September 6, 2014 |
MEXICO CITY - He crossed a border that has fueled intense debate over illegal immigration for three days of trade talks in a country once home to many of the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be living in the United States. Gov. Christie, however, has not talked much with Mexican leaders about immigration during his trade mission here, he said Thursday. And, he said, he has no interest in airing his views - now, anyway. The Republican governor will talk about immigration "if and when I become a candidate for president of the United States," he told reporters outside a taco shop, where he stopped for lunch between events with Mexican officials.
April 11, 2014
JEB BUSH made some very provocative comments about immigration the other day. They were red meat for a conservative base that thinks in broad brushstrokes about foreigners. Actually, they were more like a bullfighter's red cape, or scarlet blood in the water. Commenting on the wave of illegal bodies present in our country, this brother of one compassionate conservative president and son of another observed: "The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn't come legally, they come to our country because their families - the dad who loved their children - was worried that their children didn't have food on the table.
March 7, 2014 |
Edgar Trinidad Mendez no longer lives in fear. But that was not always the case for the Mexican undocumented immigrant, who came to the United States when he was 6. Mendez, 24, of Deptford, was a high school sophomore when he learned how his life and aspirations would take a different course because he was undocumented. "Since I [can] remember, I have been undocumented. My life has been consumed by uncertainty, always apprehensive about an unclear future," Mendez said. "Being undocumented is like having ball chains tied to the limbs of your body, preventing you to move forward.
August 9, 2013 |
The leader of the Philadelphia Archdiocese entered the immigration debate Wednesday, saying Americans are "not licensed to mistreat anyone ... whether they have papers or not. " Archbishop Charles J. Chaput urged Congress to create a path to citizenship that was "fair, accessible, and achievable" for undocumented immigrants. "Americans have a right to secure borders. ... We have a right to exclude criminals from our country ... to verify foreign visitors and guest workers, and expect their compliance with the law," Chaput wrote in a CatholicPhilly.com column.
July 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Janet Napolitano, who as President Obama's homeland security secretary has one of the broadest and most challenging portfolios of any cabinet member, announced Friday that she is stepping down to become president of the University of California system. Napolitano has been a central figure in debates over immigration and counterterrorism policies while also managing the government's response to tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. Her resignation comes at a critical time for the Obama administration, as Congress debates a bill to overhaul immigration laws.
July 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Sunday that any attempt at comprehensive immigration legislation cannot offer a "special pathway to citizenship" for those in the United States illegally. That approach could block the GOP's hopes of ever winning the White House, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi predicted. With last week's Senate passage of a comprehensive immigration bill, the emotionally heated and politically perilous debate is now heading toward the GOP-led House, where conservative incumbents could face primary challenges if they appear too lenient on the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally.
May 12, 2013 |
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a gooey confection of seasonal sentiment. It also is an economic manifesto. It concerned a 19th-century debate that is pertinent to today's argument about immigration. Last week, a disagreement between two conservative think tanks erupted when the Heritage Foundation excoriated the immigration reform proposed by a bipartisan group of eight senators. Heritage's analysis argues that making 11 million illegal immigrants eligible, more than a decade from now, for welfare-state entitlements would have net costs of $6.3 trillion over the next 50 years.
May 10, 2013 |
For all the talk about immigration, rarely does the conversation veer into why so many Latinos have come to the United States. Harvest of Empire attempts to fill in the gaps, and the reasons don't include some naive notion about streets being paved with gold. The documentary, based on the book by journalist Juan Gonzalez, makes a persuasive argument that immigration from Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba, and other nations is the direct result of American maneuvering in Latin America. The film follows a pattern, looking at each country individually and hearing personal tales from immigrants before taking a deep dive into the history of that nation.
May 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama leaves Thursday for meetings in Mexico and Costa Rica as fragile talks continue at home over an overhaul of immigration law, a monumental task that will require him to enlist the support of Latin American officials while making sure that immigration does not dominate the trip. Obama and new Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto broadly share the goals of normalizing the status of millions of Mexicans living illegally in the United States and creating guest-worker programs.
November 3, 2012 |
It is no accident that one of Mitt Romney's favorite surrogates on the campaign trail is Marco Rubio, the Florida senator of Cuban ancestry, who rallied a crowd Thursday night in Delaware County. Rubio, energetic in a zippered black fleece, told 1,000 or so Republican supporters at the Heritage Ballroom in Ridley Township he was stumping in Pennsylvania now because the state, once deemed a lock for President Obama, is suddenly in play - or so said Rubio. "How does it feel to be a swing state?"