US immigration reform: A political strategy that lacks humanity

US immigration reform: A political strategy that lacks humanity
Published on June 24, 2013
By Pamela F. Izaguirre – Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric AffairsThis is the English version of the original article, first published in Spanish in MetroLatino USA.

It is clear that the future of immigration reform depends on the approval of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Due to the growing political significance of the Latino community in recent elections, the Republican Party will not be able to gain control of the White House in 2016 unless it gets behind the immigration reform bill (S.744).

Every day, the media discusses the future of this bill and questions whether Republicans will support their colleagues from the bipartisan group of senators that wrote the S.744 bill, the gang of eight. The dominant narrative, however, fails to observe that the immigration reform is not just about politics, but more importantly it is about people’s lives. It is not only a matter of Democrats versus Republicans. Immigration reform is concerned with those who for years have contributed their labor to the US economy, yet the reform proposal lacks the tools to protect those who are vulnerable and live in the shadows of the system.  [Read more]

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  • sirenagx  On 06/24/2013 at 6:48 pm

    As a legal immigrant, I am very sympathic to immigrants. However, the plight of the illegal immigrant is bascially due to the fact that they entered the U.S without following the rules that millions did and are still waiting to be called. All want to better themselves, except one followed the rules and the other did not. What about their humanity? Countries have a right to decide what immigrants can best contribute to their progress, before considering their humanity or personal conditions. First, all illegals without a criminal records and are employed, that have been living in the U.S for 15 or moreyears should be given a work permit and green card after a few years. Those will skills or special circumstances a work permit and must apply legally for entry. Others can be decided on some other basis or be subject to deportation. The countries they come from treat aliens the same way. Lets me honest and not blame U>S for not having an open border.

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