Archive for November 19th, 2014

Prez Cred, I Guess

So called border security really gets the Tea Party folks all riled up. That’s why Guv Dude on his way out of The Mansion got the Lite Guv and the Texas House Speaker to go along and plunk down $86.1 mil for border security. Now Guv Dude can go around the country as the border security champion and in the process boost his cred for Prez. It is too bad though that they didn’t bother to check with local border community leaders.

Here is from the Chron:

On Tuesday, opponents of the surge operation repeated their concerns.

“The numbers of people crossing the border are no longer there, and we never had a need for the National Guard to help us with these children coming,” Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia said. “These people were not terrorists. These people were just coming over looking for a better life.”

State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, agreed, saying the money should go to local law enforcement instead of guardsmen because, “last time I checked, we were not at war with Mexico.”

That is really sad. And then there is this from a recent Pew Study:

The Pew study found that the population of people living illegally in the United States leveled off nationwide during the three-year time frame, dropping in 14 states due to the number of migrants coming across the Mexican border declining from a peak of 6.9 million in 2007.

It is sad again. Hey, but this is what folks voted for a couple of weeks ago. I guess that is why border security is now being used as an issue in the SD 18 special.

1931 was the first year MVP Awards were handed out in MLB. Name the first Yankee to win the AL MVP Award?

It is kind of interesting as we near closer to the President issuing an executive order on immigration a couple of his noted Latino critics on the issue are kind of cutting him some slack. Hey, they understand the potential impact the orders will have on millions of Latino families across the country. This is real. Here is what Ruben Navarrrette, Jr. has to say this morning:

According to reports, Obama is mulling over several options: eliminating Secure Communities, which ropes local cops into enforcing federal immigration law; expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by eliminating restrictions on how old the applicants can be and when they had to have come to the United States; restating that the enforcement priority should be to remove criminals; expanding visa programs for immigrant spouses of U.S. citizens; and, perhaps the most controversial idea on the table – giving deferred action to parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.

Most of this seems perfectly reasonable and consistent with what previous presidents have done in terms of giving segments of the undocumented community a way to live in the United States without fear of deportation. Besides, Obama has insisted that whatever policy change he makes would become irrelevant if Congress finally got to work on an immigration reform bill that would offer a more permanent solution. It’s clear that, politics aside, the president who removed so many illegal immigrants has no appetite for giving those who are still here the legal right to remain.

By the way, it’s absolutely galling to see some congressional Republicans plead with Obama to stand down and not take any executive action that would interfere with their continuing work on immigration reform.

What “work” are they talking about? There shouldn’t be any confusion about this simple fact: Demagoguing an issue isn’t the same as finding a solution to it.

On both border security and immigration reform, the GOP has some pretty flimsy and thin talking points.

Hall of Fame great Lou Gehrig of course was the first Yankee to win the AL MVP Award back in 1936.

‘Stros catcher Jason Castro rejected a long term contract offer from the team. Show him some more money!

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