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Schumer: ‘If We Don’t Open Up The Schools, You’re Going To Hurt The Economy Significantly’

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In a seeming change of heart, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said if the nation doesn’t reopen its schools, the economy will be significantly hurt. This comes just four days after the senator tweeted saying schools should reopen only after the federal government gives them more funding — which would greatly delay reopenings and in his own words, hurt the economy.

Schumer tweeted on August 3 that if we want schools to reopen and teachers and students to be safe, “we need MORE federal funding for EVERY school.”

Republicans and Democrats are in heated negotiations on Capitol Hill about what this school relief bill and stimulus will look like — and per usual the talks are not reaching solutions quickly.

Just yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the talks are delayed as the Democrats and Republicans “are very far apart — it’s most unfortunate.”

Schumer himself said “we are very disappointed in the meeting…They were unwilling to meet in the middle,” as reported by Fox 59.

Yet, Schumer said today we must reopen our schools to avoid serious economic consequences. The comments can be seen in the below video starting at 4:41.

“What is one of the biggest problems facing us in the next month,” Schumer asked. “Schools. Opening up the schools safely.”

Schumer explained the impact on teachers and the economy. “You’re going to hurt the economy significantly because lots of people can’t go to work,” he said in today’s news conference.

President Donald Trump has been advocating for the safe reopening of schools for weeks, citing the economic and educational consequences our nation and students will face if we continue to wait for Congress to reach an agreement.

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If Schumer sees the grave consequences of not reopening as well as how slow talks are going, what is he waiting for?

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Illegal migrants refuse to leave Denver encampments, make demands of city including ‘fresh, culturally appropriate’ food and free lawyers

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A group of illegal immigrants in Denver is not only refusing to leave encampments, but also have the audacity to take no actions until the city meets its demands. The migrants were organized enough to publish a document with 13 specific demands before they “acquiesce to Denver Human Services’ request to leave the encampments and move to more permanent shelters funded by the city” reports Fox News.

Demands were made following the Denver government obtaining a petition to have the migrants moved, according to the outlet. The Denver mayor has been under pressure from the city’s ongoing migrant crisis, making headlines and receiving stiff backlash earlier this year for proposing budget cuts to the city’s government, including cuts to the city’s police force, to fund more money for dealing with the city’s migrant crisis.

The list of demands was sent to Mayor Mike Johnston and included requests for provisions of “fresh, culturally appropriate” food, no time limits on showers and free immigration lawyers, the outlet reported. Further details of the demands read, “Migrants will cook their own food with fresh, culturally appropriate ingredients provided by the City instead of premade meals – rice, chicken, flour, oil, butter, tomatoes, onions, etc… Shower access will be available without time limits & can be accessed whenever… Medical professional visits will happen regularly & referrals/connections for specialty care will be made as needed.”

The migrants also insisted they get “connection to employment support, including work permit applications for those who qualify,” as well as “Consultations for each person/family with a free immigration lawyer.” The migrants insisted that if these are not met, they will not leave their tent community.

“At the end of the day, what we do not want is families on the streets of Denver,” Jon Ewing, a spokesman for Denver Human Services, told Fox 31.

The current encampment is situated “near train tracks and under a bridge,” Fox 31 noted, adding that it has been there for the last couple of weeks.

Ewing told Fox 31 the city just wants “to get families to leave that camp and come inside,” noting its offer will give migrants “three square meals a day” and the freedom to cook.

He also said the government is willing to work with people to compromise and help them figure out what kind of assistance they qualify for.

Ultimately, Ewing said, the city wants to work with migrants to determine, “What might be something that is a feasible path for you to success that is not staying on the streets of Denver?”

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