The crowd began to march and shout as it moved down 16th Street in Washington, D.C., a cluster of federal workers and union organizers protesting the partial government shutdown that was then about to head into its fourth week.

In the front ranks of the march, among the labor leaders and fellow politicians, Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 8) joined in the chants urging President Donald Trump to work with congressional Democrats to end the stand-off and send federal employees back to work.

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public-redux

I like that he is a member of the Congressional Freethought Caucus. I also like..... well, he sure is liberal.

mrnatural1

The cost of illegal immigration was brought up below. Here are some estimates from across the political spectrum:

1) $116 billion per year:
http://www.irli.org/single-post/2017/09/27/New-FAIR-Study-Illegal-Immigration-Costs-116-billion-Annually

2) Securing the border is a good investment:
https://cis.org/Report/Cost-Border-Wall-vs-Cost-Illegal-Immigration

3) This disputes #1 but seems to support #2 (it cites both):
https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2018/dec/05/donald-trump/donald-trumps-false-claim-about-cost-illegal-immig/

4) $54 billion, from conservative Heritage Foundation:
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/fact-check-how-much-does-illegal-immigration-cost-america-not-n950981

5) "Each illegal alien costs nearly $70,000 during their lifetime:
https://cis.org/Camarota/Enforcing-Immigration-Law-Cost-Effective

6) $2 billion to $19 billion, from US GAO report dated 1995. Adjusted for inflation amounts would obviously be much greater in 2019:
https://www.gao.gov/products/hehs-95-133

It seems clear that Trump's claims of $200-$275 billion are excessive, but illegal immigration does cost us a significant amount of money.

Even the low end estimates justify increasing border security.

The *cost* is the least of our concerns though, which should be: overpopulation; security/safety; unemployment/lower wages; and costs associated with illegal immigration -- in that order.

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b1sellers

and the FNP should tell you to stop telling this lie over and over - yet here we are

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CheetoBenito

Sources?

Frayou

I’m not sure this politian is as “fair minded” as one would want to believe. It appears he was eager to rush to judgment on the below subject as with other liberal & progressive politians.

https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/12/politics/kfile-democrats-impeach-trump/index.html

Frayou

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/what-it-means-for-trump-if-he-ordered-cohen-to-lie-to-congress

Blueline

Well, that was some infomercial for Jamie Raskin, where do I send my $19.99? I didn't vote for Mr. Raskin. To me, he is a throw-back 60's-70's type liberal. He promotes the same old failed policies, the solution is always spend more, have no accountability, and rant about a utopian oasis which no one quite ever finds. A millionaire himself, he seems to work at ensuring I never reach that status in the name of promoting "equality." I have no doubt that he is an intelligent individual, which further make me wonder if he truly believes what he says, or is he just another politician feeding at the public trough.

TomWheatley

"On the marble floors of the Cannon House Office Building, the click-clack of staffers’ heels echo through the high-ceiling hallways as they scurry along, constantly checking their phones to see the latest information they can feed to their bosses in the fast-moving world of Washington."

I didn't realize the male staffers wore high heels.

public-redux

How did you get “high heels” from “heels”?

FrederickFan

Jamie Raskin is incredibly intelligent and competent. He is outgoing, friendly, approachable, and listens to everyone. He welcomes and considers all viewpoints. All these attributes make him a great leader.

Mickey7

[thumbup] Frederick fan

wran

I disagree with your opinion of Raskin. I have found that he does not welcome and consider "all viewpoints". When he was running for Congress he said on his campaign website that he wanted to hear from citizens and answer their questions. So, I submitted a question on his webform: Never heard from him. After he was elected I sent him about 5 emails on fairly non controversial subjects on his "contact me" webform saying I want to hear from you. In one of them I asked him why the US paid foreign aid in 2017, according to the Council on Foreign Relations to: China
$ 53,017,125, Russia $167,755,115, and Canada $35,416,402. After months I go a reply explaining the benefits of the US giving foreign aid. Not a word about the three countries I asked about.

Last year I sent him a message asking him to take the initiative for a program for the US to adopt the International System of Measurements. Never heard a word from him or his staff. Null, nada, nothing. I think they were too busy developing plans for their social agenda and thinking up ways to resist Trump

I am not impressed with Raskin at all.

b1sellers

I agree FrederickFan

corgikid

A true Bolshevik. He needs to go back to the motherland of his ancestors.

Mickey7

Where've You Been Corgi did you just climb out of from under your rock

Mickey7

I voted for Jamie and will continue to vote for him! I met him and he and his wife and they are wonderful loving folks!

veritas

Another Maryland Democrat doin’ what Maryland Democrats do. [sleeping][sleeping]

Mickey7

Another Maryland Democrat doin’ what Maryland Democrats do. Yes! Represent the People!

FrederickFan

[thumbup]

Joeseamhead

Ruskin is a truly good person, something that is a bit of a rarity today in the political world of Washington.

b1sellers

Agree Joeseamhead

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