Happy St. Paddy’s (we were told Patty is incorrect and sometimes offensive) Day! In keeping with today’s theme: there are 50k Irish immigrants living in the shadows in NYC who join us in hoping for a better 2013, one, hopefully, in which congress gets its act together and passes immigration reform.
The 8 key players in the Senate’s immigration reform aim to reach a bipartisan immigration deal sometime this week; This plan would include a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million currently undocumented in the united states, as well as measures to increase border security.
Los Angeles Times reports there are 1 million Asian Americans living undocumented within the United States, and many are coming out of the shadows to advocate for their rights!
Meanwhile, Arizona – the toughest state on immigration thus far – has found a new way to get around president Obama’s Deferred Action initiative: increasing the number of raids and stop and frisks. Deferred Action is mainly geared towards undocumented immigrants with no criminal history; by incriminating these youth through raids, they make it harder for them to obtain deferred action status.
The country’s top economic leaders understand: Business and Labor leaders are united on immigration reform (citing benefits to the US economy – and we sure could use the help)!
Moreover, US Bureau of Census reports the US population is aging – making the case for passionate immigration reform that much more relevant to the US economy.
Finally, LA Times reports that a brave Florida farmer who spoke out in favor of compassionate immigration reform (citing needs on his own farm that cannot be met through a guest-worker program) has been bullied and vilified by hundreds since his February interview with LA Times.