USC hosted an immigration integration conference yesterday. It re-energized the movement for comprehensive immigration reform.
Organizers framed the one-day forum with a simple slogan: “Which Way, America?” Activists say it’s an important question to address, particularly after Congress rejected the federal DREAM Act last year. The legislation would have paved the way for thousands of undocumented young people to become U.S. citizens.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa encouraged attendees to build momentum by forging new alliances with groups that might now be ready to support reform – like the evangelical Christian community.
“I think all of us want to see these people come from out of the dark and into the light," said Villaraigosa, "and importantly, want to see us be smart about how we can, in a way that we can integrate these new Americans to benefit us all.”
The Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at USC sponsored the conference.