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What are the chances this Congress will pass real immigration reform? I suspect it will be harder than passing a camel through the eye of a needle. But if it is done slowly—and the camel is small and the needle large—it is not impossible.

  • Detentions (Keeping people in jail without real hearings because they moved without permission.  Really.  Is this okay?);

  • Deportations (Record numbers);

  • Workplace Raids (Renamed “employer audits”);

-The Wall with Mexico

-The Private Detention Centers…

-and the Deportation of hard-working, law abiding people…

There are parallels between between how women earned the vote a hundred years ago and how the undocumented are earning the right to be become citizens today.

Republicans who have opposed any immigration reform that include a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented have been chastened by the results of the recent election, and some of them are willing to find a compromise.

In the 1840's and 1850's the Democrats favored continuing slavery. They were shown to be on the wrong side of history, and as a result after the Civil War they were the minority

There is a fuss going up on the pro-immigrant side contending that the immigration reform legislation currently in the Senate should not include a stipulation that the border be secure before “pathway to citizenship” measures are enacted. They state, correctly, that it is wrong to link security with a pathway to citizenship. Here is a link to the article.

Dear Congressman Rohrabacher,

As a life long Republican with libertarian and egalitarian leanings, I was very embarrassed—and also a tiny bit pleased—to hear that you lost your temper with Jessica Bravo, a young lady who visited your office on February 6, 2013, when you discovered that she was “undocumented.”

Do you remember all the talk during the last election about undecided voters in the battleground states? Now, instead of hinging on a few voters, the future of immigration reform rests on the shoulders of one man, Senator Lindsay Graham from South Carolina.

It is easy to imagine a bill that solves past and future inequities of our immigration system. It is a lot harder to imagine a bill that solves those inequities, AND that can pass the Republican controlled House of Representatives.

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