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Include Immigration Reform on the Agenda of the White House's US-Africa Leaders Summit, Slated For August 2014 in DC.

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Dear President Obama,

Americans of African Immigrant heritage and our friends and allies; stand in solidarity in asking that Immigration Reform be on the agenda of your recently announced US-Africa Leaders Summit, slated for August 5 and 6 2014 and which will bring 47 African Presidents into Washington, DC.

Why should Immigration Reform and Diaspora Affairs be on the US-Africa Leaders Summit Agenda?

1.)     U. S. based African Immigrants Contribute Significantly in USA:

Per US Census, African immigrants are not only the most educated immigrants when upon arrival into the United States; their first and second generation offspring are also the most educated Americans! So in order to fully fulfill President Obama’s vision of America out-performing and out-innovating the rest of the world, President Obama needs to engage with America’s most educated community.

Fact: With ‘papers’ and less deportation, Africans can contribute much more in the U.S.

 

2.)     U. S. based African Immigrants Contribute Significantly in Africa:

Per the World Bank, African immigrants not only put in billions of dollars into the United States tax revenue system, they send billions of dollars ‘back home’ to Africa.  These remittances are reports suggest are higher than all of foreign aid.

Fact: With ‘papers’ and less deportation, Africans can contribute even more in remittances into Africa.

 

3.)     The White House Long History of Engaging Diaspora and Foreign Dignitaries on Immigration

 

On May 3rd in 2013, President Obama was in Mexico and in his speech discussing the relations of USA and Mexico, President Obama talked about the contributions Mexicans who migrated to the USA have made and why immigration reform is critical for Mexico and USA.

On March 14th 2014, The Irish Prime Minister of Ireland to the White House and immigration was part of the agenda and as the Irish PM puts it “We’ve got 50,000 (Irish immigrants) here in America, undocumented. And what we want is a process of legalization, where they pay their taxes, pay their way, raise their families, travel home and travel back”.

On April 25th 2014, President Obama was in South Korea, where he discussed the merits of comprehensive immigration reform during his weeklong trip to Asia.

And on May 3rd 2014, exactly one year since President Obama made his immigration pitch in Mexico; Vice President Biden celebrated immigrants and children of immigrant at a graduation in Miami. He later met with Caribbean-American business leaders at the ‘Jamaica’s Island Restaurant to discuss the impact of immigration in the Caribbean community.

Fact: If The President Obama can discuss Immigration Reform abroad in Latin America and Asia; if he can meet the PM of Ireland on immigration  and if he can  have Vice President Biden engage with the Caribbean Diaspora on immigration- surely President Obama can discuss Immigration Reform with 47 African Presidents here in Washington, DC.

We are calling on the White House to include Immigration Reform unto the agenda of the August 20014 US –Africa Leader’s Summit. The fact is, Americans of African Immigrant heritage and recent African immigrant are a strong determinant for US-Africa policies on Development, Diplomacy, Defense and Trade Deals.

Kind regards,

 

The Congressional African Immigrant Caucus Institute



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