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Jon Stewart “But, as predictable as one parties race is, the other nomination could still go to anyone.  Well, not anyone.”

Wolf Blitzer (CNN) “Republican Mitt Romney says he will not, repeat he will not run, make a third run for the White House.”

Stewart “Ha, well you know what, what do you know?  It turns out that sometimes unwanted people do self-deport.”–the-trail-to-the-path-to-the-route-to-the-road-to-the-white-house

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President Barack Obama “To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill,”


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Bill Maher “Obama is still dealing with the crisis on our border.  He met yesterday with the Presidents of Guatemala, and Honduras, and El Salvador and he was trying to tell them to tell your citizens not to come to this country, and if they do, they will not be allowed to stay, unless they’ve got a great curve ball.  Then, we’re all good.”


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White House officials expressed growing alarm on Thursday that Congress may not soon approve President Barack Obama’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to tackle the child migration crisis on the southern border of the United States.

The stalemate over the request comes as Obama prepares on Friday to host the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the countries that have been the source of much of the migrant surge that has strained border resources.

Congress is locked in a largely partisan fight over the money that Obama says is needed to provide humanitarian needs of the children and speed deportations for many after they get a hearing from immigration authorities.

Republicans want Congress to amend a 2008 anti-trafficking law to accelerate deportations, but Democrats are opposed out of concern the children would face the same conditions of crime and poverty when returned home. Senate Democrats have proposed cutting Obama’s $3.7 billion request, while Republicans have said $1.5 billion is the most they would want to spend.

Congress is preparing to start a five-week break at the end of next week and there is no compromise in sight.

“The notion that Congress would go home for August recess without having addressed this question … would be pretty extraordinary,” a senior White House official told reporters.

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Wolf Blitzer July 9, 2014 “This huge immigration crisis.”

Reporter July 5, 2014 “60 to 80 thousand children without parents expected to cross illegally this year.”

Reporter June 22, 2014 “overwhelming US facilities.”

Reporter “There aren’t enough beds, bathrooms, or food.”

Jon Stewart “You’ve got to blame Obama’s immigration policy for this one. You don’t want migrant children? You don’t put up these billboards. (Billboard shows picture of Obama and says ‘Now entering the United States of America – The country with the most candy’). Yea, that’s right. Or, a border length ball pit, it’s not smart. It’s not a smart move. But, you know what? These children are fleeing terrible crime and violence in their home countries seeking embrace in the open and caring arms of mother America. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Protester in Murrieta, CA July 7th. “Go back to Mexico! Yea! Get out of here!”

Stewart “OK, that wasn’t the Statue of Liberty. And, technically actually many are from Central America, your Honduras, your El Salvador, and of course, as Jesus said I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

Another protester “Jesus would not break the law.”

Stewart “You mean radical destroyer of the status quo Jesus? Barging into temples, overthrowing tables Jesus, breaking the law was kind of his thing….Look, it’s a difficult humanitarian crisis, but it aint Normandy.”–crazies-of-summer

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John Oliver talking about the Immigration bill “And, it isn’t just the content of the bill that Repbulcians hate.”

Sen Jeff Sessions (R-AL) “This is not an easy bill to read.  Subparagraph capitals C index.  The index calculated under this subparagraph for a current year equals the sum of, subparagraph roman numeral I.  I’m sure you know exactly what that means.”

Oliver “Well, I don’t know what it means, but to be fair, I’m not a Senator.  You are.  And, leagal jargon is, kind of, the official language of the Senate.  So, if I may borrow a page from your party’s playbook, learn to speak the language, or go back to where you came from.”–senators—passing-immigration-legislation


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Ezra Klein”The truth is, the most important piece of economic policy we pass — or don’t pass — in 2013 may be something we don’t think of as economic policy at all: immigration reform.

Congress certainly doesn’t consider it economic policy, at least not officially. Immigration laws go through the House and Senate judiciary committees. But consider a few facts about immigrants in the American economy: About a 10th of the U.S. population is foreign-born. More than a quarter of U.S. technology and engineering businesses started from 1995 to 2005 had a foreign-born owner. In Silicon Valley, half of all tech startups had a foreign-born founder. One-quarter of all U.S.-based Nobel laureates of the past 50 years were foreign born. Right now, about half of the PhDs working in science and technology are foreign born.

Immigrants begin businesses and file patents at a much higher rate than their native-born counterparts, and while there are disputes about the effect immigrants have on the wages of low-income Americans, there’s little dispute about their effect on wages overall: They lift them.

The economic case for immigration is best made by way of analogy. Everyone agrees that aging economies with low birth rates are in trouble; this, for example, is a thoroughly conventional view of Japan. It’s even conventional wisdom about the U.S. The retirement of the baby boomers is correctly understood as an economic challenge. The ratio of working Americans to retirees will fall from 5 to 1 today to  3 to 1 in 2050. Fewer workers and more retirees is tough on any economy.

There’s nothing controversial about that analysis. But if that’s not controversial, then immigration shouldn’t be, either. Immigration is essentially the importation of new workers. It’s akin to raising the birth rate, only easier, because most of the newcomers are old enough to work. And because living in the U.S. is considered such a blessing that even very skilled, very industrious workers are willing to leave their home countries and come to ours, the U.S. has an unusual amount to gain from immigration. When it comes to the global draft for talent, we almost always get the first-round picks — at least, if we want them, and if we make it relatively easy for them to come here.”

Posted February 1, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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“Why the sudden change, Republicans?” Jon Stewart said. “Perhaps you looked into your hearts and realized that people who are willing to risk prison or worse just to do our least glamorous, most dangerous work deserve at least a basic level of humanity.”

Or, as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) put it recently, Republicans lost the Hispanic vote badly in 2012.

“Okay, or that,” Stewart said. “That’s another reason. Craven political calculation to squeeze out enough votes to make Nevada competitive again. Okay, that’s okay, too. Not sure that’s the reason you’re supposed to say out loud, but you’ve come a long way. Well, you’ve come a way. Yes, the arc of history is long, but it bends toward shamelessness.”

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John Fugelsang “Congress has an immigration reform plan that could become an idea that could become a bill that Congress could then kill”

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Fareed Zakaria “But, first, here’s my take. It’s Thanksgiving week in America, time to reflect on our good fortune. It’s also a time that most Americans think about the unusual origins of the United States, a land of immigrants.

We see ourselves as special in this way and we are except that we’re not quite as exceptional as we think anymore. Something fascinating has happened over the last two decades.

Other countries have been transforming themselves into immigrant societies, adopting many of America’s best ideas, even improving on them.

If you watched our immigration special back in June or read my piece in Time Magazine, you would know that Canada and Australia both have a higher percentage of people who are foreign born, compared to the United States.

In fact, on this dimension, America, which once led the world, looks like most western countries. Germany and France, for example, have about the same percent of foreign-born people as America.

One important difference is that many of these countries have managed to take in immigrants mostly based on skills giving a big boost to their economies.

It’s not as if America doesn’t need these people. American companies are struggling to fill 3.6 million job openings, many of them in science-related fields. Meanwhile, foreign students receive half of all doctorates in such fields and almost all of them will head home after graduation.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls America’s current immigrations policy, “The single biggest problem facing the economy,” and argues that our current approach is “national suicide.”

The good news is we may finally be on the road to a solution. Immigration reform has been a taboo topic for the last few years as large and vocal voices within the Republican Party, with considerable public support, have blocked any mention of reform.

They words they’ve wanted to hear are “border fence” and “deportation.” That’s why Mitt Romney advocated a policy of self- deportation during the presidential campaign and that’s why he lost the Hispanic vote and the Asian vote to President Obama by a landslide.

President Obama seems emboldened and the Republicans chastened so we have an opening for a deal. What should it look like? Well, it should look like the bipartisan bill sponsored in 2005 by John McCain and Ted Kennedy and strongly supported by then President George W. Bush.

That one did not even get to the floor of the House or Senate for a vote. The right hated it because it provided a legal path for undocumented workers, the left because it reduced family unification and the unions opposed the temporary worker provisions.

In an earlier era, the fact that the two wings of the parties disliked the bill might actually have made passage easier because the energy was in the center. Today, power has shifted to the wings of the political parties who control their political agendas.

John McCain, the original sponsor of the bill, now denounces his own handiwork. Let’s hope in the post election atmosphere this dynamic has changed and McCain, for one, can proudly support his own very good bill.

Let me close by noting that I actually do think America remains exceptional. It is the global melting pot, the place where a universal nation is being created.

We may not do immigration better than anyone anymore, but we do assimilation better than anyone. People from all over the world come to this country and almost magically become real Americans.

But part of the being a real America is urging the country to look at its flaws and change them. Let’s get started.

Posted November 26, 2012 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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