Representative Pelosi and Senator Schumer replied that Trump is making this crisis, that they have a bill that was unanimously approved by the senate in December and agreed to by a majority of the house which has good effective way to achieve border security, which they offer to negotiate faithfully separately and I believe them; that there is no excuse for hurting millions of US people to get his way on an ineffective wall; we can secure the border in real effective ways. We don't have to arrest women and children, separate families, and put asylum seekers in prison. They demand that he end this shutdown now: This site has the full speeches plus the texts:
Sanders gave the best cogent speech: Trump has manufactured this crisis, his arguments for a wall (many many billions if he did build it) are all based on lies. His demands for working people who provide our security at airports, on the coast, our taxes, our basic services either to work without pay or stay home are unconscionable. Sanders describes the real crises going on in the US and what we need action to cope with.
The networks refused in 2014 to allow Obama to address the immigration crises to which he offered fundamental long-term solutions, some of which he passed by executive order, and which had begun to work. He has wanted to explain to the US people why he was signing these executive orders and what was happening in congress::
What to do? Trump's is an open attack on the American people he thinks didn't vote for him and assumes his various constituencies don't care about or fear and resent. Is there anyone who doesn't doubt that this was thought up shortly before December 17th and consolidated by the Republicans and their donors over the last week of December.
The only thing we have left is massive non-violent non-cooperation and voting - which power is being badly weakened though the first bill the democrats passed was a new civil rights bill and actions to shore up and protect our present voting rights: there would be three more democratic governors, more democratic representatives and the majority of people could make inroads on the senate which now represents a minority of US people:
One response by people faced with an analogous situation who have a working democracy: Tthe French this past year have been faced with an analogous situation: working and middle class people's taxes going way up, their jobs cut, their pensions, all the things they have worked all their lives for, what they are supported by threatened: so there have been massive demonstrations with everyone wearing yellow jackets. Luckily they had a symbol to hand in a safety vest required on French cars: They began November 17th. There was much violence:
But Macron gave in to some of their demands not to attack them directly in the way he was doing.
Form history: the General Strike in 1926. It was called by the leaders of several unions -- miners -- and for the same kinds of economic reasons: at the time the UK had become a constitutional monarchy with a parliament and law courts:
As Schumer said, the symbol of the US should be the Stature of Liberty not a massive cement wall.
Read Nichols, Mystal (let's look at who has been fighting this man and who supporting him) and McCalvey especially: the power of a strike:
People do have to fight back with all that's left to us: demonstration, assembly, the vote. I am not politically active or knowing but I will go to any demonstration near me.
This is a right-wing coup to further destroy parts of the gov't, of agencies which help people, and to put 7 billion in a semi-dictator's hands in order to build a white male supremacy.
We are filled with fear and anxiety this morning -- engendered by this POTUS. It is important to remember that in 2014 Obama wanted to address the nation with comprehensive immigration legislation and the stations refused to give him public time on the grounds this was a political speech. Trump's speech itself is a reason to impeach him, his refusal to sign on December 17, 2018: