LOS ANGELES — A majority of California Latinos do not see marijuana possession or non-violent drug possession of any kind as a legitimate cause for deportation, according to a poll released by Latino Decisions and Presente.org Friday.
"Latinos believe that the war on drugs is a failure and that our sentencing system is broken," said Arturo Carmona, executive director of Presente.org. "Families shouldn't be torn apart over marijuana possession."
Carmona adds, "It's time to enact common sense policies and stop wasting money over minor marijuana possession charges. It's time to stop allowing the justice system to prey on America's most vulnerable residents. We need reasonable and responsible drug sentencing reform that ends the war on communities of color." more >>
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a recent interview that children immigrating to the U.S. should be treated in a similar way to "baby Jesus," who was a "refugee from violence."
The democratic congressional leader from California made her comments on the Tuesday airing of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," during which she implored Americans to view the current influx of unaccompanied immigrant children to the U.S. as a humanitarian issue, instead of politicizing the crisis.
"In Washington, I see an embrace of the idea that this is a humanitarian crisis by people who are not politicizing the issue. What we need to do is have the supplemental that gives us the resources to meet the humanitarian needs, to do the border control, but also to have the judicial piece so that these children have representation and judges to hear their cases. Those who have a right to stay, whether it's refugee status or asylum, should stay," Pelosi said, adding that President Obama is scheduled to meet with Central American leaders later this week to discuss the current immigration crisis in the U.S. more >>
Popular contemporary horror writer Stephen King got himself into a bit of hot water Tuesday when he criticized the Tea Party and Christians for not being charitable toward the illegal immigrant children at the border. Conservatives working to help the children volleyed right back, asking him what he was doing.
"Revised Tea Party Gospel: 'Suffer the little children come unto me. Unless they're undocumented kids from Central America,'" tweeted King Tuesday before adding: "Much easier to be a Christian when the little children aren't in your back yard, isn't it?"
The Transportation Security Administration is strongly denying accusations that it has been allowing illegal immigrants to board American jetliners without proper identification.
The National Border Patrol Council, a union representing thousands of Border Patrol agents, accused the TSA of letting illegals board airplanes with a "Notice to Appear" document instead of a passport or official government identification card.
Union leaders said illegals were allowed to board jetliners without proper identification at airports in El Paso and Laredo, Texas. Breitbart News first reported the story. more >>
In the midst of an unprecedented number of unaccompanied Central American children migrating across the Mexican-American border, Conservative and progressive Evangelicals have called upon Congress to authorize additional funds to address the crisis. The letter, signed by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference's Samuel Rodriguez, Sojourners' Jim Wallis, and World Vision's Richard Stearns, also asks the legislative branch to resist calls to weaken a human trafficking bill.
"Children are vulnerable even in the best of circumstances and warrant special protection beyond that offered to adults," stated the Evangelical Immigration Table letter. "This vulnerability is compounded among children who flee situations of criminal gangs, sexual violence, trauma and extreme poverty, without their parents to accompany them. Evangelicals are guided by Jesus' admonitions to welcome and protect children."
The White House suggested recently that it might be open to modifying a 2008 trafficking law, which currently allows migrant children to stay in the country for up to several years before receiving a hearing, but Evangelicals pushed back against any sort of amendment to the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act more >>
Members of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention toured two Texas facilities Tuesday that are providing temporary shelter to illegal immigrant children from Central America.
During their tour, members met with U.S. Border Patrol agents, spoke to children with the help of translators, and learned more about the work of pastors who are facilitating humanitarian efforts to meet the needs of immigrants who are flocking to the U.S.
"For me, touring the facility puts a human face on the crisis," Russell Moore, president of the ERLC told The Christian Post Tuesday after he toured the Customs and Border Protection facility in McAllen. more >>