Day: July 4, 2014

GOP won’t pass immigration reform

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS The New York Times reports that House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy is considered “the best hope” to win passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill in Congress after he becomes majority leader in July. It’s sort of quaint how the Gray Lady wants to believe in miracles. If a comprehensive bill—such as the Senate bill that set a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants—had a chance of passing, then it was in 2009 and 2010, when Democrats controlled the White House, Senate and House of Representatives. President Barack Obama had promised a bill in his first year in office. If Democrats wouldn’t deliver when they owned Washington, Republicans have little reason to do their heavy lifting. The timing for advocates could not be worse—and not just because the current House majority leader, Eric Cantor of Virginia, lost his primary election bid after his GOP opponent hit him for supporting a comprehensive immigration bill. This year, thousands of unaccompanied minors and mothers with young children have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with the expectation that they will be allowed to stay. Some blame Obama’s policy to not deport undocumented immigrants who came here illegally when they were children. The White House blames a “misinformation” campaign by opportunistic human smugglers. Either way, the situation is so dire that Democrats are calling the new influx a “humanitarian crisis” that...

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Iraq: Managing the unmanageable

U.S. involvement in the Middle East reads like this, “It’s too late to drain the swamp when you’re up to your waist in alligators.”  According to polls, most Americans feel strongly in favor of getting away from the Middle East as fast as we can and leaving any draining of that “swamp” to persons who live there. Meanwhile, by way of a New York Times/CBS News poll, President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is approved by just 36 percent of Americans.  There have been times during his presidency that Obama’s foreign policy was a source of strength for him; however, that was then and it’s quite different in June 2014.  Obama is held hostage for alleged indiscretions.  For one, there was the trade of Idaho’s Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners that proved unpopular here. On what might be argued the popular side of that “coin,” some viewed the trade for an American soldier as not only humane but continuing the practice of placing as much importance on bringing home captive troops as the remains of those deceased.  Arguments, too, in favor, have wondered whether these five older Taliban are still a combat threat and, perhaps, even more important, that this trade was an opportunity to open talks that could establish the start to a negotiated peace with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Russian aggression in Ukraine has also infuriated many of us.  That the matter is due to Obama’s weakness is arguably a long stretch.  Factually speaking, Russia invaded its state of Georgia and...

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