Is Racism Holding Up Immigration Reform?

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Is Racism Holding Up Immigration Reform?

By Judy Hutton
CEO, YWCA Princeton

Is racism holding up immigration reform? We will ask that question today, April 25, in Princeton, N.J., when we join 350,000 people in 1,400 cities and towns and publicly pledge to stand against racism! To think this grassroots initiative started with the women of the YWCA Trenton and Princeton! Its nationwide replication further empowers our voices!

In Princeton, we will remind our constituency to always ask WHY? Why is immigration reform being stalled? And why is affirmative action also being challenged?

Said Justice Sonia Sotomayor after the Supreme Court upheld the State of Michigan’s ban on affirmative action earlier this week, “…without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups. For that reason, our Constitution places limits on what a majority of people may do. ” She said, “This case implicates one such limit: the guarantee of equal protection of the laws.”

Remember, standing against racism is all about ending oppression. There is power in numbers and our message has never been more relevant! Please join our movement! Learn more at

Stand Against Racism logoThis post is part of the YWCA Stand Against Racism blog carnival – we invite you to join the dialogue! Post your comment below, share your story and follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #StandAgainstRacism.

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