Thursday, April 15, 2010

The time for immigration reform is now

Recently, US Senator Dick Durbin told the story of his then-two-year-old-immigrant mother's journey to the United States to a crowd of more than 1,000 immigrant advocates in Chicago. Her journey was no different than thousands of other journeys of that time; however, fortunately for Senator Durbin, his mother immigrated to the United States from Lithuania in 1911 rather than 2010. Had she immigrated today, her fate might be similar to that of the tens of thousands of undocumented immigrant youths who also came to this country at young ages and who find themselves currently studying at high schools and universities throughout this country. Today, the Senator's mother might be a "Dreamer," a term referring to Senator Durbin's DREAM Act which describes the presently undocumented immigrant youth brought to the US by their parents when, as Sen. Durbin wrote in a Chicago Tribune commentary on Friday, "they were too little to understand the consequences."But there are very real consequences for these "Dreamers," many of whom are now young adults. Although they were raised in the United States, they have no legal status in the only country they call home. And now as they are poised to graduate from our country's institutions of higher learning, they face uncertain futures. The uncertainty comes at a time when they should be filled with hope for a better, brighter tomorrow, rather than living in the shadows fearing deportation.http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/chi-100415latino_briefs,0,6175660.story

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