While President Obama should be applauded for reaching past the partisan gridlock in Congress that has made it impossible to improve the lives of millions of families torn apart because of strict immigration laws, his emphasis on families over felons seems outdated and a rhetorical step backward, not forward.
The politicizing of this should not, however, detract us from the clear call of the Scriptures which were written to a people who were born out of the turmoil of the journey from oppression to a land not their own.
In order to turn the corner on the immigration issue as a nation, we need to expose the inaccurate and inflammatory themes that have dominated our immigration discourse for what they are: lies.
Too many qualified foreign students are sent home after graduation. Indeed the gap between student and temporary employment visa issuances has widened extensively over the past decade.
In one quick move, Obama has redefined the 2016 presidential election, presenting Republicans with a sticky conundrum. Do they embrace immigration reform, thus alienating much of their base, or stand in reform's way, thereby relinquishing any hope of attracting Hispanic voters?
While the Republicans are scrambling to figure out their next steps and keep their forces together, the president and Democrats are taking victory laps with cheering crowds of recent immigrants who are mobilizing to stand up and defend executive action.
At the first Thanksgiving 383 years ago, Native Americans and Pilgrim immigrants gathered with mutual respect to share a bountiful harvest they'd produced together. This Thanksgiving, though, there's no respect or sharing in the homes of GOP nativists.
Vanden Heuvel and Lowry debate 'Bamnesty' and 'Obamacare'. Perhaps the best Left-Right framing of big reforms is FDR in 1936 comparing governments imperfectly reforming to status quo-ers kvetching from the sidelines. Or as Gypsies say, "Dogs bark but the caravan moves on."
The president has provided a temporary solution to a permanent problem. That permanent problem is our broken immigration system. It is imperative to get immigration right, if for no other reason than this: The future of the U.S. economy is at stake.
Evidently using the Bible as a weapon of mass discrimination against LGBT people is fair game but suggesting that loving your neighbors by not deporting them is out of bounds. Honest to Ethel... they make my hair hurt.<
The GOP pushes Obama's buttons. Obama -- finally! -- pushes back.
While I enjoyed Borowitz' delicious satirical cake, it is ironic but yet a sign of the (political) times, that other Republicans have now stepped forward in the wake of the President's speech on immigration with statements that trounce Borowitz' satire.
While we are quick to appeal to biblical values in order to marginalize others, when that same Bible calls us to love those folks we want to marginalize, all of our talk about biblical values suddenly and conspicuously disappears.
I'm happy that President Obama finally has moved forward with immigration reform. But the six-year-long White House Bad Messaging Plague (WHBMP) continues unabated. We're in danger of losing the public on this issue even before the first work permit is issued.
The reaction to the President's announcement from his critics has been swift and loud. Regrettably, they have focused nearly entirely on how the president has taken these actions, ignoring entirely any engagement on the merits of the steps taken.
Though it may test our American sensibilities to admit it, the truth is the group of Christians who founded America's first colony in 1607 in Jamestown did so under communist principles.