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Immigration Reform Back on the Agenda

La Opinin, Editorial, Staff Posted: Mar 20, 2009

The chances for immigration reform this year improved after President Obamas meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The meeting, defined as "strategic," showed the White Houses interest in moving forward in this area so vital to millions of immigrant workers.

This is good news for all. It opens a window of hope for the undocumented to be able to normalize their status in our country and for the private sector to be able to count on the stable work force it needs.

At the same time, keeping his campaign promise to submit an immigration reform bill during his first year in office is going to win the president more support from a community whose voting power is increasingly relevant. Immigration is not Latinos top concern today, but it does rank high among their priorities expressed during the campaign season.

The meeting is particularly encouraging since there have been rumors that the White House would leave immigration reform for a potential second presidential term. The issue was considered by some as too divisive to invest valuable political capital early oneven more so with high unemployment.

Luckily, the president understands the importance of bringing immigration laws up to date and the positive impact this will have throughout the economy.

It should be clear that the immigration reform taking shape will not be amnesty for all, but rather, it would include requirements to be met such as speaking English, and fines where appropriate, among others components.

Whats significant is that, after a long silence, immigration reform is back on the White Houses list of priorities.

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