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OP: The evils of deporting a local woman

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 [su_testimonial photo=”http://614now.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/croyle-thumb1.jpg”]By Steve Croyle[/su_testimonial]
TOPIC: Local illegal immigrants

Let her stay

When Donald Trump was running for office he pointed a freakishly small, but pudgy finger at immigrants. Mexico, he said, was not sending us their best and brightest, and he vowed to mobilize Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to purge the “bad hombres” from our society.

Of course, Edith Espinal is not a “bad hombre” she’s a mother who has been doing everything she can to do right by her children. One of those things is providing them with a home here in Columbus, Ohio. For more than 20 years, Edith lived here quietly raising her children, returning to Mexico briefly to bring her now 19 year-old son back to Columbus where he would be safe from the increasing violence prevalent throughout Mexico. Violence, by the way, fueled by our counterproductive war on drugs.

It’s something any parent would do. It’s also the scenario Trump insisted wouldn’t happen, yet, after appealing her case to Immigrations officials, Edith Espinal was ordered to buy a plane ticket for Mexico, and leave the United States for a minimum of 20 years. If Trump was sincere about not deporting good people, one would expect him to grant Espinal amnesty.

Edith Espinal has been a good citizen. She doesn’t have a criminal record. She works, pays taxes, and takes care of her family. Deporting her doesn’t make anybody safer. All it does is put her life in danger, and throw a family into turmoil.

Two of her children are US Citizens. The third, her middle son Brandow, has an immigration hearing scheduled for sometime in 2020, although ICE, the charming acronym our government uses for Immigration Enforcement, has been intimating that Brandow’s status could change is Edith doesn’t accept her deportation order.

ICE hasn’t provided any explanation for their zealous pursuit of this matter, and the only reason it’s been at the forefront of the news cycle is because Espinal has sought asylum in a local Mennonite Church which has everybody wondering how ICE will respond. Espinal almost acquiesced to the order, hoping to spare her son any additional hardship, but her attorney has applied to have the deportation order stayed, while her eldest son, Isidro, applies to have his parents grant legal status.

Our porous borders have allowed millions of people like Edith to trickle into this country. Our lax employment authorization process has allowed those people to gain access to employment. From the outside looking in, it almost looks like our immigration laws are there for show. Our economy–our entire way of life here in the US is dependent on illegal immigrants. For decades we’ve used Immigration enforcement selectively, which is precisely why somebody like Edith Espinal is able to get by for 20 years without issue. Then, when a few blowhard politicians want to score points with the ignorant rubes who blame immigrants for languishing wages, and underemployment, rather than the supply-side economic policies that are more difficult to understand, we rally the troops and make an example of people who have done nothing wrong. In Edith’s case, she’s been a productive citizen for 20 years.

America ought to be better than this. If you want to beef up immigration enforcement to reduce the number of people coming into the country, that’s one thing. If you want to crack down on the undocumented immigrants already here by apprehending and deporting those engaged in illegal enterprises, that’s another. Tearing apart families, and destroying the lives of people who have done nothing but try to live that American dream of providing a better life for their children is not what this country is all about.

Sure, there’s the argument that an undocumented immigrant is a criminal who is perpetually in the act of breaking the law by living here illegally, but with most crimes we have statutes of limitations. If the criminal justice system is on the clock for crimes like taking bribes, or conspiring to rig elections, shouldn’t there be an expiration date illegal immigration?

As the children of immigrants ourselves, we should be ashamed.

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Oh really Hillary, you didn’t know?

Topic: Clintons and Weinstein

Hillary Clinton was ever so slow to step forward and condemn Harvey Weinstein, a long time surrogate for both Hillary and her husband, as well as numerous other high profile Democrats. Taking money from a dirtbag, sexual abuser doesn’t necessarily cast you in an favorable light, but the Clintons have maintained a much deeper relationship with Weinstein, one that should have provided the Clinton’s with some insight into Weinstein’s behavior.

Between this decades-long relationship, her own diligent defense of her husband’s serial sexual abuses, and a strange  friendship with Donald Trump that seemed warm and gracious right up until Trump decided to run for President, one should question Hillary’s true commitment to women’s rights. Is her feminism for sale, or just a political prop she brings out to score votes?

If Hillary were truly done with politics it wouldn’t matter, but her twisted sense of personal values is important if she chooses to remain engaged with the Democratic Party. The Clintons are the ones who helped the Democratic Party cultivate such a strong relationship with Hollywood, and Weinstein was their Huckleberry. Somebody’s got to take responsibility for failing to vet such a prominent benefactor.

Politicians love plausible deniability, however. So the Clintons will maintain that they are shocked to discover that their close friend was a sexual abuser. That doesn’t mean, we should believe them. Taking them to task for failing to vet an associate will only ensure other politicians are more cautious about who they embrace.


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Back off, white people

Topic: Racism in America

Come together and stop the hate? I’m sorry, but when you say things like “come together” it implies that there’s fault on both sides of the issue. When it comes to racism in this country, there is no middle ground. White people need to step up and remove the socio economic hurdles that we’ve thrown before the black community. This ongoing outrage over the national anthem is just another example of white people choosing to shout down black people who are exercising their rights in airing a grievance.

Sadly, the President of the United States is the most obnoxious bigot of the lot taking to twitter with his thoughtless 140 character screeds, picking fights with sports leagues, commentators,and athletes while the world, quite literally, burns.

Racism was reinvigorated during the Obama administration. In retrospect, Obama’s political compass wasn’t that far left of Reagan’s but in a country that never really dealt with racism so much as it just stuffed everything into the hall closet, a black man in the oval office was the catalyst needed to breathe life into those old bones. Donald Trump simply traded the dog whistle for a megaphone and empowered bigots.

This country has chosen to compromise on equality for far too long. Trump’s presidency doesn’t validate bigotry, it underscores the need to confront it once and for all.


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OP-ED: Heartbeat Bill will likely affect 11yo Ohio rape victim

Caitlin Horwatt

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The passage of Ohio’s recent “heartbeat bill,” signed by Governor DeWine, marks a massive and distressing win in the conservative quest to outright ban abortion. All parties supporting the bill—from DeWine to legislators and lobbyists—are well aware that the action will be blocked by courts as they uphold Roe v. Wade, which protects the right to abortion until 24 weeks gestation. We should be frightened as we explore whether their big picture goal is to get Roe v. Wade overturned by the decidedly conservative Court.

By banning abortion after a heartbeat is detected, the law prohibits abortion as early as eight weeks, well before many women know they are pregnant. Add in the already mandatory twenty-four hour waiting period between first appointment and procedure, and the likelihood of legal abortion for even a pregnancy detected early seems slim. The law is an blatant attempt to ban women’s right to choose.

The Guttmacher Institute found that ​1 in 4 women​ has had an abortion before age 45. The Pew Research Center found that ​58% of Americans support legal abortion ​in all or most cases, with polarizing views against abortion coming mostly from Republican and religious Americans. These statistics fail to depict, though, how traumatic the impact can be for women forced to carry a child to term when she does not have the means or support to do so. The law is meant to protect the fetus at a term that is far earlier than the 22 to 24 weeks at which it is viable, all at the cost of the mother.

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The bill notably does not give exceptions for cases of rape and incest, only allowing exceptions for medical necessity to save the mother’s life. This means an ​11 year-old rape victim from Massillon​ will likely have to carry her rapist’s baby to term.

Heartbeat bills do not ban abortion; they ban legal abortion. I think of a sign I saw during the 2017 Women’s March: a metal coat hanger with the words “WE WON’T GO BACK” scrawled below. The passage of this recent law achingly raises questions of whether or not we will go back.

Women who now find themselves pregnant could have their lives forever changed. Even if they choose to surrender the baby after birth, the cost of a pregnancy is astronomical and healthcare is far from a certainty in this country. If the pregnancy was caused by rape, the potential for trauma only escalates. Women will have few places to turn, with the most vulnerable unable to seek safe healthcare and the potential high for maternal deaths as part of botched abortions.

The ACLU and other organizations are already moving to challenge the ban in court. I can’t shake the looming feeling that these challenges will only play into the hands of those anti-abortion supporters, and that we may be entering the most important fight of our generation in this fight for a woman’s right to choose.

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OP-ED: ‘Red flag’ is far cry from where Ohio gun law should be

Joanne Strasser

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Last weekend, a man entered a synagogue in Poway, California armed with a rifle. The Washington Post reports that prior to him entering the place of worship, the accused shooter wrote a 7-page letter about his hatred for Jewish people. He believed killing them would “glorify God.” Below is an op-ed from one Columbus mother who believes Ohio should be taking a stronger stance against guns following of the Poway tragedy.

Even in light of this past weekend’s synagogue shooting, DeWine is still unwilling to change Ohio’s gun laws. He is, however, advocating for Ohio to pass a red flag law, which would allow law enforcement to seize guns from individuals deemed a societal risk.

This isn’t the first time the red flag law was floated in the Ohio Legislature.  In the wake of last year’s Parkland High School shooting in Florida, former Gov. Kasich backed the proposed law, which ultimately failed to gain support.

Opposition to the legislation stems from Republican lawmakers’ belief that it infringes on the constitution rights to bear arms and proper due process of law. However, 14 other states have already implemented the red flag law.

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Moms Demand Action, a national gun control organization, notes that 42% of attackers exhibit warning signs before shootings occur. And although this legislation would only be a small step in the right direction, it could help save lives.

But ultimately, statistics don’t matter to politicians, who are dependent on dollars from the gun lobby.  And until our elected officials decide that Ohioans‘ safety comes first, any measure, regardless of how small and sensible, will fail. 

Ohio Republicans need to take a long hard look at their agenda and ask themselves if it truly serves our needs. Which is more important: our children feeling safe at school or campaign contributions? 

The red flag law is a common-sense measure, and while it’s a far cry from where Ohio gun restriction needs to be, it’s certainly a start.

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Daily double: New legislation calls for huge minimum wage hike

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If new legislation passes, Ohio’s minimum wage could nearly double in the next several years. Two Democratic senators are working to increase hourly pay from $8.55 to $15.

State Senators Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) and Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) introduced the legislation Wednesday, reports 10TV.

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The new legislation stipulates a $12 minimum per hour beginning in January 2020 and a $1 yearly increase until 2023 to keep up with inflation.

“We have an obligation to make life better for the people in our state and that includes providing living wages,” said Sen. Thomas, per 10TV. “This increase to the minimum wage will help workers and their families have a better life. And when people have more money, it also benefits the local economy from increased spending in the community.”

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