It’s good to hear that at least one person in the Congress is concerned that the al-Shebaab attack on the Nairobi shopping mall may inspire copy-cat behavior in co-religionist Somalis here. As Rep. Peter King noted on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, at least 40 to 50 Somalis residing in this country left for their homeland to be trained in jihadist warfare. Plus there is no lack of interest among those remaining, as shown by at least two groups of convictions this year of Somalis for funding terrorist activity, specifically two Somali women in Minnesota and four immigrants in San Diego including an imam.
MARTHA RADDATZ: Now for more let’s bring in Republican Congressman Peter King, a member of the House intelligence committee who has been briefed on the Nairobi attack. Congressman King thanks for joining us this morning.
What can you tell us about what kind of attack this was, who they believe is responsible in.
PETER KING: Well, Martha, this was a very sophisticated attack, very similar to what we saw in Mumbai. And by all indicators, this was carried out by al Shabaab, which is based out of Somalia.
When I was chairman of the Homeland Security Committee two years ago I conducted a hearing on al Shabaab. It’s extremely deadly organization, very well trained. And it’s one of the only al Qaeda affiliates which actually has actively recruited here in the United States. There is at least 40 to 50 Somali-Americans have gone from the United States to Somalia to be trained. A number of them have been killed, but there’s other still alive.
So I am — I would assume that the FBI and local law enforcement are looking into those Somalia-American communities today if any leads or indicators using all their sources and resources to make sure there’s no follow-up attempt here in the United States.
RADDATZ: And how about any information on whether some of those Somali-Americans might be involved in the attack, anything on that yet?
KING: I have not heard if any of them are involved or not. We know there’s probably still 15 to 20 Somali-Americans who are still active over there. The concern would be if any of those have come back to the United States and would use those abilities here in the United States.
Also Martha, this shows the really growing influence of al Qaeda in Africa. You have al Shabaab now in Somalia going off into Kenya, carrying out an attack outside its own country.
For years, the State Department did not want to declare al Shabaab a terrorist organization, because they thought it was focusing on tribal issue within Somalia. Now, we see, by attacking into Kenya they certainly have an international dimension to them.
You also have Boko Haram in Nigeria. And other — and also you have al Shabaab working closely with al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula in Yemen.
So we’re talking about very significant terrorist groups here which are showing a capacity to attack outside of their borders and actually recruit people from here in the United States. Continue reading this article
As exemplars of the most extreme anti-American, anti-sovereignty leftism, San Francisco loves to poke normal citizens in the eye whenever possible. City leaders take pleasure in being the non-America outpost on the edge of the continent and would secede if not for all the federal cash it receives.
The state is headed in the same direction, given the super-majority of Democrats and complete disappearance of any Republican presence in the capitol. So Democrats feel free to enact their most outlandish left-wing fantasies.
One of the long-time targets of liberal state pols has been the federal Secure Communities, a common-sense program where the immigration status of arrested persons is checked along with their previous criminal history using a federal database. Deporting them removes dangerous persons from the country.
Proponents of the new proposal says it will still snag violent felons, but the urge toward permissiveness among California libs is not receding.
The upshot is that public safety is not a Democrat value, so the state is close to officially ignoring Secure Communities.
Sonia Cauich is not the kind of person federal authorities are looking to deport under the immigrant-crackdown Secure Communities program. But she’s exactly the kind of person who could trigger big changes in the program.
Cauich, 41, was almost sent back to Mexico two years ago when she was arrested by San Francisco police after calling 911 to report that her cousin was beating his wife and had hit her as well. He had disappeared by the time police arrived, but they ended up taking Cauich, who was undocumented, into custody.
A victim of domestic violence herself, Cauich says she was taken away from her sons – 6 months, 3 years and 10 years old – and held in County Jail for three days before being transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and nearly deported.
She has since left her abusive husband and gotten a visa. But her children say they are terrified of the police.
“When the kids see the police, they are traumatized,” she said through an interpreter. “It was impactful for them – they don’t forget. … I tell my oldest, ‘If anything happens, you call the police.’ He says, ‘No, what if they take you?’ ”
Legislative push Supporters of changes to immigration policy are holding up stories like Cauich’s as telling examples as they work to pass legislation across the nation to buck the federal Secure Communities program. That program asks sheriffs to keep immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally, but who are otherwise cleared for release, behind bars until federal authorities can pick them up for deportation.
Critics of the program are looking at two victories in California, where legislation rejecting the program statewide and in San Francisco are on the verge of becoming law. Continue reading this article
The indispensable man was back on the Senate floor on Thursday, defending American workers who are struggling to survive in the jobless recovery. Senator Sessions warned clearly about the danger of an immigration bill conference committee, where a tough enforcement House bill would be blended with the disastrous Senate monstrosity, and amnesty would be rammed through. Corporations are laying off thousands of Americans, yet are demanding more foreigners be made available to hire in the place of citizens.
In another snip from the same speech, Sessions noted the Census finding that middle class incomes have declined for 18 years. That means money isn’t being saved for college and young people are postponing marriage. Four million fewer people are working today than in 2007, even though the population has grown. Of the jobs created this year, 77 percent are part-time. Workforce participation is the lowest since 1975.
With such a severe systemic job shortage, should the government double legal immigration in the next decade and beyond? Certainly not.
Here’s a companion press release from Thursday, that contains a lot of the important facts from Sessions’ speech about the economy:
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered the following speech today as the first in a series of remarks on the state of the U.S. economy:
“I have directed my staff on the Budget Committee to conduct a detailed analysis of the economic conditions facing working Americans: their wages, their employment, their household finances. I will give a series of talks over the coming weeks looking at their financial condition and the state of our nation economically. I will also attempt to look at the causes leading to our current financial difficulties and suggest some steps to restore America’s financial future.
The sad fact is that the state of middle- and lower-income Americans is worsening on nearly every front. The slow growth of the economy (the slowest economic recovery from a recession since World War II) is restraining the normal upward movement in income that previous generations have experienced. And, if you don’t have a job, you’re twice as likely to only find part-time as full-time work—if you can find any work at all.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, middle class incomes have declined for 18 years. Different parties, different presidents, different majorities in Congress. That means that savings for college and retirement are growing at all-time lows.
Young people are not marrying as early as they want, due to bad economic prospects. That means that families are launching later in life, which gives couples fewer years to pay down a mortgage or raise children.
Perhaps the single greatest source for economic anxiety for working Americans is the fear of losing their jobs.
It’s not just the unemployment rate, which remains too high at 7.3 percent in August 2013. It’s the number of people we all know who are working well below their potential because nothing is available that uses their job skills. It’s the number of people we know who have given up looking for work, or who are working part-time because nothing full-time is available for them.
Fewer people are working today than in 2007. That’s actual numbers—even though population has increased. Just before the recession hit in December of 2007, about 62.7 percent of the working-age population was working. If that same percentage was working today, we would have 154.1 million jobs. But we don’t. We have 144.2 million jobs and only 58.6 percent of the population is working.
Further east, in San Antonio, another bad apple of diversity has been located. The report says the arrest is for benefit fraud, but that the Iraqi refugee Ahmed Tayyeh (pictured) has al Qaeda connections. Surely there is a bigger story here, that will hopefully be revealed in time.
Plus, the case shows how little vetting the government does on the unsavory and dangerous characters it lets in here by the boatload — 200,000 Iraqis! More Muslims. Just what we don’t need.
SAN ANTONIO — On the surface, Ahmed Khudhur Tayyeh is a refugee, resettled in San Antonio in 2008 by the United Nations to help him escape persecution in his native Iraq.
The way this region’s Joint Terrorism Task Force tells it, however, the 39-year-old is suspected of having ties to Al-Qaida.
He was arrested earlier this month on an indictment charging him — not with terrorism — but with theft from the government, defrauding the Social Security Administration out of $7,995 in disability benefits and with withholding information that he had been getting a side income.
As one of nearly 200,000 Iraqi refugees approved by the U.S. government for resettlement in America since 2007, Tayyeh was given a green card, despite giving conflicting stories about how he injured his leg. In one story he allegedly said he took a hit from an improvised bomb, in another he said he was kidnapped by Iraqi police and shot in the leg. The government here gave him disability benefits because the injury supposedly prevented him from working. Continue reading this article
Clearly, no expense was spared in the production of Latino-Americans, with dual-language websites, a pretty picture book, numerous videos with the liberally conventional stories of suffering and success, blah blah.
Below, PBS heroically pictured Pancho Villa when he was a general in the Mexican revolution, but didn’t mention his attack on the town of Columbus New Mexico in 1916 when 19 Americans were killed by Villa’s army.
The blog section is odd indeed.There are individual blog postings, but the comments are all identical, at least when I looked on Sunday. They appear to all come from the item on Jewish Latino music. They are strange responses when read following the hateful blog about the illegal aliens who came to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina (and never left). Residents of the Crescent City didn’t want their unique culture overrun with illegal Mexicans imported for cheap exploitable labor while local residents, black and white, were pushed aside for rebuilding jobs.
The blog item about New Orleans could be torn from the pages of the Raza handbook, being so full of lies, distortions and the complete disregard of American sovereignty. It’s pretty rich for the race-obsessed author to cite hispanics’ “black brothers and sisters” when the foreigners invaded New Orleans and snatched rebuilding jobs from local people of color.
At no other time since my arrival in 1968 have I been witness to such blatant defamation of immigrants as I am seeing today, and the passing of Arizona’s SB 1070 by the Republican Governor Brewer in 2010 has spawned other copycat anti-immigrant laws in states like Georgia (May 2011), Alabama (June 2011), and South Carolina (June 2011).
I call these states the New Confederacy of the South passing Juan Crow laws that redirect their previous vitriol and racial poison towards African Americans towards brown Latinos today.
Basically, people who look like me because I’m a brown Mestizo Latino male, and based on the discretion of local police in any of these states, I could be detained and made to present my passport or green card to prove my status.
Imagine, if we were to see laws being passed where we required people of Jewish descent to have to show proof of their rightful status, if the many Hasidic Jews in New York were stopped and questioned about their legal status. There would be a very loud political fallout about racial profiling or living while Jewish. It is not like the Jewish people have not experienced this before in freedomlandia.
We, brown people, like our black bothers and sisters, know too well what it means to be stopped while simply being the colored other. Continue reading this article
Never mind that candidate Jerry Brown pledged in 2010 not to reward lawbreaking foreigners with the precious identification document: he now presides over a diverse one-party state where he can do anything he wants. The legislature has produced a bill creating illegal alien driver’s licenses so the Governor says he will sign it.
Naturally the local propaganda rag celebrated the abrogation of law as a step forward in the liberal agenda of smashing national sovereignty and coddling diverse non-Americans:
What about insurance, required from all drivers? In 2003 New Mexico enacted DLs for illegal aliens in the hope that they would become responsible vehicle operators and purchase car insurance. The experiment failed of course, and NM is consistently one of the most uninsured states.
So much for public safety and non-inflated car insurance — law-abiding Californians lose again.
SACRAMENTO — Illegal immigrants living in California will soon be able to get driver’s licenses.
Thursday night’s passage of AB60 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, capped years of Democratic effort — most notably by former assemblyman and state Sen. Gil Cedillo, now a Los Angeles city councilman. The state Senate approved it 28-8, the Assembly 55-19.
Gov. Jerry Brown immediately issued a statement indicating he’ll sign it. “This bill will enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally,” he said. “Hopefully, it will send a message to Washington that immigration reform is long past due.”
Supporters from both parties said undocumented immigrants already drive in California, and roads will be safer if all drivers are trained, licensed and insured.
The bill was almost derailed by the concerns of immigration advocates that the licenses issued to illegal immigrants would be marked differently than those issued to others.
“As an American Jew, I am very sensitive to the ‘mark’ issues raised by the well-intended opponents of this measure,” state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said Thursday while arguing for passage of the bill.
But while the yellow Stars of David that European Jews had to wear during the Holocaust were tools for furthering discrimination and genocide, these licenses will help end discrimination, Steinberg said.
Nine other states have similar laws, six of which were enacted this year.
The country of Afghanistan has been rated as the worst place on earth for women, and with good reason, given that the culture is primitive even for Muslim sharia-run societies.
Today’s example is a video of a woman being shot to death by her father at the order of the local imam last April. The locals viewing the execution cheered loudly with laughing and Allah Ackbars. Everybody (with one exception) appeared to have a great time at the event.
[. . .] In Afghanistan, a decade after the overthrow of the Taliban and the rise of an influential women’s rights movement, the violent subjugation of women remains broadly accepted. In recent weeks, the Afghan government has sharply criticized the country’s shelters for battered women and moved to take control of them.
But much more quietly, a culture of domestic violence — not only by husbands but also by husbands’ families — has followed Afghan immigrants to destinations like New York, where women’s advocates say they are now discovering just how widespread the problem is. [. . .]
Is this the sort of diversity America should be importing willy-nilly? Muslim immigration is a very bad idea for many reasons and should be ended.
The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office says Mexican drug cartels are rooting themselves into the county by force when it comes to illegal marijuana grows.
“You’re not going to say anything. You’re not going to do anything. If you do, we’re going to kill you or we’re going to kill your family,” narcotics detective Greg Beuer says ranchers living in San Luis Obispo County have received that exact threat from cartels wanting to use their land to grow marijuana.
“It’s the real thing. It’s not just happening in Mexico, it happens up here too,” said Beuer.
This is the reality for unsuspecting victims of cartels, he said.
“The enforcers will come in with weapons and their whole job is protecting the grow site,” said Beuer, a narcotics detective with 20 years of marijuana enforcement under his belt.
The impact from these operations continues to pile up.
“There’s been a number of forest fires started by grows. There’s been several homicides over the last couple years,” said Beuer. Continue reading this article
When the Sixty Minutes segment “Are robots hurting job growth?” showed last January, it made clear that automation was replacing human workers at an increasing rate with smart machines doing a variety of complex tasks.
For all of 2012, the economy added an average of 153,000 per month for a total of about 1.8 million jobs, almost exactly the number created in 2011.
Wait, the country is producing just 1.8 million jobs per year and the Senate plans to import an average of 2.3 million annually for 20 years out — where do American citizens fit into this scheme?
Economic growth is pathetically slow for a recovery, only 2.2 percent for 2012, based on a number of factors, such as increased regulations under the current administration and business fears about the approaching ObamaCare. Plus, the twin globalization effects of outsourcing and immigration have been gradually accumulating to the current destructive point for decades. Add increasingly sophisticated automation into the work environment, and we have today’s terrible new normal.
Now more than ever, given the new automated workplace and all the other assaults upon the American worker, the correct number of immigrants should be ZERO, not the massive increase envisioned by the Senate.
One of the hallmarks of the 21st century is that we are all having more and more interactions with machines and fewer with human beings. If you’ve lost your white collar job to downsizing, or to a worker in India or China you’re most likely a victim of what economists have called technological unemployment. There is a lot of it going around with more to come.
As we reported earlier this year, at the vanguard of this new wave of automation is the field of robotics. Everyone has a different idea of what a robot is and what they look like but the broad universal definition is a machine that can perform the job of a human. They can be mobile or stationary, hardware or software, and they are marching out of the realm of science fiction and into the mainstream.
The age of robots has been anticipated since the beginning of the last century. Fritz Lang fantasized about it in his 1927 film “Metropolis.” In the 1940s and 50s, robots were often portrayed as household help.
And by the time “Star Wars” trilogy arrived, robots with their computerized brains and nerve systems had been fully integrated into our imagination. Now they’re finally here, but instead of serving us, we found that they are competing for our jobs. And according to MIT professors, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, one of the reasons for the jobless recovery.
Andrew McAfee: Our economy is bigger than it was before the start of the Great Recession. Corporate profits are back. Business investment in hardware and software is back higher than it’s ever been. What’s not back is the jobs.
Steve Kroft: And you think technology and increased automation is a factor in that?
Erik Brynjolfsson: Absolutely.
The percentage of Americans with jobs is at a 20-year low. Just a few years ago if you traveled by air you would have interacted with a human ticket agent. Today, those jobs are being replaced by robotic kiosks. Bank tellers have given way to ATMs, sales clerks are surrendering to e-commerce and switchboard operators and secretaries to voice recognition technology.
Erik Brynjolfsson: There are lots of examples of routine, middle-skilled jobs that involve relatively structured tasks and those are the jobs that are being eliminated the fastest. Those kinds of jobs are easier for our friends in the artificial intelligence community to design robots to handle them. They could be software robots, they could be physical robots.
Steve Kroft: What is there out there that people would be surprised to learn about? In the robotics area, let’s say.
Andrew McAfee: There are heavily automated warehouses where there are either very few or no people around. That absolutely took me by surprise. Continue reading this article
CBN’s Dale Hurd remains one of the most truthful reporters about the worldwide scourge of Islam. His 9/11 report shows how little elites have learned since the jihadist attack during the intervening years, where Islam has been on the march from the streets of London to Benghazi, using violence to establish a planet-wide caliphate of totalitarian sharia rule.
Worse, western authorities too often give a pass to Muslim crimes, either out of political correctness or plain fear. Hostile Muslims cannot be trained into civil behavior, and our government should therefore stop allowing them to immigrate here in the name of diversity. We have plenty of home-grown problems already.
LONDON — Twelve years have passed years since 9/11, and Western leaders still refuse to get real about the threat of radical Islam.
A few years ago, CBN News filmed Denmark’s Muslim community marching through the streets of Copenhagen under a banner that read “Islam is peace and love.”
It would be great if it were true. But a few weeks ago one of Denmark’s most influential Muslim leaders dropped a bombshell when he admitted that every mosque in Denmark is controlled by a radical imam.
Even before George W. Bush went to a Washington, D.C. mosque after 9/11 and said the World Trade Center attack was not the true face of Islam, critics have accused Western leaders of being more concerned with appearing tolerant than confronting the threat posed by radical Islam. This is because while the vast majority of the world’s Muslims are not terrorists, the vast majority of the world’s terrorists are Muslims.
The United States has foiled more than 60 terrorist plots since 9/11. Britain uncovers at least one major terrorist attack every year. But there are other forms of violence from Muslim culture that authorities aren’t facing.
Britain is still reeling from a scandal in which police covered up a Muslim rape gang epidemic for 10 years; one in which primarily Pakistani men made white English girls their sex slaves.
For years, British authorities tried to pretend that Muslim sex grooming gangs didn’t exist. And so the problem grew, and more young women had their lives ruined.
Muslim immigrant gangs in Britain are still so dangerous that when CBN News tried to interview rape gang victims no one would go on camera. Even their family members and friends insisted that they would be in danger if their identities or faces were shown.
A woman from northern England, who we’re calling “Christine,” told us there are areas now where young girls just can’t walk down their own streets. People are too scared to come out and say what is going on.” Continue reading this article
Physicist and Professor Albert Bartlett was responsible for instructing many thousands of Americans about the indisputable connection between population growth and resource use. His true genius was the ability to take wonky math facts and make them clear and even interesting regarding explosive human growth on earth.
Prof Bartlett practiced his signature speech a lot, giving his famous talk “Arithmetic, Population and Energy” 1,742 times, according to his website, AlBartlett.org. There’s nothing like a classroom full of quizzical looks to modify a presentation somewhat, and that’s what makes a great teacher. Below is the lecture/slide show about population posted online in 2011 which demonstrates his mastery of the teacher’s art.
The death means the loss of a remarkable man, but at least Prof Bartlett lived well into the YouTube age, so his wisdom and gentle demeanor are accessible to those who never saw him personally. An online video search brings up lots of interviews and discussions with the professor.
“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.” — Al Bartlett
The Denver Post wrote a decent article about his life:
University of Colorado professor Al Bartlett, who delivered a lecture on world population growth at least 1,742 times during his lifetime, died Saturday in Boulder. He was 90.
Albert Allen Bartlett, was born March 21, 1923, in Shanghai, China.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Colgate University and graduate degrees in physics from Harvard. He began his teaching career at CU in 1950 after spending two years as an experimental physicist at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico as part of the Manhattan Project.
“Al Bartlett was a treasured friend, mentor, teacher, scholar and public servant. He was an influential leader in the Department of Physics, the university, the Boulder community and the global environmental movement,” physics department chairman Paul Beale said in a university news release Monday. “Generations of students were proud to have called him professor.” Continue reading this article
On this Sunday, many American Catholics heard sermons recommending that amnesty be given to lawbreaking foreigners who are here to steal American jobs. It’s part of a more aggressive campaign organized by the Bishops to press a “moral” argument for amnesty, despite the inherent ethical weakness of contending that scarce jobs should be taken from poor Americans and given to poor invasive foreigners, redistribution being part of Marxist “liberation theology”.
How then does the Catholic pro-amnesty position support morality?
It doesn’t. Catholic elites are serving their customers alone. The fact that the amnesty policy harms the most vulnerable Americans as a whole is overlooked entirely. (Catholic parishioners, on the other hand, believe in traditional sovereignty: according to a 2009 Zogby poll 64 percent preferred enforcement over amnesty.)
The Catholic church in the United States represents a foreign power, the Vatican, which is a sovereign city-state, albeit small, with a flag, bordered territory and ambassadors. The church acts against the well being of American citizens by lobbying for its lawbreakers, yet the church doesn’t pay taxes. Worse, our national government gives the Catholics millions of dollars to perform activities like refugee resettlement and advising illegals how to break immigration law more effectively.
The chart below comes from the 2010 edition of Catholic Charities at a Glance. FYI, 62% (the Government Revenue, meaning our tax dollars) of the total = $2,895,092,130.
One of the loudmouths for amnesty is New York City’s Cardinal Dolan, who has the gall to suggest America is insufficiently welcoming in its immigration policy, even when this country admits more foreigners than the rest of the planet combined.
It’s funny how these well paid moral paragons aren’t concerned about the Americans who will be replaced by the millions of new workers freed up to work any job by the amnesty and brought in through the “increased flow” so desired by employers looking to save a nickel — 46 million in 20 years according to the CBO.
Dolan is also pretty nervy to bring up Martin Luther King in the context of compassion, when black Americans get the worst of it from the endless stream of exploitable Mexicans.
Here’s Cardinal Dolan’s recent opinion piece, exhorting the troops:
As Congress comes back into session, it has a once-in-a-generation chance to fix our broken immigration system.
We cannot let this opportunity pass. Immigration reform would help families, it would help our economy and it would improve our security. Most importantly, it’s the right thing to do.
Pope Francis recently reminded us that “the measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need.” For generations, men and women have come to America’s shores in search of a better life for themselves and their families, and we’re justly proud of our heritage as a nation that welcomes people of good will.
But today, no one can be proud of the enormous underclass of undocumented workers that’s been allowed to form — millions of our neighbors who live on the margins, have their families fractured and are easily exploited.
We can’t be proud of the hundreds of migrants who die in the American desert each year in their quest to support their families back home.
We can’t be indifferent to these profound humanitarian problems. No wonder that, around the country, Catholics and citizens of other creeds are on the front lines in providing a compassionate response, as they were with Rev. Martin Luther King a half-century ago.
Every day, our parishes and charitable organizations encounter people struggling to make a new life for themselves and their families. We meet families who run the risk of being torn apart. We meet migrants who risked dangerous desert passages to get here. We meet young immigrants who want to get an education, find a job and raise a family like countless others before them.
Those who caricature these immigrants as “takers” couldn’t be more wrong. The plain fact is that immigrants, including those who are undocumented, make great contributions to our economy. They spend their wages on goods and services and also start their own businesses, driving economic growth and employment in their communities.
Studies have shown that by and large immigrant laborers complement the American work force by filling jobs in industries such as agriculture and service. And undocumented immigrants pay over $10 billion in federal, state and local taxes per year, according to some estimates; that number would rise if immigration reform moves forward.
Support for immigrant families multiplies these benefits. Families are engines of integration into American life, helping to root immigrants in communities. Families provide support for newcomers to get started and for those already on their feet to move forward, to start a business or to put aside money for an education. When families are united here, it means that immigrants’ paychecks get spent in the U.S. economy instead of being sent out of the country. Above all, keeping families intact gives people a full stake in American life.
Helping immigrants contribute to American life is what immigration reform is all about. Answering the Gospel call to “welcome the stranger” and looking to our teachings and our on-the-ground experience, the U.S. Catholic bishops have called for various reforms: a generous, earned path to citizenship; making family reunification a priority; protecting the integrity of our borders; securing due process for immigrants and their families; improving refugee protection and asylum laws, and addressing the root causes of unauthorized immigration.
We know that there’s room for disagreement on such a complicated issue, but we hope and pray for a law that moves us forward.
Just as Americans are proud of our immigrant heritage, we’re also proud of our can-do spirit. When we see a problem, we do our best to find a solution. There’s no doubt our immigration system is broken. Now’s the time to fix it.
Dolan is archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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