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In response to the GOP’s principles on immigration released today, Chris Newman, legal director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:

“We are concerned the nativists within the Republican party now control the the whip hand on the immigration reform debate. The GOP’s principles make clear they continue to seek the criminalization of immigrants and the Arizonification of the country.

The best way forward is for the President to lead with concrete action. A suspension of deportations would galvanize consensus for reform and put the immigrant rights movement into a win-win position. It would alleviate unnecessary suffering and prolonged injustice immediately. It would resolve inconsistency in the President’s position, and it would make clear that legalization can no longer be used as a bargaining chip.”



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