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Is it amnesty if they’re already here?

As you already know, unless you’ve been standing in line to buy your iPhone, the Senate struck down an immigration bill that detractors say would have granted amnesty to the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

Ay. Que complicada la cosa. (This is so complicated.) As one astute pundit put it, the failure of the bill doesn’t mean that the millions who are here illegally will now go to their countries of origin.

Once again, our lawmakers stare in the face of greatness, blink, decide they enjoy their eyes closed and take a siesta from the immigration issue until a new president begins his term in January 2009. Continue reading

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Oh, for the love of Vicente Fernandez! Good times at the Foster Care Month Kickoff at the State Capitol

I spent Tuesday at the California State Capitol in Sacramento with my foster care cronies for the Annual Foster Care Awareness Day event. It’s a great feel good event, although it isn’t very well attended. This was my first year in attendance and the majority of those in attendance worked in the foster care industry, either with state and county Department of Social Services agencies, foster and family agencies or lobbying groups.

Actress Victoria Rowell spoke during her keynote address of her time in foster care. She has recently authored a memoir, The Women Who Raised Me, that explores her childhood and her coming to grips with her heritage. She never knew her father, who was black, while her mother, whose ancestors came to America on the Mayflower.

The din of immigration rights marchers and the loud, ceaseless blaring of Vicente Fernandez and other Mexican songbirds occasionally drowned out our presentations. But all in all it was a good day. We had some local media coverage and helped raise awareness for the more than 78,000 children in California’s overburdened foster care system.

For those who have the means to do so, please consider taking one of these children into your homes. The overwhelmingly majority of the children are adorable, loving children who simply need adults to provide a normal, stable living situation. Visit the Foster Care Month Web site to learn more.

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