Here's an inspiring story that reflects the true melting-potness of America: a humble millionaire with family in Mexico could be our next president…
It's a little-known fact that there's a whole branch of Mitt Romney's family living south of the border, including his second cousin Leighton Romney, and about 40 other relatives descended from religious pioneers who first traveled to Mexico 125 years ago. These days, the Romneys of Mexico enjoy pleasant and productive lives in two remaining settlements: Colonia Juarez and Colonia Dublan, just 175 miles south of the border.
Romney does enjoy telling people that his relatives fled the United States because of "religious persecution," but apparently he has been less forthcoming about other details, for instance a) that the fleeing bit was probably also motivated by anti-polygamy laws in the United States; and b) that his father George was born in Mexico and lived there until he was five years old.
No matter! The fleeing members of the family never gave up their U.S. citizenship, and "the Romneys of Mexico" (which would make a delightful HBO miniseries, btw) reportedly maintain dual citizenship, so I'm sure nobody will overreact to this news at all, for example by accusing Mitt Romney or his relatives of being illegal, or having ties to illegals, or being somehow un-American.
Looking at you, Matt Romney.
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Strict immigration laws can help states cut down on crime, but they pose a significant risk to civil rights and family cohesion. So they’re kind of a double-edged sword.
And in the chaotic, poorly funded public school classroom that is the United States, Alabama is the slow child who cannot be trusted with sharp objects…
The Justice Department has sent a letter to dozens of local law enforcement agencies in Alabama that receive federal money, warning them that they risk losing that funding if they're not careful in how they enforce the state's tough new immigration law.
The Obama administration has already sued the state, claiming that the law is unconstitutional. Now it's keeping the pressure on by addressing how the law is carried out.
The law, HB56 passed by the Alabama Legislature in June, attempts to combat illegal immigration by establishing harsh penalties for employers who hire undocumented workers, requiring public schools to report children and parents who are not legal residents, and forbidding illegal migrants from having any transactions with the government.
If you listen closely, you can almost hear the government let out a long pained sigh and say, "Listen, Alabama. I thought we went through this already. You can't mistreat people just because they have darker skin and funny names."
"Remember the '60s? You beat and hosed down black people. We had to send in soldiers — soldiers, with guns — to make sure you let them vote and go to school. Remember that? It was in the news a lot. There were even a bunch of movies about it. Remember? Don't do that again."
"Now go back to the corner and try not to eat any more sparkly glue."
Tags: Alabama, Civil Rights, Immigration, Mexico, Obama Administration
* CSPAN has announced that it will offer live coverage of Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain's debate this Saturday. Unfortunately, this means that Paint Drying on That One Wall in the Congressional Cafeteria is getting bumped to CSPAN2.
* Looks like there might maybe be a GOP debate on The View. Though, it seems unlikely the candidates would subject themselves to such serious questioning.
* Anonymous is canceling its war on Mexican drug cartels on account of HOLY SHIT!
* Alright, guys! We're finally back to where we were in the Great Depression! I knew we could do it!
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Tags: ABC, Crime, CSPAN, Drugs, Internet, Mexico, Occupy Wall Street, Pork Barrel, Television, The View
Look, this is just my humble opinion, but I think people who complain that the Republican Party is getting too extreme should be thrown into a 200-foot pit filled with cobras, lions and toxic waste. (That's a joke. (But not really.))
Coverage continues with criticism from Pat Robertson after the jump.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Birthers, Christianity, Herman Cain, Immigration, Jon Stewart, Mexico, Pat Robertson, Primaries, Religion, Republicans, Rick Perry, The Daily Show, Video