I can say with certainty that the current budget standoff has a real impact on our ability to ensure that a wide range of emergency personnel across the country have the resources they need to do their jobs and keep our communities safer and more secure.
In his recent words on the issue, Obama is dead right. But having spent the past decade focusing on these issues, I'm not ready to take a "Birdman" victory lap through the canyons of midtown Manhattan just yet.
There is no easy fix to stemming the flow of immigrants across our Southern border. However, detaining these destitute mothers and children with no bond is no solution; it adds to the trauma they have already suffered and violates their basic human rights.