I Have Some Questions For The Witness

When I was younger I loved listening to Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story.” It is amazing what one or two omitted facts can do to change your opinion of an event.

This is from USA Today:

MS-13 beat me up and threatened to kill me. Then the US government took my kids.

I crossed the border into the United States on March 13 in search of safety for myself and my sons, ages 4 and 10. We had fled for our lives from El Salvador, where MS-13 gang members had threatened to kill us. We turned ourselves in to the first Border Patrol officers we saw after crossing into Texas. They took us to a Border Patrol station, where I tried to explain that my sons and I needed protection. I could never have imagined immigration authorities would take my children away from me for seeking asylum.

The immigration officers told me that I was going to be taken to an immigration detention center. They said my sons could not come with me. I was given only five minutes to say goodbye. My babies started crying. It breaks my heart to remember my youngest wail, “Why do I have to leave? Mami, I want to stay with you!” My oldest was confused and did not understand what was happening.

Through my tears, I asked them to be brave and promised that we would be together again soon. I begged the woman who took my sons to keep them together. She promised that she would, and then left with my boys.

In El Salvador, gang members threatened me and threatened my children, too, saying they would take my 10-year-old son from me. I went to the authorities in El Salvador and requested protection, but they didn’t do anything.

Once, the gang members beat me in front of my children. After that, my older son was terrified that they would kill or kidnap me, and he never wanted to leave my side, even to go to the bathroom. He didn’t want to go to school, because he was afraid he would not find me when he came home. My 4-year-old slept in bed with me, and my 10-year-old slept in his own bed in the same room.

I feared not just for my safety but also for my children, so I did what I believe any responsible parent would do — tried to get them to safety. I have family in the United States, and they said they were willing to take us in.

Before we were separated, I had never spent a night away from my children. I asked to be released from immigration detention so I could be with my them, but when I had my immigration hearing, the government alleged that I had an affiliation with a gang. I tried to explain that I was in fact a victim of the gang. As I said in my sworn affidavit, “I have never been a part of or aided the gangs in El Salvador.”

But the judge set a bond of $12,500.

Thankfully, people from all around the country donated money for my bond through a fund set up by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services in Texas. I was reunited with my sons on June 7, after we had been separated for almost three months.

I was so relieved and happy to hold my sons again. But I still think about other mothers who are sick with worry about their own children who were taken from them. I pray that people put themselves in my shoes and theirs, and think about how difficult it must be for mothers to be away from their children.

Jessika L. is part of a class-action lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which assisted her in writing this op-ed. She is using only part of her name in order to protect other family members. The account here is consistent with official documents, including her sworn affidavit in the ACLU case challenging family separation.

Hmmmm. So many questions, where to start. Let’s start at the beginning:

1. Where is the boys’ father? Or is it fathers? I see no mention of him/them.

2. Why did MS-13 threaten to kill you? According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, MS-13 gang members are “God’s children” with a spark of divinity.

3. Is the boys’ father a member of the MS-13 gang?

4. How did you get from El Salvador to the Texas border? Did anyone provide you assistance?

5. Did anyone coach you on U.S. asylum laws prior to your entering our country? If so, what were you told?

6. Why didn’t you go to a crossing station to request asylum?

7. Why did you enter the country and then turn yourself in? Who advised you to do that?

8. Why didn’t you apply for asylum in Mexico?

9. Are your family members in the United States here legally?

10. How did you hook-up with the ACLU?

11. Would you have done anything differently if you had known you would be temporarily separated from your sons?

12. What do you plan to do if your asylum claim is rejected?

That’s a dozen questions. I’m sure I can think of a few more, and possibly a lot more depending on her answers. I would like to know more about the allegation that she has MS-13 gang ties. What was the basis for that allegation? Her quote from her sworn statement was worded by a lawyer. That kind of careful wording always triggers my suspicion bone. (She sounds like Hillary Clinton.)

I realize we’re supposed to “believe all victims” but how do we know if someone is a victim or a liar until we do a little checking? I also realize that it sucks to have to live in a shithole country, but if we bring every resident of shithole countries to America then we’ll become a shithole country too.

The long-term solution to our immigration problems involves getting shithole countries to stop being shitholes. Maybe we should start invading and annexing all the shithole countries of the world and turn them into new states. We could start with Mexico and finish what President Polk* started.

We can call it “The New Manifest Destiny.” We can modify Emma Lazarus’ poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty:

“Keep your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
We’ll come to you instead.”

*Polk was a Democrat

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104 Responses to I Have Some Questions For The Witness

  1. Constance says:

    So given what she went through at home she should have been thrilled to make it to Mexico and applied for asylum there.

  2. lyn says:

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  5. Anthony says:

    That story is right out of that 1950’s show “Queen For A Day”

      • Dora says:

        I can’t believe I used to like that show. Well, I was still young. 🙂

        • Anthony says:

          I can’t believe they gave her a cat… today, PETA would be all over that 🤣

          I remember that show from when I was very young too. I was happy to see that people who suffered misfortune were being given help, but also wondered about how they felt about their misfortune being made so public

          • DeniseVB says:

            She didn’t look too happy, but enjoyed the “Klown” sighting 😀 Yeah, I thought that show was more about “I gots 8 kids, my house burnt down, my husband’s out of work” And she’d get a new refrigerator or stove. 50’s t.v. shows on only 3 channels, if you were lucky, and had a roof antenna not rabbit ears, we’d watch anything on a 13 inch screen which was a piece of furniture that also included a radio, record player and liquor cabinet. I remember something like this in our old Brooklyn apt. The bottom doors were probably meant to hold record albums, but I know that’s were mom and dad stuffed their booze 🙂

          • Anthony says:

            I remember the smell of the tubes when they had to be changed

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    Pure Evil!

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  10. DeniseVB says:

    Meanwhile, back in France……

  11. DeniseVB says:

    Just wondering, does RD, Amy Siskind or John Cole go to these things? I’m still on the Nutroots mailing list, though I’ve unsubscribed to every lefty.org since 2008, I just can’t quit these guys. It’s gotten worse ever since then. Here’s the final day wrap up, not impressed, we had EVERY Dem candidate show up in 2007…. to be fair, 2008 was an open election, no incumbents running, and Dkos was cool then 🙂

    Dear Denise,

    Netroots Nation came to a close tonight with a Presidential Candidate Forum and a morning keynote featuring some of the women who made history with their election victories in 2018.

    Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Deb Haaland and Ayanna Pressley joined She the People’s Aimee Allison to talk about what a bold, inclusive, progressive platform looks like in 2020.

    “We can win in 2020—but we have to organize and resist together. This is a coordinated and systemic attack, and we are all losing,” said Rep. Pressley, calling for unity across communities impacted by the Trump administration’s discriminatory policies.

    “Don’t come to the table, shake the table,” said Rep. Omar as she discussed the moral imperative of not backing down. “We never need to ask for permission or wait for permission to lead. Every single vote we take and agenda we push forth is about making sure no one is left behind. We aren’t in the business of asking for power; we’re in the business of grabbing power.”

    Rep. Barbara Lee kicked off the morning ahead of the panel by calling for a national conversation on reparations, and topics from there ranged from reproductive justice to ending the detention of kids and mass incarceration.

    The conference wrapped up with a Presidential Candidate Forum co-hosted by Daily Kos, featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sec. Julian Castro and Gov. Jay Inslee.

    Candidates were questioned on issues ranging from economic inequality and public housing to healthcare and abolishing ICE. Big progressive ideas were front and center, with candidates universally advocating against corporate power and for policies that bring greater equality.

    If you missed the action from Netroots, it’s not too late! Click here to watch yesterday’s speeches and panels in our video archive.

    And click here to view photos from the conference (and tag yourself).

    Thanks for following from home!
    Mary Rickles
    Netroots Nation

  12. Myiq2xu™ says:

    “Families belong together”

    We’ll round them up and reunite them on their ride to the border.

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  14. Dora says:

    Not a good night to be in Manhattan!

    • Mothy67 says:

      It was kind of fun during the last blackout (2003). I had to walk from 14th to 168th. I had a wad of cash on me so it took many hours to get home. Bars were still open and they had ice. People brought out their grills onto the street. No one knew what was going on (2 years after 9/11) One of the sneaker shoe stores just passed out it’s inventory rather than be looted. When I got to Lincoln Center they had buses going uptown or downtown. I still had nearly a hundred blocks to go, but I made new friends and we decided to continue on foot. People in my building slept on the roof. It was hell for the old or sick though.
      I’m always worried terrorists might take advantage of emergency situations. Hope Anthony is safe on UWS. Has he checked in? Cell phones should be fine. I think I read it is only effecting 24,000 in Manhattan.

      • John Denney says:

        It’s only effecting 24,000 LOCATIONS. An apartment building with many residents is just one location.

        ” I had a wad of cash on me so it took many hours to get home.”

        Yeah, it’s slow going, lugging a big wad of cash. 😉

        • Mothy67 says:

          There are many, many, many bars from 14th to 167th. Mentioned that I had cash because no ATMs, no credit cards in bars. Cash only in a blackout.

  15. DeniseVB says:

    Well, crap, Virginia GOP has done it again. Mark Warner will win re-election easy.


  16. Mothy67 says:

    Wow the 1977 blackout in NYC was July 13-14. I was 10 and only remember the looting pictures on tv.

  17. taw46 says:

    Ben Garrison on the invite, the uninvite, and the cartoon.

    • lyn says:

      That was interesting.

      • taw46 says:

        Wonder what he meant by this?
        “I also spoke to someone I will not name, he set everything right and I do not blame the White House or the President for what happened.”
        I hope it means he eventually gets to meet the President.

        • lyn says:

          I wondered about that too. I hope he does meet the president one day. I hope he can sue some of these fake news creeps and ADL. Why hasn’t ADL gone after the Democrat WOCs?

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  20. Mothy67 says:

    I don’t want to play anymore. These people are beyond hope.

  21. DeniseVB says:

    What does this song remind you of?

  22. Mothy67 says:

    Jack Posobiec is reposting all the antifa support for the loser shot in Tacoma scary shit

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  25. Mothy67 says:

    Q people give me a headache
    Today’s whatever you call what they do
    -42 anniversary of 1977 blackout
    -Outage on 42nd St
    – Todays blackout effect most of Clinton neighborhood (34th to 59th/Hudson River to 8th)
    – Bill was 42nd President
    Interesting so far and then they blew it with
    – Epsteins townhouse is in the dark. Nope its onE 71st way across the park and a few tony avenues.

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  27. Mothy67 says:

    Off topic
    Big decision to make. Reading tons. To vaccinate or not to vaccinate HPV. Ugh.
    Any thoughts? She doesn’t want it.

  28. Mothy67 says:

    Never gets old

  29. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I actually get people who think they are insulting me by calling me a clown.

  30. Dora says:

    REPORT: Trump Plotted Clinton-Epstein Takedown For Years, Knew About Clinton ISLAND PHOTOS

    President Donald Trump plotted his takedown of accused child trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s elite inner circle during the 2016 election, convening a meeting with then-National Enquirer owner David Pecker prior to Trump’s comment at CPAC 2015 about how Bill Clinton has a Jeffrey Epstein problem.


  31. Dora says:

    Liberals are losing their minds.

  32. votermom says:

    this is an older video by black rifle coffee but first time I’ve seen it
    someone on a boycott ravelry group posted it

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  34. Dora says:

    For the old timers here. (Me) 🙂


    With a little help from my friends: watch Paul McCartney bring out Ringo Starr for the final night of his US tour

    The two former Beatles embraced for the last leg of Sir Paul McCartney’s US tour.

    Sir Paul McCartney brought out fellow Beatle Ringo Starr for his show in Los Angeles last night. You can watch some footage of the moment below.

    Read more at https://www.nme.com/news/music/little-help-friends-macca-brings-ringo-final-us-tour-date-2528524#19j89p5gH773V2fx.99

  35. swanspirit says:

    Sunday morning fabulous fun!

    • John Denney says:

      Oh, Bravo! That was amazing!

      Not only were all the dance steps synchronized to the music, but also many of the moves matched the lyrics, and the final fadeout was perfect!

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