Immigration, as a topic, always tends to raise heated debate. On the one hand, you have the supporters, who believe in immigration’s positive effect for both the economic and spiritual well being of the United States. On the other hand, you have those who, either explicitly or understatedly, label immigration as ‘threat’ and ‘invasion’.
And as the November elections draw closer, the issue of immigration has once again come to the forefront, in spite of recent developments showing that a) various research indicate that the great flow primarily of immigrants has trickled down to near zero or less and b) Most Latinos are native-born Americans, and nearly three in four Latinos (74%) are U.S. citizens and c) the positive economic impact of immigrants, including those of Latino descent, is a proven fact.
The common misconceptions about immigration – including the fact that most believe it is a Latino-only issue – contribute to labeling, suspicion, discrimination and a proliferation of harsh laws around the country.
Tonight at 9pm EST on LATISM, we’ll discuss the immigration debate in all its different facets:
- What would be the right fix to America’s ‘broken’ immigration system?
- Will recent population shifts alter the immigration debate?
- Is immigration being used as political opportunism? How will this topic affect the elections?
- Will the Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s immigration law this coming Monday lead to major changes throughout the country?
- How do we change course and begin treating immigrants as a vast, untapped human resource?
- DATE: June 14, 2012
- TIME: 9pm EST
- HOSTESS: Elianne Ramos aka @ergeekgoddess
- WHERE: http://www.tweetchat.com/room/latism