L4A Trumps on Donald Trump’s Proposal

Legalization For All Responds

To Trump’s Deport All 11Million Proposal

Donald Trump’s proposal is one that we as the Legalization for All Network (L4A) cannot and will not support. As fighters for immigrant rights across the country, we have asked many to respond to Donald Trump’s costly and outrageous proposal.

And while the majority of our responses are against Donald Trump, we would also like to shine light on Republican Candidate and Governor of New York Chris Christie’s recent proposal. Christie’s immigration proposal promises to treat immigrants like FedEx packages, tracking them with bar-codes; instead of treating them with equality. These same 11+ million undocumented, and mixed-status immigrants are forced into migration by U.S.A. policies like NAFTA/CAFTA, or coups in places like Honduras.

Deporting all of the undocumented and bringing back only a few chosen ones or stalking them like FedEx property, is no solution for any immigrant.

“Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates call to overturn the right to citizenship for the children of immigrants echos the call made by Russel Pearce, author of the anti-immigrant Arizona SB1070.  The same call to strip citizenship from the Nisei, the American-born children of Japanese immigrants during World War II, and also Chinese Americans who were targeted by the anti-Chinese movement in the 1870s and 1880s.  This issue was settled by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1898, in the case of the US vs. Wong Kim Ark, where the Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment to the constitution meant what it said, that everyone born in the United States are citizens.  The 14th Amendment was passed in 1868 to guarantee rights to African American slaves and their children, and to overturn the 1857  Dredd Scott vs. Sanford Supreme Court ruling that African slaves and their children had no rights to citizenship.  By calling for the end of right to citizenship, Trump and other Republicans are in effect raising the banner of the Slave South.  Just as we fought to ban the Confederate battle flag, we must fight Trump and others who want to take this country back 200 years.   Masao Suzuki is a member of the San Jose Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC) that organizes and educates around World War II concentration camps for Japanese Americans.”
– Masao Suzuki Economics professor at Skyline College. San Jose, California

“Donald trump promueve el odio y el racismo, y contra ese tipo de personas no se puede utilizar la razon, hay que derrotarlos con la organizacion y la mobilizacion. Como latino hoy mas que nunca debemos luchar por la legalizacion de todos nuestros herman@s indocumentados, Legalizacion para todos ahora.”
– Edward C Tolentino, activist. Tucson, AZ

“Since Trump announced he would be running for President, the Latino community has become Trump’s obsessive target for discrimination and hate-speech. As a consequence we immigrants have to deal with this continued attitude of disrespect and hate. In stores we are treated with a disrespectful attitude. As mothers, we are getting sued for not being able to pay our medical bills after giving birth. We are getting mistreated and taken advantage of at our work-places, and our kids continue to experience discrimination at their schools. Regardless of our citizenship status, we as immigrants will continue to feel repression if Trump wins. Trump’s plans promise to continue targeting us as immigrants – and myself as a Mexican immigrant- but we are only becoming wiser and stronger. And we will fight back!”
– Citlalli Martinez, undocumented mother of two. South Carolina

In the beginning of his “Presidential Campaign”,  Donaldo attacked the Mexican people. My tíos y tias. Mis primos. Mis abuelos y mi padre. Calling them rapist and violent when I’ve know them for all my life and those two things don’t describe them. Words like loving, honest and trabajadores come to mind when I think of them and the Mexican people. But now, Donaldo has attacked me and the Chicano Nation of Aztlán! He threatens to take our citizenship but what he does not understand that even before the 14th amendment and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and even before the Spanish conquest and inquisition, the Chicanos people have been here! Out blood, sweat and tears are engraved in this land. So go ahead Donaldo, try to take our citizenship away, pero no llores when the Chicano Nation comes to take yours!”
– Bryan Orozco, activist. Tucson, Az

“What we are seeing here is straight up racism. These people, Trump, Walker, Bush, and those who follow them, claim to be very patriotic. They stand to ‘defend America from foreigners’. In reality, they just hate people of color, specifically Latinos, with a flaming passion, with no real education on who we are. These people need to turn off CNN and get to know their gardeners, maids, janitors, and the people who prepare their damn food. I’m not going to reduce my people to just those positions, cause we are everywhere. We are teachers, scientists, and doctors. This country doesn’t run without us. People like Donald Trump live in their own little world. They’re more scared of us, then we are scared of them. Remember, we are everywhere. Try to deport us all, and you will have a revolution on your hands. We Latinos can do anything we put our minds to. There’s a Mexican proverb that says ‘They tried to bury us, but didn’t know we were seeds.’. Also, while we are talking about stripping citizenship from immigrants, have you renewed your passport yet, Mr. Bush? “
– Adrian Romero, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement. Salt Lake City, UT

“Not only is this plan unrealistic, it’s is in humane. Trump’s slogan is “Make America Great Again”, but who is he trying to make America great for when immigrants are the backbone and powerhouse that runs this country everyday? He cannot deport 11 million people!”
– Maria Belen Sisa, DACAmented student, worker and activist. Gilbert, AZ

“Trump’s racist comments against Mexican immigrants are another of the ongoing attacks on our community. These attacks usually intensify during elections and economic crisis. We are all united in denouncing these racists attacks; especially now since the other Republican presidential candidates are taking them up. Lets stand strong in our fight for legalization for all!”

– Carlos M. Montes, Brown Berets Co-founder and Board Member of Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council. Boyle Heights, Los Angeles

“Trump’s plan to deport all undocumented immigrants in the U.S. is inhumane and won’t happen. This country needs the labor of those immigrants and they are humans that have to be treated with equal respect. His massive deportation plan will lose him the Latino vote. However if he somehow wins the presidency, immigrant rights organizations across the country will stand up and resist any massive deportations.”
– Oscar Hernandez student and immigrant rights community organizer with YES!. Milwaukee, WI

Abbott & Cruz: “Support #DAPANow!” – Call Them July 31st

Join the Legalization for All (L4A) Network on Friday, July 31st to demand Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) Now!

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!”



June 19th | Tell Obama: “I’m in the #FightForLegalization!”

What: Call-in Day
When: June 19th
Time: 8 AM – 5:00 PM (Eastern Time Zone)
Phone: (202) 456-1111

“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.



May Day Shirts – Order Yours!


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.

Join the fight in your city! You can order your very own shirt by March 23rd!

#DAPA Under Attack

It’s time to fight back.

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).

Nothing is delayed, yet. Let’s keep fighting and demanding Legalization for all! ‪#‎Not1More‬ deportation!

Change is Welcome, Keep Fighting for the Others!

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!


Will Obama remember those who died crossing the U.S./México Border?

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