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Challenges to the Immigration Compromise Legislation

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No one is happy with the proposed immigration reform compromise legislation. The right believes it’s amnesty and the left believes it weakens principles of family reunification and will create a permanent underclass of workers.

Nothing will happen before Memorial Day, and the real debate over the future of the 12 million undocumented residents among us, has been postponed to June.

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What can you do in the meantime to get up to speed? Read the bill. It’s 326 pages and available Advertisement

The amendments to the compromise will start flying shortly. So the way to look at the bill now is as a first draft. The final product may look nothing like the bill introduced last week. We may get a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth.

The country wants immigration reform, so neither side is likely to scuttle the whole deal and risk being held accountable by the voters in 2008.

Many Coloradans came to the U.S. decades ago or in the 19th century. Think of how your families got here. Tell us their story in the comments. Did they have visas? Or did they just come? After they arrived, were they allowed to bring in their family members? Did our country assimilate them? Did they find jobs and access to education?

If you’re not sure of the answers, check with your older family members and the Ellis Island Data base.

In a future post, I’ll write about how my great-great grandfather got to the U.S. in the 1870’s or 80’s from Russia where he was a lobster fisherman near the Black Sea. I was only eight when he died, and I didn’t have time to ask him if he came here legally or not. I do know that he escaped religious persecution and that his wife and five children came later in separate crossings.

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I think we need to humanize the plight of the immigrants and by telling their stories, we will have a greater appreciation of who they are and their values, and hopefully discover, they are not much different than us.

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