Immigration activists are not simply waiting for immigration reform to pass. They mean business.
On Wednesday, January 30th, at 7:00 pm, immigrant rights activists have organized a meeting in Detroit to discuss how “to win just and fair immigration reform” that could finally come to pass, bringing along the long awaited path to citizenship for thousands of immigrants and their families in Michigan.
The Mass meeting on the Campaign for Immigration Reform will take place at St. Gabriel’s Church, located t 8118 West Vernor Highway in Detroit.
Following this meeting, Mayron Payes and other activist members of Reform Immigration FOR America have plans to organize a follow-up National Rally in Washington, DC on April 10th, 2013.
“Now is our time to fight for reform – and we hope you can attend and add your voice during this important community meeting”, says the invitation that has been sent around Michigan.
The concept of uneducated immigrants (mostly from Mexico)who come to the US in search of any job has changed in recent years. According to Mexico´s prestigious business publication El Economista, between 1994 and 2013, there has been an important increase in the number of professional Mexicans (many with PhDs) who have moved to the US.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently spoke in Washington, DC in support of immigration reform, and the Republican Party seems to also be prepared to accept that there is a real need for this overhaul,. The Bipartisan senators are now actively working in the preparation of the new and broad Bipartisan Immigration Plan in order to find a path to citizenship for many of the millions of undocumented immigrants in the country.
Bipartisan senators have agreed on four basic principles:
1.To create a pathway to citizenship for those undocumented workers who are already living in the US.
2. To reform our present legal immigration system so that it can better comply with the demands of our economy and of immigrants’ family reunification (a priority to many families that have been separated through deportations).
3. To establish a sound employment verification system.
4. To better regulate the process of admission for any future immigrants who may come to work in the US. (Many companies like Microsoft, Deloitte Consulting, Cognizant Technology,
Intel, IBM, Oracle, UST Global, Qualcomm, Deloitte & Touche, and Google are requesting workers from other countries, and the number of H-1B worker visas that our government provides is simply not enough).
Florida’s Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who is part of the bipartisan group, is one of the best known Hispanic politicians today. Sen. Rubio has cautiously declared his support for some kind of proposal that will provide legal status to the millions of undocumented immigrants in this country (although according to online publication RUMBO, immigrants prefer President Obama’s plan to Rubio’s – at least in New York!).
In Colorado, Democrats are planning to support a bill that would grant undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in the state.
President Obama will visit Las Vegas today, Tuesday, January 29th, to begin gathering support around the United States by presenting his plan for a “tough but fair” pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
In the meantime, Detroit will also do its share to create awareness regarding the need for a long awaited immigration reform beginning with the Meeting at St. Gabriel’s Church on Wednesday.