Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Senator Edward Kennedy, Champion of Immigrants: RIP

225px-Ted_Kennedy,_official_photo_portrait_crop Raquel Aldana reported on the sad news of the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy. The Senator was a long-time champion of immigration and immigrants and played a critical role in Congressional passage of the Immigration Act of 1965, which abolished the discriminatory national origins quotas system. He also helped shape the Refugee Act of 1980 and immigration reform legislation in 1986 and 1990.  Until his health failed him, Senator Kennedy pressed for comprehensive immigration reform.  For more from Robert Gittelson on Senator Kennedy's immigration legacy, click here.

Many will never forget that Senators Kennedy and Obama were the only U.S. Senators who marched in the immigrant rights marches of spring 2006.

Senator Kennedy, rest in peace.


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