There is rejoicing around the country this week fresh on the heels of President Obama’s announcement of executive action on immigration. The announcement comes after years of advocacy from all walks of life- from individuals to advocacy organizations. Immigration executive action is the biggest thing to have happened in decades and the nation (mostly) is thankful for it.
The country’s immigration system is unquestionably broken. Congress failed to act and as a result, President Obama took decisive action. Now the benefits will be seen not just by those whose immigration status will be affected, both undocumented and documented alike, but also by the rest of us. This temporary fix will see wages rise for everyone, individual GDP will grow, businesses will have easier times recruiting from talent that we don’t have otherwise, entrepreneurs will come and raise investment and create jobs, families will be kept together by expanding waiver provisions, and so much more.
As we all take a day or so to take a break from the humdrum of life, there is much to be thankful for. Thank you to the President for taking a bold step in the right direction on immigration. Thank you to everyone- every individual and organization who fought for this moment. And while we take a moment to be thankful, let us not forget that we still need to fight for comprehensive immigration reform and the journey ahead is still a long one.