So far, there's already been plenty of progress on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). Negotiations have been underway for several weeks, and an actual bill may emerge as soon as next week. And public support for CIR only continues to grow. Yet despite all the positive developments, challenges remain. Now, it's just a matter of whether sustained "tea party" opposition to CIR is enough to kill the bill.
CIR supporters in Las Vegas didn't want to take any chances. So they took to Las Vegas Blvd. and demanded action. OFA Nevada took part, along with AFSCME, Dream Big Vegas, PLAN, and other CIR activists.
Former community organizer Mike Litt spoke. He organized for CIR in 2006, so he remembers the heated political atmosphere of that time. He also spoke of his own family's experience with immigration.
Rozita Lee also spoke. She's advocated civil rights both here in Nevada and nationally for some time. And her family also has experience on matters of immigration.
We've always been a nation of immigrants. And unless you are a Native American, your ancestors were immigrants. This is the story of America.
Yet for the past decade, it's been an epic struggle to do anything to fix the broken immigration system and address the plight of the approximately 12,000,000 undocumented immigrants in America today. The status quo is unsustainable. Many large employers just see undocumented immigrants as cheap labor to exploit. And our economy is hampered by the constant backlog, arduous process, and other needless delays that plague the current immigration system.
That's why Congress seems to be getting serious about doing something on comprehensive immigration reform... But can Congress finally deliver this time? Nevada's own Senator Dean Heller (R) has hinted at it, along with Reps. Mark Amodei (R-Carson City) and Joe Heck (R-Henderson). So will their fellow Republicans finally agree to a deal? That remains to be seen.
And that's why OFA, Dream Big Vegas, and other activists took to the street this week.