Most discussion today on addressing the illegal immigration focuses on border security. But we learned from past experiences is that enhancing border security alone is inadequate and ineffective to reduce illegal immigration. Since most of illegal immigrants are economic migrants, maybe it’s time to revival something worked well in the past for both economic migrants and the U.S. economy, the Bracero program.
Domestic violence is a real and persistent problem in the U.S. and around the world. On average, four to five people are murdered by their intimate partners each day in America. Several hundred people are raped or sexually assaulted daily. Domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking (“the four crimes”) affect more than just the victims of these abuses. They fill emergency rooms and morgues, keep employees from being able to work, terrorize children, and interfere with their ability to learn. They drive up health care costs, contribute to crime on our streets, and cause lasting harm to families and communities.
For decades, It’s a Wonderful Life has been shown every Christmas season. Besides being an icon of America’s cinematic history, this movie offers us a historic perspective of how credit, both financial and social, intertwined before today’s computers and technology. Set on Christmas Eve of 1945, the plot relives the life of banker George Bailey about to commit suicide because some of the bank’s money has been inadvertently misplaced by his absent-minded uncle, which unfortunately occurs just before a government audit of his bank’s financial records is due, placing the bank’s continuance in peril. I won’t spoil the ending for those who haven’t seen the movie, but suffice to say, the movie delves into topics of vital consequence in today’s world of credit.