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National push for Deferred Action to apply to all undocumented immigrants!

By Legalization For All (L4A)

Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Legalization For All (L4A) network

The Legalization For All (L4A) network is initiating an all-hands-on-deck, national push for Deferred Action to apply to all undocumented immigrants! Now.

This coming Thursday, October 3, 2013 we are calling on President Barack Obama to make an executive decision: Make Deferred Action apply to all 11 million undocumented immigrants!

June 27, 2013, L4A strongly condemned the inclusion of the Corker-Hoever amendment in the Senate 2013 Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) Bill. On that same day, the U.S. Senate passed the Corker-Hoever amendment by a 68 to 32 margin. The Corker-Hoever amendment would increase militarization on the border, expand the E-verify workplace enforcement, and try to track the more than one hundred and fifty million people who enter the United States each year. This same amendment called for an additional $46 billion to further militarize the border, including 20,000 more border patrol officers, hundreds of miles of new fencing, and mandates use of military technology. Attacks such as these would mainly be felt by Mexicans and Central Americans trying to cross the border, leading to even more deaths.

Friday, September 20, 2013 the mainstream media announced that the CIR 2013 would not be brought up in the House of Representatives. During the lead up to this announcement, efforts around the country were being made to pressure Republicans to act. L4A organized National Call-In days pressuring Representative John Boehner, Republican Representative Paul Ryan and Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

In Arizona, a group of young leaders took to the streets and stopped a Detention Center bus from deporting a bus-full of immigrants. They didn't let it go anywhere. In Minneapolis, immigrant rights activists demanded a stop the deportations at the Hennepin County Jail. In Tampa, an immigrant rights caravan joined with the community and protested Marco Rubio. Los Angeles community members fought back against the use of neighborhood blockades by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).

When President Barack Obama stated he had no intention of stopping the deportations of DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals) recipient's parents, Obama chose to take a stand against the people. All 11 million undocumented also need a Deferred Action or an executive decision by the President to stop the daily, deportations of immigrants. We cannot let our families continue to be torn apart. These attacks on our communities and the silent raids of our homes and work-places is not how we want to continue living. We will not sit back and let these attacks continue. Enough is enough.

It is also important to remember that while DA is our best option given that CIR 2013 is stalled, it is up to us, the people to demand what is most beneficial to us. This includes and is not limited to our L4A pillars:

1. Legalization Now! The current Senate bill has a ten-year wait for undocumented to become legal permanent residents. This and other barriers will exclude many from legalization.

2. No more militarization of the border! No drones! Right now hundreds of immigrants are dying trying to cross the border because the militarization of the border drives people to harsh desert areas. The current Senate bill will lead to military drones flying over millions of Americans who live within 100 miles of the border, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the U.S. government already tracking our phone calls and emails, we do not want drones watching us around the clock.

3. Stop the Deportations! Under the Obama administration, there are record numbers of deportations. There should be a moratorium on deportations while the legalization process is starting. Why should the government deport more people and tear apart families who will become legal residents?

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