President Obama Plans to Ban Thanksgiving for “Celebrate Immigrants Day”-Fiction!
President Obama Plans to Ban Thanksgiving for “Celebrate Immigrants Day”-Fiction!Summary of eRumor: A White House task force has urged President Obama to issue an executive order to ban Thanksgiving and replace it with “Celebrate Immigrants Day.” The Truth: There’s no proof that a task force has urged President Obama plans to ban Thanksgiving or create “Celebrate Immigrants Day” through executive order. That rumor started in March 2015 when conservative activist Susan Payne appeared on the Joe Miller Radio Show and the Mark Levin Show. After the president announced a series of executive actions on immigration, Payne said she secretly participated in a conference call with members of the White House Task Force on New Americans about future plans for immigration reform:
…They said that once this was all finished, there should be another executive order that changes Thanksgiving to “Celebrate Immigrants Day.” I was about ready to blow my top.Payne didn’t indicate who was on the conference call, or who made the suggestion to ban Thanksgiving. When she was prodded about any resistance to the suggestion, Payne seemed to indicate that it was some sort of joke:
They just thanked them for their suggestion. They laughed and thought it was a good idea and thanked them for their suggestion. To me, as an American, and as an American whose husband served in Vietnam, I’m offended by this stuff.Again, we don’t know who made the suggestion, or who thanked them for making it. Aside from Payne’s first-person account, there’s no proof that a member of a White House task force or President Obama actually considered banning Thanksgiving. Shortly after Payne talked about plans to ban Thanksgiving in lieu of Celebrate Immigrants Day, the Task Force on New Americans outlined a number of actions that could be taken to improve integration outcomes for immigrants in a memorandum. Adult education, early childhood education and small business development measures were all on the list — but a recommendation to change Thanksgiving to Celebrate Immigrants Day was not..
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White House Task Force Wants Obama to Change “Thanksgiving” to “Celebrate Immigrants Day” via Executive Order
04 Mar 2015by News Editor
Susan Payne, a Maryland political activist who was interviewed on the Mark Levin Show last week, called into The Joe Miller Show yesterday and provided even more details on what a White House task force is planning with respect to illegals in this country.
She explained that not only did members of the task force make it clear that their efforts are designed to provide as much money and benefits to illegals as possible, they were also trying to expand ways to induce illegals to come to the United States. With respect to those who receive executive amnesty, Ms. Payne said the focus was “navigate [the benefits], not assimilate.”