US Congressman John Lewis was 23 years old and the youngest of six speakers on the day that Martin Luther King Jnr. spoke the immortal words ‘I have a dream’. He was beaten, arrested and imprisoned for the pursuit of Civil Rights. His book entitled ‘Across that Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change’ recollects many experiences as a civil rights leader during the 1960′s and presents powerful ideas for the future.
Monthly Archives: April 2014
US Congressman John Lewis- Author of book ‘Across that Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change’
Senator Mark Daly welcomes US policy change could shield Irish immigrants from deportation as work continues on Immigration Reform
If adopted it could limit removals of people who have little or no criminal record but have committed repeat immigration violations.
IRISH IMMIGRANTS WHO are in the US illegally but don’t have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
The change, if adopted following a review ordered by President Barack Obama, could limit removals of immigrants of any nationality who have little or no criminal record but have committed repeat immigration violations such as re-entering the country illegally after having been deported, or failing to comply with a deportation order.
The possible move, confirmed by two people with knowledge of the review, would fall short of the sweeping changes sought by activists.
They want Obama to expand a two-year-old program that grants work permits to certain immigrants brought here illegally as children to include other groups, such as the parents of any children born in the US.
John Sandweg, who until February served as acting director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said he had promoted the policy change for immigrants without serious criminal records before his departure and said it was being weighed by Johnson.
An immigration advocate who has discussed the review with the administration also confirmed the change was under consideration. The advocate spoke on condition of anonymity because the proceedings are confidential.
“Any report of specific considerations at this time would be premature,” Clark Stevens, a spokesman for the Homeland Security Department, said yesterday.
Stevens said Johnson “has undergone a very rigorous and inclusive process to best inform the review,” including seeking input from people within DHS as well as lawmakers of both parties and other stakeholders.
The approach outlined by Sandweg and the immigration advocate would change the existing priority categories that now include immigrants who have re-entered the country after having been deported previously, and those who are fugitives from immigration proceedings. Such people would be taken off the priority list.
The remaining priority categories focus on recent border-crossers and immigrants who pose a danger to national security or public safety or who have been convicted of crimes. Some of those categories might also be refined or changed, and others could be added.
“The time had come to focus ICE’s efforts exclusively on public safety and national security,” Sandweg said in explaining why he pushed for the change. He estimated that some 20,000 deported immigrants fell into the categories in question last year.
The potential changes come as Johnson proceeds with a review ordered by Obama on how to make deportation policy more
Senator Mark Daly questions the Taoiseach in Senate on his promised ‘democratic revolution
Last week in the Seanad Senator Mark Daly questioned the Taoiseach on his promised ‘democratic revolution’.
“When the Taoiseach took office, he promised a democratic revolution. He also promised transparency. He was going to learn from the mistakes of the past, reinvent the country and make a covenant with the people to tell them the truth.”
Senator Daly pointed out there has been a severe lack of legislation passed in the first four months of this year, with only five bills reaching completion.
‘In the first four months of this year 5 Bills have been passed. At that rate of going, we will pass a little over 12 Bills in the entire year. Does that sound like a democratic revolution? 5 Bills in four months is not acceptable’.
Senator Daly reaffirmed that the ‘democratic revolution’ has not materialised. This can be easily seen by the example of the Protection of Children’s Health from Tobacco smoke Bill 2012 which was passed through the Seanad last week.‘While I am delighted the bill has been passed through the Seanad, it has taken two years for this to happen’.
http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/04/17/hillary-clinton-says-shes-a-huge-supporter-of-immigration-reform/ Hillary Clinton says she’s ‘a huge supporter’ of immigration reform
Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a Clinton Foundation “No Ceilings” forum at the Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York City on April 17. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Hillary Rodham Clinton, answering an emotional plea from an undocumented immigrant in New York on Thursday, said that she strongly supports comprehensive immigration reform and called on the Republican-led House to pass legislation granting a path to citizenship.
“I’m a huge supporter of immigration reform and a path to citizenship and will continue to advocate for that,” said Clinton, a former secretary of state and prospective 2016 Democratic presidential candidate.
Clinton’s remarks came at a girls’ empowerment forum, part of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s “No Ceilings” initiative. A young woman tearfully asked Clinton what she would do to fix the nation’s immigration problem and testified that her educational opportunities were being stymied because she is an undocumented immigrant. She called this “an extreme glass ceiling for me that I can’t control.”
Clinton replied: “I believe strongly we are missing a great opportunity by not welcoming people like you and 11 million others who have made contributions to our country into a legal status so you don’t have to worry, you can go to school, you can work, you can pursue your dreams.”
Clinton said she is “strongly in favor” of the bipartisan immigration bill passed in the Senate and that it is “a big missed opportunity for our country” that the House has not taken up the legislation.