The Nigerian community in the United States has thrown its weight behind President Barrack Obama's call on the Congress to urgently and totally overhaul what he described as 'a out of date and badly broken' United States Immigration Law and System.
Reacting in a press release released to our correspondent on Wednesday by Mr. Franklin Ekechukwu, Director of Region 2 of the Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation in America (NIDOA), the Nigerian community maintained that it stands with the President of the United States on pushing for the total overhaul US immigration law and system.
"We note this with great concern that whenever this issue is presented, a particular community is in the fore front of the discussion, and we have over a million Africans who are either illegal or are students who are about to graduate and will soon be out of status but wishes to remain in the country, they are the best in what they do or studied and are great assets to the continuous progress of the United states of America and their communities, we also note with dismay that in the US congress the African community is not represented on this issue by any caucus whatsoever, as there exists an Asian caucus and Hispanic caucus" the press released reads in parts.
The Nigerian group also said that America was not only built by the Asian and Hispanic immigrants alone but also by African Immigrants who have paid dearly for the current generation of Africans, stressing that the current US President is the son of an African Immigrant.
NIDOA also called on all African immigrants to an immigration forum at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC on the 23rd of February, 2013 for a discussion on the United States Immigration Law.
"As we all work together in support of the US president on this issue and proposal, we should all bear in mind that together we can break any glass ceiling or doors mitigating our path to economic, social and political independence in the US. A divided and united community remains unknown, un-talked about, unseen and practically irrelevant in the scheme of things” now is our time and together we will take control of our combined destiny" it concluded.
Obama has said his biggest first-term failure was not getting comprehensive immigration reform done, and the White House has since pushed the issue to the forefront of his second-term agenda.