IMMIGRATION (DE)FORM? - More Rights or More Repression?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Hunter College, 68th St. & Lexington Ave., NYC

IMMIGRATION (DE)FORM? - More Rights or More Repression?
Presenters include Hunter Dream Team members and other immigration activists
Wed. March 6, 6:30pm - Thomas Hunter Hall, Rm 305B/ Hunter College /68th St. & Lexington
(This meeting is open to the public. Folks who are not CUNY students can sign in at Hunter Security in Hunter West, on the SW corner of 68th & Lex)

Come to a discussion of the immigration reform currently being formulated in Washington. For years, an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants and their loved ones have awaited some sort of comprehensive immigration reform that would allow them to come out of the shadows and receive the rights they deserve. However, over that same time, discussion in Washington of what that comprehensive reform would be has just gotten worse. Both Democrats and Republicans both agree that greater border enforcement must come first. Current proposals being thrown around now include biometric ID cards for all workers (not just immigrants), a streamlined removal process for people considered "national security threats", guest worker and other worker programs that are prone to abuse, and a "path" to citizenship so arduous it's unclear how many people would be able to take advantage of it.

Immigrant organizations, from student DREAM activists to day laborers here in NYC, have been working to fight that attacks on immigrants and to push for legislation that would be beneficial to the millions of people living and working every day without basic workplace and other rights.

Come to a discussion to make sense of the state of the debate in Washington and how that translates into the ongoing activism to fight for justice for all immigrants,including upcoming May Day organizing.

More reading on this topic: Washington Plays Politics on Immigration, Enforcement Still Comes First, The Dignity Campaign's Alternative Vision for Immigration Reform