An Update Ahead of July 4th
Ahead of tomorrow’s July 4th celebrations, I wanted to take the time to send out my weekly update. It may have been a shorter work week, but it was busy nonetheless.
Closing out Pride Month
On Sunday, I had the honor of walking in New York City’s Pride Parade, with friends, allies, and the LGBTQ community. As we mark the end of this year’s Pride Month, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising here in NYC, I look ahead at the work still to be done to make sure that no LGBTQ individual is treated unfairly, unequally, or is made to feel unsafe.
Under a Trump Administration that spews hate and fear daily, I know it is hard for people to live as they truly are; fear is a terrible thing to live with and the hatemongers will answer for the harm they cause. Under all circumstances, I am proud to be a vocal ally of the LGBTQ community and promise to work toward a future of equality, justice, and inclusion.
Fighting Injustices on the Border & in CBP
Yesterday, I joined my colleagues in the New York delegation to demand that this Administration address and fix the humanitarian crisis at our border and in its detention facilities.
How can it possibly be that in the richest country in the world, this Administration can find the money and overcome the logistical obstacles to bring military tanks to our nation’s capital for a self-serving display of power, but they can’t find the money or manage the complexities of giving soap and toothpaste to children they are holding in camps?
On top of this, we learned that a large group of current and former CBP officials – the people tasked with maintaining safety in these facilities – routinely express hate, misogyny, racism, and indifference to the suffering of others in an online discussion group.
People who hold these bigoted views of immigrants, women, and people of color should not be put in a position of absolute power over them – we see the results in the way migrants are being treated in detention facilities.
We need a full investigation and accounting of who was involved in this Facebook group and they must be held accountable.
A Win for the Census
Yesterday’s news that the 2020 Census will be printed without the citizenship question is a huge win for every American who stands for democracy and equal representation. Moving forward with the 2020 Census without the citizenship question brings us a step closer to a full and accurate count.
And even though the President is now trying to back down from that, his Department of Justice and Commerce Secretary have both confirmed that the printing process will move forward without the citizenship question. No matter how hard the President tries to get us to stop, we will never give up in fighting to prevent this illegal, immoral and purely partisan question from corrupting the census.
Laying A Hero to Rest
Today, we laid to rest Detective Luis Alvarez, a true American hero and one of the most courageous, honorable, and profoundly decent people I have ever known.
His lifetime of service can never be repaid but we will fulfill his dying wish and cement his legacy by passing the Never Forget the Heroes Act to fully fund and make permanent the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund so that it is there for every first responder, survivor, and family who needs it.
As always, your concerns still and always will remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to email me through my website.
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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress