Quaker group: Fair path to citizenship must stand on more humane principles
PHILADELPHIA (April 16, 2013) - The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) finds the summary of the immigration bill released by eight U.S. Senators today a far cry from the just and humane reforms that immigrant communities, faith, labor and advocacy groups have been calling for. Instead it reproduces, and even doubles down on, many of the current failed policies.
AFSC finds it helpful that both President Obama and eight U.S. senators have agreed the time is now for creating a path to citizenship. But it should not be paired with more unnecessary, ineffective border control measures, or expansion of employment verification programs such as E-Verify and I-9 audits which put labor protections of all workers at risk.
On December 18 International Migrants Day, over 40 advocates, immigrant families and community members spoke and rallied at the federal office building in Newark NJ to demand the Obama Administration shift away from deportation policies that separate families. During the first Obama administration, a record 1.4 million immigrants have been deported.
The link below will take you to an NPR interview regarding “do-it-yourself immigration reform” proposal. Quite interesting! It lasts 13 min 9 sec. It also appeared on June 2 op-ed of the New York Times.
The detention and deportation of immigrants has reached an all-time high under the Obama administration. Fault Lines investigates the business of immigrant detention and finds out how a few companies are shaping U.S. immigration laws.
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