4:13 pm - Tuesday November 21, 2017

CAMBIO: Corker-Hoeven Militarize The Border And Jeopardizes Immigration Reform

CAMBIO Vows to Continue Fighting for Common-Sense Reform

 CAMBIO, the Campaign for an Accountable, Moral, and Balanced Immigration Overhaul, released the following statement in response to the Monday vote on the Corker-Hoeven Amendment to the Senate immigration bill, S. 744:

Christian Ramirez, with the Southern Border Communities Coalition on behalf of CAMBIO, said, “The outcome of the Senate vote tonight is an extreme measure aimed at collectively punishing Southern Border communities by some in exchange for political expediency. The Corker-Hoeven Amendment represents injudicious policies that will have a detrimental and disproportionate impact on border communities by throwing money at impractical policies that have contributed to gross human and civil rights abuses. As the immigration reform debate continues into the next stages, we are committed to fending for the rights of border communities by advocating for appropriate checks and balances on Border Patrol agents, specifically lapel cameras as acknowledged by key leaders in the Senate as an important accountability measure.”

Fernando Garcia of the Border Network on Human Rights on behalf of CAMBIO continued by saying, “The Corker-Hoeven Amendment is a game-changer for border communities and beyond. It is a misguided political calculation to militarize our border communities in an unprecedented way. This is too high a price to pay in pursuit of a compromise not only for border communities, but for the entire country. CAMBIO and its allies will continue to fight and leverage the full weight of our communities on Congress to pass a final bill that reflects American values. The millions of Americans impacted by unfair and arbitrary punitive measures, as exacerbated in the Corker-Hoeven Amendment, need to be heard.”

Paromita Shah with the Immigrant Justice Network said, “Extreme and punitive measures that further marginalize and alienate aspiring citizens will undermine any chance at achieving common-sense immigration reform. We expect that there will be proposals from Members of Congress that further strip away due process protections and violate other fundamental American values. Further attempts by some to take the legislation to the extreme right will not be accepted.”

CAMBIO is a diverse group of organizations advocating for laws and policies that create a fair system for immigrants to become citizens; bans indefinite detention; guarantees due process for everyone in the United States; makes enforcement systems accountable; protects civil and human rights; encourages a better border to protect the quality of life in the borderlands, prevents the abuse of vulnerable Americans; and keeps families together. CAMBIO’s members include American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU Regional Center for Border Rights, the Border Network for Human Rights, Detention Watch Network, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Domestic Workers Alliance, the National Guestworker Alliance, the National Immigration Law Center, Rights Working Group, Southern Border Communities Coalition, Immigrant Justice Network, and Northern Borders Coalition.

More information about CAMBIO can be found on the web at www.CAMBIO-US.org and on Twitter @CAMBIOtoday.

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