What to Watch for in Immigration - Week of March 24, 2014

Seeking the Pope's Blessing.  Unsatisfied with the progress towards comprehensive immigration reform in Washington, a group of young activists are setting off to Rome in hopes of meeting with the Pope.  What do they plan to do if they meet him?  Let him know they're "representing millions of children...and...that people are separating families because right now is a time when kids really need their parents."  From the mouths of babes....

What exactly does Obama mean by humane deportations?  How do you make something that is inherently inhumane more humane?  This is the question posed by activists this week after the President made a promise to make removals more humane.  Sounds like someone has some explaining to do/

Could immigration reform bolster national defense?  Some seem to think so.  At the very least, they argue, keeping students who excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is essential to a national security scheme that relies heavily on the world's most advanced communications, aerospace and weaponry technology.  Why should we train some of the world's best and brightest young minds in these fields only to send them right back to their countries of origin, many of which are looking to catch up with our military, so they can work for them?  I guess we shouldn't let reality get in the way of a good political debate though...

Why the lack of immigration reform burdens the states.  With President Obama pursuing deportations at record rates, the states are left in somewhat of a limbo.  Between trying to figure out how to support the family members left behind after deportation, managing driver's licenses, in-state tuition and a myriad of other issues, the states have been left with little to no guidance as to how to address millions of their residents.

Newer, better excuses.  I've driven across the state of Louisiana several times.  Even being from the South, I can testify that Louisiana is just a little bit different.  This is true in both good and bad ways.  This is perhaps why I am not surprised that Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise (R) has announced that one of the reasons he opposes comprehensive immigration reform is because it would force some people to become citizens against their will.  Despite all the frustration over Congress' failure to enact immigration reform, sometimes listening to these people just makes me smile.  Stay tuned for more absurd quotes as the primaries heat up!


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