According to some supporters of Alabama’s worst-in-the-nation immigration law – figures such as State Senator Scott Beason, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL), U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), anti-immigrant leader Mark Krikorian, and immigration law architect and current Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) – the state’s “papers, please” anti-immigration law is working exactly as they intended.
We’ve been reporting on the unwelcome national and global attention Alabama is receiving for its immigration law, HB 56. Now it’s time to get indignant about the maltreatment Alabama’s immigrant community is suffering under the law, and the insensitivity they’re being shown by those who have convinced themselves the law only targets undocumented immigrants—rather than U.S. citizens, the state’s economy and, potentially, public health.
In anticipation of yesterday’s meeting with President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, the Obama Administration announced policy changes earlier this week designed to facilitate foreign entrepreneurs’ entry and permanent residency in the U.S. Unsurprisingly, elite technology and business leaders from Silicon Valley reacted positively to the developments.
In a closely-watched speech at the NCLR conference, President Obama reiterated his support for comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act, and then proceeded to say that because of the way our government works, he could not simply take matters into his own hands and act unilaterally. In a remarkable and spontaneous response, the audience began chanting, “Yes You Can! Yes You Can!”
Highly skilled temporary and permanent immigrants in the United States now outnumber lower-skilled ones, marking a dramatic shift in the foreign-born workforce that could have profound political and economic implications in the national debate over immigration.
It’s ironic that in a country like Mexico, where it’s illegal to buy firearms, that recently a United States ICE agent met his death at the end of a gun barrel that was most probably bought in the United States.
Rev. Mark Gonzales, “This is more than a political issue. This is more than a partisan issue…This is something we believe is in the best interests of our country and our next generation of leaders.”
The Senate will likely remain in session through the weekend to wrap up unfinished business, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday…Reid said that he also would like to vote on immigration legislation called the DREAM Act.
A multifaith group of religious leaders, including Dallas pastor Owen Ross, gathered in prayer at the Capitol on Tuesday to urge the Senate to pass the DREAM Act.
When House Democrats last week passed the DREAM Act before the Senate had staged its vote, the timing was no accident. Instead, the chronology was part of a carefully designed strategy — orchestrated, with some tension, between the two chambers — to grant the proposal its greatest shot at success.