America’s Broken Promise
To the Hispanic
The Obama administration has done little to carry out its commitment to the Hispanic people now residing within its borders. President Obama accelerated the process of deportation of undocumented immigrants during his term in office, and the Immigration and Customs En-forcement (I.C.E.) stepped up its efforts to accomplish the goal. The President included instruc-tions for faster review of each individual case, some three thousand, to determine the level of risk to the United States, by allowing low-risk undocumented Hispanic Immigrants [of which Mexi-cans are the largest ethnic group] to stay and to pursue citizenship. Of the three thousand cases to be reviewed to date approximately sixteen hundred have been reviewed to this day. Many feel that the agency (I.C.E.) is intentionally dragging its feet in hope that even more stringent en-forcement of present immigration laws will be achieved in the next Presidential term.
Republican Party presidential candidates are in conflict with each other over the seeming-ly taboo subject of Immigration Reform in the United States. The subject tends to surface in the majority of presidential candidate debates, and is almost certainly going to be the determining factor in seating the next President in the White House. Hispanic voter turnout, especially Mexi-can-American voters, at the polls on election-day, will be a political force to be dealt with in de-ciding who will be the next President.
Whoever the next President of the United States will be, he will have to establish com-mon ground with the Hispanic community. One of the most important issues to be addressed will be the present shortages of skilled migrant crop harvesters in the agricultural realm. States such as Kansas, Alabama, Florida, Michigan, and many others will need these workers to keep eco-nomically solvent. If it is not addressed farmers will have acres and acres of rotting crops left in the fields. Seasonal Migrant Worker permits will need to be given to Mexican workers to prevent this catastrophic occurrence from happening in up-coming years.
American businesses of all sizes in their constant search for cheap labor may recover from the most recent recession quicker with the help of lesser stringent immigration laws, and may even eventually bring back their production activities from other nations to the United States. The result could be the resumption of Americans working here at home and a boom in U.S. made products. A President and U.S. Congress working together could accomplish this goal. To do this would change many minds as to the effectiveness of their government, and put the country back on the track to recovery. America’s promises to the Hispanic community could then be realized, helping both the peoples of Mexico and the United States. The promise of America to the Hispanic Community would then be fulfilled.