In the March 3 Capitol Report segment on News9, analyst Patrick B. McGuigan led the segment with focus on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to decide on the fate of “dreamers” – immigrants who came to America as children without benefit of legal status. After taking a negative tone in his 2016 campaign, President Trump said he would support legal status for several hundred thousand of these young people, then extended that as far as 1.8 million.
But, the CapitolBeatOK editor noted, he has blended their fate with his controversial proposal for a wall along the southern border of the U.S., and has blended the issues with discussion of murderous Mexican gangsters.
McGuigan restated the merits of U.S. Sen. James Lankford’s proposal to allow a lengthy transition toward legal status for “dreamers,” but pointed out the country remains deeply divided over the issue. The U.S. Supreme Court delay in addressing the issue allows more time to seek a bipartisan resolution.
Turning to the state Legislature, in dialogue with reporter Alex Cameron McGuigan pointed to a seeming stall in support for expanded school choice. A legislative panel recently rejected a proposal to expand choice programs for homeless children and also for those designated as mentally ill. The opposition of seven Republicans was, he said, “enough to make a granite column weep.”
Wrapping up, McGuigan said the coming week’s news will feature a day focused on free speech at the University of Central Oklahoma, which had invited, then dis-invited, then re-invited a conservative speaker to campus.