Immigration Reform: Challenge for the Future, Hope from the Past

The recent Civil Rights Summit recognized the role of bold U.S. leaders seeking equal rights and opportunities for all Americans.  The triumphs of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration were remarkable and certainly merited celebration, but they were not without setbacks, frustration and compromise.  Even as he addressed the nation after signing the Civil Rights Act in 1964, the new law’s precise effect on underrepresented Americans remained unclear.   However, one of the most significant changes has been in the faces of those very Americans.  Fifty years ago, the faces were primarily African-American.  Today, the faces are primarily immigrants. Immigration reform...

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