'Immigration Action Alerts'

Immigration Reform Passes Senate!

Posted on 01. Jul, 2013 by .

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senate-passes-landmark-immigration-billThe immigration reform bill which promises a path to citizenship for many immigrants in the United States passed the Senate on Thursday, July, 27th with a 68-32 vote.

According to America’s Voice, “the Senate bill–while it is a compromise full of unnecessary and overstrict border measures–is full of provisions that would substantially improve the lives of immigrants.” Below is a short list of those provisions in the Senate immigration bill:       

  • Path to citizenship for vast majority of the 11 million!!!
  • While in RPI status, immigrants can work, travel and live without fear of deportation
  • Reunification of many families separated by deportation
  • 5 year path to citizenship for Dreamers
  • DACA recipients will have RPI status expedited
  • Farm workers will get a ‘blue card’ and will be on a 5 year path to citizenship
  • Expedited path for those already here in a temporary status (TPS/DED)
  • Families that have spent years, even decades waiting for their turn in line will finally be reunited
  • Spouses and children of LPRs would be considered immediate family members and therefore would no longer be subject to arbitrary visa caps.
  • Allows DREAMers to become citizens through military service
  • Immigrants on the path to citizenship can pay fees in installments
  • Individuals with final removal orders may be eligible for RPI status
  • Beacons for those toiling at the border
  • New temporary worker programs that protects immigrant workers and American labor force
  • All workers, including RPIs, will be treated equally by the tax system and eligible for tax credits
  • Spouses of H-1B holders will now be able to work
  • Immigration Judges will have some flexibility to consider individual factors when making decisions
  • Children and the mentally disabled will be eligible for court appointed counsel in immigration proceedings
  • Removal of filing deadline for asylum seekers
  • Encourages immigrant integration through more targeted programs and foundations to help legal immigrants become citizens
  • Inclusion of POWER Act, bolsters legal remedies to immigrant workers who are fired in violation of labor laws
  • Strict limits on solitary confinement in immigration detention facilities
  • Asylum applicants will be granted work authorization within 180 days of filing an application
  • Provides immigration status to certain battered spouses and children
  • Prohibit ICE from conducting raids/arrests outside schools, churches, hospitals and other “sensitive locations”
  • Prohibits deportation of immigrants for a crime that wasn’t a deportable/inadmissible offense when committed.
  • Makes it substantially easier for both LPRs and non-LPRs to qualify for cancellation of removal, and removes the cap on the number of cancellations that DOJ/DHS can grant in a year.
  • Protects the ability of W visaholders (essential workers) to change jobs.
  • Ensures access to affordable housing for battered immigrants.
  • Encourages alternatives to immigration detention
  • More protections for workers recruited abroad
  • Stricter penalties for notario fraud
  • Requires a use-of-force policy among all DHS agencies
  • Future work-visa holders will be able to self-petition for green cards rather than relying on employers to decide whether they can call America home for good

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Action Alerts: Immigration

Posted on 09. Jan, 2013 by .

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Say No to the “SAFE” Act!

The SAFE Act is harmful to communities and it criminalizes the undocumented in our country. Among other things, the SAFE Act:

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* violates an essential element of Catholic Social Teaching: respect for the dignity of the human person

* will increase the already record rates of mass deportations, endanger already vulnerable populations, and subject them to increased racial profiling

Call your representative and tell him or her to oppose the SAFE Act by calling:

1-866-940-2439

 

Contact Senate Judiciary Committee and Gang of Eight!

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Dial 1-866-940-2439 to call in your message to the Senate Judiciary Members.

For the four other Gang of Eight members not on the Judiciary Committee, call the individual Senators’ offices at the following numbers:
Sen. Marco Rubio:  202-224-3041

Sen. Bob Menedez:  202-224-4744

Sen. John McCain:  202-224-2235

Sen. Michael Bennet:  202-224-5852

 

Contact Congress About Immigration

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Send a postcard to Congress about Immigration Reform.  Click here.

 

 

Deportation Clock:images

Over 1,500,000 people have been deported since Jan. 1, 2009. At this rate President Obama will have deported more people in six years than all people deported before 1997. This is unacceptable.

Excerpt from presente.org

Click here to see how many people have been deported since Jan. 1, 2009. 

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