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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

President Obama weighs his Executive Order options on immigration reform


President Obama spoke at Del Sol High School to announce actions he plans to take to reform the country's immigration policy.  Click here to view.

President Obama is set to address the nation Thursday, November 20, to lay out the executive actions he's taking on America's immigration system.

Many are expecting that the president will allow illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. and will assist those wanting a path to citizenship with obtaining citizenship status, "the right way."

For many undocumented immigrants, immigration reform is a very real issue; one they hope will be resolved quickly.

Protest have occurred across the country from Latino Americans, the demographic immigration reform heavily emphasizes, urging the president to cease the deportation of illegal immigrants.

Said Jose Cabellos at a campaign event in 2013, (see at 1:11 video mark here), "We want comprehensive immigration reform.  Right now families are being torn apart, right here in America! We can't take it any more!"

Republicans argue that allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the country puts a strain on the country's services, takes jobs away from Americans here legally, and opens the door up for terrorists to enter the country.

The president is expected to announce that he will institute an Executive Order favorable to that of illegal immigrants.

The White House Facebook page reads, "Its time to fix our broken immigration system."

The House vows to "fight" the president "tooth and nail" and make any action difficult to succeed.

"This is the wrong way to govern", Boehner said in Thursday's briefing to reporters.  It's exactly what the American people said on (midterm) election day they didn't want." However, Boehner said that "every option is on the table" for discussion.

While the president suggests that he will take actions where he could, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid has made the claim that executive action is null without legislation. Executive action is not a substitute for legislation", Reid said.

In a blog post from The White House, Press Secretary Josh Earnest writes, "This is a step forward in the President’s plan to work with Congress on passing common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. He laid out his principles for that reform two years ago in Del Sol High School in Las Vegas -- and that’s where he’ll return on Friday to discuss why he is using his executive authority now, and why Republicans in Congress must act to pass a long-term solution to immigration reform."

The president's remarks are expected to begin at 8 pm tomorrow evening, and will be streamed live at

If Obama can travel to Nevada to address immigration reform, should he also travel to Ferguson, MO to address another hot-bed issue: the Michael Brown case?  A jury is set to rule on whether or not officer Darren Wilson will be prosecuted for Brown's murder.  The state has been declared a national disaster and more military (National Guard) have been called to the city of Ferguson in case Wilson isn't prosecuted.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Stevie Wonder, Meryll Streep among 2014 Medal of Freedom Award Recipients

The White House announced the 2014 Medal of Freedom award recipients that include the likes of legendary dancer and founder of the Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey, American music composer, song writer Stevie Wonder; actress and Academy Award winner Meryll Streep, and news anchor Tom Brokaw.

The nominees will be honored at the White House on November 24th.

Other nominees include author Isabel Allende,  James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner , golf legend and pioneer, Mr. Charles Siffordphysicists and scientist Mildred Dresselhaus, Congressman John Dingell, human rights advocate Ethel Kennedy; writer and activist Suzan HarjoAbner Mikva, congresswoman Patsy Takemoto Mink (R-Hawaii); Mexican-born House of Representative and Congressional Hispanic Caucus founder Edward Roybal (posthumous);  economist Robert Solow; theatre composer Stephen Sondheimaward-winning actress, producer, best-selling author and social activist Marlo Thomas.

The presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor awarded by a U.S. president recognizing extraordinary work and talent.

Said President Obama, “I look forward to presenting these nineteen bold, inspiring Americans with our Nation’s highest civilian honor.  From activists who fought for change to artists who explored the furthest reaches of our imagination; from scientists who kept America on the cutting edge to public servants who help write new chapters in our American story, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world.”

Last year's list of recipients can be seen here.

Celebrating the Legacy of Douglas L. Wilder

The Wilder Anniversary Committee will commemorate the election of the nation's first popularly elected African-American governor with an educational symposium followed by a formal gala. Wilder, who blazed the trail well before his election as Virginia’s 66th Governor—becoming the first African-American legislator to serve in the State Senate since Reconstruction in 1969 and the first African-American lieutenant governor of the commonwealth in 1985 will be honored.

The Wilder Anniversary Gala will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Richmond Marriott located at 500 E. Broad Street.

For info click here.