The daily digest

The daily digest

I found some interesting stories scanning some of the dailies this morning that I thought you’d be interested in…

First, Charles Babbington and Shailagh Murray with the Washington Post detail the differences in the Republican Party regarding immigration.

Here’s the nut graph:

“House and Senate Republicans sparred over immigration in hearings on opposite coasts Wednesday, holding firm to their starkly different viewpoints on what has become one of the most intractable and divisive issues to confront the GOP in years.”

The story failed to mention that Democrats are also struggling with the immigration debate. The labor/union wing of that party isn’t happy with illegal immigrants in the U.S. because they believe it takes away jobs and lowers wages for everyone. Other democrats, particularly those courting the hispanic vote, say allowing illegal immigrants to become citizens is the best option

There are also several stories regarding the battle over video games and kids. The Wall Street Journal has a story on how the video game industry is fighting a trend by local lawmakers to restrict sales of violent and explicit video games to children.

The Strib has a story saying that battle is already being fought in Minnesota. There’s a court hearing scheduled for next week in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

  • jeri rasmussen

    I really question why individuals who enter this country illegally should be granted citizenship ahead of people who wait and wait to enter this country to become legal citizens. The real shame I see in this situation is what we are really creating is a new form of slavery, never to really achieve equality the Mexican illegals/legals will be forever on the other side of acceptance. It is not fair to them nor to the rest of us or for those who wait patiently for entry into this country. If we need a guest worker program then let’s look how to set it up so it will not engender the anti feelings experienced in Germany over the guest worker program. Perhaps Mexico, a rich country after all, should look after its own citizens instead of helping them to cross the border. If we can assure all Minnesotans have health care, good education, clean water and all that is necessary for the good life will not be compromised by the continuing stigma attached to “illegal” and thus second class non-citizens I would support such a notion. But, it remains basically unfair to open our borders to just one country when others seek entrance. Could it just be simply – control of undocumented workers will enrich the pockets of those who seek them. Nothing in unlimited, undocumented crossing of our borders makes this a good situation and further strains our social services. Our health care is scarce enough and one area of prime concern and our schools another. Where are the lawmakers in our society that nod and blink at this raging and on-going problem. It is unfair to expect this unbidden problem to be placed on our backs with the unspoken belief that somehow the illegals will be turned into a voting block for one party or the other.