All Signs Point Toward Immigration Reform

Written by on April 30, 2009 in Demographics, Legislation, Reform with 3 Comments

The stars continue to align for comprehensive immigration reform.  The President continues to call for movement this year, Congress is beginning the legislative process, and DHS is realigning their priorities to focus on the root causes of undocumented immigration.

FIRST, at yesterday’s press conference marking the end of his first 100 days, President Obama stated:

“we want to move this process.  We can’t continue with a broken immigration system. It’s not good for anybody. It’s not good for American workers. It’s dangerous for Mexican would-be workers who are trying to cross a dangerous border.”

SECOND, at 2pm today Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will hold his first hearing as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Refugees entitled “Comprehensive Immigration Reform:  Can We Do It and How?”  The answer will be a resounding YES.  Featured will be notable witnesses including former chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan; Dr. Joel Hunter, a Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; Thomas Manger, Chief of Police, Montgomery County, MD; Former INS Commissioner Doris Meissner; and Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union.  Together these witnesses will tell a comprehensive story of the immediate need for immigration reform.

THIRD, DHS announced that it will re-tool its worksite enforcement activities to focus on employers who knowingly hire unauthorized workers.  Rather than respond to “tips” about undocumented workers, ICE will conduct thorough investigations into employers involved in trafficking, smuggling, document fraud, and other violations of immigration law.  The new process will allow more unscrupulous employers to be criminally prosecuted, rather than simply rounding up undocumented workers and declaring victory.  While DHS appears to be taking note that the same old “deportation only” strategies are not working and that we must look to the root causes of undocumented immigration, it is  only a first step toward fundamentally reforming the underlying broken immigration system.

The positive signs don’t stop there.  All over the country immigrant supporters are mobilizing in support of comprehensive immigration reform.  Religious leaders, economists, and labor union leaders are publicly stating their support for moving forward.  And Americans everywhere are saying that they want a real, practical solution to our immigration woes – not more rhetoric and throwing money at the problem.

The U.S. cannot afford to squander this opportunity.

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  • Jonathan Fried

    It’s hard to feel as optimistic living in a community that is feeling the brunt of continued immigration raids, and feeling the pain of families torn apart. On the ground, nothing has changed under the Obama administration. I’m not denying anything in the blog. But we want to see some action on the ground by this administration.


    Jonathan Fried
    Homestead, Florida

  • We don’t want just words!!! This time we want to see real and tangible approaches to this immigration mess. President Obama promised to fix it. I really think he will do it. We hate to see families broken apart due to immigration raids. We hate to see excellent students graduating of high school and having no hope nor money to continue their education just because they are not documented. We hate to see people waiting YEARS for a visa that will give them legal status in this country. They are people that have an approval immigration case, are here in the country but aren’t allow to work or to have a drivers license. This is craizy!!! It’s time to FIX IT!!!

  • Kanwal

    Please tell me will CIR if passed,will also lift Nurses Visa Retrogression?Does CIR contains visas for nurses also?

    Kindly reply,
    Kanwal RN