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Dems Preparing To Go To The Matt On Immigration Reform

As Democrats weigh their chances of passing immigration reform in the U.S. House of Representatives, reality is dawning upon them like the darkness imposed by a slowly setting sun.  Activists have always been willing to make compromises, including the massive funding of miles of border fence and the hiring of legions of new border patrol officers.


However, as it becomes clear the House has no intention of granting more than second class citizenship to immigrants, the community is bracing to swallow a bitter pill.  There is a point at which many Democrats consider immigration reform without a path to citizenship too little too late. Instead, they are shifting their focus on electing people to congress who are interested in an inclusive society.  Frankly, the decision should have been made a long time ago.


Even the Gang of 8 bill was a massive compromise, failing to register the immigrants who posed the biggest threat to U.S. society.  At best, the Gang of 8 Bill would have excluded 3 out of 10 immigrants.  The number equates to 4 million people who would not qualify under the most liberal rules.

Unfortunately, the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives is not content with excluding 3 out of 10 immigrants from qualifying for citizenship.  Republicans want to exclude the entire 12 million-strong immigrant community from citizenship, hence exclude them from voting.  “Legalization yes”, they say, “citizenship no”.



The United States of America was founded when mostly English settlers were taxed by a greedy crown without granting the colonists a right to have a say in their government.  Later, after the civil war, blacks were excluded from voting through the use of poll taxes and other measures.

The lessons of freeing people from bondage without giving them a say in their representative government should have been learned long ago.  Exclusion from a free society has cast generations of African Americans into the bondage of poverty and an un-privileged existence.  When lage segments of our population suffer indenture, all people suffer the loss of freedom.  All people suffer the loss of prosperity those people could have bestowed upon society.


Since the bulk of immigrants are Latino, and the bulk of Latinos have strong religous convictions, the Republicans were likely to be the long term winners after reform.  It would take many years to sooth feelings after the bitter treatment Republicans have foisted upon workers who keep the grist mills of the country running.  Were Republicans long term thinkers, clear gains in the polls were theirs to be won.  Instead, the GOP continues to shoot itself in the foot by alienating the single largest block of voters now waiting their turn on the horizon to participate in a democratic society.


Democrats have their base prepared for a strong lobby for immigration reform.  With the U.S. House putting reform together like a straw dummy, Some leaders are now thinking it is better to use the talent to concentrate on electing more considerate leaders during the next election.  There is a point in which the term “immigration reform” could become a synonym for “Jim Crow laws for immigrants”.







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Fair Immigration Reform Colorado Bus Tour FIRM and CIRC

A Bus Tour to learn how to pass the message of immigration reform in the US!



Join the Fair Immigration Reform Movement and youths from around the country in telling America why immigration reform is ripe for change now!


1. Keep families together, rather than shred the bond between parent and child;

2. Immigrants contribute significant money to the economy. You don’t have to know an immigrant to benefit from immigrant tax and spending revenue;

3. Immigrants contribute significant innovations to the country. Google, for example, might be a Russian innovation if the co-founder was deported.

4. Fundamental fairness has to apply to all people to keep America fair. We cannot say we are a just people when we treat others harshly.

5. Comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) will make our nation safer by identifying people within our borders.

Please call your senator and representative and ask him or her to support immigration reform. Please contact an immigrant organization near you and ask them to give a speech in your organization.



Thanks to Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez, Senator Michael Bennet, Senator John McCain, Representatives Diana DeGette, Jared Polis and Luis Gutierrez for taking the leadership on immigration reform.

Thanks to the Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition, Rights For All People, Padres y Jovenes Unidos, One Colorado, SEIU Colorado and many other organizations which support immigration reform, because it is the right thing to do!



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Obama Brings Nation Closer To Immigration Reform



The President Grants


Temporary Relief To


Dream Act Students


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Students of undocumented immigrants have a new lease on life after the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, issued a letter indicating the Obama Administration has used it’s executive authority to change the way some classes of deportation cases will be handled, including those who qualify for the proposed Dream Act currently in front of Congress.

Currently, immigrants can ask federal prosecutors in charge of deportation cases to use their discretion in the prosecution of the case.   Where the prosecutor uses his discretion, the immigrant is not deported.  In order to qualify, an immigrant in removal proceedings must show he is not a risk to the security interests of the US and where hardships exist.  The term discretion is appropriate because only some prosecutors have elected to refrain from insisting upon the removal of the individual.  Each case is carefully reviewed and no exact standard exists for granting of relief.

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it will develop new criteria to identify deportation cases that likely qualify for prosecutorial discretion.  The Department will use “positive factors” in determining who will qualify for prosecutorial discretion and who will not.  Those factors will include how long the person has been present in the US,  whether the immigrant is a child, an elderly person, a veteran and those with serious health problems or disabilities.

While the Napolitano letter will help students who were brought here as children, hence should not suffer the consequence of deportation, it does not necessarily provide legal status for the individual who is granted relief from deportation.  Work documents and driver’s licenses will may still be difficult to obtain.

Anti-immigration opponents insist the Obama Administration has granted “amnesty” to the undocumented youth and other low-priority deportation cases.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) remains a priority for the nation if it is to resolve the matter of 12 million undocumented immigrants.  Behind each immigrant is another four to five US citizen family members.  Behind the approximate 60 million undocumented immigrants and US citizen family members is the faith and credibility of a nation which claims to be based upon notions of equality and justice for all, a nation made by and maintained by immigrants.


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