President Obama said that if Congress fails to act on immigration reform, he will send up his own version of a bill and “insist that they vote on it right away.”
Speaking in Las Vegas, Nev., Obama said that it is “very encouraging” that a bipartisan group of senators of put forward a framework for immigration reform, and that it shows a “desire to get this done.” But, he added, “action must follow. We can’t allow immigration reform to get bogged down in an endless debate.”
He continued that his main proposals have, in the past, been backed by both John F. Kennedy and George W. Bush, showing that “the foundation for bipartisan action is already in place.” But, if Congress doesn’t act, “I will send up a bill based on my proposal, and insist that they vote on it right away,” Obama said.
The President outlined three major components of his legislation, including a focus on enforcement and birder security, dealing with the 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the country, and modernizing the legal immigration system.
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A good friend of mine and I were in a heated debate at Starbucks—naturally—over whether or not it’s possible to reconcile Islam with the LGBTQ community. My friend Zara was outed by her strict Muslim Pakistani family at the age of 19 when they read through her diary while she was away at work one evening. The scene awaiting her arrival was ugly. No longer able to see a place for herself in Islam, she broke ties with her beloved religion—and with her family. Why do so many gay Muslims self-segregate themselves rather than modify their interpretation of their faith to be more inclusive?
Back at Starbucks, Zara struggled to explain that letting go of her faith was the right thing to do. Irritation crept into my voice as I judged her for defending her family’s stance against her “lifestyle choice.” Don’t get me wrong—Zara is not self-loathing by any means. She has lived her life openly and proudly for the past nine years. But whatever made Zara feel like she wasn’t allowed to practice her religion struck sadness in her she has never been able to shake.
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OK, I admit: I didn’t get the advance media frenzy over the joint interview President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave “60 Minutes” Sunday night. I still don’t entirely. But I watched it, and I also admit: there’s something fascinating about the relationship they’ve evolved, even if nothing about their interview with Steve Croft entirely explained it. It merely showed it. Awesomely.
They broke no news and provided little insight on U.S. foreign policy or the political road ahead. But there was remarkable comfort and chemistry between them. And giggling. I enjoyed the giggling, I also admit.
Did we learn anything?
We learned that they both enjoy the fact that the media can’t quite accept that they’ve become not merely allies, but friends. And they genuinely seem like friends.
Croft asked directly about their 2008 primary battle: “How long did it take you to get over that, and when did it happen?”
Those of us who didn’t think there was much difference between Senators Obama and Clinton had to be a little bit vindicated when they both dismissed the idea they were divided by big issues. “Despite our hard-fought primary, we had such agreement on what needed to be done for our country,” Clinton said. Obama jumped in: “Made for tough debates, by the way, because we could never figure out what we were different on.”
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