This week in Qué Pasa in Immigration, Spanish-language press lifts up a variety of voices calling for action on immigration reform. From children to Latino and civil rights leaders, a clear message was sent to Congress and the president: we expect reform next year that includes citizenship for the 11 million.
LEADING NEWS THIS WEEK:
“Keeping Families Together” — FIRM Launches Campaign for Immigration Reform. [Agencia EFE]
ANALYSIS FROM AMERICA’S VOICE EN ESPAÑOL:
Immigration Reform: In Search For True Leaders. [America’s Voice Voz y Voto 2012]
Also earlier this week, our very own Maribel Hastings published a column in which she makes a call for leaders such as Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to step up and lead the efforts for immigration reform. Excerpt (translated from Spanish to English):
If Rubio really has presidential or vice presidential aspirations, this is his opportunity to emerge as a republican leader that changes the anti immigrant and anti Hispanic image of his party. An image they’ve earned as a result of both rhetoric and specific proposals.
The Hispanic electoral message was clear: they want a roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country, a view they share with the rest of Americans, a broad and common sense solution and not half way measures that don’t solve the issue. Rubio could be one of the champions in the search for that solution and throughout that process, he can begin fixing the image of his party among Hispanics.
It is through the immigration debate that Republicans can fix their obvious Hispanic problem, or continue to march stubbornly towards the demographic and electoral cliff with this group of voters.
But for that you need real leaders, Senator Rubio. This is your opportunity.
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