A Challenge to the Conscience of America
A Battle Cry to Protect The Children
Yesterday, the Office of the Inspector General issued a “Management Alert” regarding the dangerous conditions and prolonged detention of children and families in Border Patrol custody.
The Inspector General’s report provides a shocking window into the dangerous and dehumanizing conditions that the Trump Administration is inflicting on children and families at the border. This report is even more troubling after the discovery of the vile, crude comments made on social media by some of those in CBP responsible for caring for migrant families and children.
This week, Members of Congress have led our own inspections of facilities holding children and families. They too have witnessed horrifying conditions and faced disrespect for our oversight responsibility to visit facilities unannounced and to take pictures of what they have seen. With the leadership of our Committees, the House will demand answers and accountability from the Administration.
The inhumanity at the border is a challenge to the conscience of America. Every day that goes by, we have even greater cause for concern and urgency to enact the protections for children and families that were part of the House-passed border supplemental bill.
Protect The Census
The news today is the Trump Administration flipflopping on its statements about moving forward without a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. As long as the President continues to try to add a citizenship question to the Census, we will continue our work to expose the Administration’s true, corrupt motivations – including holding the Administration in contempt of Congress on the Census. We will never stop fighting to ensure a fair, accurate and timely Census that counts everyone in every community without fear or confusion. In our democracy, everyone counts.
As we face continued challenges to our Constitution, we will always recall that in the darkest hours of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine wrote, “The times have found us.” Today the times have found us. We do not place ourselves in the greatness of our Founders, but we do place ourselves in the urgency of securing our democracy. This isn’t about politics. It isn’t about partisanship. It’s about patriotism.
Public Safety Power Shutoffs
As Californians prepare for the current wildfire season, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and other utility providers have warned customers they will pre-emptively shut down power when there is a high risk of a wildfire. PG&E has cautioned that these Public Safety Power Shutoffs could impact any of their 5 million electric customers, including customers living in San Francisco. As you and your family develop emergency plans in the case of a Public Safety Power Shutoff, it may be helpful to review the following resources, whether or not you receive power from PG&E. Please take every safety precaution to protect your health and that of your loved ones.
- PG&E has outlined several steps you can take before and during a power outage. If you or someone in your household requires the use of a medical or life support device to treat ongoing medical conditions, PG&E recommends applying for their Medical Baseline Program.
- prepareforpowerdown.com – Information provided by California’s three largest utility companies outlining how to prepare for a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
- Get Prepared – A guide by the SF Department of Emergency Management on local resources to use to stay prepared for any sort of emergency.
- readyforwildfire.org – CAL FIRE’s wildfire preparedness website.
- Are You Ready? – In-depth guide from FEMA on how to best prepare for all types of hazards.
My office was able to assist a constituent having trouble with getting a work visa to come back to the United States with her son. The constituent reached out because her visa to stay abroad was expiring. My office was able to communicate with the US Embassy to assist the constituent in getting necessary documentations.
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