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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Leaders in Both Parties Agree Immigration Reform is a Must Pass Priority

From our allies at the Immigration Policy Center (IPC). Established in 2003, IPC is the policy arm of the American Immigration Law Foundation. IPC's mission is to shape a rational national conversation on immigration and immigrant integration.

Another Reason to Give Thanks:
Leaders in Both Parties Agree Immigration Reform is a Must Pass Priority

November 25, 2008

Washington, DC-In recent days, leaders from both sides of the aisle indicated that comprehensive immigration reform is a legislative priority for the 111th Congress. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reassured the public that Congress will "move forward" and pass immigration reform legislation. Meanwhile, the renowned Republican strategist Karl Rove included immigration reform as part of a roadmap for the future survival of the GOP. "Republicans must find a way to support secure borders, a guest-worker program and comprehensive immigration reform that strengthens citizenship, grows our economy and keeps America a welcoming nation," said Rove.

In fact, the lessons from this month's election are stark. An analysis by America's Voice of 21 "battleground" races for House and Senate seats found that pro-immigration-reform candidates beat enforcement-only "hardliners" in 19 of the races. "Americans voters have shown they prefer fair and practical solutions over anti-immigrant rhetoric that sidesteps the real problem," said Angela Kelley, Director of the Immigration Policy Center. Now leaders must show that they got the wake up call. Reid and Rove know that the American people are counting on Washington to offer answers that strengthen and sustain all of America's workers, families and communities, native born and newcomer alike. Immigration reform is a part of the solution for a stronger America, and one that policy-makers have to get done and get done right."

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Ivanov said...

Note to GOP: good'ole boy America is over. Demographics doesn't lie. If they keep up the anti-immigrant rhetoric, they will never win another election again. Serves them right: racism always loses in America!!!
I hope that the voices of reason prevail and that a comprehensive immigration bill with path to citizenship passes over the next year or so. Millions of hard-working immigrants cannot be ignored any further: they deserve a shot at the American dream. In the process, maybe we need to deport despicable human beings such as Senator Sessions from Alabama, Lou Dobbs, etc. We will be a better country without Nazi-clones such as those...

chrispk said...

The wall is projected to cost somewhere between 20 and 50 billion dollars, and there are no experts I know of that believe it will have the effect intended. Immigration reform must address, on the one hand, the economic disparity between the U.S. and Mexico, and on the other hand, cope with the much larger issues of global overpopulation, sprawl (as opposed to ecologically responsible building practices), and of course dispelling racist myths about immigration.

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