The Dignity Campaign, FIOB, and AFSC proposals, are not just alternative programs for changing laws and policies, but implicit strategies of alliances based on mutual interest. They advocate the following:
- Give Permanent Residence visas, or Green Cards, to undocumented people already here, and expand the number of Green Cards available for new migrants.
- Eliminate the years-long backlog in processing family reunification visas, strengthening families and communities.
- End the enforcement that has led to thousands of deportations and firings.
- Repeal employer sanctions, and enforce labor rights and worker protection laws, for all workers.
- End all guest worker programs.
- Dismantle the border wall and demilitarize the border, so fewer people die crossing it, and restore civil and human rights in border communities.
- Respond to recession and foreclosures with jobs programs to guarantee income, and remove the fear of job competition.
- Redirect the money spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to rebuild communities, refinancing mortgages, and restoring the social services needed by working families.
- Renegotiate existing trade agreements to eliminate causes of displacement and prohibit new trade agreements that displace people or lower living standards.
- Prohibit local law enforcement agencies from enforcing immigration law, end roadblocks, immigration raids and sweeps, and close detention centers.
David Bacon is a photojournalist, and has been a labor and immigrant rights activist for four decades. He’s the author of four books, the latest of which is The Right to Stay Home (Beacon Press, 2013).
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