September 13, 2016
By Tim Lynch Donald Trump recently proposed the creation of a new Deportation Task Force that will target millions of people in the United States. Trump wants voters to think they will reap the benefits of his plan while the citizens of Mexico will shoulder all of the costs, such as paying for a new wall. But his plan will actually have spillover effects on Americans by exacerbating problems that plague our legal system. The first problem is overcriminalization. There are now thousands of criminal statutes, rules, and regulations on the books.
July 8, 2016
WHEN IN DOUBT, try fear-mongering. That's the tactic used recently by Sen. Pat Toomey, who introduced a bill to deny federal housing and community-development money to any municipality that declared itself a sanctuary city. These cities - Philadelphia among them - opted out of cooperating with the federal government's program of aggressively deporting illegal/undocumented immigrants. Toomey is following the lead of Donald Trump, the Republican Party's presidential candidate, whose hysterical anti-immigrant stance has energized the conservative base.
June 16, 2016 |
Offering a forum on the fate of students, inmates, and undocumented immigrants, Philadelphia City Council heard testimony Tuesday about what witnesses called "the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline. " Using the 20th anniversary of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act as a peg, witnesses said the landmark 1996 federal law should be repealed because it removed judicial discretion and due process from the deportation process. While Council has no jurisdiction over federal law, it can advance a resolution asking Congress to act. Councilwoman Helen Gym, who presided at the hearing along with Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, said they would do that.
February 7, 2016 |
John Yoo is a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley and a former Justice Department official. He is coeditor of "Liberty's Nemesis: The Unchecked Expansion of the State. " The Obama administration's ongoing scandals over immigration, health care, the Internal Revenue Service, and national security share a common denominator: the inexorable growth of government. If Americans are ever to restore accountability to Washington, they must fundamentally change their approach to the Constitution and executive power.
December 24, 2015 |
BLOOMINGDALE, Ga. - Ted Cruz painted a dark word picture of a nation bankrupt at home and mocked abroad, its values and constitutional rights eroding. But things are about to change, he thundered. "Everywhere across this country, people are waking up," the Texas Republican senator told a crowd of about 1,000 standing in a field at Ottawa Farms, who cheered every other sentence. "There's an awakening, and there's a spirit of revival sweeping this land. " Cruz was in the middle of a 12-day barnstorming tour through many of the Southern states that hold primaries March 1 in the so-called SEC primary, which his campaign has focused on as friendly ground after the gauntlet of early-voting states.
September 17, 2015 |
YORK, Pa. - Alma Lopez stood outside the county prison here, where undocumented immigrants are jailed pending deportation, and broke into tears. All around her, scores of activists unfurled banners emblazoned with inspirational messages, snapped keepsake photos with their smartphones, prayed, and sang in Spanish and English to support the 100 women who set off Tuesday on a 100-mile march to Washington. The weeklong trek, which organizers are calling a pilgrimage, is designed to humanize the increasingly demonized national debate about immigration.
August 24, 2015
ISSUE | TAX BREAKS Stuck in reverse The recently unveiled plans for a new Subaru of America headquarters in Camden are extremely disappointing. They consist of two squat buildings and more than 1,000 parking spaces. We taxpayers are to give up $118 million in tax revenue so that Subaru can build an outdated, suburban-style office complex within a 13-minute walk of the biggest transit hub in South Jersey. This will do nothing to revitalize the city. That would require it to encourage interaction with the city around it, and this plan pretty much guarantees that will never happen.
December 26, 2014
ISSUE | NATIVISM Huddled against the huddled masses At first, there was no need for laws to limit immigration. Most of the continent was nearly empty. Sailing ships were small, slow, and dangerous. But by 1890, large steam ships were bringing millions of immigrants each year. The frontier was gone, and wages fell. By this time, 15 percent of the population was foreign-born. There were deadly conflicts between racial and ethnic groups, which included riots, strikes, and lynchings.
July 22, 2014
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! - Emma Lazarus Even as those words were engraved on a plaque within the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1903, many Americans didn't believe in them. Consequently, more than a century later, it's no surprise to find neo-nativists who feel no sympathy for thousands of Central American children who found their way to this country by dubious means.
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.