Open Thread

Reform Now


Artist – David Fitzsimmons

In other news, Murietta, California Mayor Alan Long encouraged his residents to protest the buses full of immigrant children last week, but over he weekend he tried to downplay his involvement.

“The world showed up on our doorstep,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Long said that the police were not equipped to deal with the protesters, and they were not able to bring in back-up before Border Patrol rerouted the buses. He said the plan the entire time was to “provide safety for everyone.”

Mayor Long is really bad liar.

Meanwhile, the White House acknowledged today that, under current law, many of the children who have come here won’t be allowed to stay because there is no legal basis, however the process for deporting them could be long. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration is “looking at ways to create additional options for dealing with the children in particular, consistent with our laws and our values.”

This is the reality of the congressional Republicans’ refusal to pass sweeping immigration reform. The White House has limited authority and very few options to deal with very serious problems that call for nuance, such as large numbers of undocumented children, while conservatives scream for zero-tolerance, empathy-free discrimination.