This week, President Obama's $3.7 billion request to deal with the border crisis stalled as lawmakers introduced a bill that purportedly aims to help young unaccompanied immigrants but actually just makes it easier to quickly deport them -- a measure Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, dismissed as "the deportation-only agenda dressed up in sheep's clothing." The crisis is certainly a chance to look in the mirror and decide what kind of nation we want to be: one that holds up "return to sender" signs and walks through towns with AR-15 rifles to protest the possible arrival of a few busloads of Central American children (as happened in Arizona and Michigan respectively), or one that decries "racist and xenophobic attitudes," as Pope Francis urged on Monday, and lives up to our founding principles as a nation of immigrants. Hanging in the balance isn't just which direction the children will go in, but the rest of us, as well.
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.
As Congress and the Administration consider proposals to eviscerate the heretofore obscure (now demonized) Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA), it makes sense to review the case for change and to query whether the proposed cure might not do more harm than good.
Politicians and most other residents of the United States alike, from every rung along the full political spectrum, generally agree on one issue: Our immigration system is severely broken and needs fixing.
We need civically engaged Muslims to tackle these issues from all fronts. We need organizers and activists, daring demonstrations and diplomatic dinners. We need Malcolm Xs and Martin Luther Kings, Pauli Murrays and Ella Bakers.
All children need to be welcomed as Jesus welcomed them. When children face such terrible circumstances that they are willing to risk their lives and leave their families and communities, our hearts must break.
Sarah Palin contends that President Obama isn't following the law. But perhaps we should read what the law actually is. And it turns out that not only is he following the law, but Republicans were among the ones who put together the bill that's leading to the crisis.
Things often get crazy during an American summer. It was during the summer months, after all, that the Tea Party emerged. Maybe summer gives people ...
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.
Hospitality is an industry in the United States, not a way of living.
The debate about our failed immigration policies is back in full force in the American consciousness with the recent news of tens of thousands of "children" trekking to our southern border dominating the headlines.
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.
Those who love "The Boss" or are intrigued by family history will appreciate this charming video of Bruce Springsteen accepting the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award with his mother and her two sisters.