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Five Million Down.. Another 6.5 Million More To Go

Five Million Down.. Another 6.5 Million More To Go

By Felicia J. Persaud

Obama - Immigration announcementPhoto: President Obama announces executive action on immigration from the East Room of the White House on Nov. 20, 2014.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 21, 2014: One hundred and two open letters to President Barack Obama, undocumented youth risking arrest and deportation each time they occupied offices of members of Congress; parents who participated in direct actions and sit-ins in front of the White House; countless immigrant activists, and organizations rallying the President and Democrats, all came down to Thursday night, November 20th, and excitement over the long overdue and much publicized executive immigration action announcement.

For some five million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., Thanksgiving came early. It now means an opportunity to apply for a work permit and travel documents and step out of the so-called shadows and into the light.  Continue reading

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]