Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast. To contact him, visit his website.
Border Patrol agent Albert Deleon checks the banks of the Rio Grande in 2007. (AP Photo/LM Otero, file)
Earlier this week, the president met with several high-ranking administration officials and supporters of immigration reform, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, to discuss possible ways of moving forward with "comprehensive immigration reform" -- the euphemistic plan to trade tougher enforcement for much-needed improvements to immigration law. The meeting comes on the heels of a recent tour by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano highlighting improvements in border security and assailing Republican critics who depict the Southern border as a war zone.
Left-wing media outlets are assailing House Speaker Boehner for paying white-shoe lawyer Paul Clement$530 $520 an hour -- and up to $500,000 -- for defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court. Here’s Ian Millhiser at ThinkProgress:
Over at her personal blog, Prospect alumna Dana Goldstein has a sharp post on New York City Schools Chief Cathie Black's resignation after only three months on the job. Late last year, Mayor Bloomberg had tapped the Hearst magazines executive to head the largest school district in the nation despite her having absolutely no experience in education.
Sometimes, I'm dumbstruck by the insane things anti-immigrant folks say (for instance when the Heritage Foundation's Conn Carol suggested, during our Bloggingheads repartée, that one of the big problems with illegal immigration is the widespread epidemic of undocumented workers defecating on people's property). The National Review has another such gem today from Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies -- a hate group that masquerades as a think tank. Krikorian objects to the "pseudo-congressman from Puerto Rico" saying, "We are a nation of immigrants."
Shawna Forde saw herself as a Robin Hood figure -- someone on a moral mission. As media director of the Washington state chapter of the Minuteman project -- the San Diego-based "citizens' Neighborhood Watch on our border" -- Forde was a spokesperson for the organization. Her dedication inspired other members of her family to join her on yearly trips to Arizona to "secure" the Southern border. In 2007, with Jim Gilchrist, her mentor and a Minuteman project founder, by her side, she told a crowd of about 100 people at the local Elks Lodge about her moment of political awakening.