The comments of Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, which stereotype undocumented immigrants as drug smugglers, have embarrassed his own Republican Party, yet are part of a larger anti-immigrant, racist agenda.
WASHINGTON - A top civil rights leader has restated the value of comprehensive immigration reform to all U.S. workers, documented and undocumented.
The right has portrayed undocumented immigration as an "invasion" of revolutionaries and criminals, orchestrated by the Mexican government; this is nonsense.
The White House warned Republican lawmakers not to block a comprehensive immigration reform bill just to appease "far-right" conservatives.
This week, immigration reform advocates face some of their biggest hurdles ever.
Six years ago, Evelyn Rivera saw her mother hauled away to jail and deported before her very eyes. This week, she marched on Washington to get her mother back.
What is clear is that the immigrant rights movement is facing the fight of its life.
"We all come from somewhere else. Immigrants are a part of the fabric of America."
"The sky didn't fall when I won my legal status during the last immigration reform of 1986 and the sky will not fall when we pass this immigration reform."
It would still represent a major victory for immigrants, labor and the working class. It would grant legal status to most undocumented, including some who have already been ordered to depart.