Monday, January 20, 2014

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The Intersection of Immigration Rights and Civil Rights

As the nation remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, it is worth noting that, as the times in which we live frequently remind us, there clearly is an intersection between immigration and civil rights in the 21st century.  The fight for rights by the DREAMers , as well as immigrant rights advocates across the nation, is reminiscent of the political movement for civil rights a generation ago.  Besides the commonality of political action and mass movements, the anti-caste principle  -- and that all people are created equal -- animated the two movements.   

In 2010, Seth Hoy wrote this thoughtful article entitled "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Intersection of Immigration and Civil Rights" on Immigration Impact.  Former ImmigrationProf blogger Jennifer Chacón also has a thoughtful law review article on Dr. King, civil rights, and immigration rights.


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