As commentators point out that the U.S. seems to be morphing from a can-do into a can't-do nation, don't imagine the American spirit is dead. It's just that today our country is triumphant in producing only things that go boom in the night.
It's official: Cities have no way to get out of Secure Communities, the Obama administration's fastest growing local immigration enforcement program, a disappointing end to months of confusion over whether localities could opt out.
Janet Napolitanosaid there is a "new and changing terrorist threat" from "homegrown" terrorists. Given this reality, how long can we tolerate the existing "terror gap" in our laws allowing persons on the terrorist watch list to buy guns and explosives?
Secure Communities is touted as a voluntary partnership that strengthens "efforts to remove dangerous criminal aliens from the U.S." Some cities looking to opt out of this "voluntary" program found their hands tied.
Earlier this week, we announced $25 million in funding for rebuilding projects in Louisiana and Mississippi. These resources are helping cut through red tape and get long-delayed construction projects off the ground.
The decision in U.S. v. Arizona points to some important constitutional tensions that need to be recalled in a nation characterized by fractious Red states eager to embrace a power struggle with the government.
Instead of pandering to the extreme right wing with its insatiable -- and unworkable -- appetite for deportation, it's time for Obama and Congress to do what the president has repeatedly said he wants to do.