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“They may have experienced abuse and other threats to their safety. They may have been trafficked or smuggled in. To allow images of their faces would compromise their safety and privacy.”
- Jesus Garcia, special assistant to the deputy assistant secretary for external affairs at the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, explaining why reporters touring Fort Sill are forbidden from videoing, photographing, or interacting with the children (Source: http://bit.ly/1ooJeUl)
Sarah Julian is the Director of Communications for the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC). On July 16, the OPSRC is hosting an open house for anyone who is interested in learning more about the organization. You can register at http://nwea.us/OkieEdOPSRC.
“We cannot support open borders for trade but not for people. We cannot support the unfettered exchange of goods and ideas while building razor-wired walls that separate children from their parents. We cannot make America stronger and more prosperous by excluding tomorrow’s talent and industry.”
- Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating arguing in favor of compassionate immigration reform in the L.A. Times (Source: http://lat.ms/1lVRR7o)
A rare bright spot in health care-related news came early last week with the announcement that Insure Oklahoma, a public-private partnership providing health insurance for some 18,500 low-income Oklahomans and their families, has been given permission by the federal government to continue operating for another year.
“These are lifesaving services that hospitals and EMS providers provide to people without respect to their ability to pay or their insurance status. It’s a critical system for us to support.”
-Julie Cox-Kain, a deputy commissioner with the Oklahoma Health Department, speaking about the Legislature’s move to take $5 million from the state trauma care assistance revolving fund to balance this year’s budget (Source: http://bit.ly/1qj6SUP)