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Obama Can’t Avoid Immigration Issue

For you nay-sayers out there who don’t believe immigration is (or should be) a top-tier issue, I have a little bit of reading for you. Not only will this issue be on the forefront of Obama’s agenda, but it intersects with almost every other issue that is at the top of the American public’s list right now. 

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In a great article at Politico, Gebe Martinez discusses why Obama cannot, and will not, avoid the immigration issue when he takes office next year.

But in the presidential transition offices, immigration is cited as a top-tier issue that Obama will have to tackle early in his administration. It has also been assigned its own study group, one of seven working groups created by the transition team to examine high priorities.

Given that it intersects with the economy, health care, education and other key concerns, immigration is too complex a topic to ignore. As economic and health care initiatives are rushed out of the gate in January, proposed immigration reforms will likely be close behind.

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Realizing the Promise Coverage Round-up

Hey guys! I’m back on the blog after a few days away. I hope you all enjoyed the fabulous live-blogging of the Realizing the Promise forum this past thursday. A BIG shout-out to Will Coley for his great work!

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The event itself was amazing. So many people, so much energy and a palpable sense that we WILL ENSURE that the change we want becomes a reality.

Below is a round up of the articles and live-blogs of the event.

Also, below are a few excerpts of the article from the Nation.

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“Go get it did”: Realizing the Promise

After Rev. Timothy McDonald charged us to “go get it did”, everyone is slowly making their way to the buses outside.

Since I was tasked with covering this event from an immigration angle, it’s interesting how the topic was often listed as one of the challenges facing American communities. Many speakers mentioned immigrant rights alongside access to health care, economic opportunity, the worsening economy, etc. When I did some video interviews before the event, I noticed how many participants, even US citizens with no recent immigrants in their families, saw the issue much the same way: as one of many challenges to address. And maybe that’s the point: as a “community value”, immigration is central to what the United States is about. Now if we can just tackle how to overhaul our current system and make it work for all of us…

What an inspiring event! and maybe a little the daunting because of all the  work we have ahead us. (Whew!)

Get fired up!

– Will Coley, guest blogger, signing off (and rolling up my sleeves)

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