By Christopher Yee
Following up on President Barack Obama’s recent call for nationwide immigration reform, United States Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will be holding a forum on the same subject at East Los Angeles College on Friday.
The event, titled “A Conversation on Immigration Reform for the 21st Century,” will take place in the P2 Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Complex from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Solis explained that immigration reform is more important now as ever has been.
“Newcomers to this country possess an extraordinary work ethic that has helped America build the No. 1 economy in the world.
“Some want 11 million undocumented immigrants to keep working in the shadows, without the benefits of citizenship. We know this is wrong,” said Solis
Solis feels that the event is of great importance since it will allow the community to exchange ideas.
She singled out the importance of Elans becoming informed and discussing the present and future of immigration law.
“Your school has equipped you with the necessary tools to help America win that global race. You will be tomorrow’s leaders, and we are counting on your contributions and success,” said Solis.
She encourages anyone interested in attending to register for the event at www.dol.gov.
Solis feels especially close to this issue because her parents faced challenges as immigrants from Mexico and Nicaragua.
“My parents taught me that the only way to get ahead is to work twice as hard as everyone around me. I’ll be thinking about them when I visit ELAC on Friday,” said Solis.
“Our laws should honor immigrant families who follow the rules. It should reunite them quickly instead of splitting them apart.
“Most of all, we need the contributions of our young immigrant leaders to help steer our country through this economic recovery,” Solis said.