Thursday, August 29, 2013

California Latino Caucus holds hearing on Immigration Reform

California Latino Caucus Sponsors Debate on CIR
The California Latino Legislator Caucus sponsored a debate on "comprehensive immigration reform" in Sacramento on August 27, 2013.  Those opposing the U.S. Senate version of CIR, S.744, that now sits on the U.S. House of Representatives side for consideration, were Attorney Peter Schey, Enrique Morones of Border Angels, Arnold Torres, Immigration Analyst, and Arturo Carmona of  Those supporting S.744 were Mike Garcia of SEIU, Angelica Salas of CHIRLA, and Diana Tellefson Torres of the UFW (representing union president Arturo Rodriguez).  Gov. Jerry Brown also spoke as a guest of the forum.  Representatives of agricultural grower and construction industries were also represented and the AFL-CIO California Labor Federation.  Notwithstanding all of the controversial provisions of the S.744 legislation, such as the limited 10-year provisional permit and additional 3-year permanent residency, cancellation of social security credits for all applicants, cancellation of permits due to 60-day lapse of employment over ten years, the $50 billion border surge, the mandatory E-verify provisions for all employers and a national ID card for immigrants; the estimated 60% of the 11 million undocumented community that would be eligible and the others deported; the cancellation of U.S. citizens to any longer emigrate brothers and sisters, and much more; there are unions and immigrant advocates that continue to support this legislation under the argument that "nothing is worst" or that "this is the only thing on the table," or "this is our last chance."  We know that this is all false.  President Obama has deported more people than any previous president in American history.  He has deported 500,000 young people since he took office, more than the 360,000 who have received the DACA permit.  We demand that President Obama stop the separation of families and deportations.  We invite you to review the video of the debate (3 hours long, but well worth watching) and make up your own mind.  We are convinced that you will agree that our people deserve better! 
Mexican American Political Association.
See the hearing here. 

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