Opinion: So this is how the dream ends, huh?

(AP)

At critical moments like this in our immigration debate, it’s important to remember how we got to this point.

We got to this point because back in the ’90s and much of the ’00s, we as a nation made a conscious decision to cease stringent enforcement of our immigration laws. We didn’t do so for humanitarian reasons, we did so as part of a cold if informal economic calculation, because we wanted the cheap, docile, backbreaking labor that they would provide that we didn’t choose to do for ourselves.

As a result, we largely looked the other way at the border, and when federal immigration officials did attempt to enforce the laws internally, they were rebuked. One of the seminal events occurred here in Georgia in 1998, when immigration officials led a major raid on illegal immigrants working in agriculture. Instead of being lauded, those enforcement officials were roundly and publicly condemned, with conservative members of Congress warning about possible budget cuts as punishment.

The agencies got the message.

Basically, we invited them to come here. Much of suburban Atlanta, for example, was built by laborers drawn here by the prospect of work and lax enforcement, and real-estate and development fortunes were made on their backs. That political climate only began to change only when the economics changed with the collapse of the housing industry in 2008.

In many cases, the immigrants whom we tacitly invited here made homes here, as human beings do. They brought their children with them. Those children didn’t know legal from illegal. They grew up here; they went to school here. They learned English and played baseball and soccer and even American football. They thought of themselves as American, like their classmates and friends, because in many cases this was the only country that they had known. As a rule they were hard workers, like their parents, with many excelling in the classroom and workplaces.

And now, apparently, we are about to toss them all aside. President Trump — elected on a promise to begin deporting these children — is widely expected to begin doing so so. He is reportedly about to end a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, begun under President Obama, that has given legal protection to some 800,000 immigrant children who can document that they have stayed in school, have kept out of legal trouble, have earned high school or college diplomas and are working toward their dream, their American Dream.

After a quarter century in many cases, we’re now going to send them “back” to countries where they are strangers, because their presence here can no longer be tolerated and their contributions are not welcomed any more. Apparently, this is what it means to “Make America Great Again,” but in my mind, and by every measure that matters, it makes us a smaller, meaner country, a country that has lost both its confidence and its faith in what has made it special.

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macufo
macufo

like Irene answered I'm in shock that a mom can make $5437 in a few weeks on the internet . see more......OK 

 (っ◔◡◔)っ  www.4smartway.com

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

“When I think about how crime’s gone down for four years, graduation rates up, test scores are up, more jobs than ever in our history — I think, ‘Wow, just that quick profile, any candidate anywhere would want it,’ ” he boasted to New York magazine.

“You’d assume they’d be having parades out in the streets. But that’s not the time in history we’re living in,” he arrogantly added.

De Blasio’s job-approval rating plummeted over the summer to a 50 to 42 percent margin, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released in late July. 

New Yorkers are split — 46 percent to 46 percent — on whether he deserves a second term, the poll found.  He DOES think highly of himself, huh?

Andy158
Andy158

@DownInAlbany Oh, the irony of you pointing out a Dem politician that thinks highly of himself.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@DownInAlbany Oh I know sweetie.  He should have Trump's humility ya know.  Trump has the bestiest brain

rimsky
rimsky

 The United States would realize roughly $9 billion a year in economic gains by instituting a simple, nationwide policy change: starting public school classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

That's according to an exhaustive new study by the Rand Corp., the first of its kind to model the nationwide costs and benefits of later school start times.

The economic benefits would come primarily from two sources: greater academic performance (and hence, lifetime earnings) among more well-rested students, and reduced rates of car crashes among sleepy adolescent drivers.

http://www.myajc.com/news/how-letting-teens-sleep-would-save-the-country-about-billion-year/qkbKYC9Bhg7oRFk4dXRENK/

Sounds like a good idea.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@rimsky

That wouldn't work for working parents OR students who arrive for free breakfasts.

Other than THAT, it's an idea worth considering.

GaNative73
GaNative73

@_GodlessHeathen_ @rimsky Maybe for those in the Atlanta metro area.  For those of us who grew up in rural GA - with only one HS in the county, commute distances could be much further.  I drove 20 miles one way to get to school.

rimsky
rimsky

 Former President Jimmy Carter isn’t picking sides in Georgia’s race for governor, but he’s now met with both Democratic candidates vying to succeed Republican Nathan Deal.

State Rep. Stacey Evans tweeted pictures of her family breaking bread with the former president and his wife Rosalynn at a home in Plains and at Maranatha Baptist Church, where he still teaches Sunday school classes.

http://politics.blog.myajc.com/2017/09/04/georgia-2018-jimmy-carter-meets-with-stacey-evans/

May be some of our con "Christians" can go learn from our ex President how to be a good Christian.

rimsky
rimsky

Looks like Irma is going to brush up to Metro Atlanta next week.  May be we in NGA get some rain too.  According to myAJC

Andy158
Andy158

Cops these days - poorly trained and scared of their own shadows.


"A small Ohio news organization said one of its photographers was shot by a sheriff's deputy Monday night while he set up to take pictures of a random traffic stop.


"I was going out to take pictures and I saw the traffic stop and I thought, 'Hey, cool. I'll get some pictures here.'" he told the newspaper. He said he pulled into a parking lot in full view of the deputy, got out of his Jeep and started setting up his tripod and camera. "I turned around toward the cars and then 'pop, pop."


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/05/ohio-news-photographer-reportedly-shot-by-deputy-while-setting-up-to-take-pictures-traffic-stop.html

Brosephus
Brosephus

@Andy158

“This is a small town. Everybody knows everybody. It was just a terrible misunderstanding,” his father said.

*father of the photographer quoted above

**it's sarcasm for the tender feelings crowd here

http://tinyurl.com/ycr4pe2r

Brosephus
Brosephus

Infraredguy 46 minutes ago

@Andy158 Repubs are the party that helped LBJ pass the Civil Rights Bill when the Democrats would not support him

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Google is your friend and not some liberal plot to make you look dumb.  Trust me.  Both parties voted for the Civil Rights bill.  However, it was the North that helped LBJ, and not a particular party.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964#Vote_totals

By party and region[edit]

Note: "Southern", as used in this section, refers to members of Congress from the eleven states that made up the Confederate States of America in the American Civil War. "Northern" refers to members from the other 39 states, regardless of the geographic location of those states.[24]

The original House version:

  • Southern Democrats: 7–87   (7–93%)
  • Southern Republicans: 0–10   (0–100%)
  • Northern Democrats: 145–9   (94–6%)
  • Northern Republicans: 138–24   (85–15%)

The Senate version:

rimsky
rimsky

 "But one thing this new data makes absolutely clear is that the UK has many of the very best universities in the world and it has one of the world's strongest higher education systems.

"The data shows UK universities are consistently producing ground-breaking new research which is driving innovation, they are attracting international students and academic talent and are providing a world-class teaching environment.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-41160914

To me it was an interesting read.  Myriads of thoughts is going through this noggin........

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Everything you need to know about Sen. Robert Menendez’s corruption trial

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/09/05/everything-you-need-to-know-about-sen-bob-menendezs-corruption-trial/?utm_term=.92984d55b866

April 2015: After initially refusing, Menendez temporarily steps down from his position as the top-ranking Democrat on the foreign relations committee as he fights the charges.

His supporters immediately zero in on the benefit Menendez's resignation could have for Obama: As a Cuban-American, Menendez vociferously opposed Obama's olive branch to Cuba.

[snip]

Those are all the key events leading up to the trial. Here's what could happen afterward:

November 2017: Roughly the time the trial is expected to finish. This is also when New Jersey will vote for a new governor and its entire legislature is up for reelection. Democrats control both chambers and are looking to use Christie's historic unpopularity (15 percent approval rating) to gain total control of the state.

Jan. 16, 2018: Christie's last day in office. This date is important if Menendez is convicted and if Menendez resigns or the Senate votes to kick him out.

The governor can choose who temporarily replaces Menendez until an election is held.

Christie would likely choose a Republican to replace a Democrat, giving Senate Republicans 53 votes, which is a magic number. If they had 53 votes in July, the Obamacare repeal bill that failed by one vote would have likely passed the Senate.

In short, one extra vote in the Senate matters. A lot.

"Time and circumstance combine to shape those occasions when life's milestones are realized." --- Theresa Milstein

In the case of Menendez, make that political milestones.

HECK! Dems thought Menendez disposable before. Perhaps they'll maintain that opinion going forward.

Naaahhhhh...they're a fickle bunch, dems are. 

rimsky
rimsky

@FIGMO2 Menendez should be tried and if found guilty he should be punished accordingly.

Andy158
Andy158

@FIGMO2 Small potatoes after what McConnell pulled to get Gorsuch.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@rimsky @FIGMO2

Menendez hasn't done anything countless others have done before him. THEIR punishment?

A slap on the wrist. A public censure....a SHAME ON YOU! DON'T DO IT AGAIN!

schnirt

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@justaniceguy @FIGMO2 @rimsky

I've been called very animated in person, niceguy. It's what kids love about me.

Here? I'm just a voice in your head.

(ISH)

rimsky
rimsky

 Russian President Vladimir Putin has said pursuing further sanctions against North Korea is "useless", saying "they'd rather eat grass than give up their nuclear programme".

The US said on Monday it would table a new UN resolution on tougher sanctions in the wake of the latest test of a nuclear bomb by the North on Sunday.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41158281

Even trump is scaring Putin now.

honested
honested

@rimsky 

What happens when there is pressure to pay the loans?

justaniceguy
justaniceguy

@honested @rimsky Tiny hands is just thankful to have that lifetime protection from the SS...

But what about his grifting children?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Looks like ol' Jeffy-Beau's gone do the TeeVee 'pearance in about an hour. Might be back for that.

One somewhat-legit reason for having the AG do this would be if he were to take questions from reporters about legal specifics of this latest policy decision; we all know that DJT can't keep more than about two facts about a policy in his head at any given time, so yeah, have the redneck lawyer do that. I get it.

But I have my doubts that JBS will be taking questions from the press. Hope to be wrong about that.


/drive-by

honested
honested

@Visual_Cortex 

I guess the National Embarassment wants the White House to be a backdrop for a restart of "The Biggest Loser".

rimsky
rimsky

 Four serving members of the Army have been arrested under anti-terror laws on suspicion of being members of banned neo-Nazi group National Action.

The men are a 22-year-old from Birmingham, a 32-year-old from Powys, a 24-year-old from Ipswich and a 24-year-old from Northampton.

All four are being held at a West Midlands police station.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-41161233

Guess what Brits we have one in the WH now.

rimsky
rimsky

Irma is pissed.  She is category 5 now.

justaniceguy
justaniceguy

@rimsky God is obviously punishing the red states for voting for the tiny handed man-baby...

Andy158
Andy158

Paul - In our football discussion the other day I think it was you that said how Fl was just plain over matched. I failed to mention they had ten players suspended for the game including some of their stars. I think Michigan would probably have won anyway but it certainly could have been a different ball game with them playing.

Come to think of it maybe it was Buckeye and not you. I'd blame old age for my memory but it's always been like a sieve.