Ever since yesterday’s front page New York Time article, the debate has been raging in the blogosphere and network news over whether or not the signs are pointing to immigration reform moving forward this year. Frank Sharry: “Our polling suggests that swing voters who want a new path and less partisanship see immigration as the sort of hard issue Washington is afraid of and they very much want someone to take control of it. And Republicans are in a tough situation. If they block reform they lose the fastest growing bloc of voters.”
President Obama is rising to the occasion and demonstrating leadership on this issue that vexes the American public. It will be up to Congress to follow his lead and make it happen. We stand ready to work with all of our elected leaders to enact this long overdue reform this year. The time is most certainly now.
It’s been a good while now since we announced that the confirmation of Hilda Solis (D-CA) as Secretary of Labor had been postponed. We reported on how the administration had to appoint an interim secretary because the pro-worker, Latina representative’s confirmation was being blocked by partisan bickering. Well, today America’s Voice happily applauds the confirmation of Representative Hilda Solis, a strong advocate for all workers and a champion of comprehensive immigration reform, as Secretary of the U.S. Labor Department.
As a border-state Governor, Janet Napolitano knows that ending illegal immigration will only be possible by enacting common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. She gets that the best way to replace the chaos of illegal immigration with an orderly, legal system is to combine: 1) effective border enforcement; 2) a smart and tough crackdown on bad actor employers; 3) earned legalization and citizenship for those here without papers; and 4) a modernized family and employment-based legal immigration system.
We at America’s Voice have to confess, we’re a little giddy when we look around. Why? The signs of the times point decisively to comprehensive immigration reform getting ready to move, and soon. Just what are they? In addition to the growing power of the Latino vote and swing voters’ demonstrated desire to see real solutions on immigrations, we’ve compiled the top seven signs that reform is almost here.