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    Archive for June, 2014
    One Year Anniversary of Senate Bill and Dimmed Hope for Congressional Immigration Reform

    One Year Anniversary of Senate Bill and Dimmed Hope for Congressional Immigration Reform

    Today marks the one year anniversary of the Senate passage of a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill; but it is not a date to celebrate. Knowledgeable members of Congress announced that the House is very unlikely to pass immigration reform either before or after the August recess. The prospects for legislation are dim but the fight to fix our broken immigration system must continue.


    The Senate bill, S.744, while far from perfect, includes the agricultural stakeholder agreement, critical international labor recruitment protections, and a path for many undocumented immigrants to become citizens. Despite bipartisan support for this bill, and its House counterpart, HR 15, the House has failed to move forward, amid a parade of excuses by the House leadership. Opponents claim that President Obama cannot be “trusted” to enforce a new immigration law even though this Administration has conducted an unprecedented number of deportations and new legislation likely would be implemented primarily by his successor. Most recently, obstructions claimed that Eric Cantor’s primary election loss and the crisis of youths crossing our southern border (described below) justify inaction or one-sided, limited legislation.


    While there probably remains a slim chance that the House will take up immigration reform in July or during the “lame duck” session of Congress after the November elections, many organizations and immigration advocates are moving on for now. Rep. Gutierrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor Wednesday, announcing that he has finally given up on waiting for Republicans to act and that it will now be up to the President to modify deportation priorities and provide some form of temporary status for many undocumented immigrants.


    On Thursday, Rep. Gutierrez hosted a press conference with other Members of Congress and the advocacy groups Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), NCLR (the National Council of La Raza), and America’s Voice, proclaiming their disappointment with House inaction and calling on the President to act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats also held a press conference Thursday urging Speaker Boehner to bring a bill to the floor in July. At least one Republican Member of the House still thinks that immigration reform is possible this year. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) says she remains “cautiously optimistic” but views the July window as a last opportunity.


    Although President Obama should take additional action, Congress remains the only option for true immigration reform as it is the only body of our government that can provide lawful permanent residency with a path to citizenship. Until the August recess, Farmworker Justice will continue to support efforts in Congress to pass immigration reform, even as we press the White House for administrative relief from the broken immigration system.

    There remains the question of what kind of reform the House would pass even if it does vote on immigration legislation and then how the House and Senate would reach a compromise on a final bill that could be signed by the President. Some legislators would allow undocumented immigrants to remain the country under certain conditions but without an opportunity to earn citizenship. Some conservative groups and individuals, however, would follow the lead of the Senate bill. An Op-ed in Politico by Sheldon Adelson, a major funder of conservative causes, calls for the House to act on immigration reform with a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants. Another op-ed this week by representatives of AGree, an agribusiness collaborative, urged Congress to take up immigration reform for agriculture. Unfortunately, the op-ed focused on the need for an agricultural guestworker program and only briefly mentioned the need to legalize undocumented farmworkers, without an explicit call for a path to citizenship. The AGree principles do recognize the need to “[e]nsure quality of life, good working conditions, and opportunities for food and agriculture workers.” It is troubling, however, that the employers who benefit from the labor of undocumented immigrants often fail to publicly advocate for the opportunity for undocumented farmworkers to become full and equal members of our society.

    Orange Rising Coalitions

    The Orange Rising Coalition brings together the best community organizers in Central Florida, including:

    The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is an intergenerational civic engagement network of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.

    Central Florida Jobs With Justice is a coalition consisting of labor unions, community organizations, faith based groups and students working together to build power for working people. They are a part of the national Jobs with Justice which is a network of over 45 coalitions organizing in their communities along side with us for social and economic justice.

    Main Street Alliance – Florida / Community Business Association promotes socially responsible economic development, public policy and community investment. The Main Street Alliance creates opportunities for small business owners to advocate for themselves with decision makers, the media and other influencers to advance win-win policies to benefit small businesses, local economies and local communities. www.cbafl.comand

    Emerge USA is a national, non-partisan organization, that aspires to engage underrepresented communities into the political process with a focus on the Muslim, Arab and South Asian American (MASA) communities. Their goal is to ensure that these communities have the same constitutional rights, social privileges, and political opportunities afforded to all Americans.

    Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Through lobbying, grassroots organizing, education, and coalition building, they are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

    FL. FOCUS is a faith-based, social organization working to create innovative solutions to problems facing the people of Orlando and the surrounding areas. FOCUS represents a non-partisan, multi-racial collective of clergy along with their congregations who are united for the benefit of low and moderate income families.

    The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement and voter participation in Black and underserved communities. The National Coalition strives to create an enlightened community by engaging people in all aspects of public life through service/volunteerism, advocacy, leadership development and voting.

    FCAN’s members and staff build grassroots support on issues, work with government agencies and the media, and lobby elected officials. Program staff and Board members work to develop and mobilize activists from dozens of allied and affiliated organizations, including environmental, church, labor, civic, and senior citizen groups.

    F.I.R.E. is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering people to be leaders in their communities. F.I.R.E. provides training and support to low and moderate income residents to become civically engaged.

    Florida New Majority is a statewide voter participation organization working to empower women, African-Americans, Latinos, new immigrants communities, and young people to fully participate in the political process toward an inclusive, fair, and vibrant democracy.

    The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is a nonprofit,nonpartisan Latino organization affiliated with the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win federation. It was formed in 1973 to provide Latino trade union members in the United States with a more effective voice within the AFL-CIO, to encourage Latino participation on the democratic process, and to encourage the organization of Latino workers into labor unions.

    Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (MFVEF) is a national non-profit organization working to unite the Latino community and its allies to promote social and economic justice through increased civic participation.

    The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the educational, political, economic and cultural development of African American Women and their families. NCBW also serves as a nonpartisan voice and instrument on issues pertaining to the appointment of African American Women at all levels of government, and to increase African American women’s participation in the educational, political, economic and social arenas.

    The National Council of La Raza Action Fund (NCLR Action Fund) works to expand the power and influence of the Latino community to shape public policy and opinion in ways that strengthen the nation and improve the social, civic, and economic well-being of Hispanics through grassroots and national advocacy and lobbying.

    Organize Now is a progressive, community-based organization engaged in and committed to building power to effect change in times of injustice, maintain and protect our existing rights in the state of Florida whenever and wherever injustices are being committed or civil rights are being infringed upon.

    PICO United Florida is a network of federations of congregations in Orange, Alachua, Seminole, Escambia, Miami-Dade, St. Lucie, and Osceola Counties of Florida. Their 90 congregations represent more than 60,000 families and unite low to moderate income communities in Florida to work for systemic change. PICO Florida’s current issue campaigns address foreclosure prevention, voting rights, immigrant justice, youth violence, and jobs disparity.

    TRU (Transit Rider Union) – Orlando is a transit rider led association that aims to bring together bus riders to fight for improved and expanded public transit. Lynx transit riders and supporters are coming together to have a voice and build power for issues that impact the bus services they use. TRU- Orlando is a project ofCentral Florida Jobs with Justice.

    About Orange Rising

    They say elections have consequences. Local elections have consequences that literally hit you where you live.

    If not for the behind-the-scenes manipulation by lobbyists working with a willing County Mayor and Commissioner, Orange County workers would likely have the security of Earned Sick Time in 2014. Instead, we’ll continue to have the lowest paid and most insecure workforce in the country. Just a handful of county-level leaders stood between you and your ability to take a day off when you’re sick without fear of losing your job or your income.

    All we need is just a handful of educated, engaged and empowered voters to take away their ability to rule in favor of business at the expense of working families.

    The Orange Rising Coalition grew out of the Earned Sick Time and TEXTGATE fight, and is deploying the “VOTE LOCAL” campaign to educate, engage and empower voters in the August 2014 County Mayor and County Commission election.

    While Orange County is majority progressive the timing of the election and the sham of “non-partisan” races forces voters to buy a pig in a poke. We’re changing that with voter education, engagement and empowerment.