John Lewis – During the week of May 22-26, hundreds of Americans are expected to converge in Jackson, Miss., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. Between May and December of 1961, the nonviolent protest against segregation in the Deep South — which continued despite the Supreme Court’s outlawing of such practices — saw 436 black and white young people riding interstate buses together through the South, testing segregation laws.
As the presidential campaign starts to take flight, President Obama is calling for much needed immigration reform. With no clear Republican candidates who have officially thrown their hat in the ring, President Obama has a clear head start on his re-election bid.
After a very successful week in the wake of the killing of Bin Laden and Donald Trumps poll numbers imploding, President Obama’s re-election prospects look very good indeed. Obama has a decidedly strong advantage over the Republican field on this hot-button topic. He is perceived as a “friendly” and not a hostile combatant as the Republicans are.
The Latino vote will be a huge factor in who wins. The Republicans realize that they need this valuable constituency if they want to take back the white house. One problem, all polls show that Latinos heavily favor Barack Obama. Of course, this isn’t guaranteed. The Dream Act’s failure is where everyone missed the boat including the democrats. President Obama should have been a more vocal supporter of the Dream Act. Republicans were down right hostile towards this legislation.
Just when I thought I had heard it all, another conservative white guy tops the last idiot that says something goofy! I don’t know if I’m appalled,angry, surprised or what. It’s simply amazing to me. The Republican party’s tent keeps shrinking with each gaffe and insensitive remark. It’s absolutely amazing! The GOP tent has turned into a circus! They don't seem to think that Republicans and Latinos go together.
Immigration,immigration laws,illegal immigration and immigration reform won't stay in the background for much longer. It's not about republicans or democrats, it's about trying to get our arms around some type of comprehensive immigration reform.
Immigration activists who support the dream act suffered a crushing defeat in the Senate this past week.
This is particularly refreshing when we have dealt with a hard right hawkish approach to immigration. The xenophobes and extremists would have the American taxpayer fork over millions to build a brick fence between the U.S. / Mexican border. Just the sound of it is ridiculous! Ms. Napolitano’s even handed approach will be warmly welcomed in Partisan Washington. The issue of immigration was almost mute during the election and debates. Surely the issue will surface again and probably sooner than later.