San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, a star at the Democratic National Conventionand leading advocate of immigration reform, criticized Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell‘s call for significant changes to the bipartisan bill now before the Senate.
“What we need now are folks who are seriously working to pass it come together and make the compromises, make the small changes that are needed,” Castro told CBS News after a White House event with business and labor leaders united behind comprehensive reform. “It has a strong framework and it’s going to take serious legislators who actually want to get things done.”
McConnell took the Senate floor and predicted the bill as drafted by the so-called Gang of 8 (four Republicans and four Democrats) would fail as written. Even so, McConnell voted to begin debate on the legislation, helping it clear one important procedural hurdle.
“At the risk of stating the obvious, this bill has serious flaws,” McConnell said. “In the days ahead there will need to be major changes to this bill if it’s going to become law. These include, but are not limited to, the areas of border security,government benefits and taxes.”
On the issue of border security, Castro echoed the White House contention that improvements in border security ought to pave the way for comprehensive reform. The chief goal of that reform is creating a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already here. Under the legislation, most undocumented workers would be immediately protected from deportation but have to wait up to 13 years to obtain citizenship.
Castro also said it would be impossible to create absolute border security, implying any attempt to tie legalization of undocumented workers to that standard would gut the 1,077-page bill.
I often wonder how some Americans really believe that Barack Obama is not a Christian. Why even his greatest criticism revolves around his decades of worship in one church. How many times have we heard Barack Obama speak of his faith in God? I guess his words fall deaf on ears that will not hear. God bless you, Mr. President. May God give you and us a smashing victory on November 6, 2012!
God bless Gabby Giffords’ s recovery!
Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Nomination
Last night President Obama and Democrats joined to be a force of one seeking his re-election as President of the United States. Barack Obama gave a rousing speech which highlighted the several ways in which Team Romney-Ryan lacks foreign policy credentials a proper regard for our military and veterans. Some say he capitalized on the omissions from the Republican National Convention. Have you joined Team Obama-Biden? It’s not too late!
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NOVEMBER 6, 2012
Did you watch Bill Clinton last night at the Democratic National Convention? He gave a master class in winning our PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION! It included all the bells and whistles that a “Bill Clinton” has mastered. Such analysis! So many strategies! Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, if only you could bottle “Bill Clinton” and distribute him directly to our surrogates and volunteers! Do you agree? Didn’t Bill give us the blueprint for our victory in the end game? Didn’t he arrange the “Xs and Os” to assure our victory in November? (Our fourth quarter?) I dare not advise you, but, I am buoyed by the balloon that I have been riding since Bill Clinton addressed the Convention last night. Yes, I watched some of the Republican National Convention last week. While watching our convention, I said to myself, “Now this is how to put on a convention!” The Democratic National Convention is brilliant! Chris Matthews made a wise suggestion on air: ‘Instead of sending staff members to fight our battles on television, rallies, etc., send our Democratic stars like the ones who shined at our podium this week.’ I SMELL VICTORY!
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It was her job to paint her husband – the president – as a family man and as a leader with a vision for the country.
She passed with flying colors – pink and grey to be exact.
And many of them focused on what she had on.
Obama lit up the arena in a luminescent rosy pink dress with grey floral detailing. Perhaps the most physically fit of all the first ladies, she showed off her toned arms and shoulders in the sleeveless cut frock, with just a sliver of her back through a small key hole. The full knee-length skirt had an easy element of movement as she approached the podium.
The first lady turned to African-American designer Tracy Reese for the night’s dress.