| By joe sotelo
| San Antonio, Texas
My Mother came to this country to give us a better future, but is being prosecuted and will be deported in February 2014. On top of that they want to give her a 10year no entry into the U.S . As a 6 1/2 year service vet with 2 deployments to Afghanistan I find this appalling. I was born here in the U.S, server my country, and they wont let my mother stay.
The only crime here is her not being allowed to stay after she raised us to be the best that she could, which she accomplished. We all have successful jobs as Managers, History majors, Pottery/Art teachers and even in the Military.
But now they want to deport her because she dose not have papers after 26 years of being in this country, which was founded on immigrants who came to this new world in hopes of a better life. She even has a Daughter who depends on her due to having Liver failure cause by a UCLA Hospital due to them giving her the wrong medication. My sister needs my mother for moral and finacial support. She even has grandkids, and still they wont consider this as sufficient to let her stay.
So I’m asking for your help to help me fight this and help keep my mom here so she can watch her grandkids grow and see them have kids of there own.
Thank you for your time. Spc. Sotelo, Joe
By CAP Action War Room
More Reflections on 2013
This week we’ve been bringing you some of our thoughts on 2013: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here are a few more ThinkProgress items you might find of interest as the year comes to a close.
Travis Waldron from ThinkProgress Sports, a new section launched this year, writes about the most influential man in sports in 2013. It’s probably not who you think it is. He also took a look back on the year in sportswriting.
Building on her earlier pieces on the year in books and movies, today Alyssa Rosenberg focuses on the year in television.
Writing over at Climate Progress, Emily Atkin takes a deep dive on 45 fossil fuel disasters the industry doesn’t want you to know about. On the positive side of the ledger, Kiley Kroh and Jeff Spross look at 13 major clean energy breakthroughs in 2013.
While House Republicans refused to take up immigration reform this year, Esther Yu-Hsi Lee and Rebecca Leber highlight 8 of this year’s wins on immigration. 2013 also saw the Obama administration’s record pace of deportations slow.
Was 2013 a good year to be an international journalist? Annie-Rose Strasser details the threats journalists faced this year.
Tomorrow, we’ll be back at you with some final thoughts on 2013 before the Progress Report takes a break for the holidays.
NOTE: This election will be decided on turnout. We’ll be running posts from the past three and a half years to remind ourselves why we really do need to vote – and get our friends out too!
After two years of trying, the Obama administration finally succeeded, late last week, in rescinding the “conscience clause,” a federal regulation designed to protect pharmacists and health care workers who want to refuse to provide care based on moral or religious grounds. This often translated into pharmacists being able to deny their customers contraceptives or HIV medications, and health care workers refusing to perform in-vitro fertilizations for lesbians or single women. An ambulance driver in Chicago even rejected a woman’s need for transportation for abortion, and there were reports of drugstore workers refusing to sell condoms to men they perceived to be gay.
The new rule only leaves space, which is far less controversial, for doctors and nurses who conscientiously refuse to perform abortions or sterilizations. Health care workers who feel that their rights have been violated can also file complaints.
As the Washington Post points out, this is likely to spark intense debate, especially since Republican legislators are trying to ensconce these regulations in law. The Bush regulation, which was put in place in the last days of his presidency, would have cut off federal funding to institutions that did not comply with these conscience rules. One of the most commonly cited objections to the regulation was that the rules extended far beyond health care workers, allowing receptionists to refuse to make appointments for abortions and janitors to decline to clean up operating rooms where abortions were performed.
This is a clear victory for women’s ability to access abortion, and more generally for people to gain access to contraceptives, HIV medications, and other procedures to which some may morally object.
“Without the rescission of this regulation, we would see tremendous discrimination against patients based on their behavior and based just on who they are,” said Susan Berke Fogel of the National Health Law Program, an advocacy group based in the District. “We would see real people suffer, and more women could die.”
But some Republicans are, clearly, eager to undermine this step forward. We will continue to watch what happens in Congress, and keep you posted on future choice victories or encroachments on women’s rights.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/obama-administration-rescinds-controversial-bush-conscience-clause.html#ixzz26APFFkcP