In November of 2014, President Obama used his Executive Order power to expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to parents of U.S. citizen or legal resident children. This DAPA program would cover almost four million undocumented, and would suspend deportations that are breaking up families. 26 Republican governors wanting to stifle this step in the right direction for the undocumented, decided to file a lawsuit in court. Federal Judge Henan ruled in favor of this lawsuit which resulted in the blocking of DAPA. Texan Senator Ted Cruz who recently supported Donald Trump’s extremely racist statements against Mexicans and immigrants also supported the blocking of DAPA.
In New Orleans, on July 10 appeals judges were set to review DAPA and determine whether or not to continue blocking it. Over 500 immigrant rights activists joined the fight against the blocking of DAPA. Caravans traveled from California, Texas, Wisconsin and other states to New Orleans blasting the block. While activists rallied and made their demands clear, the block was announced to continue.
The Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) Agency has been very non-secretive about its daily, family detention quotas. These massive detentions are ICE’s collaboration with for-profit prisons. Protests to stop the mass detentions and deportations of immigrant families have been happening in solidarity with those one of the largest family detention centers in the country – in Dilley, Texas. Senators across the country are supporting Dilley’s treatment of these families, but the resistance from the people against Dilley and detentions has only increased. One such action is coming from Minnesota Action Rights Committee (MIRAc) an immigrant rights group in Minnesota is urging Democrat Senator Klobuchar to act against Dilley.
Other attacks against undocumented immigrants is the recent denial of their children’s birth certificates like in the state of Texas. Over 20 immigrants have joined together in a lawsuit against Texas for refusing to allow them, as undocumented parents of U.S. Citizens access to their children’s birth certificates. Using the excuse that Mexican IDs are not valid forms of identification, is the excuse used to refuse turning over these birth certificates. Texas has historically lead the fight against Mexican and Central American immigrants, and with this latest attack is further upholding its racist views against these immigrants.
National call-in day against Texan Politicians responsible for the attacks against undocumented immigrants.
WHEN: July 31st – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Central)
TWEET: @LegalizeForAll I’ll be calling @GregAbbott_TX and @tedcruz demanding they support #DAPANow! | bit.ly/DAPANow
1. Governor Greg Abbott of Texas (512) 463-1782
“I’m calling from ______ to tell Governor Abbott he should help stop the attacks against undocumented immigrants. I’m demanding that Abbott support their access to their children’s birth certificates, that he help stop the detentions in Dilley and help stop the attacks against President Obama’s DAPA!”
2. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas (202) 224-5922
“I’m calling from ______ to tell Senator Cruz to stop supporting racists like Donald Trump and instead start supporting DAPA for the undocumented. Stop the detentions in Dilley and allow undocumented immigrants access to their children’s birth certificates!”
“I’m calling from ____(CITY/STATE)___, because I’m in the #FightForLegalization! I’m joining the fight to demand that President Obama support legalization for all of the undocumented! No more deportations!”
Join the Legalization for All (L4A) network on June 19th as we demand a stop to the deportation of fathers and parents! We will be calling the White House to deliver a message to President Barack Obama, “I’m in the #FightforLegalization for all of the undocumented! Stop the separation of families!” Call on June 19th starting at 8:00 AM (Eastern Time) and ending 5:00 PM Phone (202) 456-1111 and stay on the line!
During President Obama’s presidency, there have been record-high deportations spiraling well-beyond 2 million! Deportation numbers have dropped from over 1000 to 700, daily. Despite the huge amount of deportations, refugee children from Central America, Mexico, South America, Haiti and various other countries are still attempting to cross the border.
President Obama extended DACA to others in November 2014 called: Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). But in May DAPA was successfully attacked and stopped by Republican politicians in 26 states. It’s up to us to demand that the block be lifted, NOW!
With no signs of an end to deportations, no end to the militarization at the border, and no end to the targeting, stalking and raiding of immigrants we are fighting back! We must understand that despite having DAPA or DACA, deportations will still continue and temporary solutions should be replaced with more permanent ones. Help us demand legalization for all of the undocumented!
Join us the Friday before Father’s Day as we call on President Obama to act against the 26 states leading the attacks on DAPA and the extension of DACA. L4A will be organizing in our own cities to obtain more support: from Tampa, to California groups will demand legalization for all of the undocumented. If you are participating, please notify us and we will help spread the word about your event.
YES WE CAN! LEGALIZATION FOR ALL! #Not1More Deportation!
The Legalization for All Network is calling all members and affiliated unions and groups to mobilize for the May 1st immigrant rights marches and rallies across the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of working people, mainly Chicano/Mexicano and Central Americano – but all sorts of working people who want justice – will be out in the streets with signs and chants demanding “Legalization now!” and “Stop the raids and deportations!”
We need Congress to pass a just immigration bill. 12 million undocumented workers should have the right to come out of the shadows. Then children can stop worrying about their parents’ work places being raided and whether or not their parents are carried off to detention centers.
Texas District Court Judge Andrew Hanen provided a ruling on a lawsuit put forward by 26 states and issued an injunction to delay the application process and deportation relief for millions of immigrants announced by President Obama last November (DAPA).
Legalization for All (L4A) Statement on President Obama’s Deferred Action
November 20, 2014
The Legalization for All (L4A) network welcomes President Obama expansion of deferred action as a positive step. His action, which will offer protection from deportation am ability to work legally to about four million undocumented who are parents of U.S. citizen or legal resident children. In addition Obama will expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program and will end the so-called “Secure Communities” program that tried to make local police enforcers for the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE.
Obama’s action is the fruit of the struggle by immigrant rights forces for more than a year. In September of 2013, Legalization for All was among the first immigrant rights groups to raise the demand that President Obama expand his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program. L4A raised this demand because the House of Representatives Republican leadership made it clear that they were not going to take up any votes on immigration reform. Their decision came despite intense lobbying by immigrant rights forces, including L4A, over the summer. The House Republican leadership not only refused to consider the Senate Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill passed in June of 2013, but would not even vote on Republican bills such as the so-called SAFE act that would have cancelled DACA, expanded on Arizona’s 1087 law to further criminalize the undocumented, and authorize the indefinite detention of the undocumented.
Then in a last straw, the House of Representatives Comprehensive Immigration Reform effort collapsed as most of the Republican members of the so-called “Group of Seven” withdrew from the effort on Friday, September 20th, 2013. Following this Legalization for All came out with a call for Obama to expand Deferred Action to all the undocumented. Many other immigrant rights forces also joined the campaign for Deferred Action, which along with its twin demand to stop the deportations. Two important steps were taken by United We Dream, which launched their “We Can’t Wait” campaign in March of 2014, and the letter sent by the National Immigrant Law Center in April signed by more than 60 immigrant rights, community, religious and labor organizations.
While Obama’s expanded Deferred Action is a positive step, it still leaves the majority of undocumented targets of deportations. In particular, Obama’s order will not protect the parents of the Dreamers who came as children, unless the parents also have citizen or legal resident children. Legalization 4 All will continue to support the Dreamers and their parents, including organization such as Dreamers Moms in their struggle to win Deferred Action.
With the total number of deportations closing in on two and a half million under Obama, the struggle against deportations needs to continue on both a national and local level. Legalization for All is committed to participating in this campaign with other national organizations such as PUENTE and local groups like the Minneapolis-Saint Paul MIRAC (Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee).
We are committed to continuing the struggle for Deferred Action For All, so that the millions of undocumented, most of whom have been living and working in this country for many years, can also get relief from the threat of deportations. We also support efforts of groups like the National Immigrant Youth Alliance to bring deportees back to the United States.
While welcoming Obama’s action to expand Deferred Action as a step forward, Legalization for All opposes his action to even further militarize the border. This part of his executive order will only increase deaths among those trying to cross the border and does nothing to address the real reasons that people come: to flee the poverty and violence caused by U.S. economic and military interventions in Mexico and Central America.
State and local campaigns to expand the rights of the undocumented will continue to be an important area of struggle. For example, in the last two years the number of states granting drivers licenses to the undocumented has gone from three to ten. Local organization such as RAICES in Florida and other that are fighting for drivers licenses, Youth Empowered in Struggle (YES) fighting in Wisconsin along with others for in-state tuition for undocumented college students, will be waging important fights to expand the rights of the undocumented at the state and local levels. This fight will be especially intense in many so-called Red States where Republican will try to obstruct the expanded Deferred Action program by trying to deny drivers licenses to those getting Deferred Action.
Republicans are now trying to blame Obama and Deferred Action for their lack of action. But in the last four years that the Republicans have controlled the House of Representatives, they HAVE NOT BROUGHT ONE SINGLE IMMIGRATION BILL TO A VOTE BY THE ENTIRE HOUSE. It is the struggle of the people, not politicians, who continue the fight to legalize the undocumented.
Continue the fight for Drivers Licenses and Tuition Equity for Deferred Action and All Undocumented!Expand Deferred Action to Cover Parents of Dreamers and All the Undocumented!
Fight for Legalization for All!
Día de Los Muertos is a holiday originating in México and is celebrated October 31 through November 2. A day to commemorate and honor loved ones who have passed, Día de Los Muertos is a dear and important holiday for many in particularly México and Central America. This year the Legalization for All Network (L4A) is honoring those who passed attempting to cross the U.S./México Border. Will President Obama and his administration also remember those who died crossing the U.S./México Border?
New graves and burial sites are continuously discovered around and on both sides of the U.S./México Border. Undocumented immigrants crossing the border know they must destroy all evidence of the lives they once had in their countries of origin. If they are caught while crossing the border, and are deported any evidence tying them to their real identity will destroy any chance they might have of ever being legalized in the U.S. Knowing they will be untraceable if death is to occur, undocumented immigrants embark on this dangerous journey for a better future.
The militarization at the border and unmonitored minute-men taking the law into their own hands, are the number one threat for undocumented immigrants attempting to cross the border. With BILLIONS of U.S. dollars spent on continuing with the border militarization, and without an all-advancing immigration reform up for approval and no sign of stopping deportations, L4A is urging you to take action. This Día de Los Muertos L4A is sponsoring a national push for Deferred Action to apply to ALL undocumented immigrants.
Hundreds of thousands of undocumented who were brought here as children now are finding at least temporary relief with Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program. They are now able to work, get a driver’s license, and come out of the shadows. Their parents and siblings who don’t qualify are under constant threat of deportation. The Legalization for All (L4A) Network calls on Obama to grant deferred action to them and to all the undocumented. As long as Congress refuses to act, why should Obama keep deporting those who might be eligible for a legalization program in the future? Rather than bowing again to the Republicans and right-wing anti-immigrant forces, Obama ought to look them in the eye and tell that he is going to take action since they refuse to.
Sign now! Not one more life lost, not one more deportation! SIGN HERE: bit.ly/Daca4AllPetition