After 10 years of delayed justice, on Aug. 9 Acting Chairman Mignon Clyburn ended the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) abysmal record on interstate prison phone rates. The new rates and rules passed by the FCC will dramatically reduce the cost of interstate calls from prison and jails, keeping nearly 3 million children connected with their incarcerated parents.
Last week I attended a White House event honoring the life of Bhagat Singh Thind, a turbaned Sikh who migrated to the United States from India on July 4, 1913. Although the White House was right to celebrate his courageous fight against injustice, it has not addressed a lingering injustice that continues to hamper the Sikh American community.
Any system that fires workers due to government error is not good enough. I should know: I got fired because of errors with this system. The system was wrong, and I was left unemployed for three months while I struggled to find a new job.
A month ago, internal documents were released showing that the IRS claimed the power to read email and other private documents stored on the Internet without a warrant. The IRS argued that anyone who used the Internet had no reasonable expectation of privacy against governmental intrusion.
And I have two X chromosomes.
Every day we fail to reform our broken immigration system, 1,100 families are torn apart because Americans are not afforded the right to sponsor their same-sex partners for immigration.
Unfortunately, an amendment to the Senate immigration bill that would have granted this right to binational same-sex couples received significant backlash from Republican members of Congress and was stripped from the legislation.
Despite this setback, former Congressman Barney Frank is right that immigration reform must move forward -- and for more reasons than he stated.
The impulse to stall commonsense immigration reform has appeared in the Senate, where anti-immigrant extremists have attempted to add even more roadblocks to pending legislation that would create a conditional road to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. The presumption is that the more difficult the road, the less likely these aspiring citizens can reach the finish line.
It is worth asking why so many people who are eligible for something so valuable haven’t come forward yet and what lessons the DACA experience offers for current Senate deliberations on immigration reform.