Introduction Poses Test for President
Los Angeles, CA – 04.17.2013
In response to the introduction of the Senate ‘Gang of 8’ immigration reform bill, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:
“President Obama should seize the opportunity presented today by immediately suspending deportations, at a bare minimum for all those who would be included in the bill’s legalization provisions. While it is necessary to study the bill before passing judgment on its contents, one thing remains clear: the President’s own deportation quota policy is the biggest roadblock on the path to citizenship. He must take steps immediately to end the removal and criminalization of would-be citizens.
Millions of immigrants have walked a long road to get to this point, and the power we have all built as a movement has forced immigration reform onto the national agenda and created a mandate for equality. As the bill moves forward, we will continue to fight to make sure our labor and civil rights are fully respected.”