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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Presente.org welcomes the necessary national debate on immigration that begins with the introduction by the Senate “Gang of Eight” of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.

April 17, 2013

“We are happy to finally begin the national debate on immigration," said Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org. "The Gang of Eight immigration proposal gives us a lot that millions of Latinos will discuss, but this bill will require fundamental improvements to truly fix our broken immigration system. The citizenship provisions are unfair and demand people jump through too many unnecessary hoops. The overwhelming focus on expensive, failed and deadly border security as the center of reform is not what the majority of Latino and other voters asked for. This bill may legalize many, but it does little to fundamentally fix the failed and broken system it was supposed to fix.”