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Immigration Priority

La Opinin, Editorial, Staff Posted: Apr 11, 2009

The White House comment on its intention to keep the campaign promise of addressing immigration reform this year is a welcome signal in the immigrant community.

Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muoz told the press that the administrations intention is a policy reform that "controls immigration and makes it an orderly system," and that beginning in May there will be movement on the issue.

The announcement could not come at a better time. At times, the presidents agenda seemed to be overwhelmed with other priorities like the economic crisis, healthcare reform, the war in Afghanistan, etc., leaving little room for immigration legislation.

At the same time, some argue that the middle of an economic crisis is not the right time to promote a reform whose proposals include legalizing the status of millions of undocumented immigrants.

Actually, normalizing the status of undocumented workers will not take jobs away from anyone because they are already working in jobs that were vacant due to lack of interest by the native workforce.

The problem is the manipulation of the issue and the deceitful tactics used in the debate by opponents of reform. For example, again the word "amnesty" has arisen in some sectors to disqualify any action that means taking honest workers who have been paying taxes and living established lives in our country for years out of the shadows.

There is no good or bad time for immigration reform. Current legislation does not meet todays needs such as security, and also fails on the economic and especially human fronts. It is a priority in and of itself that must be considered this year.

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