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RI4A

Cross-posted from BlueNC

Last Monday progressives, civil rights leaders, unions, churches and business allies launched the Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign. Events were held in Raleigh and in Charlotte. And today was the first day of RI4A summit in Washington DC.

Our current immigration law creates a black market for labor. The consequences of this are dire. Because of the outdated system:

Democrats need to pass comprehensive immigration reform in order to protect our status as the party of equality, justice, and compassion. Republicans need to pass comprehensive immigration reform in order to promote good business, preserve the rule of law, and prevent their party from being further marginalized. Both parties need to get a bill passed or risk being seen as ineffective and unjust. Elected officials and candidates should think twice before standing in the way of immigration reform.

The suffering caused by our inadequate immigration laws is unacceptable.

Mural on the wall of El Centro Latino on Lloyd Street in Carrboro, NC. Photo by Ruby.

Mural on the wall of El Centro Latino on Lloyd Street in Carrboro, NC. Photo by Ruby.

3 Comments

  1. Ken Dreger

    June 4, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Please, if we are to believe that anything that you reference comes from SPLC it only dis-credits your publications. We all know that the SPLC is a far leftist extreamist group about as far left as the KKK is far right.

    You said “Our current immigration law creates a black market for labor” That is not quite correct. Our Immigration laws would correct the current problems IF we had the guts to actually enforce them. This would not be an issue had we enforced them 20 years ago as agreed to by our government, and that is what got us into this mess today. We have ignored the laws of this land and now think that by creating more laws the problem will go away! No, sorry it won’t.

    Respectfully,

  2. Jerimee

    June 4, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    The Southern Poverty Law Center is a veteran civil rights group that documents racism and it’s consequences. The SPLC has resisted racism in both left-wing, right-wing, and non-political contexts. The SPLC is well respected.

    Feel free to contribute if you’ve got something to contribute, and I don’t expect readers will get much from your “they is leftist extreamist” comment.

    Regarding your other comment, I don’t think our present enforcement problems can be diminished as merely a lack of guts. I’m much more concerned about the lack of compassion and human dignity in the current system, and I don’t believe that older laws are necessarily better laws.

  3. RI4A

    June 10, 2009 at 6:44 pm

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