Friday, December 20, 2013

¿Setting priorities when it comes to immigration?

The Pew Research Center has come up with a new study that it claims may show the point of compromise in terms of reaching a deal with regards to serious immigration reform.

The 'real' problem w/ lack of immigration reform
It seems that a significant number of Latinos and Asians aren’t as concerned about getting U.S. citizenship. They’re more interested in reducing the bureaucratic measures that result in people being forcibly removed from the United States.

PARTICULARLY AMONGST THE growing Latino population, where the academics have a poll that says 55 percent of Latinos would pick reducing deportations as being more important than gaining U.S. citizenship for those in this country that don’t have it now.

Don’t take that the wrong way. Some 89 percent of Latinos surveyed said they’d back having a process by which people now without a valid Visa can get into the process of becoming a U.S. citizen – for those who desire to do so.

But for many Latinos who have to deal with this issue, the problem is the fact that certain elements of our society want to use government procedures to harass us.

Personally, I became such a big backer of this issue because of the reality that some people don’t want to have to acknowledge any difference between Latinos born here, those with a visa and those without.

THEY WANT TO view all as “illegal.” Which is just nonsense. They may say they favor people who do this “the right way.” But then they’d want to limit just who is even eligible for that alleged “right” way of doing things.

So the idea that more Latinos are concerned with easing deportation than gaining citizenship (35 percent want that more than deportation limitations, according to the poll)?

It’s all just a matter of being practical. The problem is the harassment, particularly when it winds up being implemented because of someone else’s ethnic-inspired hang-ups!

And should it turn out that this issue never does advance? It seems that we’re split on assessing blame.

SOME 43 PERCENT of us are willing to blame the Republican partisans who have caused this measure to be stalled in the House of Representatives because of their hang-ups.

While some 34 percent are prepared to blame Democrats, including President Barack Obama. He is, after all, the chief executive – and should get some criticism if he turns out to be incapable of overcoming the more xenophobic amongst our society.

He went into the job knowing there was a certain element that was hard-core opposition. Which means he should have factored that into the political equation of just about anything he wanted to do.

Which really means ‘politics as usual’ is the true problem – and perhaps all the more reason that Latino interests ought to focus on increased empowerment. Because this is an issue we’re going to have to address for ourselves; rather than count on someone else’s officials to do it for us.

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