A leader of the most influential religious denomination within the GOP says the children of illegal immigration should be given a place in the United States. From the Associated Press:
A Southern Baptist Convention leader says the group’s policy arm supports a version of the DREAM Act — the proposed law that would allow illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to earn legal status, either by going to college or serving in the military.
Richard Land, president of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, made the statement in a Monday letter to Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, who are the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security.
Land wrote that his commission could support the DREAM Act, with conditions. One condition would be making sure the bill does not allow young adults who gain legal status to help their relatives gain legal status or enter the country. He called such a measure “back-door amnesty.”
In explaining the commission’s position to the subcommittee, Land wrote: “The children of undocumented immigrants who were brought here by their parents should not be forced to bear the full penalty of their presence in the nation illegally. To consign them to lives often-times bordering on poverty levels for actions in which they had no part is too severe a penalty.”
In an interview on Thursday, Land said he was asked by a member of the subcommittee, whom he would not name, to provide the panel with a letter outlining what provisions the commission could support.
Several students involved in non-violent protests against cuts to the HOPE scholarship at the state Capitol this spring have been barred from the entire state government complex – forever and ever and ever. Click here to see one of the criminal trespass warnings from Lori Geary of Channel 2 Action News. here’s the video:
Oh, snap. Way over in Iowa, GOP presidential candidate and Georgia businessman Herman Cain has let it be known that he’ll campaign this weekend in the town of Winterset, birthplace of actor John Wayne.
It doesn’t sound like a coincidence. From the Des Moines Register:
Presidential contender Michele Bachmann made headlines while in her native Waterloo on Monday when she told a Fox News reporter: “John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.”
Bachmann was criticized for failing to know her Iowa history even as she tries to stress her Iowa nativity.
Bachmann is at the top of the polls in Iowa with 22 percent support of likely GOP caucusgoers (tied with Mitt Romney) while Cain is in 2nd place with 10 percent.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider