We repeat: Fix immigration system
Those looking to the nation’s capital for much-needed action on immigration reform may be developing a serious case of whiplash.
Just within the last six months, the signs have veered between hopeful and hopeless. In February, House Speaker John Boehner all but ruled out passage of immigration legislation before the fall elections. A few months later, there was talk of reform — not in one grand measure, but by piecemeal legislation. In a visit with the Editorial Board last month, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, expressed confidence that this was the way reform could and would be accomplished before the November elections.
In the past week, Beltway wisdom has again changed, with some pundits declaring that the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has ended all hope of immigration reform. Of course, these same pundits never saw Cantor’s defeat coming.
Amid the shifting winds in Congress, here’s one thing that hasn’t changed: This country’s immigration system desperately needs a comprehensive overhaul. Instead, the issue has been kicked down the road time and time again, leaving states to come up with a patchwork of measures that don’t offer a real solution.
As we’ve often said, this is a job for the federal government, not the states. So it’s past time for Congress to get to work and fix a hopelessly broken system.
— South Bend Tribune
Don’t can cold beer sales
Just when some Hoosiers thought they would be able to grab a cold beer at their local grocery, a federal judge canned the idea.
The timing of the decision came as Indiana was ready for a heat wave and the Fourth of July was around the corner.
Quenching thirsts aside, federal Judge Richard L. Young ruled that the state has legitimately drawn a line in allowing only liquor stores to sell cold beer.