UPDATE: Supreme Court rules life sentences without parole for juveniles are unconstituional. Miller v. Alabama.
If you're not reading Robert Caro's The Passage Of Power, you're missing out on the remarkable story of Lyndon Johnson's humiliating years as Vice President and the even more remarkable way he took control of the county within hours of becoming president. It is a breathtaking story full of pathos and containing more intrigue and twists and turns than any fictional story writer could invent.
With the Miami Heat generating intense discussion, we turn to a less emotional subject:
The Dream Act:
Marco came to the United States with his mother when he was 18 months old. His father had been killed before he was born. With relatives in the United States promising her a steady job and the chance of a better life for her son, Marco's mother entered the United States illegally. That was seventeen years ago. Today Marco has graduated high school as the valedictorian. His scores on math and science exams established him as one of the brightest prodigies in the United States. Schools like Stanford and MIT are interested. During the past seventeen years Marco's mother has lived a law abiding life, working for a cleaning service and having her payroll taxes deducted.
What is to become of Marco, an illegal immigrant?
Should he self deport as Mitt Romney wants?
Should he be held responsible for the acts his mother did on his behalf when he was an infant?
Should he benefit from his Mother's crime?
Should the United States extend citizenship because of his intellectual promise?
The Dream Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) first proposed in 2001 by senators Hatch (R, Utah) and Durbin( D, Illinois) provides a path to permanent residency for certain aliens, who came to this country as minors, lived here continuously and in a law abiding manner, and who then complete two years of military service or two years of college.
The bill in various forms has been re-introduced every year since 2006.
On June 15, 2012 President Obama signed an executive order ending the deportation of illegal aliens who meet the conditions for permanent residence under the Dream Act.
Fair? Foul? A usurpation of legislative power by the chief executive?
Is this still a country of immigrants or is immigration at unsupportable levels one of the serious drains on our economy? Discuss.