As more and more undocumented children show up on our borders, President Obama mulls proposing changes to "streamline" the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which changes would actually speed up deportations and give undocumented immigrant children fewer chances to tell their story or get humane child care. And hello! We wouldn't exactly be deporting them to safe places. That's kinda why they're here, in fact. Who signed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act? George W. Bush, of course; that must make five positive accomplishments for Mr. Bush as President, six if I count his impassioned defense of the Ramadan stamp. Is Mr. Obama trying to be worse than Bush, again? NETWORK, the national Catholic social justice lobby, provides a toll-free number, 1.866.940.2439, with which you may call your Reps and Senators; alternately, NETWORK also provides an email tool with which you may tell your Reps and Senators to keep the protections undocumented immigrant children have.
Meanwhile, you recall that President Obama issued an executive order mandating that new federal contracts include a minimum wage of $10.10/hour, indexed to inflation, as well as a hike in the tipped worker minimum wage; Republicans stamped their feet about it, yet strangely forgot to include it in their vaunted frivolous lawsuit against Mr. Obama's "abuses" of executive power, just as they forgot to include the war in Libya or NSA data-vacuuming. But I digress. The Department of Labor will accept public comments on the executive order until July 28, and you can bet that federal contractors will leave plenty of comments about how they can't
gild the plumbing in their seventh vacation home make any money if they pay their workers in more than dung pellets boo-hoo. Hence the National Women's Law Center helps you tell the Department of Labor you support a $10.10 minimum wage for federal contract workers. Why the National Women's Law Center, you ask? Because a disproportionate number of minimum-wage employees are women, and a disproportionate number of tipped workers are also women.