Few Americans are unaware of the significant immigration problems currently rising on the political agenda of the United States. While Arizona made the headlines a month or so ago, this morning, our 44th President Barack Obama spoke sternly about the necessity of strong immigration reform. President Obama emphasized the need for bipartisan support for such reform not only because members from both parties are needed for any bill to pass the House and Senate, but also because bipartisan supported bills demonstrate that the measure being approved is both of the utmost quality and importance. Immigration reform appears to be an issue that both Democrats and Republicans can work together on as both parties have agreed that illegal immigration has become a pressing security, social and human problem sweeping many southern states. It will be essential that each side harnesses this commonality and uses it as a means to build a more constructive relationship.
But even more importantly, immigration reform serves as a tremendous opportunity for the citizens of the United States and the significant illegal immigrant population living within our communities to come closer together. Illegal immigrants are undoubtedly a dynamic and ingrained people living in our country. Studying in Los Angeles has made me very much aware of their presence. Every time I go to Home Depot I am approached by an individual of South American descent offering to build my dresser or paint my walls. I even have friends who have used such individuals for such tasks, and I assure you, there are some areas near Downtown LA where if I dropped you off blindfolded you wouldn't know if you were in LA or in Mexico. Still, illegals live alienated from the rest of their communities, almost like an intern working long and hard hours with no pay and no respect. (just kidding). But seriously, it's as if we've covered them with an invisible blanket that we don't want to pull off, but that we don't want to accept exists either. These 'invisible' people need a real place in our country, and there needs to be a way that allows them and ourselves to start a lasting relationship.
The immigration reform bill that Obama spoke of in today's address lays the bricks that are needed to build a foundation for making illegal immigrants who accept their culpability and pass background checks permanent and legal citizens of the United States. In my opinion, giving illegals, who qualify under what will certainly be highly debated standards and qualifications, a permanent place in our cities, communities and minds is at the very least a first step in the right direction towards finding common ground between ourselves and those we've for so long turned a blind eye to.
Let's get real! There is no simply possibility of resolving the deep divisions in this country until the matter of illegal immigration is settled once and for all. And let me be clear here. I am furious at both political parties for their selfish and totally inept handling of this situation over the past two decades. One of the primary responsibilities of any government is to secure the borders. For their own selfish reasons both Democrats and … more
Jun 14, 2010
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Immigration reform is the common term used in political discussions regarding changes to the current immigration policy of a country. In its strict definition "reform " means to change into an improved form or condition, by amending or removing faults or abuses. In the political sense, immigration reform discussions can be general enough to include promoted, expanded, or open immigration as well as the aspect of reducing or eliminating immigration altogether.