Palabra Final

Another city takes immigration reform into its own hands — riling conservatives in the process

Another city takes immigration reform into its own hands — riling conservatives in the process

LatinaLista — Whenever states or cities decide to take immigration policing into their own hands, conservatives applaud the move. In fact, a favorite line has become that since Washington won't do it the state and local communities have to take up the slack and do it themselves.

Of course, conservatives are rooting for those measures like Arizona's infamous SB1070, or Farmer's Branch, Texas' attempt to prevent renting homes and apartments to undocumented immigrants. Measures like these, that are oppressive and border on violating basic human rights, have thus far been the examples of local intervention in the federal handling of undocumented immigration.

Well, a new city is joining the ranks of taking immigration law into their own hands and it's bound to get people upset — namely, conservatives.

The Los Angeles City Council Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee have unanimously voted to provide undocumented immigrants with an official city ID card known as City Services Card. The card would allow L.A. residents, regardless of immigration status, to open bank accounts and access city services.

A handful of cities, including San Francisco and Oakland, issue identification cards to anyone who can prove residency, regardless of immigration status. Villaraigosa said it's time that the Los Angeles metro area — home to an estimated 4.3 million immigrants — joined them.

The notion that oppressing and depriving a sizable group of people is a logical strategy to address undocumented immigration has never made sense, even with the intent of making life so uncomfortable that they would want to leave.

However, immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants who have established roots in the country, are not like most people. They will tough it out because no matter how hard life is here, returning is not an option.

Rather than forcing them to remain in the shadows of society and putting their lives and the lives of American citizens at risk, it makes far more sense to bring them out in the open and give them the tools they need to live a humane and accountable life, as they correct their citizenship status.

Because in the end, 12 million people will not self-deport but they will do everything they have to do to become full-fledged contributors to US society.

Click to add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Palabra Final

More in Palabra Final


Commentary: Turning our backs on migrant children isn’t solving the immigration issue

Latina ListaNovember 16, 2015

Bienvenidos to our world, Mainstream Media

Latina ListaOctober 29, 2015
2_296_d6621b19-72a4-419e-9ea7-c40d27751c26 (1)

The Deportation Of Innocence: A Look At America’s Broken Immigration System

Latina ListaOctober 21, 2015
Extended Family Group In Park

New analysis of generational differences hints to a different future for Latinos

Latina ListaOctober 5, 2015

Video: An American House where the homeless and undocumented find safe refuge

Latina ListaSeptember 17, 2015

Brewing Hatred: Coors Beer Company Markets to Women, Latinos, LGBTQ Communities as Coors Family Attacks Their Rights

Latina ListaSeptember 16, 2015
Photo by Obed Manuel

“Dump the Trump” rally sounds off against Trump and his supporters

Latina ListaSeptember 15, 2015

Guest Voz: Donald Trump is at it again. This time he messed with the wrong person.

Latina ListaAugust 26, 2015

This undocumented immigrant works in a Trump hotel. Here’s what he had to say.

Latina ListaAugust 18, 2015