Pro Immigrant groups are taking the wrong strategy for immigration reform

  1. Pro Immigrant groups’ strategies of calling the Republican Racist do not help their cause. The Republicans have the control in the House, and their Constituency is primarily white, and surprisingly, their constituency does not like the Race Card used when they have legitimate concerns regarding Border Security. Pro immigrants groups should pushing the White House to continue building the Fence on the Southern Border based on the Law passed in 2006 The pro-immigrant groups should be trying to get the votes of Republicans who believe in Securing the Border first before looking at immigration reform. These Republicans are not against passing immigration reform; they just want a good faith effort in Securing the Southern Border.

If pro-immigrant groups really claim to represent the 11 million undocumented aliens in the United States, they should be pushing for more Border Security. 99% of the 11 million undocumented aliens just want some legal status and are not concerned how much security there is at the Southern Border.

What the 11 million undocumented aliens should not do is claim that they are entitled to be legalized. That will offend the Republican Base.

The Dream Act Kids who left the country and acted like they were entitled to be allowed back in the country is exactly the wrong strategy. Pro immigrant groups should focus on the humanitarian argument, and should not play the Race Card or the Entitlement Card, and this will just anger the Republican Base which is presently split on the immigration reform issue. Reasonable arguments are what are required to move some Republicans over to vote for immigration reform, not a sense of entitlement.

New York City Immigration Lawyer Andrew P. Johnson has been working with immigrants for over 15 years. He provided proposed legislation to House Judiciary Committee. He has been interview by New York Times and CBS News and has been invited to speak to Business Groups and UN Ambassadors regarding immigration reform and investment visas.


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