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Largest Online Latino Advocacy Group Opposes Immigration Bill

Largest Online Latino Advocacy Group Opposes Immigration Bill

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For Immediate Release: June 24, 2013
 
Contact: Blair FitzGibbon, 202-503-6141
Largest Online Latino Advocacy GroupOpposesImmigration Bill
 Bill Will I 
ncrease Death and Destruction in Immigrant Life through Increased 
 Militarization of the Border 
 
In response to the very disturbing new proposals contained in the Corker-Hoeven Amendment totheSenate BillS.744, Presente.org announces our opposition to the bill.
 
As advocates for immigrant rights, we cannot, in good conscience, lend our credibility andsupport to a bill that will not
 
legalize 11 million people and leave millions out of a pathway to citizenship, a promise that has been the foundation
 
for our support to begin with. At the same time, we cannot support a bill that is also guaranteedto increase death anddestruction in immigrantlife through increased militarization of the border 
.
 
Recent reports, including a study of the legislation by the Congressional Budget Office, makeclear that, as designed,S. 744 will deny the possibility of securing citizenship and legal status to many. Millions of immigrants will be left
 
vulnerable and in fear of deportation for the rest of their lives. At a time when FBI reports andother statistics affirmthat the border has been andcontinues to be safe
, legislation that will increase the number of Border Patrol agents by
 
20,000 further endangers our communities. And, when we consider that $40 billion for “border security” will be
 allocated over the next 10 years, when there has been no justice in cases involving Border Patrolagents known to haveabused their authority and even kill with impunity, S. 744 will turn the southern border of theUnited States into a permanent war zone. Opinion polls and our common moral sense tell us that this is not the
“Immigration reform”
 Latinos voted for.
 

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