Dream for All
Gamaliel's "Dream for All" Campaign is calling for just and compassionate immigration reform. The undersigned faith, labor, and community leaders call on our elected officials to enact reform that incorporate the following principles: 1. We must decriminalize the immigration debate so that undocumented immigrates have a fair chance in obtaining immigration reform; the debate should focus more prioritize building diverse communities, family unity, labor rights, and correcting our present unfair immigration process. 2. Our government and political leaders must stop politicizing the migration of individuals as an illegal act and instead frame it from the context that looks at the root of the problem as to why are people forced to leave their countries of origin and immigrate to the United States. 3. The legalization of undocumented immigrants living in the United States must be a just and fair process; efficient and quick; and as one undergoes this process, the person’s civil, human and labor rights should be protected; the process should include a clear path to legal citizenship. 4. In addition, as undocumented immigrants undergo the process of becoming a citizen, they should have full access to health care services as offered by President Obama’s program; also, full workers’ rights and the right to join labor unions, as well as all the rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. 5. Young men and women, who have applied for ‘Differed Action,’ and whose applications have been approved should automatically qualify for permanent residence and their legalization process should be expedited. 6. The spouses and children (minor children) of U.S. citizens should be able to qualify for legalization without having to leave the country or file a waiver. 7. The undocumented parents of U.S. born children, who are 21 years of age or older, should be able to qualify for legalization without having to leave the country or file for a waiver. 8. Individuals, who are protected by Temporary Protection Status or TPS, should be able to apply automatically for legal citizenship. 9. Immigration reform debate must also prioritize building diverse communities as well as the family unity; furthermore it should realize the full contributions of full integration includes a better labor market and will help the U.S. economy prosper; this too will contribute to our inalienable rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. 10. Lastly, we call on Congress and President Obama to stop the separation of families by halting the deportation of immigrant workers and are calling for an administrative moratorium on work-place raids.
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