On Tuesday, August 20, approximately fifty people gathered at Benach Collopy’s offices in Washington, DC to meet and support a 27 year old candidate for Congress from the 4th District of Iowa
. Jim Mowrer
, born on a farm in Boone Iowa, and a veteran of our war in Iraq, is challenging the incumbent Steve King
for his seat in Congress. Readers of this blog need no introduction to Steve King
as he is a leader of the extreme anti-immigrant faction of American politics.
It has been a tough week for the ICE bureaucrats who have sought to undermine the political leadership of this country to pursue their own restrictivist and nativist agenda. Regular readers of this blog (my wife and my mother), will know that we have sought to document the efforts of bureaucrats within ICE
to stymie intelligent immigration enforcement through insubordination, lawsuits
, leaks, and more generic tactics like refusal to complete trainings and sick-outs
The publication of the rule allowing for processing of provisional waivers for unlawful presence in the United States was another act of administrative rule-making that the President has undertaken to make the immigration laws more humane. Over the past year, the effort at prosecutorial discretion, the introduction of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
, and the provisional waiver have created a much improved immigration system that attempts to solve real immigration problems for families.
We have heard lots of talk
about the need for bipartisan immigration reform in the new Congress. We have heard that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will work with Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) on a new bill for introduction in the Senate
. The Senate was five votes away from passing the DREAM Act in 2010, so it is possible to believe that the new political reality has jolted preservation-minded conservatives in the Senate to support common sense immigration reform.
Today, 104 Democratic Members of Congress released a letter
to President Barack Obama thanking him for his decision to instruct the Department of Homeland Security to offer “Deferred Action” deportation relief to young immigrants raised in the U.S. who would qualify for the DREAM Act.
The Members of Congress wrote:
We recognize that there are those who will want to take the power of discretion away from you and the Executive branch.