By: Juntee Terrenal, GMS, Strategic International Business Leader, Adviser & Coach
“We are a nation of Immigrants in the United States of America” “We Were Strangers Once, too”
In the next few weeks, immigration will be the focus of debates among Americans and their international friends across platforms and media; because the US Supreme Court will begin their oral arguments about the case U.S. versus Texas. It is a topic that ignites tensions that are highly political.
In fact, the 2016 presidential candidates have started debating it by offering their personal views and preferences as a tool of influencing votes in their favor. Instead of looking through opportunities and creating together better society of integrated immigrants across cultures.
In connection to that case, the group of corporate leaders signed the Brief, requesting the US Supreme Court to support President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration, “that temporarily protect some undocumented immigrants from deportation and gives them the ability to legally work in the United States”.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Co-Founder & CEO publicly announced yesterday via his Facebook page (see below) that he and other corporate leaders have signed the Brief.
For anyone who would like to participate in encouraging the US Supreme Court Justices to support President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigrants, please click on the following link“Stand with Business Leaders and Support Immigrant Families”
In 2014, President Obama expressed his passionate remarks on Immigration during his Address to the Nation. Please see a part of his remarks below:
“My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too. And whether our forebears were strangers who crossed the Atlantic, or the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we are here only because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, or what our last names are, or how we worship. What makes us Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal -– that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives what we will. – President Barack Obama, Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation, November 20, 2014.
Indeed, this is a topic that requires discussion but let us rise above the politics of it and as educated professionals with common sense. Our American immigration system needs a reform to align with the needs and situations of the 21st Century. Like every other nation internationally, they consider immigration as vital source of economic growth and development.
Today, all nations are evolving towards competitiveness; there are shortages of people’s competency to perform jobs, the family unit that needs to be integrated culturally and become a part of global economy. Immigrants need to be welcomed as an integrated part of our own Americanism. How could America compete with the rest of the world, if we remain in a mindset that is narrowly focused and ignores the impact of globalization where immigration is a vital part of it?
The families who are willing to partake in the American economy, participate in our democratic system, become real American resident or even citizen like everyone else; however many of them don’t have legitimate documentation because our immigration system do not allow them to become a part of our ‘Americanism’. They worked hard to be a part of our American living. They played vital roles in our communities. Their children studied with their best to become among the future of the United States. They deserve equal respect and dignity. Let’s welcome them as Americans not labeling them as ‘unfit strangers forever’.
“Are we a nation that kicks out a striving, hopeful immigrant like Astrid, or are we a nation that finds a way to welcome her in? Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger –- we were strangers once, too.” – President Obama
This article first appeared at ReloNavigator’s Newsletter, published on March 10, 2016.
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The US Supreme Court has issued its ruling on two controversial issues that divided Americans for many years.
In June 26, 2013, the American LGBT Citizens gained equal respect, rights and privileges to their counterparts in the American Society within the Federal Level of government. The Supreme Court Judges removed the second class classification that was provided to the LGBT Citizens and recognized all Same-Sex Marriages in all states that allowed marriages, as equal to their counterparts among heterosexuals.
“This ruling is a victory for couples who have long fought for equal treatment under the law; for children whose parents’ marriages will now be recognized, rightly, as legitimate; for families that, at long last, will get the respect and protection they deserve; and for friends and supporters who have wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and have worked hard to persuade their nation to change for the better” – Pres Obama
“DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment,” “The federal statue is invalid” wrote Justice Kennedy.
A New York City immigration judge, Barbara Nelson, immediately adjourned Brooks’ deportation hearing after reading the Supreme Court ruling, specifically section 3 of DOMA which recognized only marriages between a man and a woman and granted federal benefits to such marriages. By striking down Section 3, the Supreme Court has allowed same-sex couples to receive more than 1,000 federal benefits and entitlements linked to marriage status.
It’s not just a generation gap that explains the profound shift, pollsters are discovering — even some older Americans are changing their minds about gay marriage, as are citizens in rural areas, from religious backgrounds and in traditionally conservative jurisdictions.
All Five Justices who demonstrated their decision in removing the discriminatory parts of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) will be remembered in the annals of history. They stood for the people who were being discriminated by such Law, that was signed in 1996 by then President Bill Clinton, of which he recently expressed regret and advocated the Supreme Court’s invalidation.
President Obama and his administration will be appreciated forever by Same-Sex Marriages including their families, friends and communities.
Where do we go from here?
In addition to our rich US History, today it illustrated that we have achieved another significant level of respect and dignity – Marriage Equality. While everyone do not agree to the Supreme Court Ruling, it is important to celebrate the correction of a wrong doing. The most important is the federal recognition of the same-sex marriages that exist within communities, will now have equal treatment with the heterosexual marriages. Same-Sex Spouses are now publicly documented in any legal documentations for both federal and state (where same-sex marriage is allowed) governments.
“So we welcome today’s decision, and I’ve directed the Attorney General to work with other members of my Cabinet to review all relevant federal statutes to ensure this decision, including its implications for Federal benefits and obligations, is implemented swiftly and smoothly.” – President Obama
A Salute to Everyone involved, who participated hard in this discrimination fight. Prayers to the souls of those who were discriminated, lost their lives and did not see today’s invalidation of DOMA.
Anderson Cooper’s AC360 covered a Highlight of the Day in his program! It is worth listening to their conversations. Awesome for Anderson to share this episode of AC360, More Power.
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