Recently, NCLR held a Capitol Hill briefing on racial injustice in America. Speakers at the event included: Dr. Francisco Villarreal of Michigan State University, The Honorable Steven Teske, Juvenile Court of Clayton County, GA /National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Kevin Bethel of the Philadelphia Police Department, Luis Cardona of the Montgomery County Gang Prevention Initative, and Jessica Sandoval of the Campaign for Youth Justice. Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) was also in attendance at the event.
By Laura Vazquez, Senior Immigration Legislative Analyst, NCLR
A colleague recently came back to NCLR from maternity leave and asked me what is happening with immigration reform. “When I left there was momentum, and now the news reports say it’s dead,” she told me. I smiled warily. I’m used to explaining to people that the effort to pass immigration reform legislation is not dead. I have had to do it often, as reporters seem to love writing the obituary on immigration reform.
The accurate story is that advocates and leaders of immigration reform are building on the momentum created over the August recess and continuing to pressure leadership in the House of Representatives to have a vote on immigration reform this fall. This week there was a clear message sent by Latinos in Congress from both sides of the aisle that the time is now for a vote on immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Continue reading →