comprehensive immigration reform
By: James Porter
Labor Day was made a federal holiday in 1894 to celebrate the strength and spirit of the American work force. This year, Labor Day was celebrated in the midst of an economic crisis, with unemployment spiking across the country. Immigrants have often been a scapegoat for those looking for someone to blame for the bad economy. From the Irish immigrants of the early 1900’s to the Hispanic immigrants of today, as each wave of immigrants has come to the U.S. seeking a better life and more opportunities, they have been greeted by people who are ready to point a finger.
By: James Porter
This July was one of the hottest on record across the country. Also hot in July was immigration, thanks in part to the continued focus on Arizona’s immigration law. The Obama administration’s challenge of Arizona’s law saw part of it overturned, while the rest went into effect at the end of the month. Additionally, President Obama gave his first major speech on immigration to mixed reviews from those on either side of the debate. Overall, the month certainly saw an increase in anti-immigrant rhetoric such as a list of supposed undocumented immigrants that was sent to government officials in Utah. As we rapidly head towards mid-term elections in the fall, it will be interesting to see what role immigration will play. These stories and more were the most read immigration related news items for July.
April was an important month for immigration news. April 1st marked Census Day, which saw a big push for all immigrants to participate, with some calling for it to be used to deport undocumented immigrants. However, the month was dominated by the passing of the nation’s toughest immigration law in Arizona. This brought the immigration debate to the forefront of the public forum. With advocacy groups pushing lawmakers to act on immigration reform, a group of Democratic Senators presented an outline of a bill that could eventually be