Courage Campaign, CREDO, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, DRM Coalition, 18MillionRising.org and Presente.org
As the nation prepares to debate immigration reform legislation this week, a broad collaborative made up of on-the-ground and online grassroots organizations has come together in the name of just and real immigration reform. This group is made up of Courage Campaign, CREDO, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, DRM Coalition, 18MillionRising.org and Presente.org. Guided by principles that begin and end with creating a simple and clear path for the more than 11 million immigrants living under difficult conditions as undocumented people in the United States. At the same time, we reject, in no uncertain terms, immigration reform centered in a system that puts prisons before people. To find more information on this joint effort please visit EnoughDeportations.org. Among the principles that unite us are:
• Migrants are human beings that should be treated with dignity and accorded inalienable and fundamental human rights
• All migrants currently residing in the U.S. should have a speedy and affordable path to citizenship available to them regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or any other socioeconomic status
• Future flow agreements must defend labor and civil rights and strengthen commitments to preserve and expedite the unification of families, embrace the poor, and provide equal immigration rights to LGBTQ individuals, couples, and families.
• Real immigration reform can only begin with a halt to the deportation and detention of migrants and the end of the separation of families
• No more additional funding for border security. Previous benchmarks for border security have already been met and crossings are at historic lows.
• Enough! We've already spent billions too much on immigration enforcement. It's time to end S-COMM, 287(g), national ID and other punitive laws and programs. Immigration must be decriminalized.
Both collectively and individually, the participating organizations will continue to pursue progressive legislation that upholds our principles through the coming weeks and months.