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The Fight of Our Lives

I’d like to share this editorial in the Nation from Deepak Bhargava, the Executive Director of the Center for Community Change and Angelica Salas, the Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights – LA… Send us your editorials and letters to the editor (to Nicola at nwells@communitychange.org)

The Fight of Our Lives

by DEEPAK BHARGAVA & ANGELICA SALAS

[from the May 7, 2007 issue]

Congress is poised to begin a debate on what might be the only major progressive legislation with a chance in 2007–comprehensive immigration reform. One obvious obstacle is the Bush Administration, which has talked as though it cares about immigrants but has consistently acted to hurt them–through the raids that are tearing apart families, by increasing fees and requirements for naturalization and most recently with an outrageous proposal that, if implemented, could require a family of five to pay $64,000 and wait twenty-five years to get green cards. A less obvious but no less formidable obstacle to passing legislation is the division and confusion among progressives about immigration. The stakes are very high: If most white progressives remain disengaged on one of the most significant moral issues of our time, they may miss one of the biggest opportunities to build a progressive majority in the twenty-first century. Read the rest HERE

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