Let's Have a Debate About Immigration Reform: An Open Letter / Discutamos la Reforma Migratoria: Una Carta Abierta sign now

LETS HAVE A DEBATE ABOUT IMMIGRATION REFORM
An Open Letter

This letter was initiated by the Grassroots Immigrant Justice Network, a group which was recently formed by leaders in the immigrant rights and labor movements across the country. Initial members include Isabel Garcia, David Silva Villalobos, Carlos Arango, Juan Jose Bocanegra, Nativo Lopez, David Bacon, Lisa Luinenburg, Cristobal Cavazos, John Steinbach, Daniela Ortiz-Bahamonde, George Shriver, Jason McGahan, and Domingo Gonzales.

Although the political climate seems uncertain, we are proposing a different approach to discussing Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We need to generate a national debate based on immigration as a labor mobility and human rights issue, not as an issue of national security and enforcement. Immigrants have made vast contributions to the U.S., and they should be granted the right to live here legally and without fear. We should recognize migration as the global phenomenon it is and address the root economic causes of migration.

The principles guiding the national debate around immigration reform should consist of:

1. Build bridges between the peoples of the U.S. and Mexico instead of walls that segregate them and turn them into competitors in a struggle for survival. Take immediate action to stop the deaths along the border and end border militarization.

2. Analyze the effects of free trade agreements like NAFTA on the economies of sender countries. End all economic and foreign policies that leave people in sender countries with no choice but to migrate in order to support their families.

3. Provide a clear and easy legalization program for the millions of undocumented immigrants who have built their homes here and contributed greatly to the prosperity of the U.S. economy. All immigrants deserve the full rights accorded to U.S. citizens, not a second-class status.

4. Clear the backlogs of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who have been waiting to legalize their status since the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Allow more families to reunite with their loved ones by expanding the definition of family under current immigration law.

5. Bracero-style guest worker programs and other forms of labor exploitation should be eliminated, and the labor system made to benefit workers and their families, not corporations and agribusiness. Increased labor protections for immigrant workers should also include the freedom of movement between jobs and across national borders.

6. End the criminalization of work through the use of 1-9 audits, E-verify, silent raids, and other tactics used to carry out mass firings of workers. All workers, immigrants included, have the right to work and seek work without the fear of retaliation.

7. Immigrants and their families have the right to live in their communities without fear. Stop the raids and deportations, end enforcement first policies like 287(g) and Secure Communities, eliminate the privatization of the detention system, and decriminalize the status of undocumented workers. Extend equal rights to all by ratifying the International Convention on the Protection of Migrant Workers.

*****

Many people in the immigrant community look with hope towards the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for Americas Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP), recently introduced by Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). The bill does make some positive and much-needed changes to the immigration system, including the suspension of 287(g) and Operation Streamline and improvements in the detention system, and the elimination of all bars related to undocumented status (although security and criminal bars cannot be waived). However, it fails to change the basic enforcement first structure of the U.S. immigration system. The bill also falls far short of meeting the just demands raised by the grassroots immigrant rights movement, including an end to the raids and deportations and the militarization of the border, increased protections for immigrant workers, and a fair legalization for all.

Below is a list of concerns being raised by immigrant rights organizations and leaders across the country:

1. On Border Security: The bill increases militarization of the border, guaranteeing the continued deaths of thousands of desperate workers instead of addressing the root causes that fuel immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border. Although 287(g) and Operation Streamline will be suspended, the bill increases collaboration between police and ICE agents along the border.

2. On the Immigrant Detention System: The bill fails to ban the privatization of the detention system, which has led to an increasing number of human rights abuses at the hands of for-profit, non-transparent corporations. Although some improvements are made to conditions in detention centers, immigrants will continue to be criminalized under the current system of enforcement.

3. On Enforcement Activities: While providing a few protections for vulnerable populations picked up in raids, the bill does not guarantee due process procedures for those being deported. At the same time, while in theory suspending the 287(g) program, or polimigra, the bill also seeks to accelerate (at least in border areas) the process of integrating local and state law enforcement agents into the detention and deportation of immigrant workers.

4. On Employment Verification: The proposal mandates the use of the Employment Verification (E-Verify) system by all employers within three years. It also requires employers to fire workers whose social security numbers dont match Social Security Administration databases. This results in the criminalization of immigrant workers and gives employers another tool to break unions and degrade workers rights across the board.

5. On Family Unity: Although increasing the numbers of family visas available and giving the government greater discretion to waive unlawful presence bars to family reunification, the proposal keeps in place the 1996 law that requires the undocumented to leave the U.S. for 3-10 years in order to become eligible to legalize their status. This law has resulted in unnecessary family separation and immense suffering.

6. On Legalization: The bill will not grant a fair and fast path for the millions of undocumented immigrants who deserve a chance to legalize their status quickly and affordably. Instead, the bill creates a new conditional non-immigrant status (CNIS) visa. Those with CNIS status could apply for legal permanent resident (LPR) status, but no Green Cards would be issued for 6 years after the proposals enactment (unless existing immigrant backlogs have been cleared). The path to citizenship would likely take many more years.

7. On Agricultural Jobs: The Gutierrez bill includes the AgJOBS Act of 2009, which would provide temporary blue card visas to undocumented farm workers who have been living in the United States. In the past, temporary visa programs like the infamous Bracero program have been rife with abuse, benefiting growing companies and not workers.

8. On Students: The Gutierrez bill also includes the DREAM Act, which aims to offer in-state tuition rates to the children of undocumented immigrants. But it conditions the college loans and grants that these young people need on a type of community service which includes military service. This is unacceptable.

9. On Future Flows of Immigrants: The bill creates a Commission on Immigration and Labor Markets to determine the future quotas of temporary legal immigration visas. Any changes in immigration and labor policies will be based on the report of that commission. The establishment of this commission is the first step towards setting up an expanded guest worker program.

*****

Immigrants have fought for justice for many years, and in 2006 they reminded our legislators and politicians just how strong and intelligent their voices are. Now is the time to engage with our communities in honest dialogue and continue to hold our elected officials accountable to the vision of justice coming from the immigrant communities that make up our nation. We shall overcome! Vencerйmos!


DISCUTAMOS LA REFORMA MIGRATORIA
Una Carta Abierta

Esta carta fue iniciado por parte del Grassroots Immigrant Justice Network, un grupo recientemente formado por lнderes en el movimiento para los derechos de los inmigrantes y el movimiento laboral en diferentes partes del paнs. Miembros iniciales incluyen a Isabel Garcia, David Silva Villalobos, Carlos Arango, Juan Jose Bocanegra, Nativo Lopez, David Bacon, Lisa Luinenburg, Cristobal Cavazos, John Steinbach, Daniela Ortiz-Bahamonde, George Shriver, Jason McGahan, y Domingo Gonzales.

A pesar de que el clima polнtico parece incierto, estamos proponiendo un enfoque diferente para discutir una Reforma de Inmigraciуn Comprensiva. Necesitamos generar un debate nacional basado en inmigraciуn como una movilidad de labor y una cuestiуn de derechos humanos, no una cuestiуn de seguridad nacional y sanciones. Los inmigrantes han hecho vastas contribuciones a los EEUU, y deberнan de ser otorgados con el derecho de vivir aquн legalmente y sin miedo. Deberнamos de reconocer a la migraciуn como el fenуmeno global que es, y enfocarnos en sus causas econуmicas.

Mantenemos que el debate nacional acerca de la reforma migratoria deberнa de incluir los siguientes principios:

1. Construir puentes entre la gente de los EEUU y Mйxico en vez de paredes que los segreguen y los vuelvan en competidores en una lucha de sobrevivencia. Tomar acciуn inmediata para detener las muertes a lo largo de la frontera y terminar con la militarizaciуn de la frontera.

2. Analizar los efectos de acuerdos de libre comercio como NAFTA en las economнas de paнses remitentes. Terminar todas las polнticas econуmicas y extranjeras que dejan a la gente en paнses remitentes sin otra opciуn que migrar para poder mantener a sus familias.

3. Proveer un programa claro y fбcil de legalizaciуn para los millones de inmigrantes indocumentados que han construido sus hogares aquн y han contribuido grandemente a la prosperidad de la economнa de los E.E.U.U. Todos los inmigrantes merecen los derechos completos concedidos a los ciudadanos de los E.E.U.U, no un estatus de segunda clase.

4. Despejar la acumulaciуn de los cientos de miles de inmigrantes que han estado esperando para legalizar su status desde la Reforma de Inmigraciуn y Acta de Control de 1986. Permitir a mбs familias que se reъnan con sus seres queridos al expandir la definiciуn de familia bajo la ley migratoria actual.

5. Programas de trabajadores legales del estilo Bracero bajo cualquier otro nombre no tienen lugar en una reforma humana de inmigraciуn. Protecciones de trabajo aumentadas para los trabajadores inmigrantes tambiйn deberнan de incluir la libertad de movimiento entre trabajos y a travйs de fronteras nacionales.

6. Terminar la criminalizaciуn de trabajo a travйs del uso de auditorнas 1-9, E-Verify, redadas silenciosas, y otras tбcticas usadas para llevar a cabo despedidas masivas de trabajadores. Todos los trabajadores, incluyendo los inmigrantes, tienen el derecho a trabajar y a buscar trabajo sin el miedo de represalias.

7. Los inmigrantes y sus familias tienen el derecho a vivir en sus comunidades sin miedo. Paren las redadas y deportaciones, paren las polнticas de sanciones primero como 287(g) y Comunidades Seguras (Secure Communities), eliminen la privatizaciуn del sistema de detenciуn, y descriminalicen el status de trabajadores indocumentados. Otorguen derechos iguales a todos al rectificar la Convenciуn Internacional en la Protecciуn de Trabajadores Migrantes.

*****

Mucha gente en la comunidad inmigrante mira con esperanza hacia la Reforma Comprensiva de Inmigraciуn Para La Seguridad y Prosperidad de Amйrica (CIR ASAP en inglйs), recientemente presentada por el Representativo Luis Gutiйrrez (D-IL). La ley sн hace algunos cambios positivos y muy necesarios al sistema de inmigraciуn, incluyendo la suspensiуn de 287(g) y Operaciуn Streamline y mejoras en el sistema de detenciуn, y la eliminaciуn de todas las barreras relacionadas con el estado indocumentado (aunque barreras de seguridad y barreras de violaciуn federal no pueden ser eliminadas). Sin embargo, falla en cambiar la estructura bбsica de sanciones primero del sistema de inmigraciуn en los Estados Unidos. La ley tambiйn queda corta en satisfacer las demandas justas planteadas por el movimiento de las bases de los derechos de inmigrantes, incluyendo un fin a las redadas y deportaciones y la militarizaciуn de la frontera, protecciones incrementadas para los trabajadores inmigrantes, y una legalizaciуn justa para todos.

Abajo hay una lista de preocupaciones planteadas por organizaciones de derechos inmigrantes y lнderes a lo largo del paнs:

1. Seguridad en la Frontera: La propuesta de ley incrementa militarizaciуn en la frontera, garantizando las muertes continuas de miles de trabajadores desesperados en vez de tratar las causas que fomentan la inmigraciуn a lo largo de la frontera de Mйxico y los EEUU. A pesar de que 287(g) y la Operaciуn Streamline serбn suspendidos, la propuesta de ley incrementa la colaboraciуn entre la policнa y agentes de ICE a lo largo de la frontera.

2. En el Sistema de Detenciуn Inmigrante: La propuesta de ley falla en prohibir la privatizaciуn del sistema de detenciуn, el cual ha llevado a un nъmero creciente de abusos de derechos humanos en las manos de corporaciones no transparentes y con fines de lucro. A pesar de que algunas mejorнas son hechas a las condiciones en centros de detenciуn, los inmigrantes continuarбn siendo criminalizados bajo el sistema actual de sanciones.

3. En Actividades de Sanciуn: Mientras que se proveen unas cuantas protecciones para poblaciones vulnerables detenidos por las redadas, la ley no garantiza un proceso justo para aquellos siendo deportados. Al mismo tiempo, mientras en teorнa se suspenderнa el programa 287(g), o polimigra, la ley no cesa o invierte el proceso por el cual la policнa local y estatal estб siendo integrada en esfuerzos federales para detener y deportar a trabajadores inmigrantes.

4. Verificaciуn en el empleo: La propuesta requiere el uso del sistema de Verificaciуn de Empleo (E-Verify) por todos los empleadores dentro de tres aсos. Tambiйn requiere a los empleadores a despedir a los trabajadores cuyos nъmeros de seguro social no concuerdan con la base de datos de la Administraciуn de Seguro Social. Esto resulta en la criminalizaciуn de trabajadores inmigrantes y les da a los empleadores otra herramienta para romper uniones y degradar derechos de los trabajadores de manera general.

5. En la Unidad de la Familia: A pesar de que incrementa el nъmero de visas familiares disponibles, y le da al gobierno mayor discreciуn para no dejar pasar los obstбculos de presencia indebida a la reunificaciуn familiar, la propuesta mantiene en lugar la ley que requiere que los indocumentados se vayan del paнs por 3-10 aсos para poder volverse elegibles para legalizar su status. Esta ley, en los libros desde 1996, ha resultado en la separaciуn innecesaria de familias e inmenso sufrimiento.

6. En la Legalizaciуn: La ley no otorgarб un camino justo y rбpido para los millones de inmigrantes indocumentados que merecen una oportunidad de legalizar su status rбpida y econуmicamente. En lugar de eso, la ley crea una nueva visa de status condicional no-inmigrante (CNIS). Aquellas personas con estatus CNIS podrнan aplicar para un estatus legal permanente (LPR), pero las Green Cards no serнan distribuidas hasta 6 aсos despuйs de que la propuesta sea establecida (a menos que acumulaciones anteriores de inmigrantes hayan sido absueltas). El camino a la ciudadanнa probablemente tomarнa muchos aсos mбs.

7. En los Trabajos Agricultores: La ley de Gutiйrrez incluye la Acta AgJOBS del 2009, la cual proveerнa visas temporales tarjeta azul a trabajadores del campo que han estado viviendo en los Estados Unidos. En el pasado, programas temporales de visa como el infame programa Bracero han estado plagados de abuso, beneficiando a compaснas en crecimiento y no a los trabajadores.

8. En Estudiantes: La ley de Gutiйrrez tambiйn incluye el acta DREAM, la cual tiene el propуsito de ofrecer tarifas universitarias del estado a los hijos de inmigrantes indocumentados. Pero condiciona los prйstamos de la universidad y becas que esta gente joven necesita en un tipo de servicio a la comunidad el cual incluye servicio militar. Esto es inaceptable.

9. En Futuros Flujos de Inmigrantes: La ley crea una Comisiуn en Inmigraciуn y Mercados de Labor para determinar las futuras cuotas de visas de inmigraciуn temporal legal. Cualquier cambio en las polнticas de inmigraciуn y labor serбn basadas en los reportes de esa comisiуn. El establecimiento de esta comisiуn es el primer paso hacia el establecimiento de un programa expandido de trabajadores temporales.

*****

Los inmigrantes han luchado por justicia por varios aсos, y en el 2006 les recordaron a nuestros legisladores y polнticos lo fuerte e inteligente que son sus voces. Ahora es la hora de conectar con nuestras comunidades en diбlogo honesto y continuar manteniendo a nuestros oficiales elegidos responsables por la visiуn de justicia que viene de las comunidades inmigrantes que forman nuestra naciуn. Venceremos!


Individual Signatures / Firmas Individuales:
(Organizations for indentification only/ Organizaciones solo para indentificaciуn)

1. Isabel G. Garcia, Coalicion de Derechos Humanos, Tucson, AZ
2. David Silva Villalobos, Comite De Defensa Legal De California Inc.
3. John Steinbach, Mexicanos Sin Fronteras; Committee of Indigenous Solidarity
4. Penny Gamble-Williams, Executive Director, Ohke Cultural Network, Inc.
5. Norberto Martinez, Latino Media Collective
6. Lisa Luinenburg, Immigrant rights activist, Minneapolis, MN
7. Kathleen Ganley, Minneapolis, MN
8. Reverend Loren McGrail, Minneapolis, MN
9. Reverend Luis Alvarenga, Minneapolis, MN
10. George Shriver, Tucson Chapter National Writers Union; Coalicion de Derechos Humanos
11. Teresita Jacinto, Committee of Indigenous Solidarity
12. Dave Ransom, Culmore Methodist Church
13. Milt Shapiro, Committee of Indigenous Solidarity
14. Walda Katz-Fishman, Committee of Indigenous Solidarity
15. Cristobal Cavazos, Immigrant Solidarity DuPage
16. David Bacon, Immigration and Labor Journalist
17. Eduardo Quintana, President, IAMAW Local Lodge 933, Tucson, AZ
18. Jason McGahan, Stop the Raids, Students of Trinity College, Hartford, CT
19. Rafael Vieyra, Immigrant Solidarity DuPage (Solidaridad Migrante DuPage), Addison, IL
20. Juan Jose Bocanegra, Washington State Immigrant Rights Action Coalition
21. Carlos Arango, Chicago, IL
22. Niger Arevalo, Minneapolis, MN
23. Adreana Rea, Mexico City, Mexico
24. Ricardo Juarez, Mexicanos Sin Fronteras
25. Ric Clark, Woodbridge Workers Committee
26. Stephanie E. Reich, Granddaughter of immigrant workers
27. Roberta M. Stewart, Co-Chair, Fellowship of Reconciliation, D.C. Chapter
28. Joan W. Drake, Convener, Gray Panthers of Metropolitan D.C.
29. Frank Collins, 98 year-old former immigrant
30. Leilani Clark, Raza Studies Alumni, Tucson High School
31. Margot Veranes, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades DC 15
32. Alexis Mazon, University of California, Berkley, Labor Center
33. Violeta Dominguez, Alianza de Ex Braceros del Norte 1942-1964,Tucson, Arizona
34. Paul Teitelbaum, International Action Center, Tucson, Arizona
35. Narciso Aleman, Immigration Attorney
36. Candace Wolf, Artist-Educator and Oral Historian
37. Andres Gonzalez, Maywood Condado, Los Angeles, CA
38. Apolonio Cavez, Comite Pro-Uno, Fresno, CA
39. Carlos Heredia, Chicago, IL
40. Carlos Arrien, Indigenous Musician and Musical Historian
41. Joseph & Rose Marie Flynn, Gray Panthers of Metropolitan D.C.
42. Sonia Aviles, Minneapolis, MN
43. Reverend Miguel Rivera, National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC)
44. Martin Unzueta, Chicago, IL

Endorsing Organizations / Organizaciones Endosando:

1. Stop the Raids, Students of Trinity College, Hartford, CT
2. Committee of Indigenous Solidarity
3. Immigrant Solidarity DuPage, Chicago, IL
4. National Latino Congreso
5. Frente Unido de Inmigrantes, Illinois
6. Casa Aztlan, Chicago, IL
7. United Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Illinois
8. Mexica Politica Organization, Illinois
9. Coalicion Internacional de Mexicanos en el Exterior, Illinois
10. Consejo Hispano, Illinois
11. Coalicion de Derechos Humanos, Tucson, AZ
12. L.A. Community Legal Center and Educational
13. California Concilio de Inquilinos Local 1012
14. Jornaleros Unidos de Norte America Libre
15. Club Tamazulence Orgullo Jalisience
16. Comite de Trabajadores de Woodbridge
17. Comite Pro-Uno, Fresno, CA
18. National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC)
19. La Raza Centro Legal, San Fransisco, CA
20. Immigrant Workers Union
21. Worker Assembly of El Comite Pro Reforma Migratoria y Justicia Social
22. H.S. Power & Light Ministries, Latino Faith Initiative

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