Today, many groups across the United States will take part in May Day celebrations. While they tend to center on human rights, many will focus on rights for illegal immgrants (and immigration reform). With these being very tough issues even as Congress embarks on a reform bill, it is interesting to revisit Cesar Chavez's past views on the topic.
The nuances of the immigration court system may not provide the same protections for suspected illegal immigrants as the criminal justice system. However, that may begin to change after a recent federal court ruling.
As the "Gang of Eight" senators are set to formally introduce their version of the immigration reform bill, demonstrations urging legislators to approve the bill were seen around the country on Tuesday. In front of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC thousands gathered and chanted "Si, se puede!" which means "Yes, we can!" in Spanish.
In our prior posts we reported on how some Republicans opposed a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the proposed bill for immigration reform. In the time since that last post, it appears that sentiments are slowly changing.
Florida dairy farmer Joe Wright is a staunch republican, so one would believe that he would be the last person to endorse comprehensive immigration reform efforts.
While lawmakers debate provisions for their respective versions of immigration reform bills, support for changes are being made by university and college presidents. A group of leaders from Cornell University, Miami-Dade College, and Arizona State University sent a letter to college presidents across the country calling for them to support reform efforts that would bring foreign students to U.S. college campuses.
Amidst the news of a leaked version of the White House's version of a proposed immigration reform bill, many people have not considered the implications that an overhaul would have on families. As we have posted before, the overall impetus of immigration reform is to keep families together while applicants work towards citizenship. This would be especially important for young children of undocumented immigrants, who reportedly have to sacrifice relationships with their parents as they leave the country in order to properly obtain visas.
In prior posts we reported on how Senate leaders announced a bipartisan plan to create a comprehensive immigration reform plan, and how President Obama hoped that lawmakers could reach an accord quickly. In this week's State of the Union address, the President formalized his ideals for what such a plan would include.
After a bi-partisan group of senators announced their plan for immigration reform, President Obama endorsed the idea and introduced his own thoughts on the proposal. In interviews with Telemundo and Univision, the President believed that an accord could be reached this year, and that the plan introduced in the Senate was a good start.