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Broad Minnesota immigration coalition sees hope for reform

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Speakers gathered in Minneapolis' Powderhorn Park on May 2, 2012, to advocate for immigration reform.

“The elected officials need to see that there is broad support for reform,” Blazar said. “I think we need a broad coalition to make progress on any or all of those issues.”

“Nobody will do this on their own,” he said. “We really need Congress to step outside the partisan divide and look at what's good for the country.”

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As we celebrate the 50th anniversary

of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech, it's sad to note that the black unemployment rate has consistently been twice as high as the white unemployment rate over the past 50 years. In 1963, the unemployment rate was 5% for whites and 10.9% for blacks. Today, it’s 6.6% for whites and 12.6% for blacks. It's currently 41.6% for black teenagers (see the discussion on raising the minimum wage on this site).

So given this information, does Rep. Ellison, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, think the influx of millions of more unskilled or under-skilled workers going to fix that problem or make it worse? [Que theme music from Jeopardy]

Ask an unemployed black man what he thinks of the idea of more competition in the job market. When push comes to shove, the democrats are more interested in getting more bodies to the voting booths than they are in helping their constituency in the black community find work.

Immigration Reform

The US government aspires to aid rural America in developing a third world economy and the need for more workers with the skills to make a go of it in such a business environment may be helpful. Immigration reform will ensure we have a large and fast growing pool of such new workers.The larger urban population will continue to benefit from Federal programs financed by making bold use of pension and retirement accounts of federal employees. These pension accounts are being used by the new secretary of the Treasury in creative ways to help fund the expansion of the improved health care system coming on line in 2014 which will make for a healthier workforce. The money saved by the decreased use of emergency services in such a system can be used to pay down the burdensome debt owed overseas,keep a strong military offense and in time replenish the government pension accounts currently being used to help fund this government change. This is a win win situation as the Obama government sees it and we may wish them luck.

So glad to hear the coalition is so broad

...because it IS going to take everyone to get this reform done.