December 2, 2018

Remembering the Humanity of George H.W. Bush; Asylum Seekers Began Hunger Strike Amidst Hard Conditions at the Border; and Good Luck in Finals!!!

President George H.W. Bush passed away on Friday in Houston at the age of 94. Memorials highlight his military career and foreign policy achievements. Yet perhaps the most touching are the countless stories of his kindness to others, specifically including the vulnerable. That kindness is attributed both to Bush and also his wife, Barbara, who passed away just six months ago. In 1989, Barbara Bush visited the “Grandma House” and famously cradled an infant stricken with AIDS, thereby melting away some of the then-existing stigma as she called for compassion. The Bushes were married 73 years, the longest ever for a First Couple. Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell described Bush as a man of “great humility” who never let his position go to his head. In his inaugural address Bush called for a “thousand points of light,” challenging America to help each other through community service. Bush also will be remembered for his simple plea for a “kinder, gentler” nation. His last words were to his son, George W. Bush: “I love you, too.”

Migrants seeking asylum at the California border announced a hunger strike to call attention to the meager conditions. The caravan of migrants, estimated at 6000, were pummeled with rain this last week as they waited in makeshift shelters. U.S. border officials reportedly have opined that under new Department of Justice policies, it could be months before all of the migrants can petition for asylum. As of March, an estimated 318,000 asylum cases were pending and that number eventually could grow to 690,000. Previously, children seeking asylum were housed by family members or sponsors. More recently, that has turned to ongoing detention, including those children separated from their parents. Many have called for relief from the debilitating delays, such as former immigration judge Susan Castro, who described the situation as “just brutal.” Judge Castro also expressed sadness over loopholes in immigration policies that lead to harsh results, such as deportation of those brought to America as children.

And here at Loyola – it’s Finals Time! Looking at this from a glass-three-quarters-filled perspective, do remember that Winter Break is on the horizon. Studying hard will make that brief respite from law school all the more rewarding. Good luck!!!