Our politics have become painfully and pointlessly polarized. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Republican Party’s hardline stance on immigration. Even as our southern border faces the biggest migrant surge in two decades , Republicans won’t budge on immigration. To score points against the Biden presidency and the Democratic majority in Congress, too many Republicans are willing to throw bipartisanship to the wind and hold the line against any sort of Democrat-led immigration reform. But while playing hardball may put points on the board in the short term, the GOP’s broadly anti-immigration platform is a losing strategy in the long term. To win hearts and minds for generations to come and expand its voter base, the GOP must change its tune and join the fight for immigration reform before it's too late. It’s easy to see why Republicans are reluctant to side with Democrats on immigration. The GOP remains spellbound by the extremist rhetoric that defined the Trump … [Read more...] about The GOP is stuck in a losing battle against immigration
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Ash covered the streets of Caribbean island St. Vincent on Saturday after La Soufrière erupted. The volcano erupted on Friday, but clouds of ash continued to surround the island, covering streets and homes, Reuters reported . Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves ordered an evacuation of towns close to the volcano, and 20,000 people left the surrounding area by Friday. ADVERTISEMENT A witness told Reuters that there was rumbling from the volcano and ash coming out of it Saturday morning. It is possible for larger explosions to occur following the one that took place Friday, according to the wire service, and they may go on for weeks or months. COVID-19 has complicated evacuations amid the eruptions, as the surrounding islands that agreed to host evacuees, including St. Lucia, Grenada and Barbados, still have restrictions in place, The New York Times reported . A Royal Caribbean cruise ship heading to the island to help evacuate people requires … [Read more...] about Ash rains down on Caribbean island after volcanic eruption
The state of Michigan was locked down for months, and then in March it started opening up in the midst of a new surge of coronavirus cases. Michigan's experience, and other outbreaks across the country involving new foreign strains, once more raise questions and debates about whether we should close our borders to travelers from some countries, impose new restrictions in some areas, or both. But more on those questions in a minute. Unfortunately, when you suddenly give people their treasured freedom back, they are more likely to take fewer precautions than if you reopened gradually. On top of this, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky Rochelle Walensky Overnight Health Care: White House rebuffs call to send more vaccine doses to certain states | White House warns states to expect low weekly J&J vaccine shipments Watch live: White House COVID-19 response team briefing CDC data shows rise in Brazil variant detected in US … [Read more...] about Would closing the borders limit deadly foreign strains of COVID-19?
A group of Republican congressmen said the border is “spiraling out of control” following a recent tour in Southwest Texas. The group visited detention and processing centers in the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector. U.S. Representatives Jim Banks (R-IN), Tony Gonzales (R-TX), Ashley Hinson (R-IA), Victoria Spartz (R-IN), Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), Chris Jacobs (R-NY), Kevin Hern (R-OK), and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) visited the border and toured the communities in Southwest Texas on Friday. The delegation toured a recently constructed detention and processing facility in Eagle Pass, Texas Friday morning and visited with Border Patrol personnel to see firsthand, the issues confronting the community. The representatives held a round-table discussion with local community leaders and law enforcement officials. The congressional delegation expressed concern over the overall conditions observed along the border and allowed the community leaders to express their experiences regarding the … [Read more...] about Border ‘Spiraling Out of Control,’ Say U.S. Reps
McALLEN, Texas — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) led several Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee on a two-day visit to McAllen this week where they witnessed the ongoing border crisis, and all the members — as they recapped their visit — said the Biden administration was at fault for surging numbers of illegal migrants. Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 170,000 migrants crossing the southern border illegally in March, a 72 percent increase from February. As Breitbart News reported , in the first two full months of President Joe Biden’s time in office, February and March, apprehensions were at a combined total of nearly 210,000, while in the last four months of former President Donald Trump’s tenure, apprehensions were at a combined total of just over 280,000. Jordan, the ranking Republican member on the Judiciary Committee, gathered from speaking with Border Patrol agents that the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, also known as Remain in Mexico … [Read more...] about Republican House Judiciary Members Witness Border Crisis: This Is ‘Biden’s Mess’; America Has Become ‘Sanctuary Nation’