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Trump has a bizarre hatred for ‘chain migration’ – but Mike Pence’s family is the perfect example of it

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President Donald Trump’s super PAC has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars denouncing “chain migration,” a term alleging that if one immigrant is allowed to come into the United States, their family will follow.

Vice President Mike Pence, however, is the perfect example of exactly that. A post by genealogical researcher Megan Smolenyak revealed that Pence’s favorite grandfather he’s fond of mentioning was actually a migrant worker like the many people he attacks today.

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Pence’s grandfather, Richard Cawley, was born on February 7, 1903 in Doocastle, Ireland according to records that show an uncle registered the child’s birth. The uncle had to do it because Cowley’s father was working in Scotland at the time. It was typical of the time for workers from Ireland to seek work in other countries so they could send money back to their families. Just as many immigrants in the United States do today.

Records reveal the marriage to begin with was a little slapdash with their first child being born just four days later.

The chain migration for the Pence ancestors began with his grandfather and four siblings who came to America through Ellis Island between 1915 and 1929. His brother James came to Illinois and then helped brother Richard, who helped brother Thomas, who helped their sisters.

Chain migration pattern of Mike Pence’s grandfather (Richard) and his siblings via genealogical researcher Megan Smolenyak/Medium.

Pence’s grandfather arrived at Ellis Island in 1923, married in 1930 and quickly had two daughters (1931 and 1931).

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The father of Pence’s grandfather Richard who had been traveling back and forth between Ireland and Scotland was all that was left of the family. While gone, his wife died and his children had all left Ireland for the United States. Not being able to make the journey, he died alone without help from his family at Nazareth House, Sligo, which operated primarily as an orphanage.

“As is so often the case, Pence’s Irish great-grandfather led a challenging, lonely, migratory life for the benefit of future generations, but he himself did not reap the rewards,” concluded Smolenyak. “The dreams of his descendants were powered by his sacrifices. A little compassion for the countless Richards crossing borders today would be a fitting way to honor his memory.”

See the full story for the screen captures of immigration information and public records on the Pence family at Medium.

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Trump supporters lose their minds when church shows Nativity scene in immigrant cages

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MAGA supporters are losing their minds after a photo of the Nativity scene at Claremont United Methodist Church was posted to Facebook.

The scene depicts Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus separated and put in their own cages, a reference to the families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Inside the church, the family is shown as reunited.

Senior minister Karen Clark Ristine shared the image on Facebook with the message hoping that everyone in the United States could see the photo and read the story for Christmas.

"The theological statement posted with the nativity: In a time in our country when refugee families seek asylum at our borders and are unwillingly separated from one another, we consider the most well-known refugee family in the world," she wrote. "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the Holy Family. Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant. They feared persecution and death."

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Columnist nails Republicans for only caring about Hunter Biden now that his father is running for president

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One of the critical questions that must be answered by Republicans, according to one Washington Post columnist, is why they didn't care about Hunter Biden's position at Burisma for so many years.

In a Sunday piece, James Downie asked why Republicans didn't do anything about Hunter Biden five years ago when it was first revealed that vice president's son was on the board of a Ukraine energy company. The House and the Senate were being run by Republicans until this year. They haven't had problems with other partisan investigations against high-profile leaders. There were ten investigations into the Benghazi attacks, three hearings, 29 witnesses, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified for 11 hours. Yet, it was only after Joe Biden announced he was running against President Donald Trump that Republicans discovered an issue.

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Republican staffer caught spying on Democrats during Judiciary Committee meetings

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A Republican staffer from the Ways and Means committee was caught spying on Democrats during their work over the weekend.

According to a Judiciary Committee source, the female staffer was ultimately discovered and ran out of the committee room once it was discovered she was there, tweeted Olivia Beavers, a writer at "The Hill."

"A Judiciary source says the committee, which has been practicing for their Monday impeachment hearing this whole weekend, came across a female GOP Ways and Means staffer in the hearing room today, but that she ran out once discovered," she tweeted.

https://twitter.com/Olivia_Beavers/status/1203784487559213056

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