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We urge you to create a humane and just immigration process that provides a clear roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million aspiring citizens and dignifies the individual and our nation by ensuring access to affordable health care and needed nutrition assistance. We believe that reform of our immigration system is a moral and economic imperative. This is true for the millions of aspiring citizens caught in the morass of a broken system; for those of us whose family, friends, neighbors, schools, congregations and communities include these individuals; and for achieving a stronger, more prosperous nation.

It is well established that immigrants help fuel the U.S. economy with their hard work and entrepreneurship. They contribute to the national treasury and are needed to shore up Social Security and Medicare. Our population is aging and our labor force increasingly depends upon immigrants and their children.

A new immigration system with a roadmap to citizenship will bring aspiring citizens out of the shadows so that they and their families may fully and equally participate in the life of our nation. Doing so not only will help immigrants but will profoundly benefit the community at large. It will enable economic growth and ground our national policy in the values we cherish. This is our opportunity to live up to our nation’s promise of the unalienable rights of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

To acknowledge the inherent value and dignity of all human beings and to invest in our future, we must commit to ensuring their health and wellbeing. We ask our leaders to pass a national immigration law grounded in our most cherished principles. Such a policy will provide equal responsibility, and an equal opportunity to meet that responsibility, to all individuals living in the U.S.

Immigration reform that reflects America’s values and priorities will provide equality and dignity and will:

  • Help lift families out of poverty and promote economic security for all low-income families. This investment in human capital will make for a stronger, more secure nation.
  • Reaffirm our nation’s long-standing tradition of providing a core safety net for citizens and immigrants residing in the U.S. which will reinforce efforts to achieve national progress in health and nutrition.
  • Ensure access to key programs and public services that meet basic human needs, including health services and insurance, education, nutrition assistance, and working family tax credits.
  • Invest in robust efforts to integrate immigrants into their communities.
  • Ensure that all individuals have access to and pay their fair share for quality, affordable health care and receive medical care when they need it.

National Groups

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum Church World Service

CLASP

Coalition on Human Needs

First Focus

National Immigration Law Center

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

605 CITIZENSHIP PROJECT

9to5

Advocacy and Training Center

Advocates for Youth

AFL-CIO

AIDS Community Research Initiative of America

AIDS United

Alliance for a Just Society

Alliance for Children and Families

Alliance of Baptists

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

American Federation of Teachers

American Medical Student Association

American Sexual Health Association

America's Voice

Anti-Defamation League

Arab American Institute

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Asian American Justice Center, Member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations

Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

Bread for the World

Breakthrough

The CA Endowment

Campaign for America's Future

Campaign for Community Change

Campaign to End AIDS

CANN -Community Access National Network

The Center for APA Women

Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.

Change Matrix LLC

Children's Advocacy Institute

Children's Health Fund

Children's HealthWatch

The Children's Partnership

Church World Service

Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program

CLASP

Coalition on Human Needs

Committee of Interns and Residents - SEIU Healthcare

Community Action Partnership

Community Catalyst

Congregation of St.Joseph

David Ostrow & Associates

Democratic Socialists of America

Dignity Health

The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Network for Economic Justice

First Focus

Food Research and Action Center

Gilbert Law Office

Hispanic Federation

HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA)

Hmong National Development

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Immigration Equality

International Union, UAW

Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Justice and Peace Center- A Ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph-Concordia

Keshet

Khmer Health Advocates, In.

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Legion of Mary

LULAC

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Main Street Alliance

Migrant Clinicians Network

National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

National Association of Council for Children

National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems

National Association of Social Workers

National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition

National Center for Law and Economic Justice

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Community Tax Coalition

National Council of Jewish Women

National Council on Aging

The National Crittenton Foundation

National Education Association

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

National Health Law Program

National Hispanic Media Coalition

National Immigration Law Center

National Korean American Service and Education Consortium

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

National Minority AIDS Council

National Senior Citizens Law Center

National Women and AIDS Collective (NWAC)

National Women's Health Network

NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

Office of Immigration and Refugee Resettlement (ABHMS)

Office of Social Justice, Christian Reformed Church in North America

Positive Women's Network- United States of America

Project Inform

Provincial Council of the Clerics of St. Viator (Viatorians)

Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need

Research Institute Without Walls

RESULTS

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

SFNewsfeed.us

Single Stop USA

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

Sisters of the Holy Cross - Congregation Justice Committee

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

Treatment Action Group

U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities

UAW

Union of Reform Judaism

United for a Fair Economy

United Mine Workers of America

United Neighborhood Centers of America

United Steelworkers

United We Dream

Viatorians

Voices for America's Children

World Education, Inc.

State/Local Groups

9to5 Atlanta

9to5 California

9to5 Colorado

9to5 Milwaukee

Action for Children North Carolina

Advocacy for Justice and Peace Committee of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

Advocates for Children and Youth

Advocates for Women

African Services Committee

AFSCME3299

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

AIDS Legal Council of Chicago

AIDS Resource Center Ohio

Alameda Health Consortium

Alianza del Pueblo

Alivio Medical Center

All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena, CA

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment

Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment

American Citizens for Justice/Asian American Center for Justice

American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

Arkansas Marshallese Community

Asian American Community Services

Asian Counseling & Referral Service

Asian Health Coalition

Asian Human Services Family Health Center

Asian Law Alliance

Asian Law Caucus, member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice

Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Asian Services In Action, Inc.

Asian-American Community Service Council

Association for Latino American Studies (ALAS)

Bay Area Immigration Taskforce

Bay Clinic, Inc.

Berkshire Immigrant Center

California Church IMPACT

California Immigrant Policy Center

California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

California Pan-Ethnic Health Network

California Primary Care Association

Cal-Islanders Humanitarian Association

Canal Alliance

CASA de Maryland

Casa Latina

Cascade AIDS Project

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Center for Advocacy, Rights and Engagement

Center for Civil Justice

Center for Independent Living of South Florida, Inc.

Center for Interfaith Encounter

Center for Latino Progress - CPRF

Center for Public Policy Priorities

Central Ohio Immigrant Justice

CEO Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm

Children Now

Children's Alliance

Christie's Place

CIR NOW- Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Citizen Action of New York

City of Hope

Cleveland Chinese students and professional group

CLUE Santa Barbara

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

CodePink - Wichita

Collaborative Center for Justice

Colorado Center on Law and Policy

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights

Communications Workers of America

Communities Creating Opportunity

Community Action Partnership of Utah

Community Legal Services, Inc.

Community Of Friends In Action

Community Service Society of New York

Comunidad Liberación/Liberation Community

Connecticut Multicultural Health Partnership

CT Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission

Dallas Fort Worth Pride Movement

Denali Family Services

Developing & Empowering Latinos In America

Dominican Development Center

Dominican Sisters of Houston

DRUM - Desis Rising Up & Moving

Earth Mama Healing, Inc,

East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center

El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos

El Quinto Sol De America

Elba Central School

Empire Justice Center

Encuentro

Entre Hermanos

Episcopal Church of Our Saviour/Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador

Faith Caucus - IL CBHC

Farmworker Association of Florida

Filipino Advocates for Justice

First Mexican Baptist Ch.

Florida Legal Services, Inc.

GALAEI

Georgia Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

Georgia Rural Urban Summit

Grace Lutheran Church

Gray Panthers of San Francisco

Greater Rochester Coalition for Immigration Justice

Guam Communications Network

The Hat Project

Health Care For All New York

HIAS Chicago

HIAS Pennsylvania

Hispanic Alliance of Tampa Bay

Hispanic Community Dialogue Organization

Hispanic Ministry Office

HIV Law Project

Housing Works

Houston Community Services

Iglesia Bautista

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Illinois Conference UCC Immigration Task Force

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

Immigrant Service Providers Group/Health

Immigration Advocacy Matters

Immigration Rights Task Force of the Unitarian Society of New Haven

Immigration Service and Aid Center (ISAAC)

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Jewish Community Action

Jones and Chao, P.C.

Kentucky Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Kentucky Equal Justice Center

Kentucky Youth Advocates

Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center

Kokua Kalihi Valley

Ko'olauloa Community Health and Wellness Center

Korean Community Center of the East Bay

Korean Resource Center

L.A Community Legal Center and Educational

La Esperanza

Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center

Latin American Association

Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

Latino Community Roundtable

Latino Education & Training Institute

Libreria Del Pueblo, Inc.

Lifelong AIDS Alliance

Lifting Latina Voices Initiative

Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service

Lowcountry Immigration Coalition

LULAC Council # 7226

LULAC- TAMPA

Lupus Foundation of Northern California

Make the Road New York

Maria Sanchez-Ley Law Office

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic

Migrant Support Services of Wayne Co. NY

Minnesota AIDS Project

Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance

Modesto Peace/Life Center

My Language link

National Council of Jewish Women, Concordia Section

National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles Section

National Council of Jewish Women, Cleveland Section

National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Houston Section

National Council of Jewish Women, Illinois State Policy Advocacy Chair

National Council of Jewish Women, Long Beach Section

National Council of Jewish Women, Missouri State Policy Advocacy Chair

National Council of Jewish Women, Peninsula Section

National Council of Jewish Women, Rhode Island Section

National Council of Jewish Women, Texas State Policy Advocacy Co-Chair

National Council of Jewish Women, Utah Section

National Council of Jewish Women, Valencia Shores Section

National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Detroit Section

National Council of Jewish Women, California

National Council of Jewish Women, St. Louis Section

National Immigration Reform Advocates

National Latino AIDS Action Network

National Tongan American Society

Nations of Micronesia Committee

New Haven Peoples Center

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty

New York Immigration Coalition

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage

NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees

NM Asian Family Center (NMAFC)

NOELA Community Health Center

North Carolina Council of Churches

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Ohio AIDS Coalition

Ohio Asian American Health Coalition

OneAmerica

Open Door Clinic

Oregon New Sanctuary Movement

Pacific Islander Cancer Survivors Network

Pacific Islander Health Partnership

Pax Christi DuPage County

Pennsylvania Council of Churches

PICO California

Pilgrim Congregational UCC

Prevention Point Philadelphia

Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ

The River Fund

San Diego Hunger Coalition

San Ysidro Health Center

Services for the Advancement of Women-SEPA Mujer

Servicios de La Raza

Sierra Italia, Inc.

Silicon Valley Alliance for Immigration Reform

Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Justice Team

Skagit Immigrant Rights Council

Social Justice Ministry of Sacred Heart Catholic Church

St Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America

Street Level Health Project

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

Triumph Treatment Services

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry

United Church of Christ

Unity Fellowship of Christ Church NYC in Brooklyn

University of Colorado

University of Hawaii

UNO Federation Community Services

Virginia Organizing

Vision y Compromiso

Voces de la Frontera

Waimanalo Health Center

Washington Community Action Network!

Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights

Wayne Action for Racial Equality

Weber County Democrats

Westchester for Change

Western Center on Law and Poverty

Wisconsin Council on Children and Families

WV FREE Advocates for Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice

Xaverian Brothers

Yakutat Healthy Community Coalition

YWCA Tulsa-Immigrant Program

 

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 5 Things to Know About Immigration Reform 2013

b2ap3_thumbnail_LCLAA-Worlds-Logo.JPG Both Congress and the President are promising tough but fair measures. Yet, the tough policy proposals that are currently at play are not so fair. Consider this infographic from the folks at Color Lines on Eight Ways to Shrink Immigration Reform: 

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Read more here!

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_LCLAA-Worlds-Logo.JPG  The back of the line lines looks like this:

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PDF Version here!

Courtesy of this WONKBLOG of the Washington Post.

Or consider this flash from the infographic past:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_LCLAA-Worlds-Logo.JPG Immigration Reform = $1.5 trillion to U.S. GDP + Billions in Tax Revenue.  

           Educated DREAMers à Higher earnings = Economic boost for all.

More on how Immigrants are makers not takers here!

b2ap3_thumbnail_LCLAA-Worlds-Logo.JPGWe spent more on immigration enforcement than on the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Secret Service, U.S. Marshals Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives….COMBINED. 24% More to be exact.

I made my own info graphic for this one:

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Read more here!

The border is more secure than it has ever been. To state that we need to address this first is to reuse a broken crutch that keeps us from standing on our own and addressing comprehensive immigration reform. That was 2007. This is now. #ImmigrationReform2013

b2ap3_thumbnail_LCLAA-Worlds-Logo.JPG  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was granted to eligible undocumented youth who were brought to the United States at an early age. There is consensus on both sides of the congressional aisle to allow DACAmented youth to immediately start their path towards citizenship.

Many of these young applicants have already undergone a thorough screening and back ground check with USCIS and have received their work permits. After the lengthy process, a lucky few are studying for road tests and finally experiencing every American 16 year old’s dream of getting a Driver’s License. Yet, there are many young immigrants who qualify for deferred action in every way, but in age. We should remove the age cap and allow these would-be-DACAmented to apply and move forward in their path to citizenship along with the current applicants.

b2ap3_thumbnail_LCLAA-Worlds-Logo.JPG All of these enforcement only policies are increasing the vulnerability of Latino workers. Undocumented Latina workers fare even worse.

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Read LCLAA’s Trabajadoras report for more on the challenges and conditions of Latina immigrant workers in the U.S. (Chapter Five)

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For more on Latino workers as a whole, read our Latino Workers in the United States report released in 2011.

Consider these facts as you listen to leaders drafting and encouraging immigration reform legislation. Speak up when you think they/anyone needs a reminder of these facts.  

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