Commentary: On the scene — Why the children are coming

Everybody has a theory about why more than 40,000 unaccompanied children have been detained at the border since last fall while attempting to enter the country without documentation. Republicans blame Obama’s immigration policies. The federal government has stated that organized crime has spread rumors saying that minors can enter the country without consequences. The governments of Central America say the violence there (which they blame on U.S. drug use and trafficking) is to blame. Pro-immigrant activists say the lack of immigration reform is to blame for the crisis.

  • Commentary: Ukranian conflict needs to wind down

    There is one important reason Ukrainian authorities are so sure that pro-Russian rebels shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet: An account on the Russian social network Vkontakte, which relays official dispatches from insurgent military leader Igor Girkin, aka Strelkov, boasted about the rebels shooting down a plane at about the time of the crash.

  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Mexicans won’t fight? Not at all

    Dear Mexican: I am from an Arabic-speaking country. After my education is completed here, I’ll be returning to my country or Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Since I’ve been in this country, I’ve noticed there’s a rising tide of hatred toward Mexicans. I’ve talked to Mexicans and they all say they’re proud to be Mexican. I am curious, sir: Why is it that Mexicans don’t stand up to that corrupt and racist government in Mexico? In my opinion, it’s going to get worse for Mexicans in the United States. I’ve read where there’s a new constitution that has been secretly written; they’re just waiting for the right time to implement it. It’s going to be geared toward a police state. English will be the official language. I’ve asked some people in government about this. Some said that there’s a push to revoke the amendment about children of illegals born on American soil. I strongly suspect your people are in mortal danger.

  • Commentary: Once more, Chelsea Clinton inspires snark

    Talons drawn, the media have descended upon Chelsea Clinton. Again.

  • Commentary: When should the U.S. use force?

    Was the Iraq War the greatest strategic error in recent decades, as some pundits have suggested recently? The simple answer is no. That honor belongs to the failure to take action against al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden before the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans on U.S. soil on Sept. 11, 2001. And if one wants to go back a few decades further, it was the failure to stop Hitler in Europe and to deter war with Japan, failures that dwarf both Iraq and Vietnam in terms of their tragic consequences and the cost in lives and treasure.

  • Commentary: ‘Dental therapists’ offer alternatives

    Everyone seems to agree that there is a dental care crisis in the United States, particularly among people in poor or rural areas. People who have dental insurance or the means to pay out of pocket can get a high level of care. Those without struggle.

  • Commentary: Billionaires don’t get immigration

    A trio of billionaires — Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates — say they want to “End the Immigration Impasse,” to quote the headline of their recent New York Times op-ed article.

  • Commentary: Dissecting the grammar of police shootings

    You’re probably familiar with the weaselly way politicians tend to apologize when they’ve been caught red-handed. The most famous example is the line “mistakes were made.”

  • Commentary: Without a phone charge, stay home

    Bad news. Horrible news. The Transportation Security Administration has come up with a new restriction: If you are flying back to the United States from overseas — especially Europe and the Middle East — you should not bring your phone unless it has enough power to turn on when you arrive stateside.

  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Go back to Europe? The Mexican comments

    Dear Mexican: I have some questions and observations. During George W. Bush’s administration, there was a lot of talk for and against comprehensive immigration reform (amnesty to some). One remark that I recall was stated by a Mexican that went something like, “Go back to Europe!!!!” Aren’t Mexicans of European descent also? Hello, colonized by Spain. I thought to myself, “Why don’t you go back to Europe? Unless you are puro indio, your roots are from Europe also.” Immigration reform aside, what are your thoughts on going back to Europe?

  • Commentary: Immigrants deserve Christian love

    Southeast New Mexico is facing a crisis that cuts at the heart of Christian faith and practice. With the recent notification by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that upward of 600 Central American refugees would be housed at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center campus in Artesia, it has served as a rallying call for many local citizens as well as local elected officials.

  • Commentary: Stop the madness damaging Chicago

    The Fourth of July, that most American of holidays, is typically celebrated with parades, fireworks and backyard cookouts. In Chicago this year, the holiday weekend was scarred by what tragically has become another American tradition: gun violence.

  • Commentary: Religious freedom at risk

    A Sudanese court in May sentences a Christian woman married to an American to be hanged, after first being lashed 100 times, after she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.

  • Commentary: Hobby Lobby panic based on bad analysis

    Liberals should spend less time lauding the dissents in last week’s Hobby Lobby decision by the U.S. Supreme Court and more time reading them. If they did, they’d notice that some of their main arguments find little support — even from liberal justices.

  • Commentary: GOP seeks to block youth vote

    First they came for blacks, and we said nothing. Then they came for Latinos, poor people and married women, and we again ignored the warning signs.

  • Commentary: U.S. lags in infrastructure

    You often find people talking about our economic difficulties as if they were complicated and mysterious, with no obvious solution. As the economist Dean Baker recently pointed out, nothing could be further from the truth. The basic story of what went wrong is, in fact, almost absurdly simple: We had an immense housing bubble, and, when the bubble burst, it left a huge hole in spending. Everything else is footnotes.

  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Why Latinos stay away from cigarettes

    Dear Mexican: I noticed that Mexican people don’t generally smoke. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not condoning smoking, but it’s interesting to see how some groups do or do no smoke, and I have yet to see a Mexican person smoke cigarettes. Does the tobacco industry not target Latinos?

  • Commentary: Sexual abuse trauma part of immigration debacle

    It is not news to Guatemalan, Salvadoran and Honduran children that they are at high risk of violent abuse and have nowhere to turn for protection. But now that they are fleeing across our border by the tens of thousands, it is apparently news to U.S. policymakers. The drug trade that is destroying Central American societies is clearly part of the problem. But kids aren’t only fleeing narco-violence and gangs; they also are trying to escape sexual abuse. The United States should commit significant foreign assistance to address this overlooked aspect of the child migration crisis.

  • Commentary: Taos, Carson and the need to turn and face history

    In his June 22 commentary, “Carson: A messy, violent and fascinating man,” Hampton Sides wants to know what all the historical fuss over Kit Carson is about in Taos. Real history is messy, he says, and why can’t people just get over the fact that history is violent.

  • Our View: A cleaner park just first step

    The current cleanup of Cathedral Park is long overdue. It has been a disgrace, packed with aimless young people who — in their own words — want to hang with their homies, even if that includes public drinking, pot smoking and selling drugs.

  • Our View: Time to celebrate Spanish culture

    Anticipation is building for the 63rd annual Traditional Spanish Market, which returns this weekend to the Plaza. This year, aficionados of traditional work don’t have to wait until the booths are up and the artists are out early Saturday morning. With ¡Viva la Cultura! festivities, it’s almost as though Spanish Market begins today.

  • Our View: For Hispanics voters, preservation matters

    The common perception of environmentalists is that they are affluent and Anglo in their makeup. Minorities, so the thinking goes, aren’t as worried about the forests and wildlands, especially when there are jobs involved.

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Today’s New Mexican, July 22, 2014

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