There are currently 33,000 green card holders and another 30,000 naturalized citizens serving in the US military, according to data Sen. Kennedy's office obtained from the Department of Defense and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Bureau. One hundred and one have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Immigrants make up about five percent of the US military but over history have earned more than 20 percent of the Congressional Medals of Honor.
Sen. Kennedy is expected to say that it is "an insult" when the "far right" makes the "wrong headed bumper sticker claim that the solution to our immigration problems is just to build more fences and add more border patrols."
After participating in today's immigration field hearing, Sen. McCain joins Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) at a (closed) Orlando fundraiser for Florida Republicans. The New York Times recently reported that supporters of Sen. McCain "made it clear in interviews that the McCain camp viewed" Jeb "as an ideal running mate for Mr. McCain." LINK
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) stops at the Tigin Irish Pub in Stamford, CT to campaign with Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) at 11:15 am ET.
The Senate Democratic Policy Committee holds an oversight hearing on the impact of cuts in federal funding for law enforcement programs on rising violent crime rates at 1:30 pm ET in Dirksen 192.
The Senate considers the Homeland Security Appropriations bill (the first roll call vote is expected to occur at approximately 5:30 pm ET).
The House meets to formulate a rule on the "Credit Rating Agency Duopoly Relief Act of 2006" and the "Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006."
National Intelligence Director John Negroponte delivers 1:00 pm ET remarks to the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC.
Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) raise money for a proposed statewide minimum wage hike in Tucson and Phoenix, AZ.
Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AK) attends a news conference with Iowa Senate candidate Larry Noble and appears on the Jan Mickelson radio show, Ankeny, Des Moines, IA.
The DGA holds its summer policy meeting (read: treating donors to some MLB All-Star game action) in Pittsburgh, PA.
Time declares "the end of the Bush Doctrine":
On NBC's "Today" show, Dan Senor and James Carville did the morning show cross-talk on President Bush's foreign policy record this morning.
Senor conceded that going to war with North Korea and/or Iran may not be totally feasible at the moment, but added ". . . sending a signal, even though we can't back up with full scale military action, would certainly influence the behavior of these regimes."
James Carville on how the Democrats might use the so-called end of the Bush Doctrine to their political advantage in the midterm elections: "Santorum in Pennsylvania, DeWine in Ohio, and Talent in Missouri have completely bought into this cowboy diplomacy and completely bought into a foreign policy that is utterly failing around the world."
Per the Associated Press, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is "now relenting from his earlier advocacy of direct negotiations." LINK
"The shots eliminated the efficacy of that," said Sen. Lugar while appearing on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."