This summer, there is much to be done to win fair immigration reform. The Senate has pledged to take up its bill soon, but S.744 still has to make it through the House as well. In this week’s Top Picks, which now runs every Friday, I’d especially like to spotlight a pair of pieces from the ACLU, one on S.744 and the other on labor trafficking.
- In “Happy Memorial Day, from America’s Voice,” Van Le honors those who have lost their lives while serving in our armed forces, including undocumented soldiers, and salutes an amendment to S.744 allowing DREAMers to serve in the military.
- Chandra Bhatnagar, in her ACLU post “How to Fight Labor Trafficking in America,” tells the story of Signal International, a ship manufacturing giant guilty of mass labor trafficking of Indian workers.
- Esther Yu-Hsi Lee of Think Progress, in her piece “How Immigration Reform Will Let Families Reunite Without Becoming Criminals,” examines a recent Human Rights Watch report on the criminalization of “illegal” entry or re-entry.
- Laura Murphy of the ACLU, in her analysis, “Immigration Reform: Where Things Stand Now and What’s Next,” warns of the inevitable fights that will occur on the Senate floor as S.744 moves closer to a vote.
- In his piece for Immigration impact, “How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Fare in the New Immigration Bill,” Paul McDaniel argues that the INVEST Visa signifies important progress for immigration and entrepreneurship.
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 Friday here on Redefining Welcome.