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Sign on Now to Oppose S.744

Sign on Now to Oppose S.744

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Friends and Supporters,
Sign on now to oppose S.744! Sign on here!
 S.744 militarizes the border, turbo-charges E-verify, excludes half of theundocumented from legalization, and creates defacto indentured servitude forthose attaining "RPI" status. This letter is being sent to progressive and minorityDemocrats.
July 18, 2013
 
Re: Latino, Immigrant, and Indigenous Peoples Organizations and LeadersStrongly Oppose S.744
 
Dear Representative:We the undersigned representatives of Latino, immigrant, and Indigenous peoplesorganizations and communities write to urge you to reject S.744 in its current form. After much reflection, we have concluded that S.744 does more harm than good to thecause of fair and humane immigration reform. We expect that the bill will only getworse and even more focused on "border security-first" as it goes to the House of Representatives. Recent polling findings by
 underscore that Latino
 
voters do not support the border militarization or ineffective legalization components of S.744.We marched, we protested, and we voted for real immigration reform. But rather thanfulfill the promise of citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people living in the
 
country, we got legislation, S.744, which will plunge millions in immigrant and border communities into a more profound crisis than the one they already face. This flawedlegislation begins with the mistaken and dangerous premise that puts punishment over people and enforcement over citizenship. S.744 is neither inclusive nor fair. We cannotin good conscience support S.744 without major substantive changes. Our rejectiondoes not condone the defeat of immigration reform. Rather, it represents the decencyand dignity of a community drawing the line against more punishment of immigrants.These same values will continue to guide our struggle for humane and just immigrationreform in 2013 and beyond.In practice, S.744 will:
 
Block Registered Provisional Immigrants (RPI) from seeking lawfulpermanent resident status or citizenship for decades or forever;
 
Exclude or disqualify, over time, more than 5 million undocumentedpersons from the Registered Provisional Immigrant program;Subject Registered Provisional Immigrants to reprehensible andunacceptable conditions for ten or more years in order to maintainstatus;
 
Increase discrimination and racial profiling of people of color throughnationwide mandatory E-verify of every worker- citizen and non-citizen- in the country; and
 
Create a virtual police-state and create environmental disasters in the27 border counties by militarizing the US- Mexico border includingweapons-capable drones, 40,000 guards, and 700 miles of borderwalls.
 
Such a proposal does not, in any way, reflect the kind of humane, inclusive,and common sense values that we envisioned before and since the 2012elections. We write to ask you to join us in rejecting this legislation in thename of continuing the fight for real immigration reform.Please contact Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org if youhave any comments or questions at arturo@presente.org. 
 
Sincerely,See initial list of organizations and leaders on page 2
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ational and Regional Organizations
 
Dignity CampaignFrente Indigena de Organizaciones Binacionales, FIOBHermandad Mexicana
 
Mexican American Political Association (MAPA)Presente.orgRed Mexicana de Lideres y Organizaciones MigrantesSouthwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP)Southwest Workers Union (SWU)William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI)
State and Local Organizations
 Alianza Latinoamericana por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes (ALIADI)Association of Mexicans in North Carolina, AMEXCANAnahauk Youth Soccer AssociationAssociation for Residency and Citizenship of America (ARCA)Border Angels, San DiegoCesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational FundCoalicion de Derechos Humanos, Tucson, ArizonaCoastal Bend Committee for Human RightsCommunion of Independent Catholic Churches, San Diego, CADurango Unido in ChicagoFederacion Zacatecana, A.C., FEDZACGente Unida, San Diego, CAThe Hispanic Community Dialogue, Virginia Beach, VALatino/Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel Valley and Pomona ValleyLULAC, Inland EmpireSan Bernardino Community Service Center, IncMundo Maya FoundationSeminario Permanente de Estudios Chicanos y de Fronteras y Red Mexicanade Acción frente al Libre Comercio.,México, D. F.
Individuals
 Juan Jose BocanegraAlfredo Gutierrez, Author of To Sin Against Hope, Former majority leader of the Arizona State SenateSal RezaPrimitivo RodríguezPatricia Schano Allen, President, Research ApplicationsMelanie Stuart, Public Policy Chairperson for the American Association of University Women-Chula VistaRick Swartz, President, Strategic Solutions WashingtonVictor Manuel Torres, Spokesperson, El Grupo, North San Diego CountyProf. Armando Vazquez-Ramos, President, California-Mexico Studies Center
Appendix 1: Latino, Immigrant, and Indigenous Peoples Organizations and

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