David Brooks in The New York Times on passing immigration reform "Pass the Bill!" writes Brooks, who supports the Senate immigration reform bill in a direct challenge to the "Kill the Bill" joint editorial from National Review's Rich Lowry and The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol. "It’s always possible to imagine ways in which a law may be distorted in violation of its intent. But if you are going to use that logic to oppose something, you are going to end up opposing tax reform, welfare reform, the Civil Rights Act and everything else." NBC News reporter Chuck Todd responds, "David Brooks attempts to woo conservs on immigration." Brooks' appeal moved at least one Republican, as Senator John McCain called the column a "Must-read."
Jamil Dakwar and Chandra Bhatnagar at the ACLU on US harm for asylum rights Dakwar, the director of the ACLU Human Rights Program, and Bhatnagar, an ACLU senior staff attorney, write that the U.S.' chase to extradite NSA leaker Edward Snowden equates to political persecution and violates his right to seek political asylum, a right that is enshrined in both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, the journalist to whom Snowden provided these documents, tweets "Read the ACLU on how the US is single-handedly destroying the right to seek asylum with its behavior re Snowden." In addition, The Guardian's Washington D.C. correspondent Paul Lewis notes, "Arguably, recent US actions have strengthened Snowden's asylum claim."