Posts tagged Immigration
If Republicans could choose a “Welcome” mat to grace America’s doorstep, it would look a lot like the one on the right: confused, angry and totally conflicted. On the one hand, Republicans know they need to find a better policy on immigration because, quite simply, the issue is killing them at the polls. But as we have all learned to our sorrow at various points in our lives, it can be really hard to make the heart accept what the brain is telling us to do.
First, let’s examine the nature of the GOP’s immigration immolation. In the recent election, Barack Obama won between 66 and 70 percent of the Hispanic vote, according to Reuters/Ipsos election day polling. This comes at a time when the Latino population is growing rapidly in states such as Florida, one of eight or so politically divided states that were crucial in the presidential race, and when high-profile Republicans like Jeb Bush are threatening that Texas could turn blue before the next presidential election.
“The nonwhite vote has been growing — tick, tick, tick — slowly, steadily. Every four-year cycle the electorate gets a little bit more diverse. And it’s going to continue,” says Paul Taylor, demographic specialist at the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, adding that the number of white voters is expected to continue to decline a few points in each future election cycle. “This is a very powerful demographic that’s changing our politics and our destiny.”
Compounding the problem for Republicans is the fact that while they are massively losing the Latino vote, they are not making offsetting gains with any other demographic. The presidential election results highlighted the political impact of this. About 80 percent of blacks, Latinos and other nonwhite voters cast their ballots for Obama in November compared with less than 17 percent for Romney, according to the Reuters/Ipsos polling referenced above. Obama also won about 63 percent of total voters age 18 to 34.
Last week, the Obama administration announced the arrest of over 3,000 foreigners who are suspected criminals or fugitives.
Yet what do we do with them when they have served any time associated with crimes they’ve committed in the United States, and their home country refuses to take them back?
A few weeks ago, five people were murdered in their home in San Francisco, and the man suspected of killing them, Binh Thai Luc, was supposed to have been deported to Vietnam six years ago. This isn’t an isolated case; in the past three years alone, nearly nine thousand immigrants ordered deported to their home countries due to criminal activity found themselves instead on the streets of the United States, because their home countries wouldn’t take them back. (more…)
Here we have a couple who did all the right things. Anthony Makk came to the United States legally. He has been a law-abiding member of society for his entire time in the US. He and Bradford Wells run their own business, and maintain rental properties in San Francisco.
And Makk has been caring for Wells as he fights off AIDS.
Yet, despite Obama’s assertions to the contrary regarding the enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act, Makk is being forced out of the country.
This is, to me, a travesty of justice. If one of the couple was a woman, there would be no deportation. Why should this one fact result in an otherwise upstanding, model member of American society being sent to Australia?
By the way, if you agree that this is a travesty of justice, you can sign this online petition.
- Caregiver of husband with AIDS facing split by deportation over DOMA (news.blogs.cnn.com)
- Gay Married Couple Loses Immigration Battle (maboulette.wordpress.com)
- U.S. Government Orders Same Sex Spouse, Primary Care-Giver Deported (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- Where’s The Tea Party When You Really Need Them? (spaninquis.wordpress.com)
- S.F. gay married couple loses immigration battle (sfgate.com)
- Gay Couple Married Seven Years Loses Battle with U.S. Immigration and DOMA, Gets Deportation Order (towleroad.com)
- James Peron: Big Government’s Real War on Marriage (huffingtonpost.com)
- Will Obama Rip Apart This AIDS-Sufferer And His Caretaker? (queerty.com)
- Yet another example of why DOMA is evil (cath47.wordpress.com)
- Gay Couple Forced To Separate After 7 Years Of Marriage Because Of DOMA (buzzfeed.com)
For the first time in American history, the United States government is recruiting foreign residents to become United States citizens. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is spending $3.5 million for a foreign language campaign to convince up to 7.9 million green card holders to apply for citizenship.
In an era of $1.6 trillion deficits, why are we spending any money at all on this effort? Two data points are revealing: (more…)