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Congress May be in Recess, but the Immigrant Rights Movement Keeps At It


For More information on STRIVE and Comprehensive Immigration Reform GO HERE

FIRM Legislative Update 4/9/07:

As Congress left Washington, DC for its Spring recess, House Democrats and Republicans were considering whether to sign-on to the STRIVE Act, which Rep. Gutierrez (D-IL), Rep. Flake (R-AZ) introduced and thirty-seven additional Representatives had already co-sponsored.  In order to maintain momentum for comprehensive immigration reform in the House, dozens of immigrant rights organizations are calling on their Representatives to co-sponsor the STRIVE Act.  In the meam time, attention is also shifting back to Rep. Lofgren (D-CA), who chairs the sub-committee of the House Judiciary Committee responsibile for moving a bill through the House.  It remains unclear whether Rep. Lofgren will simply take up the STRIVE Act in committee or draft her own bill.  Either way, she will be watching the response to the STRIVE Act very closely.

In the mean time, the Senate continues to inch forward on an immigration proposal.  On March 29, the White House leaked a secretive proposal for immigration reform that has been roundly criticized by both pro-immigrant and...

Building bridges with local law enforcement to save our communities

Local law enforcement are often characterized as the enemy of immigrant communities. Police authority often seems to be the direct vehicle of terror in our neighborhoods and our families. The flagship of this seeming war on immigrant communities is the 287g program that allows local and state law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law. (Read the story of yet another town that has chosen to enter into this program HERE)

Despite the abuse and victimization by many local law enforcement- this is NOT the the whole story.

In towns, counties and states across the country, local government, immigrant rights activists and local law enforcement are working together to protect immigrant communities and make all of our neighborhoods safer. In many places, local law enforcement are a part of immigrant rights coalitions being built by advocates – they are standing firm for public safety by supporting safety and openness within our immigrant communities.

Immigrant advocates have started giving immigrant rights workshops to the local law enforcement, inviting police officers to community forums to meet their local neighbors and give residents a chance to communicate with local departments, and offering to translate public documents for distribution to a larger group of residents. Granted, these types of opportunities are impossible in certain areas- but in certain...

U.S. Born citizens face deportation

Can we allow a mass forced exodus of citizen children from our schools, our playgrounds, our communities? Can we sit by while our country’s citizens are terrorized and forced out of their homes in the middle of the night by our own government?

That is EXACTLY what is happening. The following story highlights this growing crisis for our nation’s children: the deportation of our future leaders…

U.S. Born Kids Face Deportation As Well
By Julie Johnson, New America Media (04-06-07)

With a crowd of TV cameras and adults with microphones towering over them, Adrian, Yadira and Adriana Ramirez—6, 10 and 12 years old—sat on a bench outside of First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto yesterday, and shyly told the news crews that though they wanted to stay at their home in Palo Alto, they would go to Mexico to be with their father, who was deported an hour after his arrest by Immigration Customs and Enforcement officers.

The Ramirez children are among thousands of U.S. citizen children of undocumented parents who are facing deportation and have to decide whether to bring their children with them—taking them away from the educational opportunities they have a right to in the United States—or let them...

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