Following the President’s brief mention of immigration reform in the State of the Union Address, bloggers and pundits have begun the postmortems. But advocates in D.C. say that while the election of Scott Brown last month, coupled with the continuing poor economy, have made the job of reforming immigration laws tougher, there may still be an opening for legislation to pass, says the Washington Post.

By guest blogger Madhuri from the Restrore Fairness blog: “I am deeply disappointed that the Obama administration has failed to bring about immigration reform. Whereas I know he has the intention to do so, getting the job done is another story. Words from the farewell letter written by Dov Charney, American Apparel’s chief executive, to almost a quarter of his staff laid off because of a federal investigation that found irregularities in their documents.”

By weekly guest blogger, Nezua: “As the immigration debate grows increasingly tense and intertwined with economic worries, cultural anxiety, and deep-seated racism and xenophobia, it is important to be clear about what’s at stake. This debate is about our humanity; about our most fundamental legal precepts concerning a human rights; about refusing to exploit the weak.”

By Guest Blogger Mario Quiroz, from CASA de Maryland: “Delay may be business as usual in Washington, but Baltimore isn’t having it. Yesterday evening, amidst news that President Obama now sees immigration reform delayed until 2010, the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution– the first like it in Maryland– calling on President Obama and Congress to act swiftly to pass real, comprehensive immigration reform.”

Guest Blogger Nezua: “After postponing twice, President Obama finally met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on June 25 to discuss moving immigration reform legislation forward. The meeting was applauded by activists and advocates for immigration reform, as the issue seemed to have stalled, and the acrimonious tone of the debate has proven deadly. All parties emerged from the meeting with positive feelings about the prospect for progress, as I heard on last Friday’s White House debriefing conference call.”

Guest blogger Rachel LaBruyere, from the Standing FIRM blog: “Friday was an aMAYzing day for me (see what I did there?). Even though I wasn’t in the streets marching with my compa�eros, I was here in the office with a bird’s eye view of May Day marches across the country. I received photos, stories, videos and excited phone calls from people on the ground from Los Angeles to New York. ”

Guest blogger Simon Rosenberg: “Senator Schumer is holding an important hearing: “Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do it and How?” Here at NDN, we believe the answer to whether Congress can pass reform this year is “yes.” Below are seven reasons why.” Number one: “In tough economic times, we need to remove the “trap door” under the minimum wage.”

Guest blogger Yvette Schock: “Over the past several weeks people of faith around the country and the world marked the holy feasts of Passover and Easter. They gathered to hear again sacred stories that tell of slavery and the struggle for freedom, of sojourners traveling in strange lands, of suffering and death, and of the hope and promise for new life. Hearing the call to care for their neighbors and seek justice, many marked their holy feasts this year by meeting with their representatives express concern for immigrant neighbors – to ask what they will do to work for humane, compassionate, and comprehensive immigration reform.”

Guest blogger Rodrigo Huertas is a member of the Greater Boston Chapter of the Student Immigrant Movement. I moved from Guatemala to the United States on July 13th, 2010. This means that by Wednesday I will have officially lived in this country for five years. On that same day, July 15th, 2015, the Student Immigrant Movement… Continue »

by LD Guest Blogger Casey Klofstad on 07/30/2012 Cross-posted from Latino Decisions. As we get closer to the Republican National Convention in August in Tampa Bay, FL, speculation grows as to who Mitt Romney will nominate as his candidate for Vice President. Marco Rubio, Cuban American freshman U.S. Senator from Florida, has been a very visible member of the short… Continue »