For Immediate Release
NDLON Reaction to President's Announcement on Troops to Border
WASHINGTON - The following is a statement by Pablo Alvarado, director of the
National Day Laborer Organizing in reaction to reports of the
President's plan to send National Guard troops to the Arizona border:
are outraged. Instead of addressing a domestic human rights crisis,
the president appears to be caving into extremists who are further
shattering and already broken immigration system. Any legitimate
concerns about border security cannot be resolved until undocumented
people are given full equality in our society. If he wants to improve security in Arizona, the first step he
should take is to revoke all Department of Homeland Security agreements
with local police and sheriffs which have diverted scarce resources,
divided the country unnecessarily, and brought terror to the very people
required to report crimes to law enforcement agents.
continue to poison the immigration debate by implying that immigrant
communities constitute a security threat to the country. President
Obama must use his office to repudiate, not reinforce, this position. Criminalization and legalization of immigrant communities are mutually
exclusive goals, and the President must make his position clear.
President Obama must demonstrate leadership and moral courage to
modernize immigration laws and make them consistent with cherished
national values. In actions and words, he must show that he is up to
We reiterate our call on the President to use his
authority to block 1070's implementation immediately."
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NDLON improves the lives of day laborers in the United States. To this end, NDLON works to unify and strengthens is member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership, mobilize, and organize day laborers in order to protect and expand their civil, labor and human rights. NDLON fosters safer more humane environments for day laborer, both men and women, to earn a living, contribute to society, and integrate into the community.