Many explanations have been suggested for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's, R-Va., shocking electoral defeat by political novice David Brat. These three are the worst.
1) He was "soft" on immigration reform.
Here are a few of the headlines that followed news of Cantor's defeat: "Eric Cantor loss kills immigration reform," "Cantor loss immigration reform death knell," "Eric Cantor a Casualty of Immigration Reform." more >>
An immigrant who has been living in a Tucson church to avoid deportation has been able to safely leave the religious sanctuary after he was granted a year-long stay in his forced return back to Mexico.
Daniel Neyoy Ruiz, 36, had been living at the Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson with his wife and 13-year-old son since May to avoid deportation back to Mexico. A highway patrolman reported Ruiz to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency back in 2011, when it was revealed he had no legal status in the U.S. after he was pulled over for an excessively smoky exhaust pipe on his car.
Ruiz and his family then sought refuge at the Southside Presbyterian Church in May after he was contacted by the federal immigration agency and ordered to return to Mexico. According to NPR, the church Ruiz chose has a history of helping immigrants, as it served as a shelter to Central American immigrants in the early 1980's. more >>
Tom Donohue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce president, just hurled a challenge to Republicans. If they don't pass amnesty for illegal aliens, they "shouldn't bother to run a candidate in 2016."
Somebody probably told him that outrageous statement was a gaffe, which means the inconvenient revelation of an embarrassing viewpoint, so Donohue tried to pass off his threat as a joke. But it isn't funny: Donohue's big-business members want us to import more low-paid workers, and they want them now, suggesting that this fall's lame duck session of Congress would be a good time to implement this racket.
And it is a racket. It's a carefully planned, well-financed scheme to use false arguments to import foreign workers who will keep wages depressed for American college graduates. more >>
A new documentary about immigration, "The Stranger," which will be shown in thousands of churches across the United States beginning Wednesday, seeks to both push lawmakers toward reforming immigration and to make churches a more welcoming place for immigrants.
The film emphasizes the brokenness of the current immigration system by showing how that system has harmed the lives of three immigrant families. It was directed by Emmy-award winning producer Linda Midgett.
In a Thursday interview with The Christian Post, she said her goal for the film was "to put a human face on" immigration, rather than view the issue through the lens of the political process of immigration reform. more >>
President Barack Obama on Friday proclaimed June as being the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month, after celebrating that his administration is also extending family and immigration benefits to legally married gay couples and calling for more freedoms for gays in the workplace.
"I, Barack Obama, president of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2014 as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month," declared Obama in remarks released by the White House Friday.
"I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people," he added. more >>
As President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress grapple with the contentious issue of immigration reform, Mexicans and other Central Americans are continuing to seek to cross the U.S. border illegally and some have been making the risky trip with prayers.
A recent report by Fusion on the illegal movement across the U.S. border highlights the social networking activities of young risk takers sometimes openly asking friends and family to pray for God's blessing in making their way to America, sharing even snapshots of their journey through selfies.
"Friends and family say a prayer for me, and my three friends - in a few minutes we are going to try (to cross)," wrote Lourdes*, a Mexican border crosser on her Facebook page. "Please, give me your best wishes and prayers, I will thank you with my heart, and thank you God for letting me make it this far, and I ask that you don't forget me, guide us." more >>