Rally for Justice for Immigrants and Immigration Reform, Wed 5/29

Rally01.fwWHO

  • Immigration Reform for Nevada
  • Mi Familia Vota
  • United Latino Community
  • Justice for Immigrants
  • St Teresa of Avila Catholic Community, a member of ACTIONN
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, a member of ACTIONN

WHAT
Campaign for Citizenship launch and public assembly

WHEN
Wednesday May 29, 2013,  6:30 pm-8:15 pm

WHERE
Little Flower Catholic Church, 875 East Plumb Lane, Reno, NV 89502

RSVP and INFO:

  • Cory Hernandez …… 775-560-2233
  • Elvira Diaz ………….. 775-203-5759

The Campaign for a Path to Citizenship is launching a public assembly to lay out the Campaign and ask U.S. Senator Heller and Congressman Amodei to support the plan. This event will include Nevada State Senator Majority Leader Mo Denis speech about Why Immigration is a Justice Issue, testimonies from immigrants and prayers for unity.

The Path to Citizenship is a partnership of community organizations throughout Nevada launching an immigration reform campaign with a path to citizenship. This includes citizenship in seven years, including all eleven million undocumented immigrants, first phase of legal residency benefits, reducing detentions/deportations, and avoiding third class citizens. The Coalition includes: St Teresa of Avila Catholic Community, a member of ACTIONN; the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, a member of ACTIONN; ; Mi Familia Vota; United Latino Community, and Justice for Immigrants.

The U.S. is now facing a third generation of children growing up in homes with undocumented family members. The Path to Citizenship reforms proposed by the coalition promotes citizenship for all as an American value that is good for our families, communities and economy. Seven years is consistent with current law and is considered a reasonable amount of time for a person to successfully go through the process of taking on the responsibility and rights of becoming an American citizen.

The Campaign calls on Congress to establish a straightforward and well organized process that allows all undocumented immigrants residing in the country to come out of the shadows to receive legal residency. After two years of legal residency, immigrants should be able to apply for Green Cards, which generally lead five years later to the ability to apply for full citizenship, making the entire path to citizenship no longer than seven years. DREAMers who have received Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status should be eligible for Green Cards immediately, or within two years of approval of their applications under the DREAM Act provisions of the new law. Fees should be reasonable for working families, and workers in the informal economy should be able to apply for temporary residency and citizenship. Individuals should not be excluded from citizenship based on minor crimes, including those related to undocumented status and border crossing.

People approved for the first phase of legal residency should be able to work, drive, attend school, and travel out-of-country for family or educational purposes. Congress should build on the highly successful DACA policy. Legal residency should make it possible for immigrants to begin to fully integrate in to the community.

Massive spending on border security combined with economic changes in Mexico and the U.S. have resulted in zero net flow of undocumented immigrants into the country. It does not make sense to make a path to citizenship contingent on border security measures that are already underway. Instead as we maintain border security and enable people to apply for legal residency, we need to reform enforcement policies that are unnecessarily detaining hundreds of thousands of immigrants who pose no danger to the community. Our goal should be a smarter system that makes families safer by prioritizing prevention of violent crime, while sharply reducing federal spending on detention centers.

Increasing the opportunity for immigrants to legally enter the U.S. is important to the social fabric and long-term economy of our country, and to sustain a coherent immigration system. Federal policy should promote the value of family unity. The current backlog of immigration cases should be processed expeditiously. Any temporary worker programs should include labor and civil rights protections to prevent the exploitation of immigrant workers and to ensure that job access, quality and pay for all workers is strengthened, not undermined, and should not create a class of residents without access to a path to citizenship.

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The State of the State and Legislator Contact Info

— by Marla Turner, NSDP Secretary

Last week, Governor Sandoval delivered his annual State of the State address. Not surprisingly, it was long on promises and short on funding for the things he promised. You can view the text of his speech. The governor’s budget also asks for tax hikes on the middle class. After his address, State Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis gave the Democratic response View it here or read the text of his speech.

Legislator Contact Information
Last week I shared information on how a bill becomes a law and how to track its progress through the process. This week, I want to make sure you have all the contact information you need.

  • The 2013 Legislator section lists all the members of the legislature and their contact information including websites, Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also get updates on all their tweets by subscribing to TBN’s Twitter feed of Nevada representatives.
  • The Nevada Legislature’s website has a new tool that lets you contact your legislator about a specific bill. Check it out.
  • Another helpful tool is the Guide to Legislative Advocacy published by the League of Women Voters of Las Vegas Valley. I’m proud to say they’ve included The Blue Nevadans’ Dos and Don’t for contacting your legislator in that publication. The guide is a large file so give it a minute to download.

Final Preparations for 77th NV Legislative Session
As legislators prepare for opening day on February 4th, much work is going on behind the scenes. Both the Senate and the Assembly seating assignments have been made. Committee assignments have been announced and meetings are already underway.

But as we approach the day, a visit to the Nevada State Government’s organizational chart puts everything in perspective.You may be surprised to learn that the governor is not at the top.