Today is international migrants day. Today is also the day the Dream Act, which sought to provide a path way to citizenship, education and military service for children who came to the US without immigration documents, failed to pass the Senate.
President Obama says: “Celebration of this historic step forward (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal) is tempered by the defeat of another –the DREAM Act. I am incredibly disappointed that a minority of senators refused to move forward on this important, commonsense reform that most Americans understand is the right thing for our country. On this issue, our work must continue. Today, I’m proud that we took these fights on.” (more here)
Luis Gutiérrez says: “We need to decouple the movement for comprehensive immigration reform and justice for immigrants from the legislative process and from the Democratic Party process. They are too linked.”
“When black people in this country decided they were going to fight for civil rights and for voting rights, they didn’t ask if the majority leader was with them and when they were going to tee up the bill. They said, ‘We’re sitting where we need to sit on the bus! We’re integrating this counter! We’re going to march!’ Their actions propelled the nation. It’s the way changes are made. Look at John F. Kennedy—he was president. Martin Luther King, I don’t think he was real concerned whether he was going to reelected in 1964.” (more here)
When all the debate is said and done, almost a million children and young adults lost a chance at higher education and a safe and secure future in the USA today. And all the rest of us will miss out on their contributions.