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Border Backlog Fuels Human Smuggling Spike: Reason Roundup

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:03pm
Border Backlog Fuels Human Smuggling Spike: Reason Roundup

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What the Hell Is the 'Military Version of Eminent Domain'?

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:03pm
What the Hell Is the 'Military Version of Eminent Domain'?

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Notes on the Trump Administration's Claim of 3,000-Plus Terrorist Apprehensions at U.S. Borders

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:03pm
Notes on the Trump Administration's Claim of 3,000-Plus Terrorist Apprehensions at U.S. Borders

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The danger of terrorist infiltration is re...

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Why Democrats Will Be Blamed for the Shutdown

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:03pm
Why Democrats Will Be Blamed for the Shutdown

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In the end the Democrats will be the ones blamed, largely because of how they and the media ...

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A little help here, please

ElPasoSpeak - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 5:00am

Can any of the readers tell us what the ramifications of this city council agenda item are:

A Resolution that 1) the City Council hereby supports the introduction and passage of legislation during the current Texas legislative session creating a municipal management district (“District”) encompassing the City-owned approximately 2,313 acres situated in the northeast part of the City of El Paso (“NE Parcel”) and exchanged with FSW Investments, LP (“FSW”) for approximately 44 acres situated in the northwest part of the City on November 13, 2018 through Ordinance No. 018871 provided that such legislation does not substantially differ from the legislation attached hereto as Exhibit A, which is incorporated hereby by reference and for all purposes; 2) the City Council hereby directs the City Manager to publish notice of intent to introduce legislation creating a municipal management district encompassing the NE Parcel as soon as possible, without waiting for closing on the land exchange transaction; and further directs the City Manager to submit legislation for the creation of said district following the required thirty (30) day waiting period following notice of intent publication; and 3) the City and FSW are currently negotiating a variety of issues regarding development of the NE Parcel and the District, which include without limitation, issues related to public improvements to be constructed, the method of financing of those improvements, and numerous other issues, which will require time to conclude. Therefore, this resolution in support of the legislation creating the District and directing the City Manager to initiate the District creation process does not constitute consent to the creation of this District as required by Section 59, Article XVI of the Texas Constitution, and the City specifically reserves the right to consent to the District.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Failing to Put Your (Appropriations) Money Where Your Mouth Is

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 4:58am
Failing to Put Your (Appropriations) Money Where Your Mouth Is

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Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard has said that it's critical to the nation's secu...

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Stop Blaming Immigrants for the Wall

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 01/06/2019 - 11:00pm
“It’s an invasion!” “Americans want border security!” The wall “is immoral.” The immigration rhetoric is on overdrive. The […]
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Taxing us out of business

ElPasoSpeak - Sun, 01/06/2019 - 5:00am

Let’s say that our job is to recruit new businesses to El Paso.

How should we try to get around this?

According to the 50-State Property Tax Comparison Study from the Lincoln Institute El Paso had the 4th highest commercial property tax rates of the largest 50 cities in the United States.

If you look at our rates and the average rates we are generally 1/3 higher than the other cities.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Speaker Pelosi Returns

US Immigration Reform Forum - Sun, 01/06/2019 - 12:03am
Speaker Pelosi Returns

Who says there are no second acts in American history?
Source: Speaker Pelosi Returns

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Why Republicans Should Support Immigration

US Immigration Reform Forum - Sun, 01/06/2019 - 12:03am
Why Republicans Should Support Immigration

Just look to California to see what President Trump?s strident anti-immigration policies could do to the national Republican Party.
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RumpToons No: 114

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 01/05/2019 - 11:00pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 114!
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Saturday is open for your input

ElPasoSpeak - Sat, 01/05/2019 - 5:00am

It’s open line Saturday.

What’s on your mind?

Brutus

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Mitt Romney Is Both Right and Wrong: Podcast

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 6:06pm
Mitt Romney Is Both Right and Wrong: Podcast

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Trump's 'Operation Hold the Line' on the Border Wall

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 6:06pm
Trump's 'Operation Hold the Line' on the Border Wall

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If the president shows weakness in this effort, Democrats in the House will cut immig...

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An Exception to the Rule that the Rich Get All the Breaks ? EB-5 Is Closed

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 12:02pm
An Exception to the Rule that the Rich Get All the Breaks ? EB-5 Is Closed

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Mom couldn’t find inclusive preschool for her child with special needs, so she opened one in El Paso

Borderzine - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 10:00am

EL PASO – After her daughter was born five years ago with Down syndrome, local educator Kerry McKee began an extensive search for special education opportunities for children with the genetic condition.

She searched with no luck for schools in the El Paso area that catered to children like her daughter and discovered that Down syndrome children often were placed in separate classrooms.

She even considered moving to another city in Texas with special facilities and learning opportunities for children with special needs.

“I said, that’s not the education my child is going to have,” said Mckee, who has worked for 20 years in the field of education.

According to the National Down Syndrome Society, approximately one in every 700 babies in the U.S. is born with Down syndrome – or about 6,000 each year.

Finally, after visiting the KinderFrogs School in Fort Worth, an inclusive program designed for children with disabilities, she decided El Paso needed a program like it.

With financial support from the Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso and the El Paso Community Foundation, a year ago her dream came true when she opened the Every Little Blessing Preschool program located in the Mesa Plaza Shopping Center on North Mesa near Hobby Lobby. The program now enrolls 15 children between 18 months and five years of age.

“It was a coming together of everybody at just the right time,” said Mckee of her efforts to seek local support for the special school.

Every Little Blessing students and staff

The program’s target population is children with Down syndrome, but also Every Little Blessing also accepts children who have similar developmental differences, as well as typically developing children.

The program currently has two classes separated by development needs that incorporate play-based learning, the “Littles,” and the “Bigs.” The “Littles” class, which enrolls seven children, focuses on developing self-help skills, sensory exploration, and gross motor skills. While the “Bigs” class, with eight children, works on applying those self-help skills independently to prepare them for the transition into kindergarten.

Teaching Assistant Monica Lobera said she fell in love with her job and finds it fulfilling. “It takes them longer to get it most of the time, but when they do it’s the most rewarding,” said Lobera.

“We are constantly seeking to improve and we’re hoping to become the Down syndrome experts in El Paso,” she added.

The program keeps a ratio of no more than three students per adult. Mckee says this plays a big part in why teachers are able to meet each child’s individual needs, no matter what their special needs are.

“Bigs” teacher Jade Beltran has been a special education teacher for over 10 years. She says working with students one-on-one and in smaller groups is more effective than having a very large class. In addition to satisfying the children’s educational needs, teachers work on developing the social and emotional needs of each child by working together with the whole family.

“I definitely believe that we are working to not only educate the children and help them develop in a positive aspect, but we are also assisting the parents and the grandparents as well,” Beltran said.

She adds, “I think there needs to be a whole family, a village type, to raise a child, so I think we’ve been a good tool and a good resource.”

Mckee’s goal for Every Little Blessing is to to eventually create child education opportunities for a variety of special needs. In the future she hopes to expand the preschool and move to a more central location in the city, where they can meet the needs of more children.

“My focus on Down syndrome was because that’s what I learned when my child was born, but I’ve also learned that all children need an amazing educational foundation,” said Mckee, adding that “there’s a lot of joy in raising a child with special needs.

She believes the school has raised awareness in the community about individuals with special needs. While children and adults with Down syndrome experience developmental delays, they have many talents and gifts and should be given the opportunity and encouragement to develop them.

“Education is really the best way to create change,” she said.

For information on Every Little Blessing Preschool: https://everylittleblessing.org/

 

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Request for information

ElPasoSpeak - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 5:00am

Can anyone tell us if this is true?

When the city has construction work done for itself city inspectors do not check the work.

We deserve better

Brutus

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The Costa Rican and Panamanian Versions of Catch-and-Release, Courtesy of U.S. Taxpayers

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 5:00am
The Costa Rican and Panamanian Versions of Catch-and-Release, Courtesy of U.S. Taxpayers

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House Homeland Security Committee Releases Special Report on Terrorist Border Infiltration Threat

US Immigration Reform Forum - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 5:00am
House Homeland Security Committee Releases Special Report on Terrorist Border Infiltration Threat

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"Stopping Terrorist Travel Through Illic...

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It Is 2019, Is Your Data Is Safe?

EPN - Border Analysis - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:00pm
She called me crying, freaking out more like it. It took a while, but I soon realized what […]
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