July 27, 2014
ISSUE | GOVERNING What if Washington closed for business? Though both state and federal governments are the targets of the offensive that E.J. Dionne calls "conservatism's increasingly ferocious opposition to government," the preponderance of these rants are hurled against the federal government ("Populist and pro-business," July 22). So it's worth recalling the benefits of our central government, effects that obviously safeguard and enhance the lives of all. The federal government keeps the air, water, and food supply free of contamination.
July 24, 2014 |
WOMELSDORF, Pa. - Amid calls for expedited deportations, and counterarguments to allow the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have entered the United States illegally to stay, the issue is both a political football and a gut check on American values. While the crisis at the border in the Southwest can seem far away, it has a ripple effect in Pennsylvania, too. "Communities all across the country are being affected," U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.) said Tuesday after visiting Bethany Children's Home, a sanctuary for troubled youths on a sprawling campus next to Berks County farm fields.
July 10, 2013
The Border Patrol's forces have doubled over the past decade even as foiled attempts to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally have sunk to a 40-year low. So, with astonishing obliviousness to its purpose, the bloated agency has turned to the same mission impossible that has kept countless other American law enforcers busy to little avail: the war on drugs. Much of what the Border Patrol's 21,000 agents are doing these days has nothing to do with patrolling the border. A growing number of those arrested by the agency are not Mexicans trying to enter the United States illegally, but Americans carrying relatively modest amounts of marijuana and other drugs.
July 8, 2013 |
At this intermission in the immigration debate, with House Republicans preparing to look askance at the Senate's handiwork, the argument is becoming ever stranger. It has reached a boil, especially concerning border security, at a moment when illegal entries are at a 40-year low and net immigration from Mexico has recently been approximately zero, largely because enforcement efficiency has already been substantially improved and because America's economic growth is inferior to Mexico's.
July 5, 2013 |
I'VE OFTEN heard people repeat an adage spoken by a character in a Robert Frost poem published almost 100 years ago. "Good fences make good neighbors" is the phrase uttered by the neighbor of the narrator in Frost's "Mending Wall," as he goes about his annual chore of mending the stone barrier that separates their two properties. The trouble is, as the narrator points out, that axiom was outdated when Frost penned those words in 1914. So you'd think it is truly antiquated reasoning today.
June 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Republicans will forfeit a chance to win Hispanics to their party if Congress can't agree on a measure to overhaul immigration laws, supporters of the legislation said. "If it fails and we are blamed for its failure, our party is in trouble with Hispanics," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), a cosponsor of the bill, said on Fox News Sunday . The measure, which would be the first major change in U.S. immigration law since 1986, would beef up border security and give 11 million residents a chance to become American citizens.
June 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Supporters of bipartisan immigration legislation smoothed the way Friday for likely Senate passage of their handiwork, overcoming last-minute disagreements at the bill's core and tacking on other items certain to build support. A test vote was set for Monday on the bill, which calls for a military-style surge to increase security at the U.S-Mexican border. At the same time it sets out a 13-year pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants living in the United States unlawfully.
June 21, 2013
By Greg Sargent The Congressional Budget Office's finding that immigration reform would reduce the deficit hasn't stopped opponents from pressing forward with other absurd arguments. Case in point: Ted Cruz argued on the Senate floor recently that immigration reform should be opposed for the sake of undocumented immigrants. Cruz (R., Texas) stood before an image of a graveyard and solemnly eulogized unnamed souls killed crossing the border. "This is a system that produces human tragedy," he said.
June 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A breakthrough at hand, Republicans and Democrats reached for agreement Thursday on a costly, military-style surge to secure the leaky U.S.-Mexican border and clear the way for Senate passage of legislation giving millions of immigrants a chance at citizenship after years in America's shadows. Lawmakers in both parties described a southern border that would be bristling with law enforcement manpower and technology as a result of legislation at the top of President Obama's second-term domestic policy agenda.
June 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Welcome to the U.S. Senate, Jeff Chiesa. Now get ready to vote on one of the country's most divisive debates: immigration reform. Chiesa, a New Jersey Republican sworn in June 10 to fill the seat of the late Democratic Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, is working out of a trailer where most of the walls are still bare, and he's still learning his way around the Capitol. He asked an aide to point to the nearest restroom after a vote Tuesday. So his views on complex legislation are still developing.