"My fear is in two years, pipes will be fixed but all the injustices that brought this about will remain."
Efforts to bring some sanity and humanity into U.S. immigration policy are stalled in Congress and the courts.
Many issues are being addressed on the campaign trails, but which topics are most important to voters?
The effect of a criminal record doesn't end with jobs. Food stamps and affordable housing restrictions also dog ex-convicts' ability to reintegrate into society.
Iowa caucuses - both Democratic and Republican - are exercises in genuine, local neighbor-to-neighbor democracy.
Ending restrictions on U.S. tourist travel, expanding U.S. exports to Cuba - both are topics that are unlikely to survive the rigors of Republican-dominated Congress.
"We call upon Congress to repeal the Cuban Adjustment Act," which has "led to the deaths of Cubans crossing the Florida Straits in boats."
With the Iowa caucuses just three weeks away, Bernie Sander's campaign for the presidency is surging on several fronts.
Sanders last week repeated a pledge that he has made in speeches across the country; if elected, he said, he will break up the big banks.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt articulated the fundamental goals of Four Freedoms that people "everywhere in the world" ought to enjoy.