Activist: Families Need Immigration Reform

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tens of thousands of immigration reform supporters march in the 'Rally for Citizenship' on the West Lawn of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on April 10, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty)

When it comes to immigration, the American public once again finds its government at a standstill, with Congress unable to confront the issue of a path to citizenship.

Since June alone, when the Senate passed its version of an immigration bill, more than 220,000 people have been deported. Often times, these family members can never reunite.

Today The Takeaway speaks to one immigration activist—Maria Rodriguez, the executive director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition—who believes that such exclusion is fundamentally anti-American and that a path to citizenship is the only true path to reform.


Maria Rodriguez

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [4]

Robert Gable from Berkeley, CA

This was an extremely biased program segment slanted toward justifying illegal immigration. We cannot simply accept everyone who wants to live here, no matter how emotionally compelling their case might be. In California we have had an increase of approximately 250,000 residents every year-- primarily a result of immigration (legal and illegal) and a high birth rate among undocumented immigrants. Simply telling stories about legalization efforts of undocumented immigrants does not deal with larger environmental problem of overpopulation.

(P.S. I have a legally adopted son from the Dominican Republic.)

Nov. 27 2013 02:28 AM
kerthialfad from San Francisco

Obama spoke in SF yesterday, and this Korean guy heckled him about stopping deportations. So, this Korean national Ju Hong arrived in the US in 2001 with his mother and sister. Where is the father? So he's undocumented now - which indicated they probably overstayed a tourist visa. He's attended University of California. How was this financed, and did he pay the foreign student rate, or the "in state" tuition rate? Now he is attending SF State. But he's not even supposed to be in the country. And he's taking a spot that could go to a worthy American kid. Plus, the family was split voluntarily - the mom left. What on earth is going on? Why wasn't the whole family sent back years ago? Are we picking up the bill for this turkey?

Nov. 26 2013 04:57 PM
Matthew from Dracut, MA

The problem with immigration reform is that they broke the law to get into this country, and are now expecting to not be punished, but rewarded for this action. That is not how I was brought up, if you did something wrong you were punished for it. What makes illegals exempt from punishment?

On a side note, the "Highly Skilled Visas" are visas that have been abused, and should not be given out, especially when in reality we are seeing vis U-6 ratings of unemployment of over 14%. People like myself are being thrown out the door, or not even given a chance for new employment because it is cheaper to hire from abroad.

You want to fix the immigration problem, fix the job problems in this country first, this is a case in where Americans should come before everyone else. For those that say Illegals are Americans, or have had American Children, so?

I'm sorry, but the pity train left a long time ago in my case, and with my unemployment running out the same week of Christmas, and no prospects in what I use to do, which was a Desktop tech, because I've been out of the field for 5 years, because the market dried up...

I hold no sympathy for people who break the law, and expect to be given something they have no right to obtain in the first place.

Nov. 26 2013 11:24 AM
A listener

Wow. Maria Rodriguez has such a calm, soothing accent-free voice. She seems so reasonable.

Do me a favor, sweetie.

Do NOT compare the status of people who knowingly entered the country with the intention of subverting our immigration laws to the history of slavery in America. Take the whole three-fifths thing out of your playbook.

All of the people who you claim are being denied their "personhood" or whatever are 100% free to go back to the country from which they came.

I support a system that screens out anyone with a violation more serious than a jaywalking ticket.

You want to jump through hoops? Great.

But stop the pity party that these people are being subjected to something (akin to slavery) against their will.

99% of these people came here for economic reasons. It was a business decision.

Let's treat it as such and do away with the soothing facade.

Nov. 26 2013 09:21 AM

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