House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi recently said while visiting the U.S.-Mexico border this past weekend that Americans should see the influx of children immigrating to the U.S. as an "opportunity," rather than a "crisis," arguing that they are all "God's children."
The House Democratic leader made her comments while visiting the Texas-Mexico border over the weekend. According to Fox News, Pelosi argued on Saturday that Americans should see the influx of immigrating children as a humanitarian opportunity, rather than a crisis, although the Democrat did admit that the situation has "crisis qualities."
"This crisis that some call a crisis, we have to view as an opportunity," Pelosi said. "If you believe as we do that every child, every person has a spark of divinity in them, and is therefore worthy of respect – what we saw in those rooms was [a] dazzling, sparkling, array of God's children, worthy of respect." more >>
The New York City Council unanimously approved a municipal ID program for illegal immigrants that would allow them access to city services, and may have opened up an avenue for people residing in New York and the country illegally to vote in local elections.
Via the Observer:
The City Council voted overwhelmingly today to approve the creation of municipal identification cards that will allow immigrants living in the country illegally to access crucial city services. more >>
Pope Francis may visit Texas during his U.S. trip next year, San Antonio's Archbishop suggested in a recent interview.
San Antonio's Archbishop, the Most. Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller, was recently discussing the topic of immigration with Fox 29 when the subject of Francis' possible 2015 trip to the states came up. Reports indicate that if Francis does visit the U.S., he may choose to see the steel border fence that separates the U.S. from Mexico in Arizona, just as he visited the security wall that separates Israel from Palestine during his recent trip to the Middle East.
When asked if he would possibly visit Texas, the archbishop told Fox 29: "It could be something that the Pope might consider to contemplate. Why not." more >>
WASHINGTON — Latinos hold conservatives views along a range of important issues, but Democrats are more effective at mobilizing them for elections, John Mendez, Director of Faith Initiatives for The LIBRE Initiative, told The Christian Post.
Latinos overlap with conservatives in many areas, Mendez said. They "won't abort their children," they believe in the traditional view of marriage, the believe in hard work, and they are very patriotic (1.5 million Hispanics serve in the military).
If Latinos are conservative, why do they vote Democrat? CP asked Mendez Saturday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" conference. Mendez was on a panel dealing with how conservatives could reach non-white voters called, "The Real Rainbow Coalition: Building Bridges to Minorities." more >>
Obama administration officials trekked out to a tiny rural community in southern Virginia to teach the local yokels a thing about immigration policy. Yet the lessons learned were not by the local farmers but by the bureaucrats who got more than an earful in protests against placing illegal aliens in their small town of Lawrenceville.
"We will not be strong-armed by federal officials," bellowed one resident at the town hall, a 32-year-old former Marine named Aaron Smith. "We will not be pushed around," he exclaimed against the federal officials, as the crowd of townspeople gave him rousing applause.
Lawrenceville has only about 1,400 residents, and the town hall was held on June 19 in a spacious auditorium that seats 900. But even that large facility was not big enough to hold the outrage, as more than 1,000 angry people -- nearly everyone in the town -- showed up to express opposition to the Obama administration plan to relocate illegal immigrant children there. more >>
Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry said that with 1,000 illegal immigrants crossing the United States' southern border into Texas every day, the Obama administration is neglecting its constitutional duty to secure the nation's borders. Perry has also asserted that the administration "is not serious about border security."
"We either have an incredibly inept administration, or they're in on it, somehow or another. I hate to be conspiratorial, but how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and then into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?" asked Perry, who posed the question to Fox News host Sean Hannity Tuesday night.
Parry explained that with having 47,000 illegal immigrant children crossing the border since October — a number that does not include illegal adults entering into the U.S. — the state's becoming overwhelmed as facilities that are typically reserved for citizens during natural disasters are being filled to capacity. more >>