Presente.org welcomes and will be engaged in the upcoming national discussion on immigration. Unfortunately, the immigration policy framework and legislation developed by a bipartisan group of Senators known as the “gang of eight” continues and expands a failed and unnecessary approach-linking legalization of the 11 million to increased enforcement and border security. Over the past 10 years, we have piled on so much enforcement that now we spend more on immigration and less on the CIA, FBI and other federal efforts-combined, according to a report by the widely-respected Migration Policy Institute.
“Following the last election, Latino and other voters expect and demand legalization of 11 to 12 million people” said Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org. “Nobody voted for separating and destroying more families or for jailing more immigrants; No poll says Latinos and other voters want to waste more money padding the already-bloated budget of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) and Latino voters certainly didn't ask for citizenship that will exclude millions.”Presente.org joins the chorus of voices demanding the immediate removal of unnecessary barriers to citizenship that are in the Senate legislation: fees, language requirements, unfair employment verification and other obstacles. "As framed in the legislation, this “tough but fair path to legalization” will continue putting more lives in jeopardy. We demanded and still demand all 11 to 12 million. No less."