What’s Next for Immigration Reform

The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that by 2042 minorities including the largest-growing group — those of Hispanic origin — will become the majority. Fear of this change is driving renewed resentment towards non-natives, according to Ana Avendano, a special assistant to the president for immigration and community affairs at the AFL-CIO. “The word ‘illegal’ makes it very easy for people to channel their racism,” said Avendano, at an immigration reform forum sponsored by the Murphy Institute and CUNY Citizenship Now! where five community activists gathered to discuss next steps and acceptable tactics. “I believe that some kind of partial reform will allow the American people to see that immigration reform is not a terrible thing and that these people will contribute to society,” said Allan Wernick, Baruch College professor and director of CUNY Citizenship Now!
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