As Congress goes on its Easter recess, and many expect the Senate to present an immigration bill soon thereafter, last week was critical for advocates and interest groups hoping to weigh in on legislation. Against that backdrop, in this week’s Top Picks, I’d especially like to lift up Pramila Jayapal’s commentary on sexism in immigration, and Paul McDaniel’s piece on immigration and regional economies.
- In her piece “What Creating a Path to Citizenship Means,” Van Le of America’s Voice wades through the rhetoric, arguing for a reasonable and timely path to citizenship in immigration reform.
- Paul McDaniel of Immigration Impact, in his post “Why Regional Economies Need Immigration Reform,” discusses why immigration reform will have broad effects on local and regional communities, lifting up a new report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
- In the National Immigrant Justice Center post “Rethink Immigration: Who is Deserving,” Erika, a young, talented, and undocumented immigrant tells her story, showing why deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) isn’t enough.
- Pramila Jayapal of Colorlines, in her piece “Why Immigration Policy Is ‘Sexclusionary’ (and How to Fix It),” writes of the male-centered media narrative surrounding immigration reform, calling for immigration reform that recognizes, empowers, and protects women.
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