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The Statue of Liberty: A gift from France to the United States

that stands in New York harbor, it seems that the French may

have things to learn about immigration from their U.S. allies.

 

 

U.S. Immigration Plans Set Example French Politicians Should Follow (Le Monde, France)

 

"Even if France has long played a comparable role in Europe as a place of refuge and hope for migrants, the realistic change of heart on the part of U.S. Republicans should be food for thought for French political leaders. ... Crisis and unemployment have reinforced hostility toward immigrants, making people forget that a real immigration policy should not only be seen as a political and social burden, but as a requirement for the future and an asset to the dynamism of a country."

 

EDITORIAL

 

Translated by Carolyn Yohn

 

January 30, 2013

 

France Le Monde Original Article (French)

Tea Party Senator Marco Rubio and Liberal Senate stalwart Chuck Schumer announce a bipartisan path to immigration reform, Jan. 28.

C-SPAN VIDEO: In an extrardinary turn of events, Democratic and Republican U.S. senators announce bipartisan immigration initiative, Jan. 28, 00:43:25RealVideo

A week after his "inaugural" speech, which was a turn to the left, Barack Obama gave another address on Tuesday, making a statement reviving a promise not delivered on in his first term: a reform of the immigration laws. His ambition? To allow the regularization of undocumented workers, who number an estimated 11 million.

 

But that is not the novelty: this lies in the spectacular about-face of Republicans on an issue, among others, that cost their candidate victory in November 2012, by alienating voting "Latinos." To attract the right of his party, Mitt Romney refused to consider an amnesty and promised to make life impossible for illegals.

 

Four Republican senators, including former presidential hopeful John McCain, have signed on with four of their Democratic colleagues outlining a path toward universal legalization of undocumented workers, and even naturalization. This option would be subject to completely securing the borders, implementing systematic control over entries and exits, and even hiring. For students born to undocumented workers, whether agricultural or highly skilled, the process would be accelerated.

 

The give-and-take - security versus regulation - is probably unrealistic. Just as is the idea of completely sealing off 2,000 miles of desert border. In his project, Barack Obama shouldn't adhere to these conditions. And it is anything but certain that the president will have an easy time having such a law passed in the House of Representatives: dominated by the most radical of Republicans, the idea of large-scale regularization of undocumented migrants is often used as a bogeyman.

 

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Nevertheless, the new position of Republican senators is to be applauded. On the merits, in the opinion of a moderate majority of Americans on an issue so strongly tied to their identity, it is a pragmatic turn. On a political level, it represents a challenge to the Tea Party. The compromise agreed in December over the debt ceiling was another sign of a centering for the Republican party.

 

France is not the United States. Even if the Hexagon [France] has long played a comparable role in Europe as a place of refuge and hope for migrants, the realistic change of heart on the part of U.S. Republicans should be food for thought for French political leaders.

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[Editor's Note: France is often referred to as a 'Hexagon' - a six-sided polygon, due to the geometric shape of its territory].

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:
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La Jornada, Mexico: Pirates, Puritans and U.S. Immigration
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La Jornada, Mexico: Undocumented on Edge Before U.S. Supreme Court Ruling
La Jornada, Mexico: Undocumented are Again Caught in U.S. Power Struggle
Excelsior, Mexico: 'Comprehensive' Mexico-U.S. Integration is the Only Answer
La Jornada, Mexico: NAFTA Should Be Reopened to Protect Mexican Workers

La Jornada, Mexico: Mexicans in the U.S.: A Nation Within a Nation

El Universal, Mexico: Lawmakers Condemn Arizona's 'Racist' Anti-Immigrant Law

Diario Co Latino, El Salvador: Europe and U.S. Equally Cruel to Migrant Workers

El Periodico, Guatemala: Obama is Right: U.S. People Need Spanish Lessons!
El País, Spain: Tea Party 'Endangers Health' of American Democracy

Estadão, Brazil: The Massacre in Arizona: Will America Ever Learn?

News, Switzerland: The Day Hope Was Shot, in America and Europe

Der Spiegel, Germany: Blaming Sarah Palin for Tucson Attack is 'Wrong'

Rheinische Post, Germany: America's 'Intellectual Instigators' of Hatred

Berliner Morgenpost: Mutual Respect: What U.S. Owes Itself, World

Polityka, Poland: America in Anger's Clutches

Salzburger Nachrichten, Austria: Massacre in Tucson: 'A Sad Day for U.S.

Guardian, U.K.: Arizona Shootings: Left, Right at Odds Over Effects of Toxic Politics

TLZ, Germany: America's Hate-Filled Rhetoric 'Unworthy of a Democratic Nation'  

 

 

"Everyone agrees that it's not beneficial for our country to have these people here hidden in the shadows," said Senator John McCain. "We have been too content for too long to allow individuals to mow our lawns, grow our food, clean our homes, and even watch our children while not affording them any of the benefits that make our country so great."

 

Such language is unlikely to be heard in France, where the crisis and unemployment have reinforced hostility toward immigrants, making people forget that a real immigration policy should not only be seen as a political and social burden, but as a requirement for the future and an asset to the dynamism of a country.

 

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Posted By Worldmeets.US Jan. 30, 2013, 7:25pm