By Ann Hellmuth
Before I grab the vacuum and the duster to begin my least favorite chore -- cleaning -- I wanted to let Sisters Teresa McElwee, Sister Ann Kendrick and Eli Garcia know that I thought of them and their immigration committee team when President Obama called for Congress to send him a version of the DREAM Act.
Obama never used the words Dream Act during his Tuesday night State of the Union address but he did talk about signing a law that would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as young children.
Even if Congress cannot agree on comprehensive immigration reform, "let's at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people," the president said.
How does the League stand on these issues? According to the latest Study and Action, our guide to public policy positions, the League supports provisions "for unauthorized immigrants already in the country to earn legal status."
I always enjoy watching the State of the Union address. It is ka great piece of showmanship from the expressions and actions of Congressional members on the floor to guests in the balcony, manhy of whom often look a little uncomfortable about their fleeting 15-minutes of fame.
Joan Milligan of Orlando was among the 21 guests invited to sit with first lady Michelle Obama while the president delivered his speech. Milligan and her husband were able to keep their home, according to the White House, through an Obama administration program that allowed them to refinance once they had exhausted all other options.
And who can forget the smiles and courage of U.S. Rep. Gaby Giffords as she mingled with other members prior to the president's speech. Today, Giffords will submit her resignation. The Arizona congresswoamn needs more time to recover from the brain injury she received just over a year ago when she was shot by a deranged gunman.