Though I surely did not become more conservative with age or my first paycheck, I found a few things that I do not want my tax dollars funding. Unless we stand up for our values and make an attempt to have some say in where our tax dollars are going, we are complicit in the very types of oppression to which we are ideologically opposed.
When President Obama signed the proclamation to designate the Organ Mountains/Desert Peaks National Monument in May, it was the last stitch of a tapestry to weave together several natural sites of extraordinary beauty and cultural significance.
Forget about your politics or your party. Forget about what the commentator on Fox or MSNBC feeds you. Look into the faces of these children. There is Jesus. At the border. Being smuggled in under cover of darkness. Invite him in.
The dramatic humanitarian nature of children rushing to the U.S. border has catapulted the issue of immigration back on the national agenda.
Rarely do a man, moment, mission and election come together as perfectly as the opportunity for Bill Clinton to save the Democratic Party in the 2014 midterm elections.
The arrival of large numbers of children on our doorstep is not a physical menace to us. Nor is it an unsustainable financial burden. It is not a legal or bureaucratic matter either. Instead, it is a moral issue of how we choose to define ourselves as a country.
Cuban-Americans supplied not just votes, but candidates for the GOP. But now there is survey evidence that the group is split between the GOP and Democrats. The question is no longer if, but why.
When we stop behaving like xenophobic, isolationist silos, we might be able to prevent masses of people trying to escape abuse in their communities. We wait for crises to happen. We spend little time and money on prevention and we are in denial about the condition of the human spirit.
Removing the age cap and changing the criteria to allow more DREAMers to qualify may be the easiest thing that Obama could do.
Immigration will not be resolved by slogans. It will not be resolved by demonstrations. It will not be resolved by sheer, mean, dishonest, gutless or accusatory politics. Nor will it be resolved by beating up on President Obama.
The floor felt like solid concrete with no softness or give. The room was long and narrow, angling to a point at the end. The ceilings about 12 feet high. Suddenly, one of the sleeping men lying below the bench pushed my blanket away.
The Zadroga bill running out in 2016 is only one of the complications faced by hundreds of undocumented immigrants who worked to clear the still-smouldering wreckage at Ground Zero.
Over the past 15 years, one thing has become very clear to me: As a country we have rarely tackled the causes of migration beyond border enforcement, which has been mildly successful. The current crisis lays bare the failings of this shortsighted policy.
For some, it's just a breakdown of law and order. For others, it's a moral challenge beyond ideology. And, quite reasonably, opponents of immigration are waiting to see how Progressive states react to requests to share the burden. Especially New York.
The question must be asked. Where is the empathy or Christian charity among those who protest children? Did these children choose their fate? Did they maliciously and knowingly choose to be born into poverty and strife? The idea is as absurd as protesting their presence.