An evangelical writer makes a moral case for immigration reform

Jim Wallis, editor and founder of the evangelical magazine Sojourners, NAILS IT: Do conservatives have any compassion left? As House Republicans wrestle with whether to reform our nation’s immigration laws, that is the question evangelical leaders like myself are asking. After recently releasing long awaited standards outlining their policy priorities, many assumed this represented a firm commitment by Republican House leadership to tackle an issue that had long vexed their party and our nation. We were then stunned to hear the whispers of...

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Deportations of illegal immigrants were nine times higher last year than 20 years ago

Of all the matters on which American conservatives generally are wrong in their criticisms of President Obama, perhaps none is more egregious  than the issue of illegal immigration. The right-wing rhetoric on this subject is usually the exact opposite of the truth. To wit, the popular notion among American xenophobes is that Obama has willfully ignored — nay, actually encouraged — a growing flood of illegals into our country. There are only two words to describe such claims — utter nonsense. Take, for example, the argument...

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Behold the immigration wimps!

Bill Press NAILS IT: This is not complicated: There will be no immigration reform legislation this year.  Why? Because a minority of House Republicans believe that doing anything about immigration would only hurt them in this year’s Republican primaries. And under Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the minority rules. No, this is not complicated. But how we reached this point in the debate over immigration reform says a great deal about the lack of direction in today’s Republican Party.  Only a year ago, Republicans were the loudest voices for...

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Republicans don’t recognize that immigration reform is in their own self-interest

Craven is the only word for House Speaker John Boehner’s retreat the other day from his previous claim that a deal on immigration reform was forthcoming. What’s more, Boehner’s about-face demonstrated how weak he is in the face of rebellion among the extremists in his Republican caucus. Eugene Robinson describes the situation THUSLY: The Republican Party was supposed to be getting its act together for the midterm election. Instead, judging from the disarray on immigration reform, things may be getting even messier. I’m...

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It’s nonsense to argue that the Obama administration doesn’t enforce immigration laws

The latest Republican argument against meaningful immigration reform is based on the bald-faced lie that the Obama administration can’t be trusted to enforce immigration laws. That nonsense may impress the racists out there, but it does not accord with the truth of the matter, as Gail Collins explains HERE: Under this president, half of all federal crime prosecution involves immigration crime. The government now spends more on enforcing immigration laws than it spends on the F.B.I., Drug Enforcement Administration, Secret Service, U.S....

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