The Latinos Post reports that President Obama recently told Univision that he expects
a bill on immigration overhaul to be ready by April of this year. This could be
great news for immigrants who are looking for a path to citizenship in America.
Comprehensive immigration reform is
long overdue in this country, and it is wonderful to hear that the President is
optimistic that an actual bill will be introduced in the near future.
I’m sure that if an immigration reform bill is introduced, it will have strong
opposition from some politicians and their constituents. It doesn’t take much
to get these folks riled up when comes to this issue. They have forgotten that America
is a country of immigrants, built on the hopes and dreams of those who wished to
make a better life for themselves. In my opinion, anyone who has a strong objection
to allowing “illegal” immigrants a path to citizenship is either unaware
of or purposefully ignoring this country's history.
If we had the same strict immigration laws back in the day that we have now, the
population of this land would be significantly different than it is today. Native
Americans would rule the land and if you or I even existed, we would likely be somewhere
in the land of our respective ancestors.
I often wonder why in our effort to keep all “illegal” immigrants from
entering into the country, we decided to build a fence on the Mexican-American border
only. This seems a bit hypocritical, since we border two countries - Canada and
Mexico. I’m not sure how effective a single fence is in our effort to keep
out all immigrants, but let me just tell you how impressed I would be if it works.
In my opinion, immigration is what made this country great, and immigration is what
will continue to propel this country to new heights. We can learn from the diversity
and cultures of others if only we try. If a comprehensive immigration reform bill
is introduced and is passed into law, it will be a huge step in the right direction.
On the other hand, if we continue to let the naysayers have their way, then we will
be doing our country and ourselves a great injustice.