Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Immigration Reform "Todo Un Quilombo"

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Immigration Reform "Todo Un Quilombo"

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Argentines have a word for this: "quilombo." In the street vernacular, it means things, or whatever, are a mess, in discord, conflicted; an uproar where sensitivity is trumped by self-serving rhetoric.

That's the current state of immigration reform in the U.S. - "todo un quilombo"- where seemingly a thousand voices have risen in support or in repudiation of our immigration policies centered currently on an avalanche of young Central American children trying to enter the U.S. illegally.

The arguments run from the White House Oval Office to Congress and governors' chambers to church pulpits to parlor rooms over who and what got us into this mess.

We're at the juncture now of needing to do something but there is no good solution on whatand how that involves a test of our moral and political will.

There's the more radical talk-loopy for sure to manyabout Republicans and other detractors moving to impeach the president, for what they term his abysmal failure to resolve this festering problem that for many has spiraled out of control.

Migration has always been part of the U.S. lore; a search of a better life in the land of milk and honey, particularly for Latinos south of the border.

No one has really explored the genesis of the current children's odyssey, primarily from three Central American nations: Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Children too young to understand the background of their upheaval know onlythat they were packed up and sent out on their thousand mile journey to what they been told is nirvana and for some, where their parents or kin, probably also illegal, await them.

Did these children concoct the plan? Of course not, but their elders did and this latest ploy is seen by manyas being more about family reunification and the benefits of U.S. residency than an escape from gangland tyranny.

Americans, which now includes a Latino population approximating over 50 million, are benevolent people; many once immigrants themselves, and would welcome them, or so the kiddie émigrés have been told.

President Obama and his advisors frankly seem lost on what to do. He says he can get it under control if his Republican nemeses give him some space.

Illegal children crossing to the U.S. took a dramatic leap when word got out in those Central American countries that kids gota free pass into the U. …

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