Join the Greater Rochester Coalition for Immigration Justice, the Worker Justice Center of New York, and a growing list of co-sponsors to:
Demand real immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for all, equal protection and due process of law, family unity and humane treatment of immigrants.
Bring advocates together from across the state to renew our spirit and commitment
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Batavia Federal Detention Center
4250 Federal Drive, Batavia, NY
On June 27, 2013, after decades of advocacy for a fair, just, and workable immigration system, S.744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” cleared the Senate with an overwhelming bipartisan majority. The bill’s passage brings the country one step closer to a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.
The bill provides: an expedited path to citizenship for DREAMers and agricultural workers; expanded visas to reunite families, including the right to reunite for certain deported family members; access to counsel for unaccompanied minor children, immigrants with serious mental disabilities, and other particularly vulnerable individuals; an expansion of the use of alternatives to detention; worker protections; and due process for those fighting removal orders.
The Greater Rochester Coalition for Immigration Justice and the Worker Justice Center of New York are pleased that the Senate has embraced significant reforms, but we cannot endorse the draconian enforcement measures that will double the number of Border Patrol agents at the Southern border, add 350 miles of border fencing, expand the use of drones and helicopters, mandate the use of E-verify and increase the criminalization and racial profiling of immigrants, while costing American taxpayers another $30 billion.
The United States maintains 42 border patrol stations on the northern border with Canada. Of these, Rochester’s station apprehends the most people every year.
We urge the House to find a way forward to protect a pathway to citizenship for millions, provide for future flows of newcomers, and reunite families.
Contact/information: John (Lory) Ghertner, M.D. JohnGhertner@gmail.com <JohnGhertner@gmail.com> 585.733.3171
Event sponsored by the Greater Rochester Coalition for Immigration Justice (GRCIJ)
and the Worker Justice Center of NY
Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights
of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice
and peace in the world: Preamble, Universal Declaration of Human Rights