August 19th, 2009
08:49 AM ET

Tragic neglect of immigration

New citizens take the oath of citizenship during ceremonies in Montebello, California, earlier this year.

New citizens take the oath of citizenship during ceremonies in Montebello, California, earlier this year.

Rudy Ruiz
Special to CNN

One of the greatest challenges for minorities in any democracy is that their priorities often differ with those of the majority.

Consequently, even if a minority group does not experience outright tyranny, it can suffer tragic neglect. That's the lingering problem with immigration reform.

Latino leaders have long called for comprehensive immigration reform. During the presidential campaign, it finally seemed destined for reality as candidates sought the crucial Latino vote.

But today, where's immigration reform on the list of priorities?

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  1. joe

    I posted a comment earlier today that did not get posted. Maybe you only want people to read comments agreeing with you. I think this commentary is a load of crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a tax paying citizen of the United States of America and it is completely unfair that this country take in every stray cat!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This country is doomed to become a third world country soon if this government of ours doesnt recognize the real problem with immigration! This isnt an issue of race at all. It is an issue of national security and the national deficit. I mean how many people that arnt even from here can you put on medicaid and food stamps?!!! That is one of the real problems with the deficit in this country! The black and the white people of this country deserve to feel safe and secure. These latino people that you speak of are destroying our country. I can name 4 latino gangs just in my home town area that are taking our schools and our community. SHUT DOWN THE BORDERS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2009 at 8:45 pm |
  2. earle,florida

    This article is so timely concerning my vacation on beautiful "Cape Cod",where most, if not all the summer labor,ie.)housekeeping,landscapers,cooks,kitchen help are immigrants on legal green cards sponsored by their employers. They are from Russia, Bulgaria,Ireland, Brazil,etc!.It so happens that where we've stayed the majority of help is from Brazil. These people are extremely polite,and hard working,with a insatiable yearning to learn the English language. Why? I asked several of them how long they had worked in the country as a guest worker (temporary visa's subject to denial at any moment?),and the average was six years. Please note,all have applied for citizenship,and have individual American sponsor's. One of the girl's that we had gotten to know fondly was teaching her peer's English,and counseling them where to go for classes in writing/verbal expression,etc.! This young lady by the way has been in America since she was eighteen years old,for a total of eleven years! She works two full time jobs during summer season,and goes to college full time during the off-season while working a part-time job. Her dream is to be a pediatric dentists,not bad! But, she worries that her dreams of becoming a citizen won't be realized! For shame ,eleven years,schools herself,pays taxes,helps others in her community better themselves,all while being here totally legitimate,and others just cross the border, and get top priority for breaking the law. For shame America,... PS Oh,and by the way we've gone out with the girl's, and celebrated in their portugese dining culture in Down-Town Hyannis,...fantastic! Bona-Petite

    August 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  3. GF, Los Angeles

    "Latino leaders have long called for comprehensive immigration reform. "

    Have you ever wondered Mr. Ruiz why it's only Latino's who are calling for immigration reform and no other race? Does the fact we share a border with Mexico make it a requirement to give special treatment to Latino's since they're already blatantly disregarding our laws and crossing anyway? There is a way for ALL of us to immigrate to this country legally. My parents did it, my foreign exchange friends did it and so can Latinos. For you and your Latino leaders to think that laws should be changed specifically for one group is very un-American. Our laws to protect our borders were created for a reason. No one minority group should have the right to sway our government to change those laws for your convenience. Get in line!

    August 19, 2009 at 12:57 pm |