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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Citizenship for all 11 million, no less

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

We need citizenship for the 11 million

Tell Congress To Act Now

Dear Friend,

On Monday, President Obama highlighted immigration as a priority in his second term during his inauguration speech. We know the immigration reform debate is about to heat up, and we need to put our stake in the ground, now, or millions of people could get left out. 

We are coming to you because we know we can count on you to act--can you sign this petition calling for citizenship for all 11 million? We'll be delivering your petition and comments straight to Congress.  

Tell your members of Congress you want all 11 million undocumented people to have a path to citizenship, no less. 

You, more than anyone, know the urgency of reforming our immigration system. Just over a week ago, many of you took action to stop the deportation of Erika's mom. Erika is a fellow Presente.org member, a well-known activist and a DREAMer.

Thanks to today's harsh immigration policies, Erika's family is not the only one struggling against deportation. Every minute a person is deported and a family is torn apart. What this makes clear is that we can't afford another day without relief for all undocumented families.

The White House is set to do a major push any day now, and the U.S. Senate will likely be the place where legislation first gets debated.1 What the media won't tell you, though, is that most of the legislation has already been written behind closed doors, and we already have reasons to be concerned.  

An anonymous Senate Democrat aide told Color Lines: "I think there will be [some] more border enforcement."2 However, we know what happens when you throw more money at the border without accountability from the killing of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas and 18 other border residents since 2010.3 

Just as concerning is the fact that we know previous attempts at comprehensive immigration reform have left out as many as half of the 11 million undocumented people who live and work in our communities. This isn't the change we voted for. It's more of the same.  

Tell your members of Congress you want all 11 million undocumented people to have a path to citizenship, no less. 

We need to tell our members of Congress, Representatives and Senators, that we want all 11 million undocumented people to have a path to citizenship in all immigration reform conversations that are happening. We can't continue to live in a country where millions of people live among us, excluded from the basic rights we are all entitled to as human beings.  

We will be following up with the members of Congress who get the most messages from you.  

Tell your members of Congress you want all 11 million undocumented people to have a path to citizenship, no less. 

We need a send a strong message to Congress. The futures of millions of people depend on it.

Thanks and ¡adelante!
Gabriela, Ana, Arturo, Erick, and the rest of the Presente.org team

Sources:

1. "Obama's Immigration Reform Push To Begin This Month." Huffington Post, Jan. 2, 2013.

2. "What to Expect From Immigration Reform, and When to Expect It." Colorlines, Jan. 7, 2013. 

3. "Probe of Border Agency Opens Amidst Wave of Deadly Shootings." Southern Border Communities Coalition, Oct. 17, 2012. 

4. "Unauthorized Immigrants: 11.1 Million in 2011." Pew Hispanic Center, Dec. 6, 2012.