U.S. District Judge John Jones recently ordered ICE to release 11 chronically ill detainees from a Pennsylvania detention center. He rationalized this order on the grounds that he could not sign off on an “unconscionable and barbaric” scenario of detainees contracting the Wuhan Virus.
ICE facilities “are plainly not equipped to protect Petitioners from a potentially fatal exposure to COVID-19,” asserted Jones, who ordered an another 22 ICE detainees were released on April 7, 2020. “If we are to remain the civilized society we hold ourselves out to be, it would be heartless and inhumane not to recognize Petitioners’ plight. And so we will act.”
That lack of testing at these facilities motivated lawyers to file lawsuits, according to Eunice Cho, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union who is presiding over a dozen lawsuits the organization filed in recent weeks.
“We are fully aware of the magnitude of this problem and are deeply concerned about the health and welfare of all the detainees currently locked up in these facilities,” Cho claimed.
U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in California is even considering a request to fast-track the release of about 7,000 unaccompanied minors after HHS said four children in its custody in New York tested positive for the Wuhan Virus in addition to eight staffers, contractors and foster parents in New York, Washington and Texas.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg of Washington is considering a request to release about 1,350 members of migrant families who are being held at three family detention centers in Pennsylvania and Texas.
Ricky Williamson, who is currently being detained at Mesa Verde, said he recently told a judge in immigration court that he was dropping his case to stay in the U.S. because he would prefer to be deported to his native United Kingdom than wait for the virus to spread throughout the detention center. Although the U.K. is experiencing its own Wuhan Virus outbreak, Williamson said he would like to enjoy the freedom of wearing gloves and a mask than stay in an ICE facility.
“It was the hardest decision of my life,” Williamson declared. “At least if I’m free, I can do my own stuff to prevent getting it.”
Martin Alvarez Garcia reached a similar conclusion. After having a cough and sore throat for more than two weeks, doctors at the ICE facility rejected his request for a Wuhan Virus test because he didn’t have a fever. Alvarez then decided to waive his right to appeal his deportation order.
“I would honestly rather sign and go back to my country than risk myself getting infected,” he asserted. “I don’t feel safe anywhere in Mexico, but I have no choice.”
Self-deportation, while not enough to stop America’s mass migration dilemma, is very much welcome.
The U.S. must focus on serving its people and not worry about allocating resources on illegal aliens.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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