Rep. Yvette Clarke and about 100 New York clergy members have a message on immigration for President Obama: It’s not just about Latinos and it’s time to get moving on reform.
Clarke and the clergy, many representing Caribbean and African immigrants, are set to deliver that message today to fellow members of Congress and the media in a 1 p.m. press conference.
“I think if the President applies himself to immigration the same way he applies himself to health care, we can pass immigration reform,” Clarke told us.
“As a son of an African immigrant, who better to understand the need?” Clarke said. “If his father didn’t come here to be a student, we wouldn’t have Barack Obama.”
That’s a pretty big debt to live up to.
But Clarke also wants people to remember that immigrants, including the undocumented, are not just Hispanics, although Latinos are often at the forefront of demanding immigration reform.
She says people like her, a second-generation immigrant from Jamaica, and people from Africa, like Obama’s father, are important to the reform debate. READ FULL STORY