May 20, 2010
Question from the mouth a child to Mrs. Obama
"On Wednesday, with TV cameras rolling during an event to promote healthy eating, a second-grader at a Silver Spring elementary school asked first lady Michelle Obama why the president was "taking everybody away that doesn't have papers."
Sitting in front of a dozen schoolchildren, with the first lady of Mexico by her side, Obama told the girl: "That's something that we have to work on, right? To make sure that people can be here with the right kind of papers."
"But my mom doesn't have any papers," the student blurted as soon as the first lady had finished.
In an instant, the spontaneous exchange crystallized the power of the immigration debate, sparking hours of cable news chatter, a rolling Twitter conversation and urgent questions about what, if anything, might happen to the girl's mother as a result of the unscripted moment...".
May 18, 2010
Immigration Sit In Protests
Illegal Immigrant Students Protest at McCain Office, By JULIA PRESTON
"Published: May 17, 2010In an escalation of protest tactics, five immigrants dressed in caps and gowns held a sit-in on Monday at the Tucson offices of Senator John McCain, calling on him to sponsor legislation to open a path to legal status for young illegal immigrants.
Four of the protesters, including three who are in the country illegally, were arrested Monday evening on misdemeanor trespassing charges. The three were expected to face deportation proceedings...".
May 13, 2010
A call for bi-partisan work to fix a broken immigration system
THE HILL: (Reid Op-Ed): - Our immigration system is broken, and only bipartisan work will fix it
By Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) May 11, 2010
We have a serious challenge in this nation, and I hear about it from Nevadans all the time: Our immigration system is broken. Democrats, Republicans and Independents all agree, and history has shown that neither a piecemeal nor a border-only approach will work to fix this problem. Furthermore, the immigration law recently enacted in Arizona is clear evidence this problem will become worse the longer we wait to comprehensively address this on a national level.
In 2006 and 2007, I was a part of an effort to push for a federal, comprehensive approach to fix our system, secure our nation's borders and institute tough, fair measures to govern our immigration process. The Senate passed a bill in 2006 that, unfortunately, the House refused to consider. And in 2007, mischaracterizations of our effort by the bill's opponents drove away some of the moderate Republicans who wanted to find common ground. President Bush supported this legislation. We spent more time on the issue of immigration in the 109th and 110th Congresses than any other because I felt it was that important. Three years later, it is no less important and still must be addressed. That's why, led by Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and building upon the bipartisan negotiations he has led for a year, Senate Democrats recently unveiled an outline of concrete ideas to move this dialogue forward - and we asked Senate Republicans to join us...".
May 11, 2010
"Arizona's immigration law boycotts will cost Phoenix $90M: city officials BY Stephanie Gaskell, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Tuesday, May 11th 2010, 9:25 AM
Backlash from Arizona's new immigration law could cost the Phoenix area a whopping $90 million in lost revenue.
Four major events have been canceled as calls for a boycott grow louder in protest of a strict law that lets police ask people for their citizenship papers, city officials told The Arizona Republic newspaper.
"We have an image and public relations problem of what might be unprecedented proportions," said deputy city manager David Krietor...".
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/05/11/2010-05-11_arizonas_immigration_law_boycotts_will_cost_phoenix_90m_city_officials.html#ixzz0ndJR6EKQ
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/05/11/2010-05-11_arizonas_immigration_law_boycotts_will_cost_phoenix_90m_city_officials.html#ixzz0ndJHZ9X4
May 05, 2010
Honduras & El Salvador TPS renewal
TPS has been re-designated and there is a 60-day re-registration period begins May 5, 2010, and will remain in effect until July 6, 2010.
Here are the links:
May 04, 2010
Flood in Nashville
By now you may have heard of the flood in Nashville over the last weekend. My family, home and office are okay. We live on a mountain so no flooding problem. We had planted some plants near two drainage pipes. The mulch clogged the filters which protected the pipes from clogging. So Sunday morning when I woke up the water was one inch from entering our house. We used a large broom to push the water down the hill.
Next my wife and I unplugged the filters to allow the pipes to drain the water. The crawl space is wet but it will dry out. The electricity went out numerous times as trees fell throughout the neighborhood taking electrical lines with them.
The power crews and tree cutters did a great job in reconnecting the lines and removing the trees. We rebuilt and expanded our retaining wall when we bought the home four years ago. Numerous neighbors homes were damaged as the hill collapsed into their houses. Across the street we smelled the odor of a gas leak; rotten eggs. I called Piedmont Gas and they sent out an inspector. I showed him where the odor was coming from. Their gas meter was spinning out of control. The hillside had come lose and broke the gas line which they used for their outside grill. The inspector closed the gas line to close the leak.
Later in the evening I met with my neighbors who had been out of town and told them what had occurred. They were grateful to have a home.
Across the city there has been flooding and the water is rising in downtown. It has reached fourth avenue in some parts. Lets hope that it does not increase.