We must do everything in our power to keep families together, and to use common sense in our immigration laws. Children deserve better than to lose a parent because of an inflexible law.
People must realize that a crime motivated by racial or ethnic prejudice against one group is a crime against all of us.
We must honor our country's tradition of openness and continue to welcome new immigrants.
The President also talked at length about how well the American economy is doing. Apparently, he got his information on this topic from his millionaire supporters. For the average working family, these are trying economic times.
Under the leadership of this President, the state of the union is not strong. We are being pulled apart rather than pulling together. Our democracy is suffering from the choices being made, and yet we are offered the same tired excuses and unrealistic analyses.
We must make immigration a legal, orderly process to eliminate this issue, not further criminalize it.
The government can still conduct clandestine searches of innocent people's private information such as library, medical, and financial records. This is wrong and should have been addressed in a true compromise.
Sadly, this is the same old Republican story of Robin Hood in reverse - tax cuts for the rich while programs for average and low income Americans suffer.
The American people deserve truthfulness, not more political campaigning. The American people deserve a responsible government that seeks to address their needs, not more ideological dogma.
Any religious organization should be allowed to hire based on their religious preference- but not with federal dollars.
Iraq continues to be an immense disaster, and the President has no apparent plan for getting our troops out.
Our nation's anti-hunger programs need to be strengthened.
The value of tolerance is central to living in today's world - especially in diverse places like the Bronx.
As the 109th Congress continues to debate legislation that will affect the lives of immigrants, it is important for us to remember that we are a nation of immigrants.
I know that New York City remains the highest density urban area in the country and by far dedicates more of its own funds to fighting terrorism than any other municipality.
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