National Day Laborer Organizing Network Response to President's Speech

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National Day Laborer Organizing Network

National Day Laborer Organizing Network Response to President's Speech

LOS ANGELES - In reaction to today's speech by President Obama on United States Immigration Policy, Pablo Alvarado, director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement:

"As
the federal government fails in its responsibility to modernize
immigration laws, citizens and immigrants alike are suffering.  
American immigration policy is currently out of line with its national
values, and the vacuum created is being filled by the likes of Sheriff
Joe Arpaio and Governor Jan Brewer.   Comprehensive immigration reform
has become a political football in Washington DC, but the terms of
debate have been defined by racist politicians from the south who have
demonstrated a willingness to scapegoat immigrants, destroy families,
and single out communities of color for short-term political gains.   

All
three branches of the federal government must act:  the courts must
defend cherished constitutional values, congress must write new
immigration laws that provide equality to this generation's Americans
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, and the President must show leadership.   Today, the
President described the failure of existing immigration law.  This is
not an abstract or purely academic matter: millions of people's lives
hang in the balance while the President is charged with enforcing
immoral, unjust laws.

We recognize existing
political constraints, but we are hopeful the President's speech is
followed-up with action.  In the near term, we expect immediate
intervention by President to prevent a human rights crisis in Arizona
from getting any worse than it already is."

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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.

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