By The Associated Press
Kokomo grandstand. June 25, 2022.
Editorial: A broken system fails the Hoosier family
Home is what is familiar to you.
Home is where you grew up, where you went to school, and where your friends live.
Home is where your family lives.
But a loophole in this country’s immigration laws has left an estimated 250,000 immigrants facing the prospect of leaving the only home they’ve ever known.
At a press conference last month, California Democratic Senator Alex Padilla touted his bill to permanently protect those immigrants who grew up in the United States as dependents on their parents’ temporary visas. and graduates of American universities, but aged of this dependent status. .
“For these young people, turning 21 means facing an impossible choice,” Padilla said. “Either leave your family and self-deport to a country you barely remember, or stay in the United States living, undocumented, in the shadows.”
Among the documented Dreamers this legislation would protect are Khushi and Lay Patel, whose family moved from Canada to Hoosier state in 2012 so that their parents – originally from India – could work.
The siblings are still in America via student visas, but Lay, 21, is a senior at Indiana University and plans to study for an additional semester in the fall in a bid to find a way to stay in the country he calls home. Khushi is also studying at IU and hopes to find a job in Indiana to stay here as well.
Adding to the obvious flaw in the immigration system is the fact that undocumented dreamers are protected by DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but documented dreamers are not. The DACA includes several requirements that Documented Dreamers cannot meet.
“If my brother and I were brought here illegally, we would have a better chance of becoming citizens,” Khushi told the Lebanon Reporter. “If we were brought here illegally, we would have more rights than we have now.”
What the Patels and so many others like them want is to stay in the place they call home. Lay and Khushi want to stay with their family in Lebanon, Indiana, where their parents own and operate a business and the siblings each captained their high school tennis teams.
“I’ve been here in Lebanon for as long as I can remember,” Khushi said. “My home is here. My family is here. … We don’t want to leave.
America must find a way to do better. Padilla’s bill enjoys bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Congress should approve this legislation and President Joe Biden should sign it.
Terre Haute Tribune-Star. June 24, 2022.
Editorial: READI grants will help places that really need it
Community efforts to improve residents’ quality of life are not new. Prioritizing these quality of life improvements is relatively new.
It takes time to break down entrenched attitudes that the best methods of economic development in cities, counties and states are tax abatements and business incentives. The fastest growing areas of the country are places where people want to put down roots due to investment in local schools, roads, parks, trails, arts, culture and other public amenities. Millions of 21st century jobs can be done remotely from anywhere, and workers will go where life is best.
A community that truly wants to progress will invest in resources that enhance its existing strengths and develop new ones.
The local distribution of Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) funds contains promising examples of prioritizing longstanding and developing community assets.
Funds flow through Indiana’s READI program, modeled by the Indiana General Assembly after the state’s similar regional cities initiative of 2015. The difference is the source of funding. While three select metro areas shared $126 million in 2015 from a state tax amnesty program through the Regional Cities Initiative, the READI program is providing $500 million to 17 Hoosier regions to from Indiana’s allocation of federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. Terre Haute Metro – comprising Clay, Knox, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties – received a $20 million READI grant for 23 different projects in west-central Indiana. Like other regions, the Terre Haute region was represented in the READI grant process by a regional organization – the Wabash River Regional Development Authority.
The Wabash River RDA received a $20 million grant for these projects, a significant amount, but unfortunately not as solid as the $50 million grants allocated to the South Bend, Northwest, Evansville, Fort Wayne and Jeffersonville.
Like regional cities, the READI program offers a long overdue investment in cities, towns and rural communities. Too many of Indiana’s rocky towns and villages — working-class industrial communities like Terre Haute, Muncie and Kokomo — have seen their urban appeal fade as factories closed. The assets that gave character to these places are also fading. Many of these assets represent the basis for a revitalization of these “rust belt” metros – points of distinction that attract new residents and retain old ones.
Much of Indiana’s growth touted by state officials has been concentrated in affluent areas, such as the donut communities around Indianapolis. READI grants can help cities and towns that really need help. Grants require local matching funds of 2:1 for government entities, 3:1 for nonprofits, and 4:1 for private projects.
The Wabash Valley projects include some amenities established years ago to enhance quality of life – $250,000 for the historic village of Billie Creek in Parke County; $1 million for the Sullivan City Pool; $50,000 for Rea Park in Terre Haute; $150,000 for the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute; $2 million to improve the William Henry Harrison mansion in Knox County; and $150,000 to continue the Turn to the River project connecting downtown Terre Haute to the Wabash River. Others are new, like the hotel and parking lot in downtown Terre Haute, which attracted the biggest $4,300,000.
Perhaps the poster child for an investment in quality of life is the $100,000 READI grant to bring a long-needed clinic and pharmacy to West Terre Haute. This grant will bring the new Valley Professionals Community Health Center closer to a reality for Vigo counties living west of the river.
Venerable Sullivan, a 179-year-old town of 4,126 people in southern Terre Haute, received four grants totaling $4.3 million, representing existing and new efforts. Along with upgrading its swimming pool, Sullivan secured grants for a plaza pavilion for outdoor entertainment and events, a new home development, and a new downtown hotel.
More people will choose to move or stay in the Wabash Valley due to improved waterfront in Terre Haute, clinical care in West Terre Haute, and activities in Sullivan. It is progress.
Herald Anderson’s Bulletin. June 23, 2022.
Editorial: Crime Do Not Assist Fee Could Lead to More Payouts
The Madison County District Attorney’s Office recently traveled coast to coast seeking justice for families whose male head of household has failed to pay child support.
Lawsuits have been filed against men living in California and Maine while also seeking child support payments from men in various towns in Indiana.
This is a commendable courtroom business that has grown slowly over the decades, most notably with the 2021 state law in which anyone who knowingly or intentionally – which does not isn’t that hard to prove – doesn’t provide support commits a level 6 felony known as not supporting a child. . It can carry a prison sentence of six months to 2.5 years.
If that person has a previous conviction for non-support, the felony moves to level 5, which can result in a sentence of one to six years.
These penalties, it is hoped, reinforce the seriousness of the payments.
In addition, a decades-old program has gained momentum.
In 1975, Congress enacted a law that required each state to establish a program to enforce child support obligations. The program was a condition for receiving federal funds. The program is known in prosecutorial circles as Title IV-D because Title IV, Part D of the Social Security Act of 1975 created the child support program.
The federal government reimburses the direct costs of child support enforcement at 66%. Counties also get performance incentives using collections based on metrics such as maternity establishment, maintenance order establishment, paid support, and profitability.
Madison County District Attorney Rodney Cummings knows the formula. In 2002, he was the Title IV-D prosecutor for the county.
These cases can get tricky and time-consuming, especially when it comes to divorce. But parents who are owed child support expect justice for themselves and their children.
That’s why it was wise for Cummings to recently hire two investigators to prosecute those who don’t pay child support; cases of school neglect are also in their domain.
Once the nonpayment exceeds $16,000, Cummings’ office will review felony charges. Cummings also said there were 7,000 child support cases in the county. Some involve arrears of over $80,000.
In the past, such cases had to be tried in civil courts. Now that criminal penalties are in place, families desperate for child support may have more hope of securing the financial means to raise their children.