Past Event

Getting in the back of the line: immigration reform?

Alaa Mukahhal, citizenship coordinator for the National Partnership for New Americans, will be joining us as our guest speaker.

From “Obama emphasizes economic benefits of immigration overhaul “ by Andy Sullivan 

“President Barack Obama emphasized the economic benefits of overhauling the country’s immigration laws in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday as he urged Congress to send him legislation to sign into law in the next few months. In a speech largely focused on job creation, Obama said the United States could strengthen its economy by attracting more high-tech workers from overseas and establishing a pathway to citizenship for those who entered the country illegally.”

Questions for Consideration 

Why do the country’s immigration laws need to be changed? What does a comprehensive immigration reform bill look like? How will a pathway to citizenship help our economy? What do you think about President Obama’s position that immigrants “wait in the back of the line”? What is it like for immigrants waiting to enter the country?  

Want to learn more?

Alaa Mukahhal is a Kuwaiti born Palestinian raised on Chicago’s southside. Alaa came to the United Stated at the age of 7 with her family in 1993. Alaa applied for asylum in April of 2011. She was referred to an immigration judge and was placed in deportation proceedings. Alaa is undocumented activist in Chicago and  citizenship coordinator for the National Partnership for New Americans

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