The S.744 markup process is in full swing, and it’s more important than ever to contact Senate Judiciary Committee members and tell them you Stand for Welcome. In this week’s Top Picks, I would especially like to lift up Pili Tobar’s piece on watershed moments of progress for reform, and Rachel Pizatella-Haswell’s personal reflection on immigration advocacy.
- Paul Mcdaniel of Immigration Impact, in his piece “Facts About H-1B Workers and the Innovation Economy,” lays out all of the reasons why H-1B workers are positive for the economy.
- “Was Last Week a Turning Point That Will Speed Passage of Immigration Reform?” asks Pili Tobar of America’s Voice, as she discusses the failure of the Heritage report and markup process for the Senate reform bill, S.744.
- Rachel Pizatella-Haswell, in her post, “Winning Compassionate Immigration Reform,” recounts advocating for immigration reform at Church World Service, lauding all of the progress that has been made, and calling on everyone to take action!
- Matthew L Skinner of Sojourners, in his piece “When Homeland Security Keeps Us from Encountering God,” warns of the spiritual and political risks of a xenophobic obsession with “homeland security,” calling on us to work towards a society that is open and welcoming.
Please email me or comment if you have any thoughts about this week’s Top Picks. Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog, and I look forward to bringing you the best online commentary on immigration and refugee issues every Monday here on Redefining Welcome.