According to Republican leadership, “No other president in history has used Executive powers to change immigration policy.” Really? NO other President in history? Do they own a history book? Can they read? Senator Barbara Boxer can, and she put out this tidy little list this morning on Twitter:
A President may not be able to provide a “pathway to citizenship” via Executive action, but under the authority granted by our Constitution to the President, he/she can certainly prioritize where INS should focus its efforts. Instead of breaking up working, nurturing families to deport the parents and then relegating their American-born citizen children to foster care at taxpayer expense for years, it makes much more sense to focus on rooting out criminal elements and deporting them to their countries of origin.
Speaker Boehner has had two solid years to come up with something of his own, and he’s had a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill (S744) that was passed in the senate on 6/27/2013. Speaker Boehner alone, has been the one blocking a vote in the US House on this bill, which many claim, has more than the requisite 218 Representatives willing to stand up and vote “AYE” for passage.
The 1992 UN Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (also known as Agenda 21) is a nonbinding resolution the United Nations passed at the 1992 “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro. “It is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment,” according to the UN. (Read the principles of Agenda 21.)
While several states and localities have recently considered or passed resolutions regarding Agenda 21, the U.S. Senate never considered the policy because “it wasn’t considered a treaty, which would require Senate approval.” Instead, President George H.W. Bush signed on to the nonbinding resolution in 1992, as did 179 other nations.
Next month, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) will convene to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Rio Conference on Environment and Development. The upcoming conference will take place in also in Brazil, from June 20 – 22, 2012.
While no bill related to Agenda 21 has been introduced in this session of Congress, it’s been a topic of interest on PopVox such that they’ve put up a page where you can weigh in on Agenda 21 and send a message to your Members of Congress using POPVOX.