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Speaking at a Press Conference at the the National Governors Association, Governor Martin O'Malley urges compassion for the children refugees who have flooded in from Central America.

We are not a country that should send children away and send them back to certain death. I believe that we should be guided by the greatest power we have as a people, and that is the power of our principles.

He goes on to say:

“Through all of the great world religions we are told that hospitality to strangers is an essential human dignity,” O’Malley said. “It is a belief that unites all of us. And I have watched the pictures of young kids who have traveled for thousands of miles. I can only imagine, as a father of four, the heartbreak that those parents must have felt in sending their children across a desert where they can be muled and trafficked or used or killed or tortured. But with the hope, the hope, that they would reach the United States and that their children would be protected from what they were facing at home, which was the likelihood of being recruited into gangs and dying a violent death.”

We have to do right not just by these kids but by our kids and protect the children who are here, put them in the least restrictive settings, get them out of these detention centers and these kennels where they are being cooped up, and operate as the good and generous people that we have always been,” he added. “That’s what’s at stake here, as well as the lives of these kids.”

O’Malley said the children deserve due process under U.S. law.

“They should have their ability to make their case for protection and asylum in the United States,” he said.

“I believe that it is contrary to everything that we stand for as a people to try to summarily send back to death, whether it’s in famine; death whether it’s in the middle of the ocean; death whether it’s in a war torn area or death in a place where gangs are the greatest threat to stability and the rule of law and Democratic institutions in this hemisphere.”

These statements just reaffirms my belief that we need Governor O'Malley to run for president in 2016. There are those that say he is too bland to successfully run for president. In my opinion, he shows his passion for America, liberal policies and his faith when he speaks on immigration issues like he did with these statements. He continues to push the moral arguments for why we need immigration reform and why these children are not just a political football to be used in the midterms.

His statements stand in strong contrast with Secretary Hillary Clinton. Here is what Hillary Clinton said about the situation on CNN:

She told moderator CNN's Christiane Amanpour that the United States needs to “send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border doesn’t mean your child gets to stay.”

“They should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are, because there are concerns whether all of them should be sent back," Clinton said. "But I think all of them who can be should be reunited with their families."

In other Martin O'Malley news:

Along with Department of Interior, Maryland auctioning off 80,000 acres for wind power farms.

He continues to help Democrats with the 2014 midterms. He and his PAC are hosting a fundraiser alongside Nancy Pelosi to raise money for Reps. Tim Bishop of New York, Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona and Ann McLane Kuster of New Hampshire, Amanda Renteria, of California, and Andrew Romanoff, of Colorado.

He is speaking at Mississippi's J-J Dinner as well as being the keynote speaker at the Nebraska Annual Democratic Dinner.

He helped negotiate an agreement between John Hopkins and union that will result in an increased minimum wage for workers.

Maryland got a AAA rating from S&P, Fitch and Moody's making them one of only 7 states to have this rating.

In a light-hearted Q&A with the Des Moines Register, he revealed his favorite book,Thomas Merton’s ‘Seven Storey Mountain, and his lack of phobias.

Originally posted to askew on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 04:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Maryland Kos.

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  •  Lack of Phobias? (3+ / 0-)
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    askew, marina, Navy Vet Terp

    Ho ho ho.

    Try Badpressophobia. His mishandling of Maryland's health exchange is becoming clearer and clearer every day.

    If he and his underlings ... Who are now in charge of what is nominally a "private corporation" simply fessed up and put the paperwork out there, there would be little issue.

    As a reporter who is among the handful who have kept after this, I can't give him a free pass. But he is part of Maryland's Democratic machine, which admits no wrong.

    Hubris is not a pretty character trait.

    I've contributed several diaries on the doublespeak coming from state government about its health exchange transparency problems.

    They will continue.

    All that said, his position on the refugees is plain common sense and I applaud it.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 04:45:32 AM PDT

    •  I can't see getting that worked up over the (12+ / 0-)

      exchange not working correctly. Multiple states and the feds got burned by web developers who didn't get exchanges up and running properly, including my home state of Minnesota. Maryland is suing the developer and bought the exchange programming from Connecticut so they won't have the same problem in this coming up enrollment period.

      Maryland ended up having over 300k enroll in Medicaid and over 70k enroll on exchange plans. Those are impressive numbers.

      I don't think issues with exchange rollouts will sink anyone running for the 2016 nomination. It will be ancient history by then and we'll be talking about the fall in the number of uninsured in these states and across the country.

      President Obama at Madison Rally 9/28/2010 - "Change is not a spectator sport."

      by askew on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 04:52:20 AM PDT

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      •  It's not whether it worked correctly or not. (0+ / 0-)

        It's about the exchange absolutely failing to follow the states open meeting law.

        It's about over $100 million in sole source contracts all discussed behind closed doors, which bother violates state law and the public trust.

        Oh, and the exchange's enabling legislation. Oh, and it's own procurement policies.

        Bad government is bad government, and trust me, I know a lot more about this than you (unless you work for the MHBE),

        Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

        by dadadata on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 09:59:54 AM PDT

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    •  Not really part of the machine (1+ / 0-)
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      askew

      Growing up and living most of my life in Baltimore, to me the machine was Jack Pollack and to a lesser extent Irv Kovens and Little Willie Adams.  They ruled Baltimore as their personal fiefdom, and did a lousy job of it too.  But they are all dead.

      "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

      by Navy Vet Terp on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 06:11:33 PM PDT

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  •  Not ready to cast any vote yet (7+ / 0-)

    in the Democratic primary.  Fixated instead with this Fall's midterms.  I want to hold the U.S. Senate and to show John Boehner the door.  

    That said, in the last few weeks I've been unimpressed with Brian Schweitzer and in agreement with O'Malley on the young people who are refugees.  

    I'm just having a hard time seeing what names we'll have to choose from on our 2016 primary ballots.  

    Sometimes the differences between Democrats and Republicans can be extremely sharp.  This week we heard from Louie Gohmert ("war ships!") and Martin O'Malley on the Central American children.  

    And if you're lurking on this site this morning, Reince Priebus, those two elected officials came down on very different sides of the children / refugee question.  

    "How can we know the dancer from the dance?" (Yeats)

    by Remediator on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 04:50:16 AM PDT

  •  I really like O'Malley (5+ / 0-)

    and have been noticing him for a long in clear, in plain language that appeals to our better angels instead of our insecurities.

    I'm hoping they are only auctioning off leases to public lands, not selling them outright. I would disagree with that.

    I hope O'Malley continues to advance. He is, to me, at this time, the most favorable alternative to the same old, same old.

  •  Sound of crickets from the "pro-life" movement (10+ / 0-)

    These are actual living children who have each escaped a miserable situation in their home country to reach the US. The RTL pretenders should be jumping up, volunteering to sponsor and adopt these kinds. I heard Bill Maher mention that 85% of these kids have relatives living in the US. Seriously, shit like this proves how the RTL forced birth movement worships the fetus but once it's born they could care less. Obviously this makes the Forced Birth movement about punishing women for sex. What about the children Forced Birthers?

  •  If David Gregory can tear himself (8+ / 0-)

    away from his Legos, he might consider ringing up Governor O'Malley and asking him on to Meet the Press tomorrow.  

    Have a Republican -- any Republican will do -- to represent the send-em-back position, and let O'Malley make the case for compassion.  

    It might make for the rare Sunday that I actually watch Meet the Press.  

    "How can we know the dancer from the dance?" (Yeats)

    by Remediator on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 06:37:36 AM PDT

    •  It will never happen but it would make for (5+ / 0-)

      appointment TV.

      President Obama at Madison Rally 9/28/2010 - "Change is not a spectator sport."

      by askew on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 06:47:45 AM PDT

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    •  Dancin' Dave would make it cringeworthy (8+ / 0-)

      Even with the table set as you describe, I am quite sure David Gregory would find a way to keep the discussion centered in the utter banality of Villager consensus.  All the horses in the world couldn't drag me in front of a TV with MTP on.

      •  I only ever watch it if Rachel Maddow is on (5+ / 0-)
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        Even then it is cringeworthy to watch Gregory fail to let her talk when the RWNJ bozos keep interrupting.

        Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

        by Mokurai on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 08:39:38 AM PDT

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        •  Even Maddow isn't enough of a draw (2+ / 0-)
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          Those conservatives are especially outrageous because their tactics are deliberate.  They practice interrupting and filibustering the talk show responses as early as their college Republican days.  At this point, that recurring pattern surprises no one.  

          Since it happens all the time, and since it is as predictable as the rising of the sun, and since Gregory's response is similarly consistent, I conclude that he too is following a pre-determined course.  I won't watch because I already know what will happen, and I am tired of the disgust his show leaves me with.  Even though I know Gregory is playing a role, where his is neither writing the script nor setting the stage, I think it is right to cast aspersions - he is odious.

    •  What Gregory really needs (4+ / 0-)

      is a time machine to bring in Rick Perry from before the Tea Party got to him on immigration.

      If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they've been brought there by no fault of their own, I don't think you have a heart.
      Similarly Marco Rubio from when he was writing an immigration bill that he later denounced.

      Even Reince Priebus used to know better than the Yahoos in the base.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 08:37:27 AM PDT

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    •  But that would require a journalist to journalize! (2+ / 0-)
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      When Gregory was asked why he hadn't commented about the bogosity in Bush's case for the Iraq War before it started, he said it wasn't his job.

      If telling people what's going on in the world isn't the job of a journalist, having O'Malley on MTP and running the risk that he'll tell everyone what's happening is too great a risk.

      Freedom's just another word for not enough to eat. --Paul Krugman's characterization of conservative attitudes.

      by Judge Moonbox on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 09:41:38 AM PDT

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  •  I Disagree With O'Malley (0+ / 0-)

    There are billions of children in this world who are in the same boat as the children on the border.  Should we let all those children in to the US too???  I think that we should deport the children back to their country of origin and punish their countries by withholding money until they get their act together.  Also, we should not let the busses into our country but turn them around and tell Mexico who did let them into their country to take them in.  We are not responsible for every child who has a hard life in another country.  If so, than there are many children in India,  Africa, and many more countries we should bring to the US.

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 07:28:02 AM PDT

    •  Local refugee crisis (1+ / 0-)
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      I view these kids the way I view Syrian kids running for Jordan and Lebanon.  This is a local phenomenon.  We ought to have refugee camps, etc. and protect them/give them asylum because there is basically a civil war going on.  We could work together with Mexico and the UN so that these kids don't have to get further than southern mexico to be safe.  Then we need a plan for how to handle the refugees (temporary refuge vs. green cards in mexico and / or the US).  This is a local issue and I expect nations to help out their respective neighborhood.

      Mmmmm. Sprinkles. - H.J. Simpson.

      by ten canvassers on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 08:37:41 AM PDT

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    •  No, there aren't (4+ / 0-)
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      askew, YucatanMan, wheresjim, CJB2012

      You argue like a Republican, with misinformation and malice.

      To begin with, there are only about one billion children in total. While many are desperately poor and seriously oppressed, there are only a few other countries besides Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala where children are routinely threatened with organized rape and murder. These three countries are currently rated as more dangerous than Iraq. Much of that is due to past US economic and political policy choices, such as supporting the United Fruit Company in its Banana Republic period, and the Guatemalan death squads more recently.

      Yes, the world (not just the US) should stand up to its responsibilities to refugees from civil war and gang violence, and allow them all out. As the saying should go

      What if they gave a war and everybody left?
      As for the rest of poverty, we have the technical means to end it where it is with a moderate investment, in the tens of billions of dollars annually, that would reap rewards in the tens of trillions economically, and of incalculable value socially and politically.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 08:57:02 AM PDT

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    •  Wow, just wow. There's so much fail in your (3+ / 0-)
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      askew, wheresjim, CJB2012

      comment, it is hard to know where to start.

      How about the fact that the USA has militarized the violence in these counties? Or that the USA has intentionally pushed drug war violence south? Or that the USA has armed and trained the death squads, continuing to this day?

      Maybe we could all learn more about what our own country is doing and stop displacing the blame for our own failed policies.

      Meanwhile, these are children. Your deception of the situation shows that you have a poor concept of what is really taking place.

      Did I mention: these are children, on our doorstep.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 10:08:11 AM PDT

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  •  I tend to agree with him. (1+ / 0-)
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    askew

    If they're kids with no discernible ties to gangs and they have no criminal past (and I don't mean stealing a pack of tortillas to eat ), let them stay. But we have to stop the flood of kids undertaking incredibly dangerous trips north. It's insane that this is happening in the first place.

    But once they get a taste of safety and security in the USA (no, I'm not implying America is perfect. I'm saying this place is pretty safe .) returning them will be like tossing a yoyo into the air.

    And it's irresponsible and immoral to return these young people and children knowing they're going to turn around instantly and start all over again.

    Changing subjects, I would have preferred that Marylznd and DOI granted long-term leases for wind farms -- even if they're 50 year leases -- than sell off public lands.

    Selling off public lands, unless it's a reasonable land swap is just a bad irreversible idea.  

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 08:48:14 AM PDT

  •  O'Malley Is Governor Of Maryland (0+ / 0-)

    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

    by kerplunk on Sat Jul 12, 2014 at 11:33:04 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for Sharing (1+ / 0-)
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    I wouldn't have know Martin said these things without this post!

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