Friday, January 24, 2014

The State of the Movement for Immigration Reform…as 2013 Comes to an End

We somehow knew that this was the same old game of doing nothing and blaming it on the Republicans to get the Latino vote in the next election

From Centro Sin Fronteras
December 28, 2013

This week we listened to a commentary on our immigration struggle over the last year – and the commentators thoughts on what lay ahead of us in 2014. The commentary was made by one of the great union leaders of our time, a friend of ours and someone we greatly respect. Yet he just seemed to miss the most important point.

He cited the great showing we had made in the last elections which indeed set the basis for a turnaround in the Republican party. That was certainly the truth. Then he pointed to the great way we had mobilized in 2013 to try to get the Republican leadership to pass a legalization bill in the House.

Well, not exactly. A positive point was the increase in civil disobedience, mostly by young people. It was good to see “the dreamers” not just fighting for themselves but fighting for their parents and the families as well.

On the other hand, our marches were very small in comparison with the millions that marched in 2005 and 2006. [...]

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