Senate Gang of 8 Proposals 4-16-13 (1) (2)

HERMANDAD MEXICANA HUMANITARIAN FOUNDATION

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April 16, 2013 CONTACT: Taina Vega (714) 679-4208 Sergio Trujillo (714) 350-4023

SENATE IMMIGRATION BILL REBUTTED HERMANDAD MEXICANA PROPOSES ALTERNATIVES
The Hermandad Mexicana Humanitarian Foundation acknowledged the senate “gang of 8” immigration plan as the start of the national debate over specific legislation, but rejected numerous proposed provisions as overly enforcement laden. “We are proposing alternatives that are reasonable and family oriented,” stated Sergio Trujillo, Hermandad spokesperson. “Our proposals are premised on the history of immigration and previous reform legislation that worked for the country,” added Taina Vega, Hermandad spokeswoman. These alternatives include the following:          The lengthy ten year period of the proposed Registered Provisional Immigrant Status (RPI) should be reduced to 18 months as occurred with IRCA in 1986. The time period to apply for this new immigration status should be extended to three years instead of one. In 1986, 2.7 million amnesty applicants qualified in one year, but now the number of applicants could reach 13 million. All applicants must be afforded access to public benefits supported by their taxes. Eligibility for RPI should not exclude same-sex couples. Dream Act and AgJobs applicants should also be eligible for public benefits. Eliminating the visa back-log by according the requisite number of visas demonstrates a real desire to fix the legal immigration system. Enhanced enforcement on the border and work-places will only show the punitive and onerous side of the immigrationsystem. By allocating sufficient legal visas to those already here and for employment, such enforcement is unnecessary. Family re-unification for us still means the ability to immigrate adult siblings. We oppose all forms of guest-worker/bracero-type programs as being nothing less than indentured servitude, instead of free wage labor. Farmworkers should be accorded permanent legal status as workers with full access to public benefits.

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