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Harris Dems Respond to Pro-Migrant Protest

As I wrote last week, a group of pro-migrant groups protested at the HQ of the Harris County Democratic Party demanding they publicly support and join the demand for VP Kamala Harris and Congressional Dems to ignore the advice of the parliamentarian to not include portions of immigration reform in the budget reconciliation, thus including it in the reconciliation.

Although no one from within the doors of HCDP responded on the day of the protest, HCDP joined the groups this past week to agree that the parliamentary advice should be ignored and immigration reform be passed through the reconciliation bill.

Stated County Chair Odus Evbagahru:

“We have some friends here…. Last week, they came to our office; they were protesting & making sure that we’re living what we’re speaking & that we’re really intentional about that,” he said, welcoming reps from with Workers Defense Action Fund, Fiel Houston & Crecen.

“We need immigration reform now…. We can’t do it while our government is being obstructed. We’ve got to push…and we’ve got to push here at the local level. We’ve had these Parliamentarian rulings. We’ve had these filibusters that have been obstructing justice and obstructing progress. And we want to get rid of those because we know the importance of the lives at stake.”

We’ve got to make sure our voices are being heard; we’ve got to be sure that we are taking action and we’ve got to — as the Democratic Party — stand up and stand behind our folks who are asking for these actions to be delivered.”

President Joe Biden called for including an overhaul in the budget reconciliation originally, but it was suggested by the parliamentarian that it not be included as it would not have a budgetary impact as required by Senate rules. President Biden and Senate Dems are attempting to include some sort of immigration reform.

Mr. Biden’s plan would recapture hundreds of thousands of unused visas dating back to 1992 and protect millions of undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for years from deportation. It also includes $2.8 billion for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to more efficiently process migrants’ paperwork.


Senate Democrats have embraced a backup plan to expand the Homeland Security secretary’s authority to grant a temporary status known as parole to undocumented immigrants who have lived in the country for a decade, providing them with work permits and shielding them from deportation. The work permits would last five years, and then would need to be renewed for another five. The parliamentarian has not yet ruled on that proposal.

There is work to be done on a more complete immigration package which provides a path to citizenship and/or permanent residency, rather than a piecemeal and temporary permit approach that could change with a new administration. Where that lies in Biden’s and Congress’s priorities is still to be determined.

For now, it would seem that continued protest and calling out leaders at all levels works, even a little. It’s the ones who whine and moan about protests that we should distrust. Ultimately, the ballot box will determine who gets to stay in Congress and these pro-migrant leaders will remind us who is on the right side of history. (Looking at you, Synema and Manchin!)

Thoughts on Viernes – 12152017

Trekking Into Political Stuff

I attended a couple of events this week in which I caught up with some old political friends and made new ones. First, there was the Latino Texas PAC, one of the newer local groups whose goal is to put more Latinos (and those who support issues that benefit/affect Latinos) in office. They had a busy year getting involved in the Pasadena elections which had a tough outcome. But one constant movement was their support of Holly Flynn Vilaseca’s appointment and sweeping election into the Houston ISD Board of Trustees.

Several candidates caught my eyes and ears, especially Penny Shaw who is running for Harris County Commissioner Pct. 4. Energetic, intelligent, issues-saavy, and shaking every hand, Penny will give the GOP incumbent a run for his money, of which he’ll have plenty. I also ran into long-time friend and family lawyer Kathleen Vossler, running for Judge of the 309th District Court. She’s a natural on the campaign trail. Also there working the room was Harold Landreneau running for Judge of Criminal Court #2. He remains one of the hardest-working candidates. And let’s not forget Rabeea Collier, in the running for Judge of the 113th Civil District Court.

I got a surprise invite yesterday to attend the AFL/CIO’s pre-CEC reception at the IBEW Hall, co-hosted by the Plumbers Union and other fine working folks. It was great seeing Labor Assembly President Ginny Stogner McDavid, ED Hany Khalil, and Harris Health Trustee and Labor Leader Linda Morales.

Along with Shaw and Vossler, also working the room was Fred Cook, candidate for Judge of the 189th District Court whom I supported in his 2008 run. He’s back on the trail and ready to serve. Nile Copeland, who’s running for County Treasurer also visited the labor folks, as did CD-7 candidate James Cargas and Natalia Oakes running for Judge of the 313th Juvenile District Court. There were plenty more who are in the running who then headed up to the CEC meeting to introduce themselves to the precinct chairs–the heart of the Democratic Party, but I didn’t get a chance to talk with them.  The Dems are fired up and even this sometimes jaded Dem left a little excited, especially after Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s fiery speech. and after doing the chisme circuit with a few friends and family.

Dems still love their retail politics, so, you candidates make sure you shake all the hands you can. I’m of the opinion that relationships with voters are a helluveaa lot more valuable than all the money people are salivating over, lately.

Here are few pics, and have a good weekend!

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Kudos to Denton County!

Congrats to my dear friend and Denton County Democratic Chair Phylis Wolper and her crew for filling the ballot with great Democrats to challenge the other side in November. If you don’t run, you don’t win and Denton County is a great example of running to win.