What would your boss say if you only got your job right 20% of the time?
When President Obama took office, he said he would only go after “criminals, not after folks who are here just because they’re trying to figure out how to feed their families.”
But the New York Times just confirmed that 80% of the two million immigrants deported by the Obama Administration are the ones who are just here trying to work hard and support their families.
President Obama has the power to ease the suffering in our communities. Click here to tell him to act now!
These deportations didn’t happen by accident. They are the result of the Obama Administration ramping up their immigration enforcement measures.
In fact, according to the New York Times:
"Immigration officials set a goal of 400,000 deportations a year — a number that was scrawled on a whiteboard at their Washington headquarters." 400,000 deportations a year? That’s higher than the number of deportations under President Bush!
But these aren’t just numbers on a whiteboard to us. These are people who have built families and dreams here. They’re American in all but paperwork, and all they’re asking for is the chance to keep working and take care of their kids, many of whom are U.S. citizens.
President Obama keeps saying his hands are tied, but there’s so much more he can do. Just like with DREAMers a few years ago, he can step in and use his executive authority to allow immigrants working here and raising American families to stay.
We’re drawing a clear line in the sand!
Today, House Democrats began a rare legislative process to bypass Speaker Boehner and get a vote on immigration reform. It’s called a discharge petition.
Call 877.683.6270! Tell your member of Congress to support the immigration discharge petition and demand a vote on reform!
House Republican leaders have shut down action on immigration. But Congressional rules have a special procedure that allow legislation with wide public support, like immigration reform, to be brought to the floor for a vote regardless of what the House Speaker thinks.
If 20 Republicans join with House Democrats and sign on, we can force Speaker Boehner to bring immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship up for a vote. More than 20 Republican House members have said they support reform. But will they challenge their party to make sure it happens?
Please call 877.683.6270! Tell your member of Congress to sign the discharge petition and demand a vote on immigration reform!
Thanks for all you do!
Democrats are either with us or against us.
The overwhelming majority of them remain silent as their deporter-in-chief, President Barack Obama, relentlessly deports nearly 2 million immigrants—more than his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, or any other American President.
President Obama has the legal authority to stop deportations and expand administrative relief to the undocumented community NOW. Waiting for the three month review, as he suggested, will only lead to more pain as 101,200 people could be deported in that time.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz and all Democrats have to decide which side they’re on. Will they stand with Latinos and the immigrant community to keep our families together, or will they stand with those who continue to support the terrorizing of our families under this administration’s enforcement machine?
We’re asking Democrats to reclaim their history of inclusivity, and expanding opportunity for all in this country.
March. 24th 2014, American Promise had the great honor of bringing the film to the 25th Session of Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, through an invitation from the Ariel Foundation International.
Beginning with a presentation of clips from the film, our panel discussion focused on the significant role implicit bias plays in the right to equal education for marginalized groups.
With representatives from over a hundred different nations in attendance at the UN, it is our great hope that American Promise will inspire greater dialogue around the right to equal education and foster momentum towards an educational culture that supports and celebrates black male achievement worldwide.
Success is our only option.
Read more about our trip to the United Nations in our blog post for the Open Society Foundation here: Keeping a Promise to Black Boys in America opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/keeping-promise-black-boys-america
We’ve been pushing hard on Republicans over many months now because they’ve been so clearly blocking immigration reform. They still are. If immigration reform doesn’t pass this year, it will be their fault, plain and simple.
But there’s another part to the story that we all need to be aware of – the role of President Obama. Watch video here ~> http://americasvoice.org/2million/
This whole time we’ve been busy pushing immigration legislation, the Obama Administration has been aggressively deporting the very people we’re fighting for.
He’s just now reaching two million deportations. Shocking, isn’t it? Especially for a President who supports immigration reform.
*SAVE THE DATE*
IMMIGRANTS’ DAY OF ACTION
ThursDAY, APRIL 10, 2014
April 10th is an historic day for our movement. This year, we will be joining groups around the country for a nationwide mobilization demonstrating the power of our movement and calling on lawmakers at the city, state and federal level to enact policies that promote immigrant rights. Please join the New York Immigration Coalition and New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform together with our allies across New York City for a rally to demand fairness and equality for immigrants in New York and across the country.
We hope you can also join the New York Immigration Coalition in the morning for legislative meetings with our City Council and our new Mayoral Administration to push the NYIC’s City Policy & Budget Priorities, which, if enacted, would strengthen New York City as a national leader on immigrant rights.
Join us and help raise the voice of immigrants in New York City!
To RSVP click here
We are at a critical moment in our fight to pass the NY State Dream Act. According to reports, the Senate may bring the bill to a vote any day. With support in the Assembly and increasing support in the Senate, this important law is only votes away from becoming a reality.
Will you take a moment today to call your state senator and urge their support for the New York State Dream Act (S.2378).
Please call (888) 833-7428 to be connected to your state Senator through the switchboard.
“Each year, thousands of young people in New York graduate from high school with little hope of pursuing their dreams of higher education because their status makes them ineligible for financial aid. The federal immigration reform bill that passed the Senate in 2013 would allow these youth to become citizens after a five-year waiting period but the bill has stalled in the House of Representatives. While we wait for Congress to pass immigration reform, New York must take action to address the needs of these students by passing the New York State DREAM ACT (S.2378). As your constituent, I am asking you to include the New York State DREAM Act in the budget.”
Below are additional ways to show your support; please share among your lists, members and post on social media: Here are sample tweets. Please post as often as possible in the next few days; repetition and consistency is key to get our message across!
PLEASE REMEMBER the Coalition Information:
There’s nothing like the power of a coalition! Early morning on Wednesday, March 5th, a diverse delegation of two hundred and fifty immigrant farm workers, day laborers, students, family members, service providers, faith leaders, educators, and supporters converged in Albany for the New York Immigration Coalition’s 17th Annual Albany Immigrants’ Day of Action! Delegation members shared important stories with some three dozen state legislators to urge them to support the four million immigrant New Yorkers that make up our great state.
We said: We need the New York State DREAM Act! We need driver’s licenses for all, regardless of immigration status! And we need increased funding for legal and social services for immigrants! Together we presented the NYIC’s Immigrant Equality Agenda to move our state forward!
Special gratitude to Assembly members Marcos Crespo, Ron Kim, Francisco P. Moya, Félix Ortiz, Luis Sepulveda, and Senator José Peralta, for supporting and joining us for a series of morning panel discussions on the priorities laid out by our communities.
And a big thank you to our member groups from Rochester, Buffalo, Hudson Valley, Long Island, and every borough of New York City for their commitment to making their communities in New York better places for immigrants. Our collective voice was heard as DREAMers, farmworkers, and families shared their stories side by side with advocates at legislative meetings throughout the day! Below is a photo re-cap of our work in Albany this week.
And this is just the beginning! We will continue to follow up with our State’s elected officials to pass the New York State DREAM Act, to educate our legislators on why we need drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants, and to increase funding for immigrant services.
Thanks to over 95,000 supporters of my petition on Change.org — including you! — Facebook and Instagram just announced new policies to crack down on illegal gun sales!
These are real, common-sense policies — and they’re going to make Facebook and Instagram safer for all users. As a mom and a Facebook user, I’m thrilled to share this news.
These new Facebook and Instagram policies include several measures that will drastically reduce the chances of illegal gun sales on its platform, such as letting users report suspicious gun posts, deleting posts that offer to buy and sell guns without background checks, requiring Facebook gun page owners to post a notice that says users must comply with all applicable laws, and warning Instagram users about the law when they search for gun offers.
What’s more, all individual gun offers and pages dedicated to gun sales will be blocked for users under 18 — a critical measure for keeping our kids safe online.
This victory marks a huge milestone in the history of our movement — and it all took shape in less than a month, thanks to you!
Moms Demand Action got its start on Facebook, a place I knew I could turn to find other like-minded moms and make our voices heard in the aftermath of the shooting in Newtown. Facebook and Instagram have taken a major step forward to prevent gun sales, and we will hold them accountable to these promises going forward.
But there’s still so much more that can be done — by corporations, by Congress, by state and local political leaders — to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
We’re all working together to change the culture on gun laws, one step at a time. This is just the first page in an exciting new chapter in the fight for common-sense gun laws, and I hope you will continue to be there every step of the way.
We aren’t going away until all Americans can live free from fear of gun violence — Facebook and Instagram heard our message, and now we need to take it even further.
Thanks for being a part of this historic moment,
Founder, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
There truly is “no place like home.” Yet for millions in our community, homes and families are torn apart due to a broken immigration system. In fact, more than 150,000 children are missing at least one parent who’s been deported, and thousands more face the pain of separation daily. Speaker of the House John Boehner has the power to change this devastation by bringing an immigration reform bill to the House floor for a vote. Yet, he remains silent and does nothing out of fear for anti-immigrant extremists in the Republican Party.
Since we began this fight, we have seen nothing but inadequate leadership from Speaker Boehner on immigration reform. What started the year seemingly as a step forward with the GOP’s introduction of immigration principles led only to backpedaling just a few days later when the Speaker claimed that he couldn’t possibly put reform on the agenda because he couldn’t trust President Obama to enforce immigration laws.
Meanwhile, our families continue to wait for relief from the terrible threat of deportation, and for reform that will allow them to stay together. While Speaker Boehner has the power to end the ceaseless heartbreak of hundreds of thousands by bringing a bill to the floor for a vote, he continues to sit on his hands out of fear of a small but vocal anti-immigrant fringe of the Republican Party.
Like the Cowardly Lion from the children’s tale “The Wizard of Oz,” Speaker Boehner has the ability to accomplish great things — yet he lacks the courage to take the first step. Click here to send him a badge of courage and help him find the nerve to stand up for reform.
You can help the Speaker find his strength. Let him know that passing immigration reform is a priority for the American people, that we support creating a path to citizenship for the undocumented. So let’s help him find his backbone by sending him some courage. Sign the petition and for every signature we get, we will send Speaker Boehner a badge of courage. Together we can show the Speaker that talk about immigration reform is not enough — we demand action!
Donna De La Cruz
Reform Immigration FOR America
You may remember the story of Rawan – the eight-year-old Child Bride who was reportedly raped to death on her “wedding night.”1
Rawan’s story has served as inspiration for a renewed international campaign to end Forced Child Marriage in Yemen and around the world. Today, while the fight is not over, we wanted to share a few positive signs that momentum is building in Yemen to protect children from Forced Marriage:
Recently, the National Dialogue Conference of Yemen approved a proposal to make 18 the minimum age for marriage in Yemen’s new Constitution.2
Concerned Yemeni citizens are leading the fight to end this form of modern slavery, intervening to stop Forced Child Marriages as they take place.3
Building on the first step announced by the NDC, the Yemeni Human Rights Minister Hooria Mashour spoke out on the global stage, saying that ending Forced Child Marriage in Yemen is a priority of her ministry.4
These are major steps but there is still local resistance to ending Forced Child Marriage in Yemen.
We’ve heard from our partners on the ground that anti-slavery activists face death threats and attempted bombings on a regular basis. This makes Minister Mashour’s action as a public advocate for ending Forced Child Marriage so incredibly brave and sets an example for others. We want her to know the world stands with her, will you help?
Thank Human Rights Minister Hooria Mashour for risking her safety by pushing to ban Forced Child Marriage in Yemen.
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Erwiana’s story of torture and abuse in one of the world’s glitziest cities is currently rallying thousands in Asia.1
After 8 months of being forced to work with no pay in a Hong Kong family’s home, Erwiana’s beaten and broken body was dumped at the city’s largest airport with a one way ticket back home and a frightening threat – tell anyone about what happened and your parents will be killed.
Workers such as Erwiana are trapped in a vicious economic cycle, making many modern slaves in Hong Kong. Dishonest placement agencies illegally lock the world’s most vulnerable workers in debt, often charging them 7 or 8 months’ wages to be placed, making repayment next to impossible. The good news is that Hong Kong law only allows agencies to charge up to 10% of a worker’s first month’s wage. Unfortunately, the city’s government does not regulate these agencies, which then continue their extortion.
Hong Kong has over 300 000 migrant domestic workers. In November 2013, Amnesty International documented dozens of Indonesian women trapped there in conditions amounting to modern slavery. These women had been locked inside the homes of strangers, their passports taken away, often beaten and sexually abused, and with no recourse to justice.
The international press, demonstrators and even some employers are already putting pressure on the Hong Kong government to effectively regulate and monitor placement agencies. If we build unprecedented public support, we can help ensure that young women like Erwiana are protected from modern slavery.
Erwiana’s story has put Hong Kong in the spotlight for the lack of enforcement of its laws. Take action to request the government help protect migrant workers from bonded labour!
Erwiana’s employer only released her when she was beaten so badly, she was unable to continue working. Luckily, a fellow passenger was able to see that Erwiana was injured and offered her assistance. PLEASE SIGN THEIR PETITION! #WalkFree #EndModernSlavery
As President Obama takes the stage tonight to address the nation, I am reminded of something he said during last year’s State Of The Union Address. He said, “Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away.” But as lawmakers in Congress continue to stall on immigration reform, President Obama nears an appalling record of two million deportations, the most under any American president.
With legislation on life support, the President’s policies continue tearing apart families and deporting the very people who would benefit from the reform he supports. These are people like Ardani Lemus, a father of 2 U.S. citizen children, who was detained for over a year and later deported for a minor traffic violation. Ardani’s case is just one of thousands. Everyday, 1,100 people are unjustly deported and countless of families separated.
As recently as November 2013, President Obama has said there isn’t anything he can do to stop the 1,100 deportations per day on his watch. He said the same thing to us when we pushed for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), before ultimately reversing his stance and announcing the hugely popular program in June 2012. Just as in 2012, we know the President has the power to stop the deportations of those who could benefit from reform legislation he supports.