Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What Does Immigration Reform Mean for Black People?

Good morning family. Yesterday, President Obama urged Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. As reported in the Washington Post,
President Obama on Tuesday put the weight of his administration behind efforts to pass legislation allowing many of the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants to earn citizenship, seeking to build on a rapidly shifting political consensus around the issue.

Obama dedicated the first trip of his second term to calling for an overhaul of immigration laws, making clear that it is one of his top domestic priorities. The president — who has said that not passing an overhaul in his first term was his biggest failure — also suggested he has little patience for Congress and would demand that lawmakers vote on his more permissive plan if they do not swiftly pass their own.
I have a few questions for you. Will these immigration reforms impact the African American community, a community struggling with chronic high unemployment?  How?  Should we support immigration reform? Why? Why not?  The President has prioritized the concerns of Latinos, women and LGBTs.  When will he prioritize the black community's concerns?  Please share your thoughts.

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