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Senate “Gang of 8″ releases framework for CIR – organizations respond

Democratic Senators Dick Durbin (c.) and Chuck Schumer (r.) are among a bipartisan group of legislators leading the comprehensive immigration reform negotiations. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Democratic Senators Dick Durbin (c.) and Chuck Schumer (r.) are among a bipartisan group of legislators leading the comprehensive immigration reform negotiations. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Today, the bipartisan group of Senators released their framework for immigration reform. It includes few details, but has both promising and alarming elements.

Here we provide links to the full text of the framework, as well as links to articles that provide feedback and critiques of the framework. Continue reading

Breaking immigration news

Parte de la familia allá, parte de la familia aquí. ¿Cómo le hago?

Any expansion that CIR might include of immigration enforcement programs working with local law enforcement means more family separations and violation of civil rights. CIR should be about family unity, not expanding violation of human rights.

Update: The Senate “Gang of 8″ has also release the framework that the bipartisan group will be working with. Read the Senate framework here and a response to the framework by our partners at the ACLU here.

Start taking your vitamins because the fight for comprehensive immigration reform is right around the corner.

Reports have just come out that President Obama will debut his plans for comprehensive immigration reform this Tuesday. The President will call on Congress to create a road map to citizenship for immigrants without papers.

Read the breaking news here.

In the past weeks, we have told you how important the fight for comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) will be for the members of LUPE. We want to make sure that CIR includes legalization and a pathway to citizenship for as many of the 11 million undocumented Americans that contribute to the greatness of our nation.

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This is central to our struggle. There are already “immigration reform” proposals that would make citizenship next to impossible and other positions that would bar immigrants without papers from citizenship.

But a pathway to citizenship is not the only issues important to our members. Also topping the list are family unification and protection of the civil rights and liberties of residents of border communities. Every time immigration reform comes up, politicians use the opportunity to further militarize our border, extend the border wall, increase Border Patrol, and increase use of drones and other military technology along the border. The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute notes that the U.S. spends roughly $18 billion on federal immigration enforcement, more than it spends on all other law enforcement efforts combined. Along with this increase in spending come increased reports of abuse by immigration agents. We are calling for increased accountability of immigration enforcement and protection of the rights of people along the border.

Our work for CIR will be redoubled in the coming weeks. Our members will travel to Austin to join folks from across the state who will march for CIR that includes a pathway to citizenship and protects the rights of border residents. We want to send a bus full of Dreamers who have received Deferred Action to march and share their stories. We will be calling on our supporters in the coming days with ways that you can help.

Just and Humane Immigration Reform! Si Se Puede!

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“I was a victim” – Francisca’s story shines light on need for humane and fair immigration reform

Francisca and daughter

Francisca and her daughter participate in a planning meeting in response to raids. Francisca asked her face not be shown.

In light of the tragic yet hopeful events of last Friday–when immigration authorities entered the home of Arizona immigrant rights advocate Erika Andiola and arrested her mother and brother, but after public outcry released them the following day–we are re-posting a story from 2010, when Border Patrol agents increased raids in public areas around the lower Rio Grande Valley. Stories like Francisca’s below are being brought to the forefront of the fight for immigration reform. If you have experienced a situation like Erika or Francisca’s, you are encouraged to share it under the hashtag #WeAreAndiola.

“I was a victim. I believe that they violated my rights,” says Francisca of Edinburg. Her and her 6 children were detained by the Border Patrol early in the morning June 1, 2010 on their way to work in the tomato fields. Francisca and her four oldest children came to the US ten years earlier from a small town where women weren’t allowed to do the work men did. Looking for a better life for their children, and a place where Francisca could help her family financially, Francisca’s husband migrated to the US in 1996 and his family followed in 2000. In the US, after working daily for 10 years, they were able to buy a plot of land with a house. In 2001 and 2003 they had their 5th and 6th children. Francisca’s oldest daughter, 19, is in college and her second oldest, 17, was just accepted.

The morning of June 1, the family hoped to make some extra cash to help out Francisca’s husband, who worked all week on an area ranch and came home to be with his family on the weekends. On their way to the fields, a Border Patrol agent stopped the family. After two more agents arrived, one asked the first agent why he had detained them. His answer: “Because of the color of their skin.”

When the family was taken in, they were interrogated for hours. Francisca told the interrogating officer that she needed to have a hearing with a judge because of her 10 years in the country and two daughters that were US citizens. The agent responded that it wasn’t possible that she stay in the country, that it didn’t matter how many explanations she gave, she wouldn’t be able to stay in the country. She said she needed to see a judge, because her oldest daughter needed to be taking medicine that she didn’t have with her. The agent responded that he didn’t care and he’d seen worse cases than her daughter’s and that “what I do is bring an ambulance and we send them straight to their country. Let them get well there.” She responded that the medicine her daughter needed couldn’t be found in Mexico. He responded, “I already told you that I don’t care.” What would happen to her house that she just bought, she asked. “I don’t care about that either.” Continue reading