What are grassroots groups saying about the vote yesterday?
Thank you to all the organizations who sent us their responses to the vote- if you have a response you'd like to submit, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Queens Immigrant Rights Organizations
With Senate's Inaction, Immigrants Say to House Reps: "We count on YOU to do a better job & Lead Real Immigration Reform!" WHAT: A press conference with community groups, immigrant leaders, and advocates denouncing the Senate's inaction and urging the House of Representatives to do a better job and lead a moral and pragmatic immigration reform.
Community groups will release an open letter to the House of Representatives, demanding that the following principles be addressed in the House's comprehensive immigration reform legislation:
* A broad and workable path to citizenship that would legalize the 12 million undocumented immigrants * A pragmatic and humane worker program that regulates future migration and includes a path to citizenship for these workers * A clear commitment to the reunification of families * A restoration of fundamental due process and civil rights to our immigration system
WHEN: Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 12pm WHERE: 74-09 37th Ave, Suite 306-B, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 (Congressman Crowley's office) (Between 74th & 75th Street) Trains: 7, F, E to 74th Street Roosevelt/Broadway
WHO: * Latin American Integration Center * Humanist Center of Queens * New Immigrant Community Empowerment * Queens Community House * New York Immigration Coalition * New York Civic Participation Project
The Senate's inaction and failure to move the immigration debate forward should not be used as an excuse for the House not to lead comprehensive immigration reform. Immigrants and the American people are looking to the House for leadership and a real alternative framework that is pro-family, pro-worker, and pro-America.
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
Contact: Julien Ross, 720-290-1125; Chandra Russo, 720-273-2022
Senate Fails the American People by Halting Work Towards Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Denver, CO: Today, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on S. 1639, the immigration reform bill.
Statement of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), a statewide alliance of over eighty immigrant and ally organizations working to defend and advance immigrant justice:
The Senate failed the American people this morning when it voted to halt its work towards comprehensive immigration reform. While this vote ends prospects for S 1639, the movement for humane reform continues with more urgency than ever.
The Senate's vote effectively defends the status quo, an enforcement-only immigration system that will continue to wreak havoc in Colorado communities and across the nation. Without reform, raids will continue to rip families apart, workers will continue to be exploited and millions will continue to toil in our country's shadows. This outcome is a disgrace and a slap in the face to the very values on which this country was built.
Once again politics trumped humanity and productivity. We all lose when a broken immigration system serves to harm 12 million undocumented persons who work tirelessly everyday to provide for their families.
America needs to reform its immigration system, and no amount of anti-immigrant rhetoric will change this. The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) stands for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented persons living in the US, a future worker program with strong worker protections and a pathway to citizenship, an end to family immigration backlogs, and the protection of the basic due process guarantees and civil liberties enjoyed by all Americans.
We will not stop our fight to win a fair comprehensive immigration reform that will lift our brothers and sisters from the shadows and the terror in which they live thinking that at any moment they can be victims of deportation.
This country's future is at stake. The frustration we feel today gives us fuel and energy to strengthen our efforts. Our elected officials are not off the hook. The Senate still has the moral obligation to address the nation's broken immigration system, and now attention will shift to the House to bring up a genuinely humane and comprehensive bill that addresses the real needs of America's immigrants, workers and communities.
CAUSA of Oregon
COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM: BLOCKED FOR NOW, BUT OUR FIGHT CONTINUES
Senator Smith Betrays Immigrant Workers and Families
This morning in the U.S. Senate, a motion to proceed on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill was defeated in a vote of 46-53. Below is the statement of CAUSA, Oregon’s statewide immigrant rights coalition.
Salem, OR – This morning 53 members of the U.S. Senate failed the American people when they voted against moving Comprehensive Immigration Reform forward.
We applaud Senator Ron Wyden for his courage and bi-partisanship in voting in favor of the cloture motion. We are very disappointed in Senator Gordon Smith for his lack of leadership and courage. In February of 2000, Smith organizeda major community forum in the Woodburn Armory, and promised the 1,500 nursery workers who attended that he supported legalization. This morning he went back on that promise and voted against immigrant workers and families. His about-face is especially galling given the fact that immigrant workers have made his food processing company prosperous and Smith a millionaire.
As a result of this failure, the status quo -- our broken immigration system -- will continue to wreak havoc in Oregon and around the nation. Families will remain separated, workers will continue to be exploited and raids will continue to rip parents away from their U.S.-born children. This outcome is a disgrace and a slap in the face to the very values on which this country was built.
We are uncertain what will happen next in Congress. However, we are certain that the fight to pass just reform will continue, and we call on Congress to pass AgJOBS and the DREAM Act, which would provide legalization for farmworkers and students. The Senate still has the moral obligation to address the nation's broken immigration system, and now attention will shift to the House to bring up a genuinely humane and comprehensive bill that addresses the real needs of America's immigrants, workers and communities.