May Day time for immigration reform

May Day time for immigration reform

May Day also is known as International Workers' Day.

In Chicago and many other cities May 1 also is a day for immigrant workers and their supporters to protest.

In 2006, hundreds of thousands of people came out  to protest in Chicago but since then the numbers have dwindled.

Immigrant rights advocates are expecting Congress and President Obama to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year. This month U.S. senators presented a draft bill that has not satisfied many on the right and left.

But action is long overdue. President Obama promised to pass immigration reform in his first year in office. Instead, he has secured the U.S.-Mexico border and deported 1.5 million undocumented immigrants.

In numerous blogs and opinion pieces I have written in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.

Here are a few reasons why we need it:

Polls show a majority of Americans are compassionate and support immigration reform.

Giving the undocumented legal status enables them to pay more in taxes than they already do.

Many of the 11 million undocumented have deep roots in the U.S. and relatives who are permanent residents or U.S. citizens.

Due to quotas and interminable waiting periods they can't easily immigrate to the U.S.

Many have grown weary waiting for the government to act. Another march. Another year. When will things change?

The general public needs to voice their support so that we can end the years of waiting and pass immigration reform laws.

The march begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Union Park at Ashland Avenue and Lake Street, Chicago. It will end at 4 p.m. at the Federal Plaza at Jackson Boulevard and Dearborn Street.

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