Immigration: The Forgotten Reform

October 2009

Demonstrators rallied on the steps of the Aurora Municipal Center yesterday to ask federal lawmakers to pass immigration reforms that aim to end to immigration raids, writes the Aurora Sentinel, noting that current laws are splitting up families with undocumented workers. "There are far too many separations of families, children are left here alone, the parents are deported, and there is nobody to take care of those children-citizens," a Salvadoran immigrant who has undocumented relatives in the United States tells 7News. Rallies in Colorado coincided with one on the Capitol lawn in Washington, D.C., that urged lawmakers to take up the issue of comprehensive immigration reform. Tom Tancredo, a former Colorado congressman and presidential candidate who campaigned unwaveringly against illegal immigration, tells the Denver Daily News that he opposes such reform because it would reward people who broke the law by entering the country illegally. Despite the predictable opposition, a small group of Democrats in Congress are pushing for major reform legislation at a time when the issue seems to have disappeared from the majority's agenda, writes The Hill.