Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Young Immigrant Activists Disappointed With Biden Administration's Immigration Efforts


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NPR reports on the disaffection of immigrant youth activists with the Biden administration's progress (or lack thereof) on immigration.  Hopes were high but proposed immigration reform "legislation has gone nowhere and many of [President Biden's] other efforts have stalled, frustrating supporters and energizing opponents ahead of midterm elections."  

The politics of immigration, of course, are complex.   And the midterm elections are coming up quickly.  At the same time,

"[y]oung [immigrant activists] helped mobilize voters for Biden, even when they couldn't vote themselves. Many now feel let down by Biden and the Democrats, who they feel haven't pushed hard enough to deliver on the promises made.

Greisa Martínez Rosas, executive director of United We Dream, says Democrats can't treat young people as an ATM for votes `without feeling that they have to work for it.'

Martínez says Democrats need to fight harder for legislation to protect the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, and she points to key parts of former President Donald Trump's policies that Biden has kept in place, including a pandemic order allowing the U.S. to turn away most migrants, and another requiring asylum seekers to remain in Mexico until their court dates."


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