WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Sen. Ben Cardin Discusses Immigration Reform With Community Leaders

Play associated audio
WAMU/Elliott Francis

Sen. Ben Cardin met with community leaders to discuss the status of immigration reform and offered assurance that a comprehensive bipartisan plan is possible. The meeting, which took place on Monday and was hosted by CASA de Maryland, included area residents, immigration reform advocates and other legislators.

Cardin's discussion comes on the heels of the first week of deliberation by the Senate Judiciary Committee on comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

"I am optimistic that the bill will be reported out of the Judiciary Committee this week," he says.

The meeting also occurred just days after a group of bipartisan lawmakers in the House reached an agreement on immigration reform. Cardin says although bipartisan legislation has been hard to come by in the past 5 years, the urgent need for immigration reform is changing the game.

"I think that those who may be reluctant to pass immigration reform now understand the political consequences," he says. "So I think the politics are right, and the policy is certainly needed."

Local union activist Jaime Contreras agrees. "Comprehensive immigration reform is possible this year. The political landscape has changed, and I think our friends on the right have now figured out that this is a good time for them to change their face with the immigrant community."

Maryland has an estimated 275,000 undocumented immigrant residents, according to the latest figures released by the Pew Research Center.

NPR

Chasing Food Dreams Across U.S., Nigerian Chef Tests Immigration System

Tunde Wey wanted to share the food of his West African childhood. So he crossed the U.S. by bus, hosting pop-up dinners along the way. But Wey, like many immigrants, found success can unravel quickly.
NPR

Chasing Food Dreams Across U.S., Nigerian Chef Tests Immigration System

Tunde Wey wanted to share the food of his West African childhood. So he crossed the U.S. by bus, hosting pop-up dinners along the way. But Wey, like many immigrants, found success can unravel quickly.
WAMU 88.5

New Challenges To Recycling In The United States

Falling commodity prices are putting a squeeze on American recycling companies. What this means for cities, counties and the future of recycling programs in the United States.

WAMU 88.5

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

Kojo chats with Freeman Hrabowski, the president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, about the future of higher education - and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.