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January 04, 2007

Sometimes Imperfect Reform is Better Than Perfect Deportation

As host of a daily radio talk show in Phoenix, former Arizona State Senator Alfredo Gutierrez is uniquely positioned along the frontlines of the immigration battle, and has gained invaluable insight into the issues driving the debate as a result. Last month, the IPC: Immigration Policy Center published an opinion piece by Mr. Gutierrez, affording him the opportunity to share his wisdom with immigration advocates nationwide. In the piece, Mr. Gutierrez reviews the tumultuous events of the last legislative session, topped off by the onerous and shameful enforcement-heavy immigration reform bill, H.R. 4437, spearheaded by Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and eventually passed by the House. Mr. Gutierrez also spotlights the many high points of the last year, including the massive, widespread pro-immigration demonstrations that swept the country and helped to keep H.R. 4437 from moving beyond the House; the election night defeats of some hardline anti-immigration politicians; and most importantly of all, the victories of those with the potential to be more immigration friendly, creating the unprecedented window of opportunity that now exists for passage in Congress of a positive, progressive, permanent and truly comprehensive immigration reform solution. Failure to achieve such a solution, Mr. Gutierrez concludes, could have devastating consequences for those elected officials who allow such a scenario to play out, and could resonate negatively and hamper immigration reform for years down the road.

Posted by VisaLawyer at January 4, 2007 11:40 AM

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