The #dignity2020 plan
Another presidential election is coming up in 2020 - the media, the TV ads, the hundreds of conversations at the table, the candidates forums, the promises, the door knocking, the apathy, hope and anger that we all come to feel every four years. Every election, the issue of immigration plays two roles, 1) it is used to rally people around fears of what they call an “invasion” and 2) it is used as fake promises that the people we think are our friends make and then break once they get into power.
This election, we will hold the political parties to a new standard for immigrant rights. We are tired of being told that our community deserves only bread crumbs.
Waves of organizers and community members have led the fight for immigrant rights over the last couple of decades. However, time and time again, we have been asked to settle for less than what our community deserves. Every time a new immigration reform bill is introduced, we are forced to accept border and interior enforcement as part of the political negotiations. Every time the question of legalization comes up we are forced to accept that some immigrants deserve green cards and others don’t.
Today, we start fighting for what our community truly deserves: The Dignity Plan.
The Dignity Plan isn’t any legislation: it is a mandate for any politicians, liberals and institutions who want to support immigrants to meet our standards of what it means for immigrants to live with dignity here in the United States.
Full legalization for all immigrants
We need permanent protection against deportation and the ability to travel back and forth to other countries. At a state level, we need access to driver's licenses, health care, and higher education.
Accountability against agencies that prey on immigrants
We need accountability for ICE, employers, landlords, police, and corporations who prey on immigrants.