JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS: You've made it clear you think both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would be terrible presidents for the country. So are you saying that literally that Hillary Clinton is every bit as bad for the country as Donald Trump?GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JILL STEIN: I wouldn't say there are no differences, but the differences are not enough to save your job,because Hillary Clinton, you know, and now her transition director Ken Salazar, y'know, they're big proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is basically NAFTA on steroids. And, uh, most observers believe that it will send our jobs overseas, as well as undermine American sovereignty by bringing in these international tribunals that get to pass judgment on our laws, on our public health protections, on our worker protections.So we, you know, we can't count on saving our jobs, saving our lives — 1 in 3 Americans now cannot afford health care under Obamacare — or saving the planet, because Hillary has been a big proponent of fracking, as is Ken Salazar, her transition director.So we feel that in this election, we're not just deciding what kind of a world we're going to have, but whether we're going to have a world or not going forward, and knowing that the majority of Americans is unhappy with these two party choices, this is the time for us to open up.Americans have not only a right to vote, but a right to know who we can vote for.So we're pushing for opening up the debates, and then let's see how the chips fall.WOODRUFF: Dr. Jill Stein, with the Green Party. We thank you.STEIN: Thank you, Judy.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
I want to sue Obama for not having sent her back immediately! Make up a B.S. story and spin the tort lottery wheel
An Honduran woman is suing the Obama administration over alleged mistreatment that she and her child suffered while held in a family detention center in Dilley, Texas.
The woman, Suny Rodriguez Alvarado, filed the lawsuit – on which her then-7-year-old son also is a plaintiff – in federal court in New Jersey. Alvarado, who is 43, was kept in detention for more than four months last year.
The suit is believed to be the first of its kind to seek damages for harm suffered in Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention while seeking refugee status.
A release about the lawsuit reads, “Suny Rodriguez Alvarado and her 7-year-old son, Angelo, left their home in Honduras because of persistent threats of police violence, only to be subjected to prolonged detention, coercion and abuse by Department of Homeland Security officials.”
In an interview with Fox News Latino, Rodriguez said that her son remains traumatized from his time in detention.
The lawsuit alleges that border officials tried to coerce Rodriguez to sign a document agreeing to be returned to Honduras, in violation of U.S. law on how people who express a fear of persecution if they return to their homeland and request to apply for asylum are supposed to be treated.
It also alleges that a border agent denied Rodriguez food and told her that it was futile of her to have entered the United States, suggesting that she would face worse persecution than she had in Honduras.
Additionally, the suit claims that officials withheld asthma medication for Angelo.
“He’s been very affected,” Rodriguez said about her son, who later was granted political asylum. Rodriguez has been granted a temporary protection from deportation while her status is determined and an authorization to work in the United States.
“My son has flashbacks. He’s deeply afraid every time we have to go to the immigration agency for something,” she said in Spanish. “When we were in detention, he would get bad anxiety. He cried a lot and always asked, ‘Why are they like that? They shouldn’t treat us like that. Tell them not to deport us.’”
Rodriguez said it was particularly painful for her to watch her son fight a constant cough and fatigue because of his asthma and not be able to obtain the medication he required.
The lawsuit claims, “Plaintiffs experienced inhumane conditions that fell below [Custom and Border Protection’s] own minimum standards for operation of its facilities at the first holding facility, known as the ‘icebox.’”
“CBP agents detained plaintiffs in a crowded room with a wet floor and cement blocks for seats,” it continues. “Other detainees had taken all the seats, so Ms. Rodriguez requested a blanket for her asthmatic son to sleep on so that he would not have to sleep directly on the wet floor. CBP agents told her that could not have anything because she was not in her own country.”
The Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School is representing Rodriguez in the lawsuit. It accuses the Obama administration of flouting court rulings that denounce detaining children for long periods of time. The complaint says the Obama administration resorted to the harsh approach in an attempt to deter other Central Americans from entering the U.S. illegally.
As with many immigration cases, Rodriguez’s isn't simple.
She lived in the United States without documentation in late 1990s and received Temporary Protected States after Hurricane Mitch devastated many parts of Honduras in 1998. She traveled back to Honduras in 2006 after her mother and stepfather were killed by Honduran police.
According to the lawsuit, Rodriguez was threatened by the Honduran police and fled to the United States in 2014 with her son and his father, José Rafael Sánchez Villatoro. They were returned to Mexico, but confronted by threats and violence again, returned to the United States the next year. They were detained with Sánchez Villatoro held in a separate facility.
PBS NewsHour Cuts Anti-Hillary Portions of Judy Woodruff's Jill Stein Interview. So you can blame PBS for the people being uniformed. Yellow journalism?
On Tuesday, PBS's Judy Woodruff did a live interview with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein which was carried on Facebook. The entire interview, plus questions asked by viewers is present at the network's Facebook page.
That interview without the Facebook questions was also broadcast on PBS's NewsHour — but not quite all of it. For some reason, key portions of Stein's answer to Woodruff's final question about whether "literally ... Hillary Clinton is every bit as bad for the country as Donald Trump" are not present. Based on what was edited out, it would appear that the cutouts, at least one of which was done in mid-sentence, were carried out to protect Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton's left flank.
Woodruff's final question, and Stein's full response, are in the video below. What is and is not present at PBS's website reflecting its over the air broadcast, both in the individual interview segment and the full program video, is clearly indicated, thanks to work done by leftist YouTube channel proprietor Matt Orfalea, who was upset that Stein's "eloquent" criticism was spiked.
The video during the portions PBS cut out is a bit out of sync, as Orfalea appeared to extract them from the PBS's Facebook video, which it itself not fully in sync (HT Inquisitr.com):
Transcript (what PBS cut out of its broadcast is in italics; bolds are mine):
The instinct here is that Judy Woodruff did not expect Stein to do as well as she did generally in the interview, and that she especially didn't appreciate Stein's answer to her final "Is Hillary literally as bad as Trump?" question. (Woodruff seemed to have been expecting Stein, like any good lefty, to say, "Of course not!" Oops.) Catch Woodruff's clearly displeased facial reaction shot immediately as Stein spoke of the "right to know who we can vote for":
As to the cutouts, Mrs. Clinton's support of fracking until very recently is not widely known, especially to Bernie Sanders supporters whose candidate gave a flat "no" answer when asked if he supports it. It would hurt her if they knew.
Mrs. Clinton is also hoping that far-lefties whose votes she needs in November don't realize that she was also a fan of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, expressing support for it "dozen of times" until the Sanders challenge came along.
Of all of the portions of the Stein interview which could have been deleted, the ones relating to trade and fracking, as well as her swipe at Obamacare and her "right to know who to vote for" bid to get accepted into the presidential debates, got cut from PBS's broadcast and website videos.
How incredibly convenient.
Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.