Thursday's Hearing on Immigration is a Big Step Forward
Tomorrow Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will hold his first hearing as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Refugees. The hearing is titled Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do It and How?”. The list of speakers is expansive - and promising. The hearing will feature testimony from Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Dr. Joel Hunter of the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and SEIU's Eliseo Medina, to name a few.
Is it me, or do these speakers resemble the broad-based coalition that is coming together to support immigration reform in 2009? We have Greenspan representing the economic and business interests, Hunter bringing the faith-based support to the table and Medina showing that the support of the labor unions is going strong.
Jackie from America's Voice will be live-blogging the hearing, be sure to tune in at 2:00 pm and listen to what goes down. Check it out here.
The hearing is a sign that reform is really going to happen this year - this is a small step, but an extremely strong one. It shows that the momentum for reform is growing, and not just from pro-migrant advocates.
America's Voice answers both questions posed in the hearing ("can it be done"? and "how"?):
It will be instructive to see how both parties behave during next week's Senate Judiciary Hearing, "Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do It and How?”"
With the White House recently renewing its pledge to move forward on immigration reform this year with the unified support of the nation's largest labor coalitions, we might expect the answer to the first question to be, "Yes."
To answer the question, "How?"
Tune into what the public- not the noisy Minuteman minority- really want. Weigh the economic benefits of legalizing twelve million underground workers and cracking down on bad-actor employers against the human and financial costs of deporting 12 million men, women, and children.
Most importantly, take the debate back from the extremists.
Not only is the hearing a great step forward, but the next day, on May 1st, hundreds of thousands of people will be taking it to the streets, showing the American public's appetite for reform and their commitment to the issue. For more on the May Day marches, check out www.anewdayforimmigration.org.