SMC College Republicans and Democrats discuss immigration reform

first_imgCaitlyn Jordan | The Observer Members of the bipartisan debate discuss the recent influx of undocumented child immigrants in the United States and the impact of immigration on the nation.In her opening statement, junior Angge Roncal Bazan, a representative from College Democrats, said most children are migrating from areas in Latin America fraught with economic and social turmoil.“They are crossing into the United States in search of refuge,” Roncal said. “The reason they come is because the living conditions in their home countries have become increasingly unstable for reasons like trauma, stress, violence and abuse.”A large issue in the debate was the question of whether to send children back to the situations they had left when they crossed the border.O’Toole said there is a need to reform both border control and immigration.“To a certain extent, it gets out of our hands. If every child in the world said, ‘Take me in or I’m going to be killed,’ it would become too much,” O’Toole said.Junior Bri O’Brien, a representative of College Democrats, responded by saying there are 60,000 unaccompanied minors in the U.S. This is a small number compared to the nearly 420,000 deportations President Barack Obama has authorized, she said.Roncal said the Democrat party believes this system has to change.“The Democrats believe in a more permanent solution that keeps families together,” Roncal said.Shannon Golden, junior and representative of College Republicans, responded by saying it was important to prioritize the needs of legal citizens.“There is injustice going on throughout the world and [we can’t take] everyone that’s being victimized — as much as you would love to do that, we have [many] American citizens without food, without a roof over their head that we need to worry about first, before we can think about people that are trying to come into this country,” Golden said. Saint Mary’s “Week of Action” hosted a bipartisan debate between representatives of the College Republicans and College Democrats clubs Thursday at the College. The issue of the debate was the immigration of unaccompanied minors into the United Sates.The event began with an opening statement from College Republicans representatives. Senior and College Republicans president Nicole O’Toole said she thinks it is important to debunk the stereotype that Republicans are anti-immigration.“We are all immigrants, we are all American,” O’Toole said. “This is not to say that our immigration policies are not in need of dire changes.” Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer SMC College Republicans and Democrats convene to debate immigration policy as part of La Fuerza’s “Week of Action.”In response to a question from the audience on the relationship between Catholic social responsibility and immigration, Roncal said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) believe it is the Church’s duty to respect all who come the U.S. for safety.She said the USCCB believes we have a “responsibility to help those in need.”A closing statement by the College Republicans emphasized the importance of immigration reform.“The goal is not to send children back, but to make sure no more [children] come in,” Golden said.She said although there is no clear solution yet, the U.S. must reform how illegal children are treated.Roncal delivered the College Democrats’ closing statement, highlighting the importance of keeping families together.Tags: College Democrats, College Republicans, immigration debate, Week of Actionlast_img read more

Brandon Ingram sees his Lakers tenure with more perspective

first_imgLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The New Orleans Pelicans’ pursuit of a playoff spot isn’t looking particularly bright at the moment. But Brandon Ingram has been down before.Most recently, he was whiling away the four-month hiatus in his home in a New Orleans suburb, bunkered down with family and lifting weights in his garage. He longed for familiar courts in his home of Kingston, N.C., but he made do with what he had.“Of course, I found ways to sneak into a gym all the time,” he said with a mischievous grin after a recent Pelicans practice, “but other than that, that’s what I was doing.”On Saturday afternoon, the NBA released the names of finalists for its major awards: Among the Lakers, LeBron James is  finalist for MVP, while Anthony Davis is up for Defensive Player of the Year. But Ingram, who was part of the ransom for the organization to scoop up Davis, is on that list, too, for Most Improved Player – a nod to the work he’s put in at his garage and in gyms in his fourth season. He’s still just 22. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers He still occasionally feels the warmth of Laker Nation, and he recognizes now that even when he felt pressure or scorn when he played there, it helped fuel him to where he’s at now.“I think it’s love from each end, because if it was a bad remark or a negative remark, maybe go back, retune something and get better at it,” he said. “If it was a good remark, then I thank them for knowing the game of basketball and the person that I am, and that I was gonna get better. So it’s all love from each side. I still got love for the Laker fans, I still got love for the Duke fans.He then paused, and smiled again: “And I got hella love for everybody in New Orleans.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed In the middle of his recovery, he was traded to New Orleans for Davis alongside teammates Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart. Alvin Gentry called him soon after, telling Ingram how excited he was to coach him and see what he could do for the franchise. But Ingram said even before that call, he had begun to formulate how he would attack a new opportunity that he admitted “felt fresh” compared to the unique pressures of his Lakers tenure.“I already had my mind set on how it was going to be and what I wanted to accomplish,” he said. “Just the name that I wanted to have around, just being a hard worker and coming into games every single day, that they know they can count on me.”He has thrived under Gentry, whom he called a true player’s coach, and who has put Ingram in position to score on key possessions. While his 3-point attempt at the end of his July 30 game against the Utah Jazz didn’t go in, Ingram wants to be in position to make those shots – because he believes someday they will go in.Going through a blood clot has given Ingram more perspective on what he cannot control, he said. It’s also given him a more nuanced appreciation for his body: He’s started recognizing when his joints and muscles are aching from overuse.“When you’re young, you just go around and play. You might play for five hours,” he said. “Now I know that I can’t do that. I’m still young, of course, but everybody has pretty much the same body, and sooner or later, the overwork shows. Maybe your body gets tender, your knees get tender, your legs get tender. I just have to notice what’s good work, what’s bad work, and what’s going to help me be the most successful.”The attentiveness to what’s positive and negative extends to off-court influences. Beyond certain commercial opportunities, Ingram has scaled back his social media use, which he acknowledges now was winding down during his latter days in Los Angeles as trade rumors flew.Ingram said he never dealt with the same spotlight that even his teammates have: When it comes to the media attention Zion Williamson commands, for example, Ingram laughed and said “I don’t relate.” But as a lottery pick from Duke for the most high-profile team in the NBA, he felt his learning curve was shorter than his still-developing body could reasonably accommodate. At the time, he said, he felt pressures he couldn’t have delivered on as quickly as some fans wanted.Now, he takes more care to be more selective about the voices he listens to. Outside of his coaches and inner circle, he said, pretty much everything else falls by the wayside.“It’s always been easy, but it’s way easier now that I’ve been through the Laker part – been through that media and stuff,” he said. “It was easy before, but it’s way easier now just to block everything out.”Still, he thinks fondly of those times. He will always be grateful the Lakers drafted him, invested in him, and made his NBA dreams come true. He couldn’t even be considered for Most Improved Player alongside Bam Adebayo and Luka Doncic without the foundation the Lakers helped him build. He misses the old practice facility the Lakers had before they centralized their operation in El Segundo.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersTo many Lakers fans, there’s likely to be a small tug of bittersweet nostalgia. Ingram was tremendously popular in Los Angeles upon arriving as a No. 2 pick back in 2016, the year that Kobe Bryant retired. For his three years as a Laker, he represented the youth of the organization, a promise that wasn’t always delivered on but gave many purple-and-gold faithful hope that the longest postseason drought in franchise history would end soon.It has ended, but Ingram is no longer at the vanguard at that effort – his Pelicans are scraping by in the bubble trying to get to the postseason themselves in a wild Western race for a play-in game spot. The Pelicans face a must-win game Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs. But Ingram still feels the love from his old fan base.“Everybody doesn’t know the game of basketball, but some people saw it from the beginning,” he said. “Some people saw the potential. Some people saw it continue to get better over the course of each year.”Ingram is averaging career-highs in points (23.9), assists (4.2) and rebounds (6.1) despite almost no uptick in his minutes from last year. Part of that is because of the Pelicans’ pace, which is one of the fastest in the league, but that doesn’t account for his much-improved 3-point percentage which has shot up from 33% last season to nearly 38.9% now. In February, he was an All-Star for the first time – an ambition he once voiced in the Lakers’ locker room.The growth has come after some of the most tumultuous events in Ingram’s professional life: In January 2019, he was at the heart of trade talks for Davis that absolutely shattered the Lakers’ fragile team chemistry. It was around this time that he went on a monthlong tear that seemed like he was delivering on his long-awaited potential – but that was suddenly halted in March, when he was diagnosed with a blood clot in his shoulder that required surgery and a lengthy rehab.last_img read more