Last week featured a one-two punch with President Obama’s State of the Union address and the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Immigration, and the blogosphere responded in full force. I would especially like to lift up Janet Murguia’s thoughts on her Senate testimony, and Elaina Ramsey’s reflections on Viridiana Martinez and her activism.
- In her commentary for Think Progress, Rebecca Leber finds that while there are more Border Patrol agents in Arizona than ever before, arrests have dropped by more than 43 percent.
- In her piece “Last Week, I Met with President Obama …” Janet Murguia of the NCLR writes of the enormous progress the immigration reform movement has made over the past few months.
- Before the State of the Union, Van Le of America’s Voice introduced the list of impressive DREAMers who attended the president’s speech, including aspiring members of the medical, public health, and international business fields.
- In her piece ”Stop Low-Priority Deportations,” Elaina Ramsey of Sojourners lifts up the activism of Viridiana Martinez, a 26-year-old woman who voluntarily went behind bars in order to expose the injustices occurring in the Broward detention center in Florida.
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