Law Professor Susan Akram, a Pakistan-born authority on immigration and refugee law, says it’s incorrect to suggest the financial meltdown makes it impossible to justify legalizing undocumented people when citizens are facing job losses. President Obama, she says, is right to push for immigration reform now.
“Hard evidence about U.S. immigration – both legal and undocumented – suggests that the U.S. can neither afford to maintain 12 million or so persons in undocumented status, nor can it realisitically deport any significant number of them. In the current economic environment, the need for a comprehensive legalization program is more urgent than ever.
“President Obama’s timing makes sense. In this economy, we cannot afford a continued policy of aggressive immigration enforcement, and we cannot afford not to legalize the undocumented.”
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