Voices from around the U.S., elsewhere

July 26, 2013

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad as compiled by the Associated Press:

San Antonio Express-News

The U.S. House wants to embark on piecemeal efforts on immigration reform that are to comprehensive what a handful of sand is to a beach.

That is why the president will very publicly begin putting on the pressure. He will make the case that a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented workers in the country means economic benefit for the country. It is not a difficult case to make.

The Congressional Budget Office says the Senate’s reform bill would increase gross domestic product per capita and increase wages at all levels. The CBO has also said that the immigration reform bill would reduce the deficit by $197 billion over the next 10 years and $700 billion over the following decade.

Which leaves House Republicans with the rule-of-law argument as they propose bills heavy on enforcement and light on just about everything else. And the problem with that argument is that a law so unfair and unmanageable that it invites law-breaking amounts to little rule at all.

Sarah Zenaida Gould, the lead curatorial researcher at the University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures, has explained that the reasons for this country’s early immigration do not differ markedly from today’s reasons. People wanted a better life. And the resistance, then as now, was heated, including here in Texas.

Distilling the argument to economic gain is the best way to cut through this.

The Wichita Eagle

It was encouraging to see the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts grant general approval to Frank Gehry’s design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. The national tribute to the 34th president and the supreme commander of the Allied forces in World War II is long overdue, considering it was authorized by Congress 14 years and two presidents ago.

The four-acre urban site in Washington, D.C., could not be more reflective of the Kansan’s life and two terms as president. And the value of Eisenhower’s legacy only seems to deepen, especially given his roles in passing the nation’s first two civil rights acts since Reconstruction and in upholding the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 ruling desegregating public schools.

The project been stalled for more than a year by objections to the design raised by Eisenhower’s relatives and some groups. But Gehry is an unrivaled star among architects working today. And controversies over memorial and monument designs are common; they often must be built and experienced to be embraced.

Delay only postpones the day when visitors to the nation’s capital can learn about Eisenhower’s inspiring life and historic accomplishments.

The Khaleej Times, Dubai

The international interest in the arrival of Britain’s royal baby has been especially phenomenal. The media in the US – a country that has been historically bereft of an aristocratic class and prides itself for giving its citizens equal opportunities – has ironically shown a great obsession with the royal baby. The news of Kate’s delivery made it to every major news bulletin and websites like the New York Post altered their layout to dedicate space to coverage on Baby Cambridge. It seems like the modern fairytale has generated much fascination among the Americans, despite their age-old dislike for the concept of nobility or a privileged class.

But there are some who are rather puzzled or annoyed by this abnormal fixation on the latest addition to the British royal family and have taken to the social media to express their views. These people, however, should know that the royal baby mania is not going to die anytime soon. So, everyone must get ready to hear and watch anything and everything about the future King of England. Baby Cambridge – named on Wednesday George Alexander Louis – is definitely going to be the most talked about baby in the world, and there’s nothing that will change that.



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