‘ Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away. And America will be better for it,” President Obama said Tuesday in his State of the Union address. “I’m here today because the time has come for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform,” the President had said a couple of weeks before in Las Vegas. “The time is now.” On Wednesday morning the United States Senate Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on immigration reform, strengthening the belief that, as the President said, the time is now. Hope, long absent from immigrant communities around the nation, has made a powerful comeback. Immigrant families look at the future a little less afraid of walking the streets, of being torn apart by deportations, of having their dreams of a better life mercilessly stomped on by racism and demagoguery.
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