Immigration reform

Ruth Nyakundi

Immigration reform Open up any newspaper and you will quickly find that next to the status of the economy, health care reform is the most debated topic, and with good reason. However, we must not forget about the need for a comprehensive immigration reform, not just for the approximately 12 million currently undocumented workers, but for all those poised to enter this country in the future. In fact, health care reform will eventually have to address this issue . According to the Pew Research Center, six out of every 10 Hispanic adults in the United States who are neither citizens nor legal permanent residents lack health insurance as of September this year. This is more than double the rate among Hispanic adults who are citizens or legal permanent residents and more than three times the rate for the adult U.S. population. This is simply unacceptable in todayâÄôs globalized world where diseases such as H1N1 strike indiscriminately. But if this is not motivation enough, consider how much this countryâÄôs economy depends on the plight of these 12 million workers who continue to contribute greatly to this society through paying taxes or even bolstering the finances of Social Security, without hope of ever getting a red cent from the program. So as we all carry out a dialogue about the specifics of health care reform, letâÄôs not forget about immigration reform either. Ruth Nyakundi University undergraduate student