Somehow I think (opinion only) that UAFA stands more chance than CIR. I have many reasons for thinking this. I will gather my thoughts and keep reporting back, Melanie Nathan
June 22, 2009 Daniela Securanza reports at http://whitehouse.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/06/22/immigration-back-on-the-burner-on-thursday-at-least/ Immigration back on the burner on Thursday, at least (Washington) The White House conceded Monday that getting comprehensive immigration legislation on the President Obama’s desk is going to be tricky under present circumstances.”I can see the president’s desire for it to happen, but understanding at the current — currently where we sit, the math makes that more difficult than — than the discussion,” said press secretary Robert Gibbs. The concession comes before a big meeting at the White House on the topic scheduled for Thursday. The meeting, which will bring together bipartisan members of Congress, has been twice postponed — an indication that the economic crisis and the administration’s big push for health care reform have trumped it. Last Friday, Mr. Obama brought up the topic at the Esperanza National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and reminded the audience that he is in fact committed to reform. “For those who wish to become citizens,” Mr. Obama said, “we should require them to pay a penalty and pay taxes, learn English, go to the back of the line behind those who played by the rules. That is the fair, practical and promising way forward.” Gibbs characterizes Thursday’s upcoming meeting as an “ongoing and continued conversation,” and says Mr. Obama, “hopes that [immigration reform ] will happen soon, but doesn’t have a crystal ball as to when that might happen.”
So why would the LGBT community piggy back this and waste time and energy. There will be opposition on a vareity of principals and those extraneous principals, many more than LGBT inequality, ought not usurp our power. Arguing for ourselves in combined format is very risky in my opinion. I personally think that with a real push, UAFA can pass and sooner than we think. With all due respect tom those much wiser and more experienced than me, there is a great deal missing in our lobbying and organizational efforts. However this does not mean we should not ask for inclusion, but I would not conduct my fight in the CIR arena – we have a much better case for Equality and civil rights than we do for Immigration reform, at least as far as America is concerned.
The biggest mistake is the willy nilly way we are all proceeding, – unity is imperative and hence there ought to be a masterplan. Guess what I have developed a National Master plan – has any organization done that yet? If not you are more than welcome to mine. Adopting this plan means letting go of organization ego’s desires to triumph by being the one to claim the finish lines.
No one is taking leadership, nor any group because leadership means inclusion and delegation from grassroot to organizational.