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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

Group Slams Senate Judiciary Committee for Linking Border Trigger to Citizenship

May 9, 2013

“Today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on “border triggers” as part of immigration reform show how completely out-of-touch politicians in Washington are with voters and with immigration reality,” said Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org. “These “border triggers” will kill immigration reform. Tying citizenship for 11 million people to vague, untried and unnecessary policies like “border triggers” is not what the overwhelming majority of Latino voters asked for. We asked for real citizenship and real reform, not more multi-billion dollar fences, more surveillance, new national ID cards for all citizens and other unnecessary things for a border that the FBI tells us year in and year out is safe. We need a clear path to citizenship, not a clear path to enrich military-industrial and prison companies who give campaign money to politicians like Sen. Chuck Schumer.”