Tuesday, March 28, 2006

As I am sure you all remember, Mack, a former blogger here at Night Bird's Fountain, decided to take some time off from blogging. He was searching for focus and a way to make use of his time to make a difference in something he truly believed in.

Well, by the looks of this article in the Chattanooga Times, he has quickly found his focus.

Rick Casares with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition said efforts to seal the borders overlook the fact that the United States needs nearly 500,000 lowskilled workers to keep its economy going.

"If we don’t include a more comprehensive reform, we are just going to increase the suffering of a group of people made up of largely hardworking families," he said.

Immigration reform advocates rallied Monday at the U.S. Capitol after weekend rallies drew protesters in cities such as Los Angeles, Dallas, Phoenix and Milwaukee."It is important we don’t exploit this work force for a period of time and then say, ‘Thanks, now get out,’" Mr. Casares said. "Smart reforms will provide a way for them to become citizens."

I raise my glass in a huge congratulatory toast to Mack. I couldn't be more proud of him. And, it certainly looks like he took the right path.

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