A line too long: no choice but action on ‘Broken immigration system’

"Our immigration system has been broken for a very long time -- and everybody knows it." -President Barack Obama, addressing Las Vegas high school students whose families are affected by his use, this week, of executive authority on immigration reform The Republicans know it. The conservative cabal that pulls the party's purse strings knows it.… Continue reading A line too long: no choice but action on ‘Broken immigration system’

Real crisis at border is one of American conscience

Angry White people screaming at busloads of minority children should frighten any American with a knowledge of our own recent history. Voices of fear and bigotry have risen like an oily mess on the tides that have brought waves of young immigrant children across our borders. The boys and girls are buoyed ashore by a… Continue reading Real crisis at border is one of American conscience

America’s inescapable specter of violence and racism

"...they aren't all valedictorians. They weren't all brought in by their parents. "For everyone who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds — and they’ve got hands the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert..." - Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), referring to DREAMers, in an… Continue reading America’s inescapable specter of violence and racism

No immigration path to legal status with GOP, no path without them

"The President urges the House of Representatives to take action and move this bill or similar legislation forward, and stands willing to work with all parties to make sure that commonsense immigration reform becomes a reality as soon as possible." - from a White House report, released Wednesday morning, entitled, "The Economic Benefits of Fixing… Continue reading No immigration path to legal status with GOP, no path without them

2014 battle lines coming into focus

A famous Democrat told me recently, the Georgia Republicans in the 2014 Senate race - Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston - are all "certifiable." They are some of the loudest, logically dissonant voices in the House of Representatives, but by running, they are out of Congress, permanently. Further, having them in that race… Continue reading 2014 battle lines coming into focus