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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Announces Critical Disaster Food Stamp Program Soon to Reopen

October 12th, 2017

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Announces Critical Disaster Food Stamp Program Soon to Reopen

 

Jackson Lee: “While we continue to fight for more funding in Washington, it is imperative that all branches of government speak with one voice so that those still suffering from Hurricane Harvey can get the help they need.”

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, issued the following statement about significant progress towards reopening the D-SNAP program:

 

“Earlier this month just after the D-SNAP program in Houston ended, I immediately sent a letter urging the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with me to give struggling Hurricane Harvey survivors more time to obtain the food assistance they so desperately need.  I knew that with all the long lines at Disaster Recovery Centers throughout my district and elsewhere, people were suffering.

 

“Fortunately, the USDA was very accommodating and agreed to resume operations of the program for an additional three days.  However, the Harris County took longer than I feel is reasonable in a disaster to identify the requisite sites.

 

“That is why I am pleased to announce that authorities are now setting up a site at Alexander Deussen Park, located at 12303 Sonia Road.  We expect the location to be up and running as soon as possible.  In the meantime, I will continue my work to secure more sites because people are hurting.

 

“Houston is still confronting disaster with businesses closed and people out of work.  While we fight for funding in Washington, it is imperative that all branches of government collaborate to get people the help they need.  That is what is happening now, but it should have been sooner.”

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Leads New Push For Bail Reform

October 10th, 2017

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Leads New Push For Bail Reform

 

Jackson Lee: “It is time for bail reform, and time for us to allow individuals to continue to contribute to society and not punish them for their lack of income, by costing them their jobs, housing and family.”

 

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, released the following statement about the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017:

 

“In America, justice is supposed to be blind, impartial and objective.  But unfortunately, over 450,000 Americans sit in jail not because they have been found guilty, but rather because they are unable to post bail.  Although our justice system is designed to treat all people equally, far too often this is not the case.

 

“That is why I am pleased to be an original co-sponsor of the “Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017, which encourages states to replace the use of cash bonds as a means of securing pretrial release.  It is time for bail reform, and time for us to allow individuals to continue to contribute to society and not punish them for their lack of income, by costing them their jobs, housing and family.

 

“Low-income communities are disproportionally affected by the cost of high bail bonds.  The Supreme Court ruled in Bearden v. Georgia in 1983 that the Constitution prohibits “punishing a person for his poverty.”  For example, Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old young man, was arrested on charges of stealing a backpack.  The judge then set bail at $3,000, which his family unfortunately, could not afford.

 

“Mr. Browder was sent to jail on Rikers Island for three years while awaiting trial.  The charges were dismissed, but the trauma experienced during solitary confinement caused Mr. Bowder to hang himself in 2015.  Clearly, something is very wrong.  That is why in addition to sponsoring the PISA, I introduced “Kalief’s Law” earlier this year to ensure we never forget what can happen when we leave poor people in solitary confinement.

 

“We can do better, and we must do better to prevent tragedies such as this and others that shame our criminal justice system.  It is time for bail reform, and the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act is a crucial step in that direction.”

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District.  She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations and a Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE ANNOUNCES OPENING OF DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER IN SOUTHEAST HOUSTON

October 1st, 2017

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Announces Opening of Disaster Recovery Center in Southeast Houston

 

Jackson Lee: “This Disaster Recover Center will serve the critical needs of residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey, seeking to recover from the catastrophe and get their lives back on track.”

 

HOUSTON, TX – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, issued the following statement announcing the opening of a Disaster Recovery Center in southeast Houston:

 

“Ever since the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, I have been fighting to bring additional resources to neighborhoods impacted by the storm through the establishment of Disaster Recovery Centers.  DRCs serve as a conduit linking victims of the storm with the crucial services they need. 

 

“That is why I am pleased to announce the establishment of a Disaster Recovery Center at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, located at 3015 North MacGregor Way in Southeast Houston.  This DRC, which will open its doors on Monday, October 2nd, 2017, will support an area of Houston that was hit particularly hard by the hurricane. 

 

“These centers are needed to meet the ongoing demands of residents seeking to recover and make their lives whole again.  In addition to bringing more DRCs to neighborhoods, I am working with local, state and federal officials to extend benefits under the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or D-SNAP which help feed families in need.”

 

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District.  She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

 

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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE DEPLORES HORRIFIC LAS VEGAS SHOOTING

October 1st, 2017

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Deplores Horrific Las Vegas Shooting

 

Congresswoman Jackson Lee: “This is a tragic and horrific attack on innocent people.  My condolences and prayers go out to the victims and all those affected by this appalling act of violence.  I am afraid this another dastardly act of domestic terrorism.”

 

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, released the following statement on the mass shooting in Nevada that claimed the lives of over fifty and injured more than four hundred at a country music concert.

 

“Today, we wake up to the news that what is being called the worst mass shooting in our nations’ recent history, has claimed more than 50 lives and injured hundreds more.   My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, the first responders and the people of Nevada.  May God bless them all.

 

“As we pray for the injured, those who lost their lives, and their families, it is imperative that we begin to investigate and recognize the existence of domestic terrorism and address it in order to save lives.  Finally, I would like to thank the first responders for their heroic work, and the good Samaritans who helped in any way they could.  Together, they helped saved lives.”

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District.  She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

 

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Offers Motion to Recommit to Protect Dreamers and Stop Funding For the Border Wall

September 14th, 2017

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Offers Motion to Recommit to Protect Dreamers and Stop Funding For the Border Wall

 

Congresswoman Jackson Lee: “Instead of the closed and angry fist of walls, roundups, and detention, we should choose instead to extend an open and loving hand to help the hopeless, homeless, and helpless.”

 

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, issued the following statement about her passionate effort on the floor of the House to protect Dreamers and prevent funding for the border wall:

 

“For more than two centuries, America has stood as a beacon of hope and freedom to people around the world.  Immigrants have flocked to her shores seeking opportunity and a better life.  That is why I was proud to lead the fight to amend H.R. 3354, the “Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of FY2018.”’

 

“H.R. 3354 provides billions of dollars to expand ICE detention facilities and begin work on the border wall.  I believe both efforts and are wrong-sighted and ultimately against our values as a people.

 

“My Motion to Recommit sought to transfer $2.4 billion to the FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation account, offset by eliminating the $1.6 billion funding for the President’s border wall and $840 million in new funds for ICE to be used for an additional 10,000 detention beds and facilities.  When we listen to the better angels of our nature, we know in our hearts this is the right and just — and the American — thing to do.

 

“I was an eyewitness to the devastation inflicted on Southeast Texas and Louisiana which struck on August 25, 2017 by Hurricane Harvey.  My colleagues from the great State of Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands are bearing similar witness to the terrible destruction caused earlier this week by Hurricane Irma.

 

“More than 13,000 people were rescued in the Houston area by the U.S. Coast Guard, state and local first responders, and civilian volunteers risking danger to help their friends, neighbors, and persons they did not even know.  One of those heroes was a Dreamer, Alonso Guillen, a man who came to Texas from Mexico as a teenager, and who died when his boat capsized while he was rescuing survivors of the flooding.

 

“I believe we do not need to waste money building a wall to prevent river crossings on the southern border. We do need more pre-disaster funding to help people get across the rivers running through the streets of our cities and towns when hurricanes strike unleashing floods.  We do not need another 10,000 beds in ICE detention centers; but we do need more than 10,000 beds in evacuation shelters.

 

“Unfortunately, my efforts and those of my House Democratic colleagues fell short.  Despite the amendment’s defeat, we will continue to advocate for the rights of Dreamers while working to strengthen this nation’s immigrant-welcoming tradition.  Instead of the closed and angry fist of walls, roundups, and detention, we should choose instead to extend an open and loving hand to help the hopeless, homeless, and helpless.

 

 

 

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District.  She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

 

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HOUSE PASSES JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT THAT HELPS THE PARENTS OF DECEASED CHILDREN WHOSE IDENTITIES HAVE BEEN STOLEN

September 14th, 2017

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House Passes Jackson Lee Amendment That Helps the Parents of Deceased Children Whose Identities Have Been Stolen

 

Jackson Lee: “Identity thieves have sunk to disturbing levels of cruelty and heartlessness by praying on deceased children and compounding the anguish of their grieving parents.”

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, released the following statement about the passage of the Jackson Lee Amendment, which helps the parents of deceased children whose identities have been stolen:

 

“Nearly all of us understand the importance of safeguarding our Social Security numbers, but after someone dies Social Security numbers are published on a national online registry called the Master Death List.  As a result, experts say the identities of close to 500 thousand deceased persons are stolen in America every year. 

 

“Alarmingly, many of the victims are deceased children, worsening the pain of parents who are already confronting an unbearable loss.  That is why I offered an amendment to H.R. 3354, the “Make America Secure and Prosperous Act FY2018. 

 

“My amendment increases identify theft casework funding allocated to the Taxpayer Advocate Service Program by $500,000.  This will help to ensure the IRS has adequate resources to assist parents of a deceased child whose Social Security Number was stolen by tax cheats and used on a federal tax return to receive an Earned Income Tax Credit. 

 

“The need for the Jackson Lee Amendment is illustrated by the story of Alexis Agin who was just 4 years old when she died of a brain tumor in 2011. As her parents grieved, someone stole Alexis’ identity to commit tax fraud. Alexis’ parents did not discover the crime until they filed their taxes.

 

“The sad fact is Alexis’ parents are not alone—they were one of at least 14 other parents whose children died of cancer and learned that their child’s Social Security number had been stolen by tax thieves.  The perpetrators typically claim that a dead person is their dependent when they file tax returns.

 

“I am pleased the Jackson Lee Amendment won overwhelming bipartisan support in the House, passing by a vote of 265 to 143.  I applaud my colleagues for adopting this vital piece of legislation, which will help to alleviate the pain and suffering of parents forced to cope with the unimaginable loss of a child.”

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District.  She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

 

 

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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE ANNOUNCES HELP FOR SENIOR CITIZENS IN DEBRIS CLEANUP CALL 211!

September 12th, 2017

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Announces Help For Senior Citizens In Debris Cleanup

  CALL 211!

 

Congresswoman Jackson Lee: “I continue to walk my district in areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey.  Many of the damaged properties belong to seniors who are in desperate need of help to remove sheetrock and other debris in order to ready their homes for repair.  Without help, the mold will take over and their homes will be destroyed for good.”

 

 

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, released the following statement about critical help being offered to seniors who are struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey:

 

“In the aftermath of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, I have remained very concerned about our seniors.  That is why I have called for the creation of a special senior citizen liaison to interface with FEMA, and insure seniors get the resources they need.

 

“I have seen firsthand the impact this catastrophic storm has had on seniors’ lives.  But now, by dialing 211, seniors will have access to officials who will be able to respond and get them the help they need immediately.”

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District.  She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

 

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

September 11th, 2017

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, released the following statement regarding the 16th anniversary of 9/11:

“Sixteen years ago, the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, changed our world. Today, we reflect on the ways that we have changed in the wake of that dark day; we reflect on both heroism and mistakes, on brave sacrifices and on the deaths of so many we loved.

“But some things, those deepest and closest to what we are as a nation, have not changed. We still stand united in memory of the dead. We still stand in awe of the heroic sacrifices that graced that day, and so many since. We still stand in resolve to defend our nation and its most sacred ideals: ideals like freedom of conscience, the rule of law, and religious tolerance.

“There are many who have been born into a world in which 9/11 has to be told to them as opposed to them having experienced it. But we mark this memorial in order to reclaim some of the unity that was ours on that day—so that, whether or not we were there, whether or not we lost those we love, we can take time from our lives to comfort one another, to reflect with one another, and to teach one another.

“I was in the Capitol when the plane hit the Pentagon.  It is a day etched in my memory and ingrained in my conscience.  Like so many others who recall the horror and the heroes of that day, I will never forget.

“As long as we live, we will tell the stories of the persons who died and were injured and of their families who suffered on that fatal day and also of the first responders, including firefighters and police officers, who sacrificed on that day. We will tell the story of the heroism of the passengers of United Flight 93.

“We will tell the story of the troops who have served and are serving under our flag, far from home, and of the thousands who have lost their lives in our nation’s service. And we will renew our resolve: our resolve to defend America from those who mean it harm with all of the tools at our disposal; our resolve to the principles that give our nation its meaning and mission; and our resolve to remain, in the face of all threats, a fearless, strong, and united people.”

“As Sandy Dahl, the wife of United 93 pilot Jason Dahl said after losing her husband, “if we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”  May Sandy’s words forever resonate in our collective hearts and bind us together as Americans.”

 

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District.  She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

 

 

 

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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE CALLS FOR EMERGENCY PROTECTION PROVISION IN THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO PROTECT DACA STATUS INDIVIDUALS

September 4th, 2017

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Calls For Emergency Protection Provision In The Continuing Resolution To Protect DACA Status Individuals

 

 

Jackson Lee: “I have heard firsthand of the enormous fear from DACA status individuals, the institutions they work for and their schools.   Dreamers have had their American dreams yanked out from under them by this President, marking a sad and shameful point in our nation’s history.”

 

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations issued the following statement condemning the President’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and calling on Congress to enact an emergency protection provision for DACA status individuals:

 

“President Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA program is yet another cruel and heartless act by an Administration that has openly declared war on immigrants.  As a result, more than 800 thousand of our nation’s dreamers hang in limbo, unable to realize the American dream of a safer home and a more prosperous future.

 

“With this announcement, it now falls upon Congress to take swift and immediate corrective action to protect these young men and women who are openly contributing to the fabric of this great nation.  Dreamers need to know they are safe, and I call on Congress to enact an emergency DACA protection provision in the continuing resolution.

 

“To date, DACA has not been ruled unconstitutional and Trump’s order has not been judged by the courts.  During this deliberative period, Dreamers should not be subjected to ICE raids and confrontations and the President should make it clear that the current DACA policy remains in effect.

 

“Mr. Trump’s decision cruel, mean-spirited and heartless.  We are just beginning to recover from Hurricane Harvey and people who are suffering cannot take this added stress.  I have heard firsthand of the enormous fear from DACA status individuals, the institutions they work for and their schools.   Dreamers have had their American dreams yanked out from under them by this President, marking a sad and shameful point in our nation’s history.”

 

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District.  She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

 

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“Party of Lincoln Has Crashed"

August 15th, 2017

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

“Party of Lincoln Has Crashed”

“The remarks of the President today will live in infamy and will shame for all eternity his tenure in office, however long or short that may be. Never before in history has a President of the United States, the nation that led the alliance that defeated Nazism and fascism in the greatest conflict in world history, ever publicly defended or tried to normalize neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, or White Supremacists. That long and unbroken precedent ended today with the President’s obscene and shameful attempt to draw a moral equivalence between the neo-Nazis and bigots who descended upon the quiet, peaceful town of Charlottesville with their hateful ideology on the one hand, and anti-racist protestors on the other.

 

“One group advocated hate, division, and racial superiority; the other affirmed racial unity and the equality of all persons ordained by the Creator. One group idolizes the most evil war criminal in human history; the other shares and is committed to making real the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One group was animated by the forces of darkness and hate; the other inspired by the light of reason and love. The difference between these two opposing ideas and ideals is so clear, so stark and vivid, that it could only go unrecognized by the morally blind, which Donald Trump has revealed himself to be.

 

“At Gettysburg, President Lincoln said ‘the world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it will never forget what they did here.’ Nor will we ever forget what happened in Charlottesville, the home of my law school alma mater, on Saturday, August 12, 2017. And we will always remember Heather Heyer, a true patriot who was murdered standing up for what is right by a domestic terrorist who rejects the American way of life.

 

My thoughts and prayers are also with the families and loved ones of all of those injured by that act of domestic terrorism and those of Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates of the Virginia State Police who were assisting public safety efforts when their helicopter crashed, killing them both. I especially wish a full and speedy recovery to Natalie Romero who was seriously injured in the crash that took Ms. Heyer’s life. Ms. Romero is an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia and a graduate of Bellaire High School (the same high school attended by son and daughter).

 

“Our magnificent Constitution guarantees and protects the right of neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, white nationalists, and other like-minded groups to peaceably assemble and advocate their white supremacy and separatist beliefs. But that same Constitution provides an equal right to those who wish to protest their hateful ideology. That the Constitution protects the right to demonstrate in both cases does not mean that the causes espoused by both groups are equally meritorious. As every president from Franklin Roosevelt through Barack Obama clearly understood and affirmed, they are not. Civil action in support of equality and justice is worthy of commendation. Civil action in support of a white supremacist ideology is worthy only of condemnation. If the President cannot recognize this difference, it is time for a different president.”

 

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