uscitizenpod: Presidential Pardon for Thanksgiving Turkey Has Long Tradition The annual “pardoning” of White House turkeys each year by American presidents is an interesting tradition leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. It is said that President Abraham Lincoln’s clemency for a turkey was the origin for the pardoning ceremony that is now so well publicized. VOA’s Nikoleta Ilic has this report about the turkeys that are given to American Presidents.
uscitizenpod: Anh Dung Tran's Citizenship Interview Anh Dung's last practice interview--next week, he goes to the real interview at the USCIS San Jose Field Office. His interview is based on: A “Regular” Citizenship Interview Based on the USCIS N-400r (6 pgs, 75 questions) (updated 10/01/2016)
uscitizenpod: Despite Health Risks, Undocumented Immigrants Clean Up Houston It's been more than two months since Hurricane Harvey destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of homes across Houston and east Texas, and cleanup is expected to last 20 months, overtaking Hurricane Katrina as the most expensive rebuilding effort in U.S. history. Undocumented workers are part of the daunting task of reconstructing America's fourth-largest city. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports they are doing so despite multiple risks.
Current U.S. policy is to detain those who ask for asylum once they reach a U.S. port of entry regardless of whether they have a valid visa. VOA immigration reporter Aline Barros visited a detention center in New Jersey and spoke with those who went through the asylum process while detained. Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/voa-tours-immigrant-detention-center/4114791.html
November is Native American Heritage Month so today we are going to listen our Second Citizenship Quiz in Honor American Indians. Download the bonus pdf and answer the questions. Citizenship Resources for Native American Heritage Month
RK1: I have seen any administration so blatantly disregard science. Call out Sec. Pruitt dismantling his dept. We must build coalitions to protect the environment. (20 GOP reps support climate change science). Strengthen state and local law. Trump does not speak for us on environment. Dems cannot compromise on the environment--basic form of humility in keeping with religious traditions.
RK3: Ted Lieu says "No more moments of silence--we must act!" We want bipartisan support of 5 day waiting period to buy guns; no action on weaponized guns. We need massive pressure on Congress to. Act; not a single bill on gun control have even come to the floor.
Q5: We have ceded tax conversation to the GOP; Dems need to take the conversation back.
RK5. Comments about the GAIN Act. We don't care about revenue neutrality; We need to give tax relief to the middle class who will spend in their local community (thereby creating more jobs); investor class moves money our of the country. Anti-Trump msg is too easy.
RK6: Personal relationships across party lines help heal the divide. Why hyper-partisanship? We need to actively look for commonality (Congressional members reflect their communities). Partisanship maintains current leadership in power. People must demand cooperation.
Q9: Thanks for HR392. There's a huge Green Card backlog. What's happening?
RK9: having people continually on H-1B depresses American wages because the employer maintains the power; Cultural damage due to mixed msgs to DACA kids--they MUST belong (or we erode the American Dream).
RK10: GOP wants tax cuts and cuts to SocSec such as a later retirement. Problems with labor displacement; prosperity should be shared--we can afford it. SocSec is not an economics question--it's a moral question.
Q13: Thanks for honoring vets. Concern about ADA and funding education for the Disabled.
RK13: Ro links Trump recent comment in China about "winning" with Trump's disregard for the disabled (and vulnerable). Trump's comment in China. “I don't blame China. After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for benefit of their citizens? I give China great credit.” Ro response: winning is not the only thing that matters; we must expose Trump's Darwinian world view as false. Follow-up comment: please pursue bi-partisanship. Ro responds, Yes, I will pursue bipartisanship to protect the disabled--give me your contact info.
RK16: documented systematic voter suppression in minority communities is a bigger concern; We need bipartisanship inquiry/action on foreign influence, etc not to litigate (the) 2016 (election) but make sure that interference never happens again.
Q17: Why does the Dems do the will of their donors instead of following the will of its people (Bernie, single-payer etc)
RK17: Celebrate the recent Dem wins. There is a lot to be optimistic about. DNC has a biased towards insiders--we need to open up (the party) to competition. 2020 candidate must have grass root support.