From Baltimore to Kansas City to Washington, D.C., a new understanding of immigration and reform is taking hold. This week, I’ll explore how immigrants and their diverse allies are lifting up their voices around the country to demand reform. I especially recommend the piece by Jim Wallis of Sojourners on the amazingly diverse pro-immigration reform coalition being formed, Van Le’s piece on the DREAMer conference for America’s Voice, and Walter Ewing of Immigration Impact’s post on the welcoming city of Baltimore.
- In her piece for the ACLU, “We are Americans, and Americans Don’t Give Up,” Dulce Matuz writes of the power of the movement of undocumented young people who have grown up the United States (DREAMers) and the need to stand up to discrimination such as Jan Brewer’s denial of driver’s licenses to deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) recipients.
- Sojourners author Jim Wallis writes in his post “Bibles, Badges and Business: Forging Consensus on Immigration Reform” of the diverse coalition of faith leaders, law enforcement, and business professionals beginning to push for immigration reform.
- In response to urban decay, Baltimore has launched a new renewal program to attract job-creating immigrants, writes Immigration Impact’s Walter Ewing in his piece, “Immigrants Might Hold the Key to Urban Renewal in Baltimore.”
- Writing for America’s Voice, Van Le describes the powerful DREAMer conference in Kansas City, where United We DREAM revealed a platform calling not simply for the passage of the DREAM Act, but also for federal comprehensive immigration reform.
- Sirine Shebaya of the ACLU writes in her piece “A Policy Gone Bad: What Happens When a County Enforces National Immigration Law” of the harassment and racial profiling that has occurred with the implementation of 287(g) in Frederick County, MD.
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