Saturday, December 18, 2010

International Migrants Day

Continue the Dream, Fight for Justice for All Migrants

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on Migrant Workers

On December 18, International Migrants Day, the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights recognizes the sacrifice and desire of migrants worldwide to seek a safe and healthy life for themselves and their families. We also recognize their untold suffering due to unfair, discriminatory and abusive governmental policies and actions, and recommit with them to fight for recognition of their human rights, redress and justice.
In a report we released yesterday, Injustice for All: The Rise of the Immigration Policing Regime, we call attention to the growth of a restrictive and often abusive system of immigration control that has matured in the US in the last decade. This system includes laws, policies and infrastructure that disregards immigrants’ rights and human dignity; such a system provides little or no hope for those who seek nothing more than a fair chance at a decent life. (Haga clic aquí para leer el informe, Injusticia para todas y todos.)
On this 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention for the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (Migrant Workers Convention), we call on the United States government to recognize, ratify and implementthis important Convention.
We also urge members of the US Senate to improve and pass the DREAM Act, to provide the widest opportunities for undocumented immigrant youth and students to gain legal status.
We call upon our members, partners and allies to join us in calling your Senators, particularly those who are uncertain of their vote or who have voiced opposition to the DREAM Act. Urge them improve and support  DREAM when it comes to a votetomorrow. Call (202) 224-3121 to connect with Senate members.

Finally, we encourage all to join and support events in your communities in honor of International Migrants Day. Please visit the list of activities here.

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