01.28.2013 – Los Angeles, CA
In response to the Senate framework for immigration reform being announced later today, Pablo Alvarado, Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:
“The Senate debate about 11 million people’s path to citizenship- fundamentally a debate about our pursuit of political equality in the United States- should no longer be held hostage by irrational fears.  

While it is good Congress is getting to work, the Senators need to update their starting point. The Senate’s 2007 framework excluded millions of immigrants from the path to citizenship and led to an avalanche of anti-immigrant enforcement in recent years.   The debate must be different this time around.

To be productive, the threat of deportation needs to be taken off the table immediately, by Congress or by the President.  Immigrants themselves need to be part of the reform conversation and a full suspension of deportations will give families breathing room to do so. Until deportations stop, President Obama is in the impossible position of deporting the very people he is ostensibly trying to bring into citizenship.”


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