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Horsford leads Black Caucus discussion on immigration


Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

Newly elected congressman Steven Horsford gives his acceptance speech during the Nevada State Democrats’ election night party early Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 at Mandalay Bay.

Mon, Feb 4, 2013 (7 p.m.)

Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford co-hosted an hour of testimonials by members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Monday night, on the 100th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ birthday, to draw attention to immigration reform, which they defined as a civil rights issue in her legacy.

“[Immigration reform] is the civil and human rights issue of our generation, just like the civil rights issues of the '60s that was fought by African-Americans, and the civil rights issue of women before it,” Horsford said. Immigration reform, he added, “must be advocated by all who believe in a sense of justice, equality and opportunity for every person.”

Horsford and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, both freshman members, served as moderators of the Congressional Black Caucus’ weekly hour on the floor, which on Monday was dedicated to discussing immigration reform. Members of the CBC who gave speeches spoke emphatically about how immigration reform — and the push for it — could not be construed as solely a Latino issue.

“This debate cannot solely rest on the shoulders of our Latino sisters and brothers,” said Rep. Yvette Clark of New York, arguing that the sole focus on Hispanics had unfairly “skewed depiction of the true diversity of the immigrant population resident in our country ... We will make sure this debate is as diverse as the population it encompasses.”

Immigration has earned a second wind in Congress, after Latino voters — who pay close attention to immigration reform — turned out in droves for Democrats in the 2012 election. Broadening the focus of the immigration debate to other, affected ethnic groups that maintain other political preferences helps to define comprehensive reform as a initiative that crosses social and party lines.

Horsford spoke about the Latino, African and Asian immigrants, as well as the resident black and Native American populations of Nevada’s 4th Congressional District to make the point that his district “reflects the changing demographics of our country, but it also reflects the broken system, which is our immigration system.”

“We throw talent away. We tear families apart. We show disregard for those trying to live the American dream,” Horsford said, recalling constituents. “Children see their parents deported, students get stuck in an educational purgatory ... and mothers and fathers can’t provide for their family or care for their loved ones without keeping them in the shadows.”

“They can’t wait any longer. We can’t wait any longer ... we have to continue strengthening our border but we will act on comprehensive immigration reform without delay,” Horsford said. “As Rosa Parks said, it is just time.”

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  1. Again, the dangerous leftists intentionally try to confuse legal immigration with illegal immigration, the the media lets them get away with it.

    You are complicit.

  2. What does Rosa Parks have to do with this? Was she an illegal immigrant?

    Of course not---all the while the leftists in the media let their leftists friends in politics get away with confusing this issue.


  3. Hey, Karoun, why don't you call Horsford for confusing this issue by mixing legal immigration with illegal immigration?

    You must not want to. Complicit.

  4. Oppression knows no color limitations, first of all.

    In my mind, to join any particular color ethnic group and raise the political banner, only CONTINUES segregation and racism, something we don't want and had fought for years to erradicate.

    The Civil Rights Movement was about any and ALL people who were discriminated against. It was NOT all about Black-African-Americans. NOT. Horsford would selectively omit the millions of Jews, who supported the Civil Rights Movement, who tirelessly marched and stood with all who demanded liberty, freedom, and equality for all.

    It saddens me to watch now Senator Horsford continues to bring lines of division in our government. It both astounds me and concerns me that Senator Horsford cannot make the distinction between LEGAL immigration and ILLEGAL immigration. Horsford's Black Caucus agenda only serves the Black Community, a position that will taint any meaningful legislation to improve US Immigration policy, and will only move us backwards in time, rather than improve the present and future. WOW!

    Let's focus on those who are willing to legally enter and reside in the USA, helping those who are legally abiding by our country's laws. It is NOT about color immigration for God's sake. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would never be so narrow minded nor prejudiced.

    Blessings and Peace,

  5. We do NOT tear families apart. Sons and daughters desert their families when they invade our nation. The illegals will keep invading until we stop paying them to come here. How would Mr. Horsford feel if he comprehended that we're taking food from our grandmothers to feed illegals and all the kids they have? Americans often don't "qualify" for LIHEA utility grants but the illegals often do--because it's based on family size legal or not. Ditto the scavenging of every last package of food at the food banks.

  6. When will all Americans do the math? We cannot fund everything for everyone. How about prioritizing Americans who have worked and worked and paid for all the benies we're dumping on those who spit on our laws.

  7. psst. I'm in the pink caucus. Red and white with spices of other dna.

  8. Great article . A good, factual report, unlike the comments posted on this page. Lovinglife just learned the word, "complicit," guess he's going to use it for every single comment. Complicit!