.”