11/11/2012 01:19:17 PM EST
Migrants Are Also Neighbors
"Comprehensive immigration reform has been an elusive goal of both parties for two decades and is a priority of President Obama’s second term. But it will be hard to achieve unless the United States also re-envisions its approach to Mexico and other Latin American countries. ... [M]ore emphasis needs to be placed on enabling movement throughout the Americas by workers, families, students and businesspeople. This approach will strengthen our partnerships and also our national security. However imperfectly, leaders from Roosevelt forward knew that friendly relationships with Latin America encouraged the assimilation and loyalty of Hispanics in the United States. If our leaders weren’t reminded of this lesson on election night, surely they will be soon." - Geraldo L. Cadava, Nov. 10, 2012.