Jodie Geddes and Alex Garrison, both Guilford College students in Greensboro, NC, joined 15 other young people in Washington DC to attend AFSC’s first Human Rights Summit June 24-28, 2013. The youth each picked topics to focus on, and each day participated in workshops giving them background on Human Rights and preparing them for speaking with US Senators and Representatives on their topics of choice. Alex and Jodie chose to focus on immigration reform, which was a hot topic; the immigration reform bill S744 passed the Senate while they were in DC.
While the bill creates a narrow path to citizenship for some and makes modest progress on some worker rights issues, it not only reproduces but dramatically expands upon many of the current failed immigration policies, making it a far cry from the just and humane reforms that immigrant communities, faith, labor, and advocacy groups have been calling for.
The Senate is poised to debate and vote on The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744), and questions remain as to whether there are the necessary 60 votes to pass the bill in the Senate. The trajectory of immigration policy reforms in the House of Representatives is yet to be seen. While the political and often partisan battles heat up, immigrant families are torn apart by the Obama administration’s record detentions and deportations.
By Gabriel Camacho and Arnie Alpert, Special to CNN
Imagine that you have made it to the United States from a country where economic opportunities are absent. You've found work in a laundry, a restaurant kitchen, a nursing home, or on a construction site. The pay is low by U.S. standards, but you save enough to send some every month to your family back home.
Statement for the Congressional Record pertaining to the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing
April 19, 2013
AFSC finds the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 a positive first step but a far cry from the just and humane reforms for which immigrant communities, faith, labor and advocacy groups have been calling. Instead it reproduces, and even expands, many of the current failed policies that are cruel, costly and inefficient.
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 3:55pm - Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 5:00pm
Rally, march, and celebration of resistance
People will rally at Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers hall and at 6 p.m. will march for immigration rights to the IBEW Local 5 Hall where there will be food, music, and dance from the many cultural and ethnic traditions that built Pittsburgh.
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