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The Editor Critiques the WCVI and SWVREP Opposition to S744

The Editor Critiques the WCVI and SWVREP Opposition to S744

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The Editor Critiques the WCVI and the SWVREP Opposition to S744The Editor: The Editor has read the letter send out by the William C.Velasquez Institute and the Southwest Voter Registration and EducationProject in which they are asking advocates for immigration reform toside with them as they unleash a campaign to bring an end for the pushfor immigration reform. The letter from the William C. VelasquezInstitute and the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project is posted next to this post for you to read and examine. I have read and re-read the letter, conversed with a few of my friends, and continue toupdate myself on what is going on with immigration reform.The William C. Velasquez Institute and the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project strategy involves having their supporters write letters to Democrats in the Congress to kill S744, theSenate bill on immigration reform. The bill was passed with 68 votesfor and 32 votes against in the Senate. The passage of S744 was viewed by most advocates of immigration reform as a great victory. 68 votesfor a bill in the Senate is no laughing matter. The Affordable HealthCare Act passed by 60 votes. Immigration reform took a major leapforward with the margin of votes it got for passage. S744 was to be thenegotiating card for advocates of immigration reform to use as theCongress took up immigration reform this year.Instead of moving together with the rest of the immigration reformadvocates, the William C. Velasquez Institute and the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project are telling the rest of us that we arewrong.
It’s
one thing if the arguments that the William C. VelasquezInstitute and the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Projectwere good arguments,
it’s
a totally different thing when they base their case on lies, not even half truths, but utter lies.As you will note, their letter consists of two documents, one the templateletter that would go to the Democrat Congressperson and the other is the
 
"Latino, Immigrant, and Indigenous Peoples Organizations andLeaders'Critique of S.744." The letter to the Congress contains these major bullet points, 
 Bullet Point: Block Registered Provisional Immigrants (RPI) from seeking lawful permanent resident status or citizenship for decades or  forever;
 The Editor: This is a worst case scenario. Without S744, there is no pathto anything, there is no bill, there is no legislation, and there is no bargaining chip, nothing. Nothing means, 11.5 million undocumentedimmigrants have nothing to look forward to, no Registered ProvisionalImmigrant status, no ability to ever be in line for Legal PermanentResidence and, for sure, no ability to wait in line to become a UnitedState Citizen. Registered Provisional Immigrant status takes 11.5million out of the undocumented immigration closet. There is no other legislation to look at. Without S744, William C. Velasquez Institute andthe Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project would keep all11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the undocumentedimmigration closet. The RPI card would allow millions of undocumented immigrants immediate protection from raids by ICE.The William C. Velasquez Institute and the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project would prefer to remove this possibleshield from ever becoming a reality. They would rather have the raidscontinue until the legislation that would be a perfect piece of legislation,one to the liking of the William C. Velasquez Institute and theSouthwest Voter Registration and Education Project and their ivorytower wannabes. The world is not perfect. We will not get perfectlegislation for immigration reform, now or in the near future. With anRPI card, millions of undocumented immigrants would have a documentthat would grant them legal status, the ability to drive through Texas,Arizona, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, SouthCarolina, and North Carolina without having to hide from the cops or from immigration migras. They could apply for a social security card.
 
They could apply for a
driver’s
license. They could apply for a stateissued identity document. They could travel all over America to visitfamily, friends, and places of entertainment. They could travel to their country of origin, to visit their father, mother, son, daughter, brothers,sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephew, nieces, compadres,comadres, padrinos and madrinas. They could travel abroad to visit thegrave sites of their dearly beloved who died in their absence. Theycould more readily look for and obtain better employment. They couldmore easily apply for consumer credit so that they could get intofinancial tracalas like the rest of America. The William C. VelasquezInstitute and the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Projectdoes not have a broad vision. All they see is their need for a perfect bill. In conversations that the Editor had with the head of the William C.Velasquez Institute and the Southwest Voter Registration and EducationProject, looking for the whys of the very short sighted view of S744, theresponse that came back was S744 is dead, we can wait for other areasof immigration to advance at their own pace, like Dreamers, likeremoving the 3 year and the 10 year bars in immigration, like moresmoke, more smoke, more humo.... 
 Bullet point: Exclude or disqualify, over time, more than 5 millionundocumented persons from the Registered Provisional Immigrant  program; Subject Registered Provisional Immigrants to reprehensibleand unacceptable conditions for ten or more years in order to maintain status;
 This bullet point as an argument is baseless.
It’s
based on Republicanthinking. Of the 11.5 million undocumented immigrants who mightqualify for the Registered Provisional Immigrant status that is containedin S744, the William C. Velasquez Institute and the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project have concluded that more than 5million of them would be excluded or would not qualify. There is sometruth to this statement, but most of it is super hype. Where the WilliamC. Velasquez Institute and the Southwest Voter Registration andEducation Project get the "more than 5 million" from, is a mystery.

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