This year has been a huge one for DREAMers who earlier this year were granted deferred action status. But the fight for DREAMers is not over. Although they now have the ability to stay in the U.S. without fear, their parents and other family members do not live with same sense of security. Keeping families together is why immigration reform leaders are meeting in D.C.
Immigrant families have contributed to our economy and are an integral piece in the framework of our American society. A coalition of grassroots organizations and The Campaign for Community Change are organizing to launch the, Keeping Families Together campaign tour. The tour will stop in New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., among others. Family stories will be told at campaign rallies, vigils, community dinners, and will be recorded and shared with policymakers.
Our families want citizenship, which is a real solution that upholds our nation’s values, and moves us forward together. Our current immigration system is badly broken. What people don’t understand is that there is literally no way for some undocumented immigrants to become legal, including people who were here as young children. And unscrupulous employers can prey on workers and pay low wages. A path to citizenship will give immigrants an opportunity to become legal, pay taxes, and participate fully in American society.
So DREAMers and their families will continue to work toward comprehensive immigration reform, and the Keeping Families Together summit will help us achieve it.
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Guest blog by Julia Clunn
One major problem when talking about the treatment of undocumented immigrants in this country is that they are often branded as “law-breakers” or “illegals.” Instead of looking at these people as individuals with different backgrounds and situations, they are clumped together and treated like criminals. This is how Saad Nabeel’s case was handled, despite the fact that he had lived in the US since he was 3 and never committed a crime. He and his family came here as political refugees and were deported while their green card renewals were being processed. This kind of treatment of honest people as delinquents is unfair, and sadly Washington is only taking baby steps to remedy the problem.
The pressure exerted through the “Change Takes Courage” campaign has brought a tiny glimmer of sunshine in an otherwise bleak outlook for immigration reform. In a memo recently sent by John Morton, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), it was advised that the agency use “prosecutorial discretion” when detaining and deporting immigrants. Continue Reading…
Community Leaders and Congressional Representatives Cite Family Stories in Emphasizing Call for Administrative Action on Immigration
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Washington – At a press conference this morning, leaders of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) stood with Members of Congress in calling on the Obama Administration to take administrative action to deal with the immigration crisis. Affected families took center stage as they told their stories of separation, deportation and living in constant fear of family members being taken away by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Brittney Babo, whose husband Serge was deported last August, told her story: “On May 12, 2010 Serge was picked up by ICE officials while doing dishes at our home. He was put in immigration detention and after three long months, deported to his native Cameroon.” Babo also laid out their family’s extreme hardship: “You can’t imagine how devastating this was for me and for our family. Since he was deported I have struggled to care for my two sons. I work 10-hour night shifts with a lot of overtime just to make enough money to support my family.”
Deepak Bhargava, the Executive Director of the Center for Community Change, represented FIRM at the press conference and spoke about the president’s recent push for immigration reform. “He has had many important meetings… with many key stakeholders. But there’s been a notable absence, which is hearing directly from the families that have been separated and destroyed because of the enforcement-only policies that this Administration is pursuing.” Continue Reading…