Whose Land is it, Really?

I know I’m treading on dangerous ground today, but nagging questions have been buzzing in my head and I need your help in answering them. As I understand it, the Spanish stole Texas and California from the ancestors of the indigenous people who are now trying to swarm across America’s southern border. And America acquired […]
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A Moral Uprising

  And so it begins… Attorneys are offering to represent government workers who balk at Trump’s seizure and detention  of refugee children. Employees at Amazon are protesting against the use of their technical expertise in implementing Trump’s abusive “zero tolerance” program. Activists are raising millions to fight the program in court, and track the seized […]
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Making America “Great”

  Trump’s America is fantastic. Jobs aplenty. A soaring stock market. Freedom from red tape. Hardly any taxes. ISIS on the run. Even “clean coal”! And he’s just getting started. Coming soon: brand new roads and bridges, global domination, bipartisan legislation, impregnable military might, incredible trade deals… and more. (He didn’t mention a chicken in […]
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The Immigration Morass

  You might be surprised when you hear Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz vowing to close America’s borders and get tough with “illegal immigrants.” After all, both are sons of Cuban immigrants. (Ted Cruz is half-Cuban; his mother was Anglo. Both of Rubio’s parents came from Cuba.) But neither Cruz nor Rubio represents the majority […]
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Wall off Canada? Seriously?

  I’ve never seen those houses myself but I’ve heard about them. I understand some border homes are partly in Canada and partly in America. The living room might be in Canada and the bedrooms in America, for example. So what does Scott Walker (above) propose to do about those houses? Build a wall right through them? […]
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The Immigration Dilemma

According to people who should know, President Obama is about to take unilateral action on America’s vexing immigration problem. They predict he will block deportation of undocumented immigrants with American-born children – or with children who have become American citizens or legal residents –  as well as those who were brought to America as children. […]
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When Children Invade

  Unaccompanied children are swarming into America across the Mexican border. They come from such impoverished  Latin America countries as Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. U.S. authorities estimate the number of those children will total between 60,000 and 80,000 this year, and the surge has prompted federal authorities to turn three military bases into shelters. […]
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It’s Not Just Hispanics Who Are “Illegal Immigrants”

A Chinese-Jamaican friend sent me a video of a speech by author Amy Tan that reminded me of an often ignored aspect of immigration reform. (You remember the movie The Joy Luck Club? Well, she wrote the book.) Tan was born in America but her parents were not. They were born in China. And, in […]
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Why Would Most Americans Favor a Racist Law?

The graphic flashed on my TV screen and vanished with hardly a word from the commentator. It left me stunned. Were my eyes deceiving me? Or had I really seen that 51 percent of Americans support the racist Arizona law stating that people who might seem to be illegal immigrants must carry papers proving their […]
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Illegal Immigration is No Excuse for Racism

No one in their right mind would defend the practice of entering the United States – or any other country – illegally. It’s as unlawful as breaking into someone’s home. And, obviously, the United States government should put an end to the importation and exploitation of undocumented workers. The reason it’s been going on for […]
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