Skip to Content

Local Blogs

The History of Temporary Protected Status for Liberia

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 6:11pm
The History of Temporary Protected Status for Liberia

[html]

The program has been kept alive for nearly three decades due to increasingly unpersu...

Categories: Local Blogs

Will the Last Person in Central America Please Turn Out the Lights?

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 6:11pm
Will the Last Person in Central America Please Turn Out the Lights?

[html]

In just the last five months, 0.47 percent of the population of Guatem...

Categories: Local Blogs

More Proof Smugglers Are Bad People

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 9:34am
More Proof Smugglers Are Bad People

[html]

There are two sides to every story, but in the United States when it relates to migrants crossing the ...

Categories: Local Blogs

Justice Kavanaugh's Useful Concurrence in the Mandatory Detention Case

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 9:34am
Justice Kavanaugh's Useful Concurrence in the Mandatory Detention Case

[html]

In what could function as a "prebuttal" to future challenges, Kavan...

Categories: Local Blogs

Brexit has a Hidden Message About America's Immigration Policy-Making

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 9:34am
Brexit has a Hidden Message About America's Immigration Policy-Making

[html]

Immigration policy should be made for the benefit of American intere...

Categories: Local Blogs

It?s Bigger Than Mueller and Trump

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 12:06am
It?s Bigger Than Mueller and Trump

Trumpism follows a historical pattern: Whenever black people make progress, white people respond forcefully.
Source: [url=https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/24/opinion/trump-mueller-white-supremacy.ht...
Categories: Local Blogs

The Curious Vocabulary of Justice Kavanaugh

US Immigration Reform Forum - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 12:06am
The Curious Vocabulary of Justice Kavanaugh

[html]

Only "aliens" are inadmissible, only "aliens" are deportable, and only "aliens" may be removed...

Categories: Local Blogs

Dissecting the Dreams of Brexit Britain

US Immigration Reform Forum - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 5:28pm
Dissecting the Dreams of Brexit Britain

I?ve traveled England trying to understand what drives the Brexit psyche.
Source: Dissecting the Dreams ...
Categories: Local Blogs

Citizens: Think Twice Before You Become a Joint Sponsor on Form I-864

US Immigration Reform Forum - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 9:15am
Citizens: Think Twice Before You Become a Joint Sponsor on Form I-864

[html]

While we often are told about problems coming from alien-citizen mar...

Categories: Local Blogs

Thoughts About OTMs Moving Through Mexico and Central America

US Immigration Reform Forum - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 12:11am
Thoughts About OTMs Moving Through Mexico and Central America

[html]

An effective, relatively inexpensive, and non-controversial proposal to cope...

Categories: Local Blogs

Border Agents Detained a 9-Year-Old U.S. Citizen for 30+ Hours

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 9:21am
Border Agents Detained a 9-Year-Old U.S. Citizen for 30+ Hours

[html]

Categories: Local Blogs

Jessica Vaughan Discusses Catch and Release Policy

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 9:21am
Jessica Vaughan Discusses Catch and Release Policy

[html]Originally Aired by FOX News on March 22, 2019
      <...
Categories: Local Blogs

Stop Ignoring the Crisis at the Border

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 9:21am
Stop Ignoring the Crisis at the Border

[html]

As the Washington Post makes clear, the problem at the border is getting harder and harder f...

Categories: Local Blogs

Chain Migration and Legacy Admissions

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 9:21am
Chain Migration and Legacy Admissions

[html]

No college would let its alumni choose 61 percent of its incoming classes ? so why should we do this...

Categories: Local Blogs

A Grand Compromise on Immigration

US Immigration Reform Forum - Mon, 03/25/2019 - 12:28am
A Grand Compromise on Immigration

A bipartisan deal to bring millions of immigrants out of the shadows, and pay for a secure border.
Source: A Gr...
Categories: Local Blogs

Closed for the Week

El Paso Politically - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 10:43am
I'm taking this week off from blogging. I'm having an early spring break with an old buddy in town. See you next week.
Categories: Local Blogs

No Three-Legged Monkey

El Paso Politically - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 6:01pm
I'm following up about my Ash Wednesday post. The bottom line is really simple: There won't be another Three Legged Monkey situation in this neighborhood. Nobody will lose a business and people will not be out of a job. As I stressed, the solution is just being good neighbors.
Thanks and kudos go to the El Paso police (led by one of my heroes, Leslie Canada) who really stressed good neighborliness. They told people what they as law enforcers could do and couldn't do about noise complaints especially with so many establishments in the neighborhood. They assured the neighbors that they would enforce the law. They also will reach out to the local bars to give them tips for keeping the noise indoors and not letting a decibel escape outside.
Thanks also goes to Jim Erickson, the President of the Five Points Business Association. He and other FPBA members who were at the meeting said that they really wanted to work with neighbors. Robert and Christina Estrada, who own Joe Vinny and Bronsons, told the audience how they want to be a community establishment. They aren't looking for customers from around the city. They are looking to be a community gathering which they already really are. Kudos to them for beginning the great Renaissance in the Five Points/Manhattan Heights/Newman Park neighborhood. 
Thanks especially to the neighbors who are willing to work with the Business Association, the police and the city do get better parking for patrons.
If any establishment wants to be a bad neighbor, they deserve to go under. I think most want to be in business and keep making this area proud.
Categories: Local Blogs

Ash Wednesday

El Paso Politically - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:57am
In an online Time Magazine article, Pope Francis’ Guide to Lent: What You Should Give Up This Year, Christopher J. Hale writes:

"In his annual Lenten message, the pope writes, 'Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.'


"Describing this phenomenon he calls the globalization of indifference, Francis writes that 'whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades.' He continues that, 'We end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own.'"

I often look at the palatial estates occupied by two maybe three people around El Paso and wonder whether some of that wealth could be spent housing others. It is not that those who own such mansions are doing anything illegal. It's what Francis is saying about indifference. We've become such an Ayn Rand culture that we forget what it is to be a community and share things in common even simple things like air and water and food.

Too often I hear of special privileges for some at the detriment to their neighbors. This evening a new neighborhood association will meet at the police station on Raynor. They have assembled because a tavern in their neighborhood (the Pershing Inn) apparently believes that they are entitled to play loud music until three o'clock in the morning. I don't know if they have a right to have loud concerts until such early hours. I suspect that they don't and that a number of city officials including the police have turned a blind eye to the situation. I do know that the owners of the Pershing Inn are obviously indifferent to the needs of their neighbors. Would any of us blast our neighbors with high decibel noise into the wee hours of the morning? Of course not. We are good neighbors. The needs of our neighbors matter to us.

Whether one is a Christian or not, Lent is a good time to reflect on our indifference and then try to make a difference in the lives of others who are not as fortunate as ourselves. We must all remember that we share one inevitable trait in common: "Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return." That dark night into which we all must journey by itself should give us compassion for the needs of others.

Categories: Local Blogs

Just Don't

El Paso Politically - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 3:47pm
Here's my advice about tweeting, texting, posting on Facebook, etc., during City Council meetings and in executive sessions: Don't. Just don't. Whether it is right or wrong, good or bad, legal or illegal, don't. In this day and age of social media transparency, your messages are never confidential. 

Mayor Leeser and El Paso want to attract good businesses to El Paso - businesses that provide good paying jobs - private sector businesses. When companies are thinking about relocating or expanding, they want confidentiality. They don't want to make employees unnecessarily anxious and they don't want to tip their hands to competitors. We want these businesses. They are good for El Pasoans. Think of all of the young El Pasoans who get solid training for better jobs and then can't find them because private sector businesses are afraid to relocate or expand to El Paso. 

Of course, there is another reason to turn off those cell phones if you sit on City Council. Too often in the recent past they have been used to pound on a perceived opponent. Rather than listening to each other, Council members are trying to score political points publicly. The meetings are no longer about solutions and policies, they are about politics.

So again, don't tweet, don't text, don't post on Facebook. Just serve the people of El Paso.

Categories: Local Blogs

Ed Archuleta for Interim City Manager?

El Paso Politically - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 4:50pm
Photo from elpasoinc.com
Here's the word on the street: Some prominent El Paso business people think that Ed Archuleta would make the best Interim City Manager if Tommy Gonzalez leaves. Certainly Mr. Archuleta comes with all of the qualifications and credentials to do a good job. He led EPWU for many years and was recognized nationally for his leadership and accomplishments. He served the El Paso Independent School District on its Board of Managers which navigated the school district through some very difficult times. He is currently doing some innovative work at UTEP. As an Interim CM he would be there for a limited time without having to be affected (or is that "infected") by the palace intrigue.

I do not know whether the talk is just wishful thinking or not. However, it does make you stop and think.

Categories: Local Blogs
Syndicate content


by Dr. Radut