The immigrant-led organizations member of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) view with alarm the recent spate of proposed amendments and other efforts to dilute progress toward sensible, humane immigration reform.
We fear that our policy makers are losing focus on the urgent need to provide solutions for the many millions of people who are suffering under our outdated immigration laws. In recent days, we have observed more and more voices feeding the erroneous notion that building more walls and essentially turning the US southern border into a permanent war zone, is the “solution” to our broken immigration policy. This is not only bad public policy, it is also incredibly wasteful, projected to cost all taxpayers, including immigrants, more than $40 billion over the next 10 years.
“Washington pundits argue that this ugly turn of events is essential to a political compromise that will finally make immigration reform a reality,” stated Oscar Chacón, NALACC’s Executive Director. “We disagree.” “The Southern border changes supported by Senators from both parties represent a major concession to political forces motivated by racism and xenophobia, as well as a costly corporate giveaway. Our country deserves better,” added Chacón.
“While the final outcome of the push for CIR remains uncertain, everyone committed to justice, equality and the respect of basic human rights must be clear that there will be a lot of work ahead of us, with or without legislative changes in our immigration policy,” said Angela Sanbrano, President of NALACC’s Board of Directors.
Juvencio Rocha, President of the Mexicans Association of North Carolina and NALACC’s board vice-president added “immigrant communities across the nation will have to rise to the dual challenge of making the best out of any changes that may be brought about by a potential reform in US immigration law, while organizing to right the wrongs that will remain in place.
“The best guarantee of a healthy democracy is a highly organized and educated population able to keep elected officials accountable to the people every single day, not just on Election Day,” concluded Mr. Chacón.