One of the greatest victories of right-wing extremists such as the Tanton Network has been to push professional immigration reform advocates to adopt right-wing talking points. As such the entire immigration reform debate is framed along the binary of good immigrant and bad immigrants. Since 2005, immigration reform advocates have waged a national campaign for comprehensive immigration reform on the premise of exchanging a militarized border wall, privatized prisons and increased surveillance for a pathway to citizenship for a limited number of undocumented immigrants. Under the current frame, the 11.7 million who are undocumented and aspiring to be American have to “get right with the law,” “get in line,” speak English, pay fines, and pay taxes in order to gain some sort of legal status in the U.S. These are professional messaging points that bear no truth and no justice for immigrants.
Instead, the good immigrant and bad immigrant frames has hurt advocacy for racial and immigrant justice. For example, when immigration reform advocates hold up banners saying “We are Not Criminals…” they inadvertently buy into the notion that certain demographic groups are criminals. When they emphasize a pathway to citizenship at the expense of basic human right to live, work and travel, they willfully ignore what citizenship means for a young, black man such as Trayvon Martin. When they criminalize and exclude various categories of immigrants from the blueprint for immigration reform, they make it harder to ally with movements for criminal justice and racial justice.
#Dream30 needs your help. Please take a photo with a sign saying “im from _____ and I stand with the #Dream30. #BringThemHome.” and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Los #Dream30 necesitan de su ayuda! Por favor tómense una foto con un sign que diga “I’m from (estado en que vive) and I stand with the #Dream30. #BringThemHome” y mande la foto a email@example.com.
#DREAM30 - #BRINGTHEMHOME - SIGN THESE PETITIONS
On Monday, 30 Dreamers, previously deported or departed, will attempt to return home to the U.S. via Laredo, Texas. Applications for humanitarian parole have already been filed.
Support them by signing and sharing the following petitions:
For the past few weeks, self-proclaimed supporters of comprehensive immigration reform, including various immigration attorneys, have put my home address online repeatedly in order to intimidate and harass me. My former law firm and I were falsely accused of perpetrating fraud to the U.S. Supreme Court. They have also accused me of committing tax fraud, and several other crimes of dishonesty in order to discredit me and my work. These are serious, baseless and defamatory allegations. I have repeatedly tried not to engage because as a rule, you do not engage with people trying to repeatedly stalk and bully you. You report them to the authorities and you try to stay away from them.
Leaders of the undocumented youth movement in the United States have crossed the border into Mexico, and plan to turn themselves in alongside other undocumented youth who left or were deported from the United States at a border crossing next week. With applications for legal admission in hand, they will demand to be allowed to return home to the United States.
The brave and courageous young people include our friends, Lizbeth Mateo, Lulu Martinez and Marco Saavedra.
Quick things you can do right now:
- Click here to Thunderclap the action now
- Sign this petition to bring Adriana home
- Reblog and share this video
- Share, comment, and react to the Buzzfeed article
- Join Lizbeth, Lulu and Marco as they come out of the shadows at the border
Stay tuned for more.
Isabel Castillo, Roxana Bendezu, Prerna Lal, Lizbeth Mateo and Marybeth Onyeukwu are staging a sit-in in D.C. to demand unmarked licences for their community.
Take Action: “Mayor Gray: Don’t Racially Profile Our Immigrants!”
Call the Mayor’s office @ 202-727-6101 or 202-741-0922 or 202-727-6300
“Hi, I was calling to ask that Mayor Gray to amend the driver’s license bill. Undocumented immigrants living in the District will be racially profiled with his marked license plan. Why is the Mayor setting a bad example for the rest of the nation? I urge Mayor Gray to reconsider his proposal and support one city, one license for all.
Sign the petition: http://action.dreamactivist.org/dc/license/
It’s one city, one license people.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and call the cops to get a restraining order on your spouse, you can rest assured that you will end up in deportation proceedings, along with your children. This is the 14 year old and the mom that ICE is deporting TONIGHT at 9 PM EST while Obama and Senator Menendez stand on the sidelines, contrary to statutory exceptions such as VAWA. So much for prosecutorial discretion.
My name is Fredi Reyes. I am a 15-year old United States citizen, born in New York on November 23, 1996. I’m a freshman high school student at East Davidson High School and I’m currently undergoing the worst crisis of my life. This isn’t some teenage fit over popularity or how good I look, or the clothes I wear. Along with my mother, I am facing deportation from my only home.