White House responds to “unacceptable” $3 trillion Democrat spending proposal

Democrat lawmakers have been trying to push through a deceptive spending proposal marketed as a new relief bill that responds to the ongoing pandemic. The problem is that the bill also creates a blanket amnesty for almost every illegal alien and the businesses that have been employing them. House Democrats are expected to vote on the bill today.

Taking to Twitter, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany responded to the “unserious” proposal:

Among other inclusions in the proposal is the redesign of the original $1,200 stimulus payments—originally only available to American families—so that illegal immigrants and foreign nationals can receive them so long as they have a Tax Identification Number.

Related to this, the proposal comes with an intrusive restriction on state-run elections and bans voter ID requirements.

If that wasn’t enough, Democrats are also asking for federal funding for marijuana businesses which were not authorized to take out loans in the last relief package.

The bill, which Democrats will likely vote on today, will not be taken up by the Senate, effectively leaving it DOA. Speaker Pelosi claims that she is willing to negotiate, but her Republican counterparts are understandably skeptical about whether the two sides can find any middle ground after Democrats have started off on such a unserious position.

The marijuana industry might be the one sector where immigrants can’t steal American jobs

According to a report from the Associated Press, immigration attorneys are very concerned about immigrants taking up jobs in the recreational marijuana industry. They’re advising immigrants to avoid taking jobs in anything related to the commercial sale of cannabis.

This January, Illinois will become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana, but immigration lawyers are warning immigrants not to work in the industry since the drug is still federally banned as a scheduled narcotic.

If an immigrant is caught working at one of these farms, distributors, or establishments, they open themselves up for a deportation.

AP had this to say:

“Unwary immigrants and non-citizens … can sort of feel like this is a trap because they don’t think that they’ve done anything illegal or anything that will trigger negative immigration consequences,” Kathleen Vannucci, a Chicago representative of the American Association of Immigration Lawyers, said at a news conference.

Legal immigrants elsewhere, including in Colorado, have been denied citizenship because of marijuana-related work.

The Illinois law also expunges criminal records for marijuana arrests and convictions, but those expungements won’t help immigration cases, experts said.

The National Immigrant Justice Center and others advised non-citizens not to partake, admit use or carry documentation such as a receipt, because it could hurt their cases. They extended the warning to U.S. citizens who live in mixed status households for the same reason.

Please note: The Nationalist Review is largely against the legalization of marijuana but pragmatically supports the decriminalization of possession of small amounts for personal use and fully supports the expansion of medical marijuana. We have one contributor who fully supports legalization.

Marijuana taxes to fund reparations program in Chicago Suburb

In what is likely a first in the nation, a Chicago suburb has instituted a reparations program.

On 1 January 2020, recreational marijuana will be available for legal distribution in Illinois. In the City of Evanston, the tax revenue generated by the sale of the narcotic won’t be going to drug or juvenile diversion programs—as it has in many other communities. Instead, 100 percent of the tax money will be diverted to fund dedicated to “local reparations.”

“No apologies. This is for black Evanston residents.”

Alderwoman Rue Simmons, who is black, was the driving force behind the city’s resolution. “I’m offering no apologies,” she said. “This is for black Evanston residents.”

The money raised for this fund will be spent on job training programs and other initiatives that benefit the black community in Evanston. Simmons has argued that the marijuana tax is the perfect vehicle for black reparations since the “war on drugs” has disproportionately increased incarceration rates among African-Americans according to her.

The resolution passed 8-1 and the fund will be capped at $10 million. According to Fox News, the city estimates that marijuana sales will likely generate somewhere between $500,000-$750,000 annually. In other words, this cap may never be reached. 100 percent of marijuana tax revenue could be diverted to this program in perpetuity.

The Evanston black population has dipped in recent years—down to just 17 percent in 2017.