CCNSP’s reaction to Immigration Reform Blueprint

January 28th, 2013

In light of the recent announcement on an immigration framework by the Senate “gang of 8”, we believe that there is much more work to be done to provide relief to our communities.

While it’s encouraging to see bipartisanship on an issue that was one of the top priorities for Latino voters going into the polls in the November elections, the framework does little to quell questions around the “who” and the “how”. Beyond the DREAMers and farmworkers, who, according to the framework, will have preferential treatment, it is unknown how families with current deportation orders, with minor offenses (which constitutes a criminal record in some instances), and those who re-entered would fit into the mix. There’s no mention of putting a moratorium on current deportations while this process sees its end; an end that may benefit those very same individuals in proceedings as we speak.

The framework does nothing to discredit the idea that immigration enforcement is a billion dollar industry that has been invested on more than other government agencies like the FBI and CIA combined. Spending for the Border Patrol and ICE and its primary enforcement-technology initiative, the US VISIT program, surpassed $17.9 billion in fiscal year 2012. This amount is nearly 15 times the spending level of the INS when IRCA was enacted. It makes the case for yet more enforcement, adding drones to border security enhancements that already exist. This is their prophetic solution despite the fact that the net migration from Mexico fell to zero in 2012 and continues falling.

This attempt means nothing for the local families that we work with in Collier County who may not even qualify under this current framework. Plagued by the poli-migra vis-à-vis 287g and [in]Secure Communities, these mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, live  with the constant fear of an inevitable reality that they continue facing everyday It’s a constant terror of their family’s separation, unstable future and economic burden.

For Gloria*, a Fort Myers woman, this is reality. She’s US citizen, but her husband is undocumented. He was deported to Mexico after living in the country for 12 years and seeks to re-enter to be with his family. She’s burdened with the task of being the family’s only breadwinner and caring for 2 special needs children, who are constantly showing psychological distress due to their father’s absence.  Because her husband was previously deported before, there are no details within this current framework that will assure her that her husband may benefit from immigration reform.

Edith, a Naples woman, is suffering physical and emotional trauma in the absence of her husband of more than 8 years. He is currently detained after having been arrested for driving without a license in Collier County 2 months ago. Because of a DUI charge that took place in 1999 (a charge he served his sentence and time for and was rehabilitated through this process) and for re-entry after deportation (trying to get back to his family), deportation proceedings were initiated against him. He remains detained without medical attention for a stomach infection and gets worse by the day.

This is unacceptable and in no way, justifies more enforcement, more separation of families and more non-sensical policies that make our communities worse, not better.

We will continue to hold President Obama and Congress accountable for their actions. We will continue to fight to bring the stories of our communities with pride and dignity in hopes of changing this broken system as a whole.

In the meantime, this is another day, another battle and it begins with us.

View our principles for immigration reform here

*At the individual’s request, we changed names to preserve anonymity and respect the person’s wishes. 

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CCNSP Immigration Reform Principles

With all this talk about immigration reform, we thought we’d share our take on what a real solution would mean to our communities.

There will be additions and modifications to this but this is the essence of what we fight for.

 CCNSP Immigration Reform Principles

  1. Address root causes of migration: Without an actual analysis of how different political and economic systems have played into immigration laws and foreign agreements, we will not achieve a systematic remedy to the displacement and exploitation that our communities continue to face both here and abroad.
  2. Family Unity is central to any legislation: If family unity is not an important element of any “blueprint” for immigration reform, we will stand to lose more than we will gain.
  3. Moratorium on Deportations NOW:  It makes no sense to push for a legalization effort that stands to benefit the 11 million undocumented individuals in this country, without stopping the mass deportation machine that has been working under the current administration.
  4. Terminate the current and future poli-migra systems in all its forms: Current enforcement programs that exist should be terminated completely. Additionally, predicating for more enforcement (Especially across an already militarized Southern border) is not “comprehensive” at all.
  5. Laws must be just and discrimination-free: We will not support a policy that throws our LGBTQ brothers and sisters under the bus. We hope that proposal is free of discriminatory and incendiary rhetoric and strives to mend what’s been broken for a long time.
  6. Impacted community members should be at the forefront of all conversation and should be in decision-making power: All legislation or policy should be reviewed the communities most impacted and they should have a say as to how to move forward. The President and Congress will be held accountable by them.

Reunión Comunitaria en Naples 1/31/13: Entérate del tema de inmigración a nivel local y nacional!

para todos aquellos que quieran saber más sobre la reforma migratoria y la colaboración de la policia con la migra, por favor asistan a esta reunión el jueves, 31 de enero a las 4: 30 PM en en Golden Gate Community Center. hablarémos de cuales maneras se pueden involucrar.

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Spanish version Know Your Rights Toolkit Release Party! Get your copy!

January 22, 2013

Toolkit Release Party: Get your copy today! 

Do you live in a 287g and/or SCOMM county/state? 

Do you have regular conversations/meetings with community members about how to take action against the poli-migra?

Do you work with at a grassroots level doing community building and leadership development?

Then, keep on reading! 

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The long-awaited release of our Spanish version KYR manual is finally here!

The All-in-One Toolkit to Teach” Know Your Rights” and Beyond is designed to teach community members and leaders the basic elements of “Know Your Rights” curriculum, in an easy and interactive way.

The curriculum includes:

  • The differences between “Know Your Rights” Trainings
  • The basic considerations for preparation
  • The content material that uses popular education elements
  • Illustrations and pictures that show different ways to deliver the information
  • Role play sheets and materials
  • Appendices with additional resources and replicable materials

The toolkit is available for immediate download in English and Spanish here

We only ask you for a small donation of $5 so that we can continue the level of work and grassroots community organizing in Southwest Florida. If you cannot donate at this time, give us a shout! Our main goal is to make sure this resource is disseminated in communities that need it the most! 

For a limited time only, receive a FREE copy of this 4×6 postcard, designed in-house by one of our talented members, with a download of our Spanish version manual.

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Questions or Feedback? Drop us a line at info@collierstoriesmatter.org!

Archive: Media

February 2013

Hodges University Fair-Photos

Newspress-“Say Yes” Press Conference

December 2012 

287g Task Force Portion Eliminated

Immigration 2012, 2013

ACLU letter to representatives denouncing 287g 

Op Ed: Alex Vernon 

November 2012

ICE Men Cometh 

October 2012 

Press Conference with Community Leaders

Letter signed by 41 community leaders calls on – Naples Daily News

Op-Ed: Barbara Mainster

287g Rally

News Press

WINK News

Naples Daily News 

Vista Semanal (Spanish)

March-July 2012

Lazaro’s Case

Telemundo Nacional 

Al Rojo Vivo

Vista Semanal Sobre el Proyecto

Vista Semanal Sobre la historia de Lazaro

D’Latinos

FL weekly’s story on Lazaro-

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