June 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - There's not much President Obama can do to boost the economy in the next five months, and that alone might cost him the election. But on a range of social issues, Obama is bypassing Congress and aggressively using his executive powers to make it easier for gays to marry, women to obtain birth control, and, now, young illegal immigrants to avoid deportation. It's a gamble that might fire up conservatives, many of whom remain cool to Republican Mitt Romney. Democrats think it's more likely to inspire enthusiasm among groups that were crucial to Obama's 2008 victory - young voters, women, and Hispanics.
August 26, 2011
An armed man strolls through a basketball game, opens fire on the bleachers, injuring six people, one critically. The shooter is still at large. Of the 500 people present at the game, not one has stepped forward with information that might help the police find the shooter. This week's incident, at the Kingsessing Recreation Center, is a discouraging chapter in the city. We are as upset as anyone - including Mayor Nutter, who offered a $20,000 reward for information (215-686-TIPS) - over the irony of violence occurring in a so-called "safe haven" rec center.
May 11, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) attacked Democratic challenger Katie McGinty over Philadelphia's "sanctuary city" status Monday, pivoting to local issues after a week when most attention - including some of his own - focused on Donald Trump. In an op-ed piece in Sunday's Inquirer, Toomey said he was "inclined" to support the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but raised concerns about Trump, whose divisiveness is casting a shadow over GOP politics and his own reelection bid. By Monday, however, Toomey had turned to a flash point in the immigration debate, criticizing so-called sanctuary cities that cut off or limit cooperation between local police and federal authorities on immigration matters.
November 1, 2001 |
Attorney General John Ashcroft yesterday announced sweeping changes in immigration policy, including a new task force aimed at preventing terrorists from entering the United States and tracking them down if they do. He also asked that Secretary of State Colin L. Powell designate 46 groups as terrorist organizations whose members or supporters will be denied visas. "America will not allow terrorists to use our hospitality as a weapon against us," he said. The key objective of the Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force, to be led by Steven C. McCraw, deputy assistant director of the FBI's Intelligence Branch, is to make sure that federal agencies - the FBI, Immigration and Naturalization Service, CIA, State Department and Customs Service - share vital information.
January 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A working group of senators from both parties is nearing agreement on broad principles for overhauling the nation's immigration laws, representing the most substantive bipartisan effort toward comprehensive legislation in years. The six members have met quietly since the November election, most recently on Wednesday. Congressional aides stressed there is not yet final agreement, but they have eyed Friday as a target date for a possible public announcement. The talks mark the most in-depth negotiations involving members of both parties since a similar effort broke down in 2010 without producing a bill.
August 22, 1994 |
Amazingly, U.S. immigration policy now admits, legally and illegally, the equivalent of the population of San Francisco every six months without a clear idea of what it will mean to the country. As early as 1982, the National Academy of Sciences complained that the government was failing to collect much meaningful data about immigrants. The bureaucrats in Washington can tell us about how many immigrants are here and where they come from, but little about what sort of human capital they bring with them and the fiscal impact they have on the country after they arrive.
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?"
August 5, 2016 |
Urging Congress to overhaul the immigration system or risk losing in global workforce competition, Philadelphia business and community leaders rallied Wednesday on Independence Mall, releasing fresh state-by-state data on the economic impact of foreign-born newcomers and launching a campaign they call Reason for Reform. Rob Wonderling, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, called on elected officials to "enact policies and reforms that will support immigration as critical [to]
February 24, 1997 |
The issues of welfare reform and immigration policy formed the meat and potatoes of this Sunday brunch. Three speakers made their cases at a Bread and Roses Community Fund meeting yesterday at a house in the city's Powelton Village section. They saw forthcoming changes in the welfare system and the tightening of U.S. immigration policy as "a general attack on poor people. " The Bread and Roses Community Fund, which disburses money to local groups seeking social change, held the discussion to "see how immigration policy and welfare reform impact on the poor" of Philadelphia, said Judy Claude, director of the group.
July 7, 2010 |
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department yesterday sued Arizona over its tough new immigration law, charging the state with crossing a "constitutional line" that would undermine the federal government's efforts to monitor illegal aliens. In its lawsuit, filed in Phoenix, the Justice Department explained that the federal government has the strict and sole authority to create national immigration policy. "Arizona's immigration policy . . . exceeds a state's role with respect to aliens, interferes with the federal government's balanced administration of the immigration laws, and critically undermines U.S. foreign policy objectives," the department said.