March 15, 2007
Children of Illegal Immigrants
"They are the hidden side of the government's stepped-up efforts to track down and deport illegal immigrants: Toddlers stranded at day care centers or handed over to ill-equipped relatives. Siblings suddenly left in charge of younger brothers and sisters.
When illegal-immigrant parents are swept up in raids on homes and workplaces, the children are sometimes left behind -- a complication that underscores the difficulty in enforcing immigration laws against people who have put down roots and begun raising families in the U.S.
Three million American-born children have at least one parent who is an illegal immigrant; one in 10 American families has mixed immigration status, meaning at least one member is an immigrant here illegally, according to the Pew Center for Hispanic Research and the office of U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano. Children born in the U.S. are automatically American citizens and are not subject to deportation." A.P., N.Y. Times Link to Article (last visited 3-16-07 NVS)
March 13, 2007
Marine Gen. Pace Supports "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
"The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, defended the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on moral grounds. In a newspaper interview on Monday, Marine Gen. Peter Pace likened homosexuality to adultery and said the military should not condone it by allowing gays to serve openly in the armed forces.
Pace was responding to a question from a Chicago Tribune about the policy that allows gays and lesbians to serve if they keep their sexual orientation private and don't engage in homosexual acts. The 1994 law also prohibits commanders from asking about a person's sexual orientation. Pace said he supports the policy.
``I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts,'' Pace was quoted as saying in the newspaper interview. ``I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way.''" By KCBS Link to Article (last visited 3-13-07 NVS)
N.Y. Recognition of Marriages
"Lambda Legal announces today that the Supreme Court of New York, Westchester County has held that County Executive Spano is adhering to New York law in respecting out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples living in Westchester County.
“Today’s decision follows a long history of settled law in New York, namely that our state respects marriages that are validly entered into in other jurisdictions,” said Alphonso David, Staff Attorney at Lambda Legal and lead attorney on this case. “Our clients can now have peace of mind that their marriage is respected in Westchester, consistent with New York law.”" By Lambda Legal Link to Article (last visited 3-13-07 NVS)