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The Time is Now: Ethnic Media Call for Immigration Reform in 2013

This editorial was produced in association with New America Media, a national association of ethnic media, and was published by ethnic media across the country to bring attention to the urgency of immigration reform.

Congress Party general secretary Rahul Gandhi
The White House and Congress must move quickly to enact just and humane comprehensive immigration reform.

In the wake of the 2012 elections, both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have expressed the need to act on the issue. The window for bipartisan legislation is now open.

Ethnic media have a high stake in the future of immigration policy in this country. That’s why we are joining together to take an editorial stand to urge Congress and the White House: Make 2013 the year of immigration reform.

This is not merely a question of politics. We are calling for comprehensive immigration reform because it is the morally right, economically wise and pragmatically sensible thing to do.

Our country is a nation of laws, and it is clear that U.S. immigration laws need to be overhauled. The immigration system is broken, not only for the 11 million undocumented immigrants, but for the thousands of immigrants who are unable to get visas to work in the United States; for American businesses that can’t hire the workers they need; for the families who wait for years to get visas to join their relatives in the United States.

We need comprehensive immigration reform that will reunite families, reinvigorate the economy, and revive our identity as a nation that thrives on the contributions of hard-working immigrants.

It’s clear that our federal immigration laws are not working. Federal inaction on immigration has led states from Arizona to Alabama to write their own legislation. Even the recently announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a temporary band-aid that does nothing to solve the larger problem of a broken immigration system.

Immigration has been portrayed as a divisive issue. In reality it’s not. All of us would benefit from an effective immigration system that responds to the needs of the market, protects all workers from abuse and exploitation and puts an end to the practice of separating parents from their children.

We need an immigration system that reflects the best traditions of our history — our belief in justice, equality, and economic opportunity.

And as we look to the future, we must make sure that we remain competitive in an increasingly globalized world. We need to continue to attract the best and the brightest, to be the destination of the world’s most innovative workers.

We must act now. Our economy and our future depend on it.

More at www.newamericamedia.org


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New Face of Anguish:
India’s Rising Middle Class Agony

The middle class of India want India to be a better-governed country, instead of being seeped with corruption and crime, writes Siddharth Srivastava.

Lackluster Roadshow:
India at Davos 2013

The inaction of India’s government in handling of issues haunting the country has caused its credibility to be vastly hurt, as was evident at the World Economic Forum, writes Priyanka Bhardwaj.

God’s Facebook:
Author Promotes Harmony

Ras Siddiqui speaks to the author of a book adding to the dialog amongst religions without ignoring atheists in the conversation.

EDITORIAL: Rising Middle Class Agony
OPINION: Transforming India into a Knowledge Power
POLITICS: Rahul Takes the Plunge
CELEBRATION: Indians Mark Republic Day
HERITAGE: Honoring Gadarites
COMMUNITY: Call for Immigration Reform
FINANCE: Filing Your Taxes Right
SOCIETY: The Longevity Revolution
AUTO REVIEW: 2013 Nissan Altima
RECIPE: Tarka Daal
BOLLYWOOD: Film Review: Race 2
FESTIVAL: Makar Sankranti

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