Monday, May 28th, 2018

Immigrants Yearn to Be Americans, Not a Permanent Underclass

"This idea of denying citizenship to 11 million people — a population the size of Ohio — goes to the heart of who we are as a nation. … So, let's consider what such an approach would mean for the nation's soul.  A policy that grants work permission but not a way to earn citizenship would require Congress to affirmatively and intentionally institutionalizes a permanent sub-class of non-citizens.  The message to this group of mostly Latino immigrants would be this: you are good enough to cook for us, clean for us and take care of our children, but you can never become one of us — let alone vote or be seen as truly equal.  A policy that says "you are permanently one of them and can never be one of us" does violence to our nation's core values. … A policy that demands immigrants remain a permanent second class — that they get to the back of the bus, and stay there — is not worthy of America today.  It harkens back to eras in which