Policy Round Up: Immigration Reform

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Shanel Adams
Shanel Adams Shanel Adams is an editorial assistant with GlobalPolicy.tv. She is a public relations major, political science minor at Howard University originally from Detroit. Shanel is passionate about poverty alleviation and political participation.

This past Tuesday, President Obama spoke in Las Vegas regarding his plan for immigration reform. The president’s proposal is comprised of four parts. First, he plans to continue to strengthen our borders. Second, he aims to end the illegal process of employers hiring undocumented workers. The third component of his plan is to have a plausible process for the 11 million undocumented workers to gain citizenship. Lastly, President Obama seeks to encourage legal immigration amongst foreign entrepreneurs and graduate students to increase innovation developed in the United States.

Many experts of color have taken this opportunity to share their opinions of immigration reform in the US.

Kristina Puga explains how this plan can reunite immigrant families:

“For the 11 million undocumented immigrants and their families who live in the United States, the senators’ and President Barack Obama’s plan for immigration reform is a window of hope they can be reunited with their loved ones after years of heartache. Since nothing has been passed yet, they still await their fate.”

Read the full article in NBC Latino

Arturo Camona challenges President Obama to focus more on citizenship than punishment of immigrants:

“Following the last election, Latino and other voters expect and demand legalization of 11 to 12 million people. Nothing less. Nobody voted for the kinds of citizenship requirements politicians in Washington are proposing: exorbitant fees, unreadable language requirements, unfair employment verification and other obstacles.”

Read the full article in The Huffington Post.

Gerry Hudson claims that immigration is not about policy but civil rights:

“Civil rights leaders see immigration reform as urgent because it is a civil rights issue. Immigrants should no more be relegated to second-class social standing because of their birthplace than should any native-born person because of the color of his or her skin. Through immigration reform, we have an opportunity to confront shared struggles such as boosting working people’s wages. Together we have the opportunity to lift up all communities and push policies that address the social and economic concerns that affect all working families.”

Read the full article in The Huffington Post.

Alex Norwasteh suggests that guest workers be emphasized in the immigration plan:

“Immigration reform is tricky. To be politically acceptable it must balance increased immigration enforcement, legalization of current unauthorized immigrants, and a guest worker program to channel future immigrants into the legal market. The present plan is to create a commission with representation from the government, business and unions.”

Read the full article in The Hill.

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