Each issue of Connections features an in-depth conversation with Community Works member groups. This quarter, Warren Goldstein-Gelb, Executive Director of the Welcome Project, and Nancy Ryan of American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM), share their thoughtful reflections on President Obama’s State of the Union speech pertaining to immigration reform.
CW: Do President Obama’s comments about the need for comprehensive immigration reform make you optimistic?
Goldstein-Gelb: It certainly will be positive if undocumented immigrants are no longer treated as criminals in their new communities. If new legislation makes it possible for immigrants no longer to be the scapegoats of our society’s challenges, it will be a step forward for the culture, and make it possible for immigrant youth, adults, and families to participate more fully and meaningfully. Continue reading