Category Archives: Immigration

The US Southern Border Immigrant “Crisis”

I thought it might be useful to have a visualization of the terrifying undocumented immigrant crisis we’re currently facing, so I made the following chart.

The little blue sliver at the bottom represents the number of undocumented immigrants in the country from 1969 to 2016.

Source

Well, so what? Even a small number of people can really hurt the country, right? So, here’s a study about whether undocumented people increase rates of violent crime:

“[W]e combine newly developed estimates of the unauthorized population with multiple data sources to capture the criminal, socioeconomic, and demographic context of all 50 states and Washington, DC, from 1990 to 2014 to provide the first longitudinal analysis of the macro‐level relationship between undocumented immigration and violence. The results from fixed‐effects regression models reveal that undocumented immigration does not increase violence. Rather, the relationship between undocumented immigration and violent crime is generally negative….”

Source

McSally vs. Sinema – AZ Senate Race 2018

People often focus more on what politicians say than on what they do. Those two things are often not in accordance, due to factors within their control and not within their control. My preference is to look at how candidates actually legislate. However, no one that I know of puts out this information in an easy-to-read way. So, I have tried below to compile all of the legislative scorecards I could find for two Arizona candidates. I hope you find it useful.


 

ACLU

Supports government transparency; Supports eliminating discrimination against women, minorities, and LGBT people; Supports protecting the rights of immigrants

McSally and Sinema:
https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/field_document/acl18002_legislative_report_card_v2.pdf?redirect=legscorecard2018


AFL-CIO

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is the largest federation of unions in the United States.

Sinema: https://web.archive.org/web/20180923212924/https://aflcio.org/scorecard/legislators/kyrsten-sinema

McSally: https://web.archive.org/web/20180923212941/https://aflcio.org/scorecard/legislators/martha-mcsally


FreedomWorks

Pro Small Government Advocacy/Tea Party-Affiliated

McSally and Sinema:
http://congress.freedomworks.org/keyvotes/house/2018#keyvotes-descriptions


Human Rights Campaign

Advocates for LGBTQ Equality

McSally and Sinema: https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/114thCongressionalScorecard.pdf?_ga=2.84250265.1888141725.1539383407-944623586.1539383407


Humane Society

Pro Animal Welfare Advocacy

McSally and Sinema:
http://www.hslf.org/assets/pdfs/humane-scorecard/humane_scorecard_2017_final.pdf


League of Conservation Voters

Environmental Advocacy

Sinema:
http://scorecard.lcv.org/moc/kyrsten-sinema

McSally:
http://scorecard.lcv.org/moc/martha-mcsally


NAACP: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Advocacy, “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination”

McSally and Sinema: https://www.naacp.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/2017-Legislative-Report-Card-1.pdf


National Cannabis Industry Association

McSally: 17%
Sinema: 100%

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NCPSSM – National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

McSally: 14%
Sinema: 86%

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NEA – National Education Association

Labor union that represents public school teachers and other support personnel, faculty and staffers at colleges and universities, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers.

McSally and Sinema


NumbersUSA

Immigration Reduction Advocacy

McSally and Sinema: https://www.numbersusa.com/content/my/tools/grades/list/0/CONGRESS/az/A/Grade/Active


NRA

Gun Deregulation Advocacy

McSally and Sinema


Planned Parenthood

Pro Reproductive/Abortion Rights

Sinema

McSally

Who said it? Trump or MLK?

Have you ever noticed how interchangeable the inspirational quotes of different visionary leaders are? As two of history’s most inspirational figures, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Donald Trump have no shortage of such quotes. Here’s a quiz I made where you can try to figure out which of the two leaders said what. Trust me: most of you will only get a few of these right!

1. “I’m here to say to you this morning that some things are right and some things are wrong. Eternally so, absolutely so. It’s wrong to hate. It always has been wrong and it always will be wrong. It’s wrong in America, it’s wrong in Germany, it’s wrong in Russia, it’s wrong in China. It was wrong in 2000 B.C., and it’s wrong in 1954 A.D. It always has been wrong, and it always will be wrong.”

Trump or MLK?

From a sermon delivered at Detroit’s Second Baptist Church, February 28th, 1954

 


2. “Must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees.”

Trump or MLK?


Comment to Brande Roderick on The Celebrity Apprentice, air date March 3rd, 2013

 


3. “The real problem is that through our scientific genius we’ve made of the world a neighborhood, but through our moral and spiritual genius we’ve failed to make of it a brotherhood.”

Trump or MLK?



From a sermon delivered at Detroit’s Second Baptist Church, February 28th, 1954

 


4. “But we’re fighting a very politically correct war. And the other thing is with the terrorists, you have to take out their families. When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. But they say they don’t care about their lives. You have to take out their families.”

Trump or MLK?


 


5. “If you have weapons, take them home; if you do not have them, please do not seek to get them. We cannot solve this problem through retaliatory violence.”

Trump or MLK?


King said this to an anxious crowd outside his home after a bomb was thrown onto his front porch where it exploded. His wife and infant daughter were home at the time. January 30th, 1956

 


6. “We are not wrong, we are not wrong in what we are doing. If we are wrong, the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong, the Constitution of the United States is wrong. And if we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong. If we are wrong, Jesus of Nazareth was merely a utopian dreamer that never came down to Earth. If we are wrong, justice is a lie, love has no meaning. And we are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until ‘justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.’ ”

Trump or MLK?



Address to the first Montgomery Improvement Association Mass Meeting, Holt Street Baptist Church, December 5th, 1955

 


7. “I did try and fuck her. She was married.”

Trump or MLK?


 


8. “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.”

Trump or MLK?

King: From his book Strength to Love, 1963

 


9. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”

Trump or MLK?


 


10. “Hate is just as injurious to the person who hates. Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity.”

Trump or MLK?

King: From his book Strength to Love, 1963

 


11. “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”

Trump or MLK?

Trump: Regarding Carly Fiorina, Rolling Stone interview, September 2015

 


12. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

Trump or MLK?



Speaking to Don Lemon on CNN Tonight about debate moderator and then-Fox News host Megyn Kelly, August 7, 2015

 


13. “Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would — in a heartbeat. And I would approve more than that. Don’t kid yourself, folks. It works, okay? It works. Only a stupid person would say it doesn’t work…. Believe me, it works. And you know what? If it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway, for what they’re doing.”

Trump or MLK?



Speaking at a campaign rally, Columbus, OH, November 23rd, 2015

 


14. “Men, for years now, have been talking about war and peace. But now, no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence.”

Trump or MLK?



Speech delivered at Bishop Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, April 3rd, 1968

 


15. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Trump or MLK?



Presidential announcement speech, June 16, 2015.

 


16. “I am deeply moved by your courage in fasting as your personal sacrifice for justice through nonviolence. Your past and present commitment is eloquent testimony to the constructive power of nonviolent action and the destructive impotence of violent reprisal. You stand today as a living example of the Ghandian tradition with its great force for social progress and its healing spiritual powers.”

Trump or MLK?

King: Telegram to César Chávez, September 19th, 1966

 


17. “Wow! Just think — in a couple of years, I’ll be dating you.”

Trump or MLK?

Trump: Comment to two 14-year-old Christmas carolers outside the Manhattan Plaza Hotel, December 1992

 


18. “An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama’s birth certificate is a fraud.”

Trump or MLK?

Trump Credible Birther
If you guessed Trump, you’re right! If you’re wondering why “extremely credible source” is in quotation marks, you’re not alone. (We also shouldn’t spend too much time wondering why they are single quotation marks.)