This Week in Immigration: Obama Rolls Back Bush's Midnight Rules; Hate-Talk and Violence
This morning, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his dedication to comprehensive immigration reform at the Esperanza USA National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. "This promise means upholding America's tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants," he said. The President also gave a general outline of his immigration plan-ensuring employers don't exploit low-income workers, requiring immigrants pay taxes, learn English and get in line to naturalize.
While a bill that would reform our immigration system waits in queue behind other issues, like healthcare and climate change, the new Administration has begun a good faith effort to right some of the most egregious wrongs left by the former White House. Despite positive signs toward immigration reform--such as Attorney General Eric Holder's reversal of Mukasey's decision, DHS's enforcement focus on bad-seed employers and the suspension of the Bush administration's "widow penalty," there is still much to be done.