AILA Past President: Cynical opponents to immigration reform have no arguments about morality / politics of CIRTuesday, April 23rd, 2013
Anti-immigrant organizations who have questionable ties to white nationalist organizations have been using the Boston Bombing incident to advance their agenda. These anti-immigrant organizations include but are not limited to NumbersUSA, CIS, FAIR, VDARE, and so forth.
CNN reports on the heated exchanges and simmering tensions:
On the surface, the type of heated exchanges that boiled over at a congressional hearing on Monday on immigration reform appeared to center on the two foreign-born suspects in last week’s Boston Marathon bombings.
Beneath the surface, however, simmered tensions over the depth, breadth and pacing of plans to overhaul U.S. immigration policy currently wending through the Senate.
“Last week, opponents of comprehensive immigration reform began to exploit the Boston Marathon bombing. … I urge restraint in that regard,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, said at the beginning of Monday’s hearing. “Refugees and asylum-seekers have enriched the fabric of this country from our founding.”
David Leopold, an immigration attorney and past president of the Washington-based American Immigration Lawyers Association says this with regard to cynics of immigration reform:
‘What I do see is the opponents of immigration reform who have no arguments about the morality and politics of (this immigration package) very cynically jumping on this horrible tragedy to derail this bill,’ said David Leopold, an immigration attorney and past president of the Washington-based American Immigration Lawyers Association”
I want to underscore that the 2013 Legal immigration reform bill is a major step forward in securing our Nation because only after everyone is registered and documented will we know who is in our Nation and where we can find them. We know that once we fix the broken immigration system, and once we document all immigrants — then they can feel safe to help law enforcement agencies to target criminal activity without the fear of deportation when they report suspicious activity to the law enforcement authorities. Therefore, bringing the immigrants out of the shadows will only strengthen our Nation’s security.