Yesterday Lindsey Graham, Republican Senator from South Carolina, stood up for a comprehensive fix to our badly damaged immigration system. Graham has been crafting bipartisan legislation with Senator Schumer for some time now, and details of the bill are expected soon.

January 29, 2010

With Three Words

29/01/10 a 3:57pm por Maribel Hastings We were waiting for three words to fall from President Obama’s lips: “Reforma Migratoria Integral”—or “comprehensive immigration reform,” for those who speak the language of Shakespeare. But what we heard from Obama in his State of the Union address was that “we should continue the work of fixing our broken… Continue »

Obama didn’t say the three words, but words, like promises, are cheap. We’re left waiting for concrete action from the White House and Congress on the immigration front—actions that would speak louder than a thousand words.

For the second day, today’s top story is Hispanic discontent with President Obama’s cursory mention of immigration during his State of the Union address; many outlets also quote Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to the president, assuring Hispanics that Obama remains committed to immigration reform…”We’re not willing to give up,”stated Jarrett. “This was true last year and it’s still truer after the elections in Massachusetts.”

While some pundits are preparing to declare comprehensive immigration reform dead for this year, the fact is that plans to move forward on immigration reform are still very much in motion. Though President Obama’s State of the Union address gave only a brief mention of his support for fixing the broken immigration system – a missed opportunity that disappointed many Latino immigrants and their advocates – Congressional leaders and a prominent White House advisor yesterday reaffirmed that immigration reform is a priority for both Congress and the President.

Today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reiterated their commitment to passing comprehensive immigration reform. After the President’s low-fidelity mention of immigration reform in the State of the Union address last night, the Senators’ clearly articulated commitment and bipartisan framework to get reform done was a welcome message. It will be their job, after all, to bring immigration reform to a vote in the Senate, as Representative Gutierrez outlined today.

A large number of Spanish-language news outlets today ran State of the Union headlines expressing disappointment among Hispanics and immigrants over what they described as the lack of detailed discussion, or any sort of vigorous defense, of comprehensive immigration reform in President Barack Obama’s address last night. BBC Mundo headlined its article: “Hispanic disappointment over Obama’s speech” (“Decepción Hispana ante discurso de Obama”)

January 28, 2010

Con tres palabras…

28/01/10 a 3:43pm por Maribel Hastings Se esperaban tres palabras de labios del presidente Barack Obama: Reforma Migratoria Integral o Comprehensive Immigration Reform, para quienes dominan el idioma de Shakespeare. Pero lo que escuchamos de Obama en su discurso sobre la situación del país fue que hay que seguir trabajando para componer nuestro maltrecho sistema migratorio.… Continue »

January has seen Catholic nuns, Methodist bishops and Islamic Shura Council directors — to name a few — speak out for immigration reform. That’s alongside a pair of clergy summits attended by over a hundred faith leaders apiece, and the beginnings of an avalanche of postcards from people of faith that will arrive in Congressional offices over the next few weeks. Here are some of the biggest headlines from a month filled with faith communities putting family values in action.

This morning, Rep. Luis Gutierrez posted this response to the President’s State of the Union address last night: “Last night, President Obama spoke for seventy minutes on the State of our Union. About two of those minutes focused on one of the greatest challenges facing it. The President talked of health care and jobs and our economy. That was the right thing to do. But the President must acknowledge that fixing our economy, providing health care, putting people back to work and moving America forward cannot be separated from fixing our broken immigration system.”