Rose Mary Buehler
Social Security Regional Commissioner in Atlanta
The defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was quickly interpreted by national media as a signal that immigration reform was dead on arrival. But for immigration reform advocates, the strategy has not changed and hope for reform is not dead: It may just be in the hands of President Obama.
Advocates have long been pressuring Obama to take executive action on immigration reform. But Obama was still holding out the possibility that the House might vote on it this summer; his recent delay of the review of deportations was an attempt to give the House time to act.
Now Cantorâ€™s defeat to Tea Party-backed David Brat could send House Republicans running from the issue, and make an executive action by the president the last chance for reform.
Which, ironically, Virginia voters might not be opposed to.
Tallahassee , FL â€“ Last week, Governor Rick Scott signed into law House Bill 851, making saving for a college education with a Florida Prepaid College Plan more affordable for Florida families.
â€œOn behalf of the Florida Prepaid College Board, Iâ€™d like to thank Governor Scott and the Legislature for their work to keep the future cost of college lower,â€ Board Chairman Duane Ottenstroer. â€œBecause of this law, the prices of university Prepaid Plans will be significantly reduced, helping more Florida families save for their childrenâ€™s higher education.â€
Dominican, jazz, fusion singer Michele Henderson recently won the Caribbean community (CARICOM) song competition, and her winning entry â€œCelebrating CARICOMâ€ is now the regional bodyâ€™s official anthem.
Henderson, who said she was â€œhappy and proudâ€ of the accomplishment, beat 57 semi-finalists emerge winner in the competition.
â€œI want to thank CARICOM for the honor,â€ she said. â€œI want to thank my husband (Roland Delsol Jr.) from the bottom of my heart for believing I could do it and for producing the song; Earlson Mathew for his arrangement; Michael Ferrol for his drumming skills and the St. Alphonsus Choir for their choral input.â€
According to competition rules, the song should reflect a strong Caribbean cultural identity, have versatility and lend itself to be played by various instruments, have a strong Caribbean cultural flavor and rhythm, and inspire a sense of regional pride and unity.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The administration of United States President Barack Obama said it will not swap five Cuban spies held in the U.S. for American Alan Gross, who is serving a 15-year jail sentence on the Caribbean island.
Gross and his family have been pushing to win his release from Cuba as a â€œhumanitarian gesture.
â€œThey were and have been attempting to trade Alan Gross for the five spies that are in prison here in the U.S., and weâ€™ve refused to do that because thereâ€™s no equivalency,â€ U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently testified before the U.S. House of Representativesâ€™ Foreign Affairs Committee.