Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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