Saturday, March 10, 2007

Immigrants lobby Congress for humane immigration laws

With immigration legislation likely to be introduced in March or early April, AFSC, the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and other organizations are mobilizing immigrants nationwide to ensure that their voices are heard during this vital policy debate.

From March 11-13, immigrants from throughout the U.S. will converge in Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and urge them to enact fair, rational, and humane immigration laws. Human Rights for All: Community Advocacy Days will enable immigrants to meet face-to-face with legislators and urge them to enact immigration policies that:

- respect the civil and human rights of immigrants
- support immigration status adjustment for undocumented workers
- eliminate current backlogs that delay the status adjustment of families, asylum seekers, and refugees
- support the reunification of immigrant families
- protect the labor and employment rights of every worker
- stop the militarization of the Mexico-U.S. border
- ensure that the nation's founding principles of justice, liberty, and the rights of all are respected

The schedule includes an orientation on March 11, training in legislative advocacy, team visits to Congressional leaders, and a Congressional briefing on March 13 titled "Voices of Experience: Community Perspectives on Immigration Reform."