The March for America
Sunday afternoon at about the same time the House met for what was a final showdown on health care, tens of thousand of people marched on the capital. This particular demonstration was about overhauling the nation's immigration laws. The March 21 pep rally in Washington was a great step forward but will do little to advance Immigration Reform. It was called "The March for America" and its aim was getting Congress to act on immigration this year.
But now with Health Care Reform approved only by the Democrats, Republicans will stand tall in opposition to Immigration Reform this year, despite renewed efforts to make Immigration Reform happen. Obama claims he needs Republican sponsors to the Immigration Reform bill so this begs the question: Why did we vote for Obama?
Gabe Gonzalez of Washington's Center for Community Change is the March for America's lead organizer. He says lawmakers would be foolish to ignore Sunday's march, since 10 million highly-motivated Hispanics voted in the last presidential election.
Gonzalez adds, "There's a number of elections across the country where Hispanic and immigrant votes will be the difference, and there's going to be a huge problem with intensity if something isn't done on Immigration Reform. Of this we are certain."
Mr. Darrell West of the Brookings Institution said, "Obama is the only one who could help pull together the coalition necessary for comprehensive Immigration Reform. It's always good to have senators who are taking the lead, but in the end, it's the President who needs to sell this message.