It’s about time for immigration reform


Immigration reform has been a long time coming. It has been decades since the United States last tackled the issue in a comprehensive, coherent manner.

The U.S. Senate recently passed a bill which deals with the tough issues – including what will happen to the 11 million Americans in waiting – and outlines a commonsense policy to take the place of the current patchwork of laws, policies, and practices that have evolved over the past quarter century.

The game changer this time around is the DREAMers—young people who came to this country when they were children, now stepping into the light, organizing, and advocating for a system that would work for them and their families.

It is time for us to recognize that migration is a natural part of our human existence in this global economy, in this world today, and historically for all time, said Michele Garnett McKenzie, director of advocacy for The Advocates for Human Rights, in a June 29 interview with the New York City CBS radio station, WNOW, and host Bob Salter.

The values of equal rights and dignity and that one can work hard to build a good life are at the bedrock of our country, and it’s time that these values are reflected in immigration laws and policies, she said.

“Having an immigration policy that doesn’t move with our economy, that doesn’t meet the needs of our families, that doesn’t meet the needs of our businesses, that doesn’t fulfill our obligation to provide protection to people fleeing persecution are failures we can correct, and we need to move forward doing just that,” she said.

Garnett McKenzie urges people to pick up the phone and call or email members of the U.S. House to urge them to move forward with humane immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship.

To listen to the entire interview, click here.

Susan Banovetz is communications director for The Advocates for Human Rights.