It’s obvious that the specter of ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION is being used by politicians like Rep. Joe Wilson as a divisive wedge issue– he has become a mouthpiece for groups whose main agendas are rooted in white nationalism, fear, and xenophobia. One such organization is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), classified as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. FAIR has been lobbying Congress for years now and is storming DC this week for its annual “Hold Their Feet To The Fire” lobby days. Take Action!
Today, the Washington Independent cites our analysis in a piece called “Immigration Advocates Eye New GOP Senator,” and echoes our concern: “Immigration advocates are wondering what the newly chosen Florida senator-to-be, George LeMieux (R), is going to mean for their campaign for immigration reform — as well as how the pick could influence how the growing number of Latino voters view the Republican Party.”
For over four decades, he was a towering figure in the ongoing struggle to make our immigration and refugee policies consistent with America’s finest ideals. What you may not know, however, is that he helped 200,000 of us fall more deeply in love. I’ll get to that.
We at America’s Voice are deeply saddened to mark the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy today. He was a valiant hero to the immigration reform movement and a true champion for immigrants of all nationalities. As USA Today chronicles, Senator Kennedy spent a large part of his life’s work making the American dream a reality for not just Western European immigrants, but for Asian, African, and Latin American immigrants, as well. The article quotes America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry, reflecting on Kennedy’s many achievements in this area.
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New Feature: Must Read News Roundups on Immigration, by America’s Voice Founder and Executive Director, Frank Sharry. So lots happened last week – an eventful meeting last Thursday with DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano at the White House produced a number of mixed reactions, some hopeful and some cynical. Here are a few key clips from the weekend, to get a flavor for what’s happening.
For the 130 immigrant advocates, business and labor leaders, and law enforcement representatives, who met with Janet Napoitano yesterday, the urgency for real reform is clear.Here are four video responses from attendees at yesterday’s White House meeting on immigration reform. I took these videos directly after the meeting, as attendees were leaving the White House.
Well, this ought to be interesting. In a couple hours, I’ll join Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and 130 immigrant advocates, business and labor leaders, and law enforcement representatives to discuss immigration policy at the White House. This meeting comes amidst a growing chorus of criticism and concern from Latino leaders and immigrant advocates who believe that Secretary Napolitano is emphasizing the continuation of controversial Bush-era immigration enforcement tactics and downplaying the need for real, comprehensive immigration reform.
You’ve probably heard by now that officials at the White House are convening a meeting tomorrow on immigration. The White House is hosting a discussion with advocates, religious groups, businesses and law enforcers as part of an effort to bring all parties into one room. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will lead the discussion. Today, the Reform Immigration For America Campaign is asking its supporters to text in their questions for Napolitano – the top three questions will be asked directly by advocates at the meeting.
Today marks the start of two full weeks of action, prayer, and protest on immigration. People of faith and community leaders from across the state will join immigrant advocates from my organization, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), to mobilize for just and humane immigration reform– and to reject the continuation of futile, Bush-style enforcement-only policies on immigration.