Yet another idiotic ReThug idea proven…well, idiotic:
In 2015, West Virginia passed legislation requiring some applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to submit to drug testing. The state estimated that over the first year, the program would identify 390 people as drug users at a cost of $50,000.
The program has now been in place for three months and just four people, less than one-half of a percent of all applicants, tested positive. In the general population, the rate of drug use is 9.4%.
Not all applicants take the test. Courts have required such testing to be based on reasonable suspicion, so those applying for TANF are required to fill out a questionnaire designed to flag potential users. 107 applicants were drug tested…
…West Virginia’s experience mirrors those of other states who have implemented similar programs. ThinkProgress reviewed the impact of programs in 13 states last year…
…Sen. Ryan Ferns, the lead sponsor of the bill in West Virginia, refused to answer questions from the Gazette Mail about the outcome of the drug tests.
You ask me, every ReThug in office should be drug tested, preferably on a daily basis.
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And finally, on that new embassy in London:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents blitzed dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday to interview employees and deliver audit notifications, carrying out what the agency said was the largest operation targeting an employer since President Trump took office.
ICE said its agents showed up at 98 stores and made 21 arrests, describing the operation as a warning to other companies that may have unauthorized workers on their payroll.
“Today’s actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable,” said Thomas D. Homan, the agency’s top official, in a statement.
Homan characterized the operation as a new front in the Trump administration’s broader immigration crackdown and its effort to increase deportations. ICE agents have made 40 percent more arrests in the past year.
At last count there were 10,500 7-Elevens in the United States.
ICE “hit” 98 of them and arrested 21 people. If nothing else the president* and his ilk should be outraged at the ridiculous ROI; isn’t The Dotard supposed to be a successful businessman?
The truth is the “raids” were but kabuki, formalized street theater straight out of the televised annals of Dragnet. The purpose? To satisfy the blood lust of the cryptochristian neo-confederate lard asses upset they have to talk to a Satish, Arya, Juan or Maria when they present their script/wrinkled dollar bills to the cashier when paying for their 64-ounce Slurpees.