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Obama should be more like Reagan, grow some cojones and grant a blanket amnesty

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Barack Obama offered America his vision of immigration reform on Thursday night, and, of course, he didn’t please a single pinche person. Republicans are already demonizing him as a human smuggling tunnel, more than happy to have Mexicans sneak into el Norte and marry white women. Latino activists, on the other hand, sighed, gritted their teeth and forced a grin at a proposal that does shield about 5m people from the hated migra but, as Obama himself put it, “does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive.”

The only group of people smiling today are my conservative Latino friends, who have already been texting me photos of the two best presidential amigos that undocumented immigrants ever had: Ronald Reagan and George W Bush. And every reminder makes me retch, because they’re right. Obama should grow some huevos, be like Reagan and Dubya, and champion a blanket amnesty to this country’s millions of undocumented Americans.

Amnesty-loving GOP presidentes are the dirty little secret for both sides of the US immigration debate: Democrats don’t want to talk about it because they don’t want to say anything nice about two of the most evil commanders-in-chiefs of the past generation; the current Republican leadership can’t publicly embrace the Gipper or Dubya as immigration visionaries because that would only show how far their wannabe heirs have strayed from both sensible immigration policy and a viable path forward for Republicans in a diverse America.

I don’t like Reagan or Bush, but they understood the importance of Latinos – not just for our obvious voting power, but for our economic promise. Plus, they did something about those beliefs, while Obama hemmed and hawed for six years before offering us the political equivalent of a hard-shell taco: all crunch, no flavor. A smarter man would’ve studied up and mimicked his predecessors’ Mexi-love, pronto.

Reagan famously endorsed a sweeping amnesty in 1986 that helped over 3m undocumented immigrants – including dozens of my family members. And Reagan – along with his successor, George H Bush – offered protection from deportation to children and adults who didn’t qualify for amnesty but had a family member who did. That affected another 1.5m people. Reagan isn’t exactly up for sainthood in the Latino community – witness his dealings in Central America – but many Latinos of my parents’ generation will always respect him because Reagan understood that mass deportations made no sense, and that undocumented migrants deserved to participate in the American dream – and that coming into this country “the wrong way” shouldn’t stop someone from having that chance.

Dubya also embraced this now-radical concept. His brother, Jeb Bush, married a Mexican national – and was the governor of the border state of Texas, which has a chingo of Mexicans. While running for president in 2000, Bush talked about immigration in a way that sounds downright open-borders now: in 1999, he notoriously said (in response to the Mexican-bashers within his own party) that “family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande River” and that people who demonized Latino immigrants represented the “xenophobic dark side of American politics”. At a concert celebrating his first presidential inauguration, Dubya goofily tried to dance alongside Ricky Martin – a move that seemed like classic Hispandering back then but now seems like a genuine effort by a man trying to tell Latinos that they’d have a place at his table beyond just being the help.

Dubya even gave his personal blessing in 2006 to a proposed amnesty bill that’s still far more comprehensive than anything Obama has put forth. Back then, I told all my progressive friends that it would be the best chance we’d ever have for amnesty. But their understandable Bush-hate (hello, Iraq War?) blinded them to the possibility, and Know-Nothings in the GOP never let the bill pass.

Compare all of that to our last two Democratic presidents. Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) into law, which displaced millions of Mexicans and Central Americans after cheap American produce flooded the region’s markets, destroying the livelihood of millions of people. The collapse of those economies did more to increase the flow of illegal immigration coming into the United States (and its subsequent tectonic shifting of America) than anything else. And Obama has deported more immigrants than any administration in history – even more than the days of “Operation Wetback” in the 1950s and the repatriation movement of the 1930s. Hell, the current anti-immigrant GOP should hail Clinton and Obama as Mexican-hating heroes, not whine that they’re ta new incarnation of Villa and Zapata.

So come on, Obama: Fend off your conservative critics by reminding them that their party has surprisingly, occasionally gotten it right when it came to Mexicans, and you’re just going to follow in their heroes’ footsteps. If Republicans followed the lead of Reagan and Dubya, they would’ve owned Latinos this midterm election. If you followed the example of your Oval Office predecessors, the Dems would’ve won. Instead, neither party figured out the obvious – and here we are.

Don’t just steal Bush’s “part of American life” line for effect; don’t say “that all of us are created equal”, only to treat some of us as less equal than others. Don’t hew to a half-assed middle path. If you do, we Latinos will do to your party what we did to it this past election cycle: sit out, and watch ustedes get embarrassed like spring breakers in Cabo.

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We’re playing our part in battle to beat Ebola

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People from Oxfordshire tell LUKE SPROULE why it is so important they continue their work to eradicate the ebola virus.
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RELIGIOUS AND INTELLECTUAL CORRUPTION OF AL-QAEDA, ISIS AND TTP LEADERS

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RELIGIOUS AND INTELLECTUAL CORRUPTION OF AL-QAEDA, ISIS AND TTP LEADERS
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Rwandan rebel group kills 10 soldiers in eastern Congo ambush

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Rwandan rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed around 10 soldiers in an ambush this week, an army source said on Wednesday, the insurgents' deadliest attack since the
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Bitcoin Drops as China to Denmark Seek to Control Digital Money

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Bitcoin prices plunged against the yuan and the dollar after China’s largest online market for the virtual currency stopped accepting Bitcoin deposits and Scandinavian authorities said they will impose regulations.

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Obama should be more like Reagan, grow some cojones and grant a blanket amnesty

Obama should be more like Reagan, grow some cojones and grant a blanket amnesty | Asia | Scoop.it

Barack Obama offered America his vision of immigration reform on Thursday night, and, of course, he didn’t please a single pinche person. Republicans are already demonizing him as a human smuggling tunnel, more than happy to have Mexicans sneak into el Norte and marry white women. Latino activists, on the other hand, sighed, gritted their teeth and forced a grin at a proposal that does shield about 5m people from the hated migra but, as Obama himself put it, “does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive.”

The only group of people smiling today are my conservative Latino friends, who have already been texting me photos of the two best presidential amigos that undocumented immigrants ever had: Ronald Reagan and George W Bush. And every reminder makes me retch, because they’re right. Obama should grow some huevos, be like Reagan and Dubya, and champion a blanket amnesty to this country’s millions of undocumented Americans.

Amnesty-loving GOP presidentes are the dirty little secret for both sides of the US immigration debate: Democrats don’t want to talk about it because they don’t want to say anything nice about two of the most evil commanders-in-chiefs of the past generation; the current Republican leadership can’t publicly embrace the Gipper or Dubya as immigration visionaries because that would only show how far their wannabe heirs have strayed from both sensible immigration policy and a viable path forward for Republicans in a diverse America.

I don’t like Reagan or Bush, but they understood the importance of Latinos – not just for our obvious voting power, but for our economic promise. Plus, they did something about those beliefs, while Obama hemmed and hawed for six years before offering us the political equivalent of a hard-shell taco: all crunch, no flavor. A smarter man would’ve studied up and mimicked his predecessors’ Mexi-love, pronto.

Reagan famously endorsed a sweeping amnesty in 1986 that helped over 3m undocumented immigrants – including dozens of my family members. And Reagan – along with his successor, George H Bush – offered protection from deportation to children and adults who didn’t qualify for amnesty but had a family member who did. That affected another 1.5m people. Reagan isn’t exactly up for sainthood in the Latino community – witness his dealings in Central America – but many Latinos of my parents’ generation will always respect him because Reagan understood that mass deportations made no sense, and that undocumented migrants deserved to participate in the American dream – and that coming into this country “the wrong way” shouldn’t stop someone from having that chance.

Dubya also embraced this now-radical concept. His brother, Jeb Bush, married a Mexican national – and was the governor of the border state of Texas, which has a chingo of Mexicans. While running for president in 2000, Bush talked about immigration in a way that sounds downright open-borders now: in 1999, he notoriously said (in response to the Mexican-bashers within his own party) that “family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande River” and that people who demonized Latino immigrants represented the “xenophobic dark side of American politics”. At a concert celebrating his first presidential inauguration, Dubya goofily tried to dance alongside Ricky Martin – a move that seemed like classic Hispandering back then but now seems like a genuine effort by a man trying to tell Latinos that they’d have a place at his table beyond just being the help.

Dubya even gave his personal blessing in 2006 to a proposed amnesty bill that’s still far more comprehensive than anything Obama has put forth. Back then, I told all my progressive friends that it would be the best chance we’d ever have for amnesty. But their understandable Bush-hate (hello, Iraq War?) blinded them to the possibility, and Know-Nothings in the GOP never let the bill pass.

Compare all of that to our last two Democratic presidents. Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) into law, which displaced millions of Mexicans and Central Americans after cheap American produce flooded the region’s markets, destroying the livelihood of millions of people. The collapse of those economies did more to increase the flow of illegal immigration coming into the United States (and its subsequent tectonic shifting of America) than anything else. And Obama has deported more immigrants than any administration in history – even more than the days of “Operation Wetback” in the 1950s and the repatriation movement of the 1930s. Hell, the current anti-immigrant GOP should hail Clinton and Obama as Mexican-hating heroes, not whine that they’re ta new incarnation of Villa and Zapata.

So come on, Obama: Fend off your conservative critics by reminding them that their party has surprisingly, occasionally gotten it right when it came to Mexicans, and you’re just going to follow in their heroes’ footsteps. If Republicans followed the lead of Reagan and Dubya, they would’ve owned Latinos this midterm election. If you followed the example of your Oval Office predecessors, the Dems would’ve won. Instead, neither party figured out the obvious – and here we are.

Don’t just steal Bush’s “part of American life” line for effect; don’t say “that all of us are created equal”, only to treat some of us as less equal than others. Don’t hew to a half-assed middle path. If you do, we Latinos will do to your party what we did to it this past election cycle: sit out, and watch ustedes get embarrassed like spring breakers in Cabo.

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Despite tensions with US, Israel to purchase second batch of F-35 fighter jets

Despite tensions with US, Israel to purchase second batch of F-35 fighter jets | Asia | Scoop.it
The move came after the previous Israeli government decided that the air force may buy up to three F-35 squadrons.
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North Korean defector: 'I still cannot forgive myself'

North Korean defector: 'I still cannot forgive myself' | Asia | Scoop.it
The first in a series of memoirs of people who have escaped from North Korea tells the story of a man in the unusual position of having fled both to and from the country
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Nigeria: Fashola - Enemies of Nigeria Introduced Ethnicity, Religion in Politics

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday warned against using ethnicity and religion as the weapon of campaign, noting that people who introduced ethnicity and religion into politics "are enemies of Nigeria."
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U.S., Algeria vow to deepen security, economic cooperation

WASHINGTON, April 8 (Xinhua) -- The United States and Algeria on Wednesday pledged to expand political, economic, security, and commercial cooperation.
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President Obama Urges Peaceful DRC Elections

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An opposition leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo has called on President Joseph Kabila to categorically state that he will not seek a third term because the constitution prohibits him to see...
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RIL, Pemex sign MoU to jointly explore oil & gas opportunities in Mexico

RIL, Pemex sign MoU to jointly explore oil & gas opportunities in Mexico | Asia | Scoop.it

ngReliance Industries Limited (RIL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mexico's state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) to cooperate for assessment of potential upstream oil & gas business opportunities in that country and to jointly


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Just 500 Miles Apart, Japan Holds Drills With Russia, US

Just 500 Miles Apart, Japan Holds Drills With Russia, US | Asia | Scoop.it
Japan will today begin exercises with the U.S. Army on its northernmost island of Hokkaido, a day after it started naval maneuvers with Russia 500 miles (800 kilometers) away off the coast of Vladivostok.
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India slides, US gains in gender equality ranking - US News

India slides, US gains in gender equality ranking - US News | Asia | Scoop.it
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian women still face some of the world's worst inequality in access to health care, education and work, despite years of rapid economic growth, according to a survey of 142 nations released Tuesday.
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Chinese premier vows 'war' against pollution - China - Chinadaily.com.cn

Chinese premier vows 'war' against pollution - China - Chinadaily.com.cn | Asia | Scoop.it
The Chinese government will declare war on pollution, said Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday.
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