Monday, April 28, 2008

What's your take on immigration?

Here are some links to various organizations with the courage to speak up on “comprehensive immigration reform.” The term itself implies some sort of path to legalization and in most cases more generous quotas for work visas and family unification.

Many institutions have not declared an official position and claim to be neutral. That is a topic for another day.

Below are links to institutions/organizations/candidates who are willing to put in writing where they stand:

League of Women Voters:

The group spent two years studying the immigration issue, with all sorts of local discussions and input at the national level. As an aside, during a local candidate forum leading up to the November 2006 elections, they asked for questions from the audience. Most of them were about immigration and they announced that they would only ask two immigration-related questions and spend the rest of the time with other issues. So much for “majority rules.” It’s their forum; they can do as they please.
They are also opposed to photo ID for voters. They also urge laws to fight global warming. And they are in favor of universal health care.

American Legion:

League of United Latin American Citizens:

Of local note, JoAnn Armenta used to be the chapter president. She is now on the library board in Elgin and is a reporter for El Conquistador (The Conquerer) newspaper. Veronica Noland, wife of state senator Mike Noland, is the current LULAC chapter president.

La Raza (NCLR):

Service Employees International Union (SEIU):

National Education Association (NEA):
You will need to scroll down to “New Business Item 50” where they endorse Sanctuarty Cities.
The NEA spent $9.2 million in 2007 lobbying in Washington, an increase of 464%. They are NOT the largest lobbyist in Washington.

Candidate McCain:

Candidate Clinton:

Candidate Obama:

Thank you for at least telling us where you stand.

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