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April 10th! Communities across the country rise up!

Yesterday, President Bush recapped his immigration proposal at a speech in Yuma, ArizonaTo see the speech, click here

Today, dozens of communities across the nation are holding educational forums, town hall meetings, marches, actions and other events calling for true immigration reform.  One that acknowledges the contributions of immigrants to this nation that upholds the working and civil rights of all Americans, and that would ensure a fair path to citizenship for
America‘s undocumented immigrants. Join the action at: www.april10.org

What’s wrong with the President’s statement? 

1)  He chose to not acknowledge a secretive proposal that leaked to the press on March 29 that describes the kind of immigration program his Administration is contemplating.  Not only does it dismantle the nation’s family immigration system, it undermines worker protections, imposes excessive fees and threatens to create a permanent underclass of quasi-legal immigrant workers with no path to citizenship.  To see the White House plan and a summary of it, click here. 

2)  He celebrated his Administration’s policy on worksite raids, in which hundreds of children have been turned into orphans as their hard...

New weapons of destruction…

As if midnight raids and terror-filled deportations weren’t enough, the Bush Administration and its broken immigration system continue to find new ways to rip our communities apart.

As many service providers and immigrant advocate know, the US government often tries to prohibit legal residents of the US from bringing over members of their immediate and extended families by questioning the legitimacy of their family ties, and questioning the loving titles of “brother”, “aunt” and so forth that we give to members of our families- interrogating our family structures and holding families hostage.

The US has started pushing DNA tests to prove familial ties between US residents and family members that they would like to bring over. Not only is this test a major financial burden (at 450 a pop) but it is a deep intrusion into the family life of immigrants. Would you want to have to take a DNA test to see your father?

Once the test is taken, the government can use a lack of proven DNA relation to keep legal residents from bringing over their families. One father who had slaved for years to provide for his children in Ghana found out that three of his four children were in fact not...

“Love thy neighbor, don’t deport them”


It is amazing to see the organizing that is occuring DAILY across the country for immigrant rights. You can feel the energy and support for our country and our communities surging in our streets, places of worship and schools.

I particularly love listening to the new ways that advocates create to express our shared messages of hope and strength. You may have heard that over 15,000 folks were dancing in the streets of LA over the weekend in support of immigration reform (Read more about the rally here). I loved one of the slogans from that rally: “Love thy neighbor, Don’t deport them”- Amen.

 That is clearly a message that President Bush needs to hear as he inspects the progress of the the BORDER in Yuma Arizona (Read more about Bush’s remarks HERE).

What woud YOU say to President Bush about Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

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