WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20, 2013 — CAMBIO, the Campaign for an Accountable, Moral, and Balanced Immigration Overhaul, released statements from local elected officials from border states in response to the Amendment offered by Sens. Corker and Hoeven, which calls for an additional 20,000 border patrol agents, increased drone surveillance, and an additional 700 miles of border fencing at an estimated cost of $48 billion over 10 years.
Border Overkill Not Security
Senate Deal Threatens Communities
CAMBIO, the Campaign for Accountable, Moral and Balanced Immigration Overhaul, urges the U.S. Senate to reject the proposed border enforcement compromise that will affect millions of people living in the region.
Christian Ramirez, Director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition on behalf of CAMBIO, said:
“This compromise represents a bad deal for border communities and the American people. It is nothing less than an empty promise of border security and an extreme, excessive and expensive political calculation. This is a backroom political deal at the expense of the millions of Americans living in our border communities.”
CAMBIO believes the following elements are essential to responsible enforcement activity in the border region:
Monitor Use of Force: Equip all 20,000+ border agents with lapel cameras to deter abuse, protect against unfounded allegations of abuse, and restore trust in agents.
Keep Border Patrol at the Border: Exclude urban and other sensitive areas from drone and other invasive surveillance.
Protect 4th Amendment Rights in the Southwest: Reduce existing power without a warrant granted to CBP from 100 to 25 miles to board vehicles, and from 25 to 10 miles to enter onto private property (not dwellings) with sector-by-sector exceptions where DHS can justify the exception.
Mitigate Migrant Deaths: Deploy 1,000 distress beacons in the desert to save migrants and others who fall into distress because of heat and other circumstances.
Strengthen Border Oversight Task Force: Add subpoena power and limit Border Patrol role on Task Force to avoid conflict of interest.
Modernize and Staff Ports of Entry: Our southern land ports are the nation’s cash register facilitating trade with Mexico that is driving our regional and national economy and creating jobs.
Every day in America, 1,500 fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends are taken away and locked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Detention and deportation has devastated too many homes by tearing families apart.
It’s Time to Take Action. Tell your Senators to help keep families together.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
CAMBIO is a diverse group of organizations advocating for laws and policies that create a fair system for immigrants to become citizens; bans indefinite detention; allows due process for all Americans; makes enforcement systems accountable; protects civil and human rights; encourages a better border to protect the quality of life in the borderlands, prevents the abuse of vulnerable Americans; and keeps families together.
American Civil Liberties Union | ACLU Regional Center for Border Rights | Border Network for Human Rights | Detention Watch Network | National Day Laborer Organizing Network | National Domestic Workers Alliance | National Guestworker Alliance | National Immigration Law Center | Rights Working Group | Southern Border Communities Coalition | Immigrant Justice Network | Northern Borders Coalition
OUR STRATEGIC PARTNERS
American Immigration Lawyers Association | The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
It’s time to restore common sense to our immigration laws, fairness to our detention system, and discretion to removal procedures.
End the indefinite and arbitrary detention of immigrants. It’s not fair and it’s not right.
Ban racial profiling by federal, state and local police and law enforcement agencies.
End the Department of Homeland Security detention quota system: Rounding up immigrants just to fill beds is a waste of taxpayer resources.
Judges should have the ability to weigh all of the circumstances of a case – seriousness, age, and time served – before making a judgment. Don’t tie the hands of justice.
Immigrants should have a fair day in court, and access to appointed counsel, to make their case.
Did You Know?
Immigrants – both with and without papers – can currently be held indefinitely without seeing a judge and without a right to legal representation.
The Department of Homeland Security has a 34,000 bed quota to jail immigrants each night. This quota comes with a price tag of $2 billion each year, and taxpayers foot the bill. Many of these detainees are mothers, fathers, minors, and victims of abuse who have done nothing wrong but pursue the American dream.
Thousands of fast-track deportations and expedited removal orders are given each day to long-term immigrants – giving them no recourse to appeal, even when they have a path to citizenship available to them.
We need a workable system that encourages people to get on the road to citizenship. High fees and penalties will threaten any immigration reform effort.
We should remove unnecessary, arbitrary, capricious, and unfair roadblocks on the road to citizenship.
Citizenship should not be auctioned off to the highest bidder. That is not what America is all about.
A crime is not suddenly worse if it is committed by an immigrant. The definition of what is “aggravated” or “serious” needs to be fixed so it is consistent with the American justice system.
Immigrants deserve fair process and proper court appeal reviews for determining eligibility for citizenship with a court review for denials.
Ensure that fees are reasonable so that any eligible and hard-working immigrant can pursue citizenship.
Workers should be protected if they speak out against exploitation or abuse. If these immigrant workers are not protected, the bad actors will never be punished and the system will never improve.
Did you know?
The filing fees to apply for a green card are currently $595 – which is more than someone earning minimum wage makes in two weeks. Representation from attorneys, who are needed to successfully navigate the complex application process, range in the thousands of dollars.
Immigrants who currently speak up against labor abuses by employers are often deported without any follow up on their original labor complaint.
There are thousands of children in state- and locally-funded foster systems displaced by the deportation of their primary caretakers. Parents lose the ability to place their own children with relatives when they are placed in deportation proceedings.
Immigrant workers, like all workers, should be able to stand up for fair treatment without fear of being separated from their families. Immigration reform efforts should make protecting those rights a priority, regardless of any worker’s immigration status.
Exploiting immigrant labor is bad for business, bad for workers, bad for consumers and bad for the free market.
Workers who are abused by employers should feel free to report those violations of law without fear of being deported. Federal immigration enforcement should not interfere with investigations into violations of labor laws.
We do not support the use of biometric data, which will lead to privacy and civil liberty violations.
We have deep concerns about mandatory use of electronic employment eligibility verification systems like E-Verify.
Did you know?
E-Verify will affect every working American in the country – regardless of immigration status. This will cause more than one million citizens and work authorized immigrants to contact a government agency or lose their jobs.
The Clark County Republican Party (CCRP), which now consists of a majority of Ron Paul supporters, last night voted to condemn the Republican National Committee. They are also calling for Chairman Reince Preibus to resign.
Ron Paul recently addressing the Clark County GOP
The resolution says this is because the RNC is supporting Mitt Romney as the “presumptive nominee” even though other candidates are “still actively campaigning”.
Here is the resolution passed last night by a vote of 184-182:
I guess these folks did not get the memo that Ron Paul has ceased to actively campaign.
Led by RNC committeewoman-elect Diana Orrock (reminder: both the national committeewoman and man were deposed at the state meeting in Sparks two weekends ago), CCRP also voted to condemn a United Nations initiative called Agenda 21.
I am sure the U.N. General Assembly will be very upset to learn that Clark County GOP opposes their plans for world economic development