Update: 10:44 AM EST
Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been elected as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives after a vote by the full House.
Final Vote Total:
Ryan (R): 234
Pelosi (D): 185
Webster (R): 9
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the chair of the house Republican conference nominated Paul Ryan (R-WI).
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), the chair of the house Democratic conference nominated former Speaker and current house minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Ryan was expected to easily win after gaining the support of the House Freedom caucus.
The election was prompted after Speaker John Boehner announced that he would be stepping down from his position in late September.
Ryan did not immediately throw his hat into the ring to be the next speaker, indicating that he would prefer to stay in his job as the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.
However, after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy couldn’t gain the confidence of the Tea Party wing of the Republican conference, the then frontrunner for the job choose to stand down.
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Whilst the plight of asylum seekers has been well documented in recent months, specific demographics within the overwhelming numbers of people escaping Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria face specific advantages and disadvantages from the general population of people fleeing violence and repression.
One such group is the LGBT community, who are primarily seeking refuge in Europe and North America.
A 2012 report by ORAM (the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration), says that protection for LGBT individuals seeking asylum is particularly poor in so called “transit” countries.
This protection appears to be greatly needed however.
“Despite many advances, the widespread violence and discrimination against LGBTI refugees often means that these individuals face severe obstacles to protection and long-term safety in countries of first asylum,” The report reads. “These individuals commonly undergo regular and often violent harassment from the local communities and refugee populations”.
The Washington Post recently reported on just such an instance that took place in Dresden, Germany.
When a young Syrian man revealed to another the meaning of his rainbow flag, he was subject to verbal and physical abuse from fellow asylum seekers. In an even more severe case, a transgender woman and her friends were raped and tortured by Jordanian police.
In response to the particularly vulnerable condition of LGBT asylum seekers, and calls from the UN, the Canadian government announced that it will consider gay men a priority for resettlement, due to the high likelihood of their safety being compromised by ISIS, the Assad regime, and fellow refugees.
This may result in single heterosexual men being much lower priority than other asylum seekers, as suggested by Amnesty International.
A similar move was made in the United States, when the State Department expanded its protections for LGBT couples by allowing already qualified refugees to bring their same sex partner, even if they are not legally married.
Despite these and other moves by governments and NGOs, the sheer volume of asylum seekers from the ongoing violence in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria all but guarantee that minority groups, including the LGBT community, will continue to bear a particularly heavy burden.
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By Mashal Mirza
Is it the three heavyweight championship titles? Is it his leadership for the Nation of Islam? Is it his famous line, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee?”
Muhammad Ali demonstrates leadership in a multitude of ways.
His athleticism and character leaves an enormous mark on history. He inspires sportsmanship and standing up for what you believe in; he is an icon of physical and mental ability.
But here is what I think is Muhammad Ali’s greatest lesson is to people like myself, a twenty-first century American college student:
Muhammad Ali once said, “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”
Some may think this is extremely conceited.
I say that this phrase should be something we all embrace for our own individual journeys.
As a college student, you are always aware of someone who wants your dream and who is better than you: better grades, better resume, better recommendations. It’s easy to stop believing in yourself and your pursuit to achieve your goals when you begin to think that you’re not good enough.
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Here’s where Muhammad Ali comes in: his belief in himself and his capabilities is what lead him to be one of the greatest athletes of all time and a leader in a historical movement.
People say that he never gave up on his dreams. You know what? He never gave up on himself.
His confidence paved the way for his life, both inside and out of the boxing ring.
Without his self-assurance, he would have never achieved his status in the sports world and would have never spoken up for what he believed in.
Great leaders know they can change the world. It is that knowledge that allows them to push boundaries and create a revolution. It all begins in self worth.
Again, people may think that Muhammad Ali was arrogant.
Yet he eventually knew his place in life: when addressing his disease, he once said, “God gave me Parkinson’s syndrome to show me I’m not ‘The Greatest’ – he is.”
His experience of battling with Parkinson’s humbled him, demonstrating that while he was aware of his abilities, he was also aware of where his abilities came from.
While Facebook statuses and Instagram posts are great ways to pay tribute to this phenomenal man, the best way, I believe, to honor Muhammad Ali is to look to his confidence.
His words are not just good for captions on photos- they are valuable lessons that can apply to everyone.
We could all learn a thing or two for someone who left such an impact on the world around him.
So today, look to Muhammad Ali for inspiration, because he was a man who made his dreams into a reality.
It all began with his belief in himself.
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–The Musmanno family is in the middle of a horror that is becoming common in immigrant communities around the United States.
-A loved one is in a ICE jail. And there’s little hope of getting him out. He’s scheduled to be deported.
-Flavio Musmanno has been sitting in an ICE jail in Ohio since August 28.
-Flavio is an undocumented immigrant who has lived in the United States since 2000.
-Flavio has long worked construction jobs and was well liked by bosses who considered him a hard worker. He followed the work to Seneca County, Ohio.
-On August 28, he lost his wallet at a gas station.
-Within an hour, and many of the facts surrounding his arrest are still murky, he was called by an ICE officer and then detained.
-ICE did not respond to a request for information surrounding Flavio’s arrest.
-Flavio came to the country from Argentina under the visa waiver program and stayed after it expired. He married his longtime girlfriend Fabiana Zuin in 2017. At the time they were married, Fabiana was a permanent resident who was on the way to receiving her citizenship.
-Fabiana is now a US citizen.
-The family’s attorney tried to get the arresting officer to push for Flavio’s release.
-ICE has the legal authority to use discretion and release those they arrest due to extenuating personal circumstances.
-But the family’s attorney, Linda Osberg-Braun told RISE NEWS that ICE has not been using discretion like they used under the Trump Administration.
-So despite having an American son and being married to an American wife, Flavio Musmanno is scheduled to be deported back to a country he hasn’t been to in 18 years.
-And due to the special circumstances involving his entry into the US back in 2000 under the visa waiver program, Flavio does not have a right to be seen by a judge.
-Unless something changes, Flavio will be deported on October 9th.
-According to Osberg-Braun, he won’t be able to come back to the US for up to 10 years.
-The family is raising money to provide for the legal defense of Flavio.
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