IJN sits on the Steering Committee of the CAMBIO (Campaign for Accountable, Moral, Balanced Immigration Overhaul). 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.
- Detention Watch Network – Read Detention Watch Network’s news updates and analyses detention-related provisions of the immigration bills before Congress.
- Rights Working Group – Check out RWG’s Resources page with links to issue briefs and fact sheets on the racial profiling aspects of the Immigration bills before Congress.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association – View AILA’s Immigration Politics 2013 page, which includes daily updates on the status of federal immigration reform bills and links to related articles, reports, and videos.
- American Civil Liberties Union – Check out ACLU’s Immigration Reform 2013 page containing a summary analysis of the immigration reform bill, news updates, blog postings, and the ACLU Framework for Immigration Reform.
- 1Love Movement – Visit the 1Love Movement website for immigration news and action alerts from a network of Asian American organizers.
- Banished Veterans – Explore the stories and videos of immigrant soldiers facing deportation and find ways to help!
- Families for Freedom – FFF is a New York-based multi-ethnic defense network by and for immigrants facing and fighting deportation.
- United We Dream – Check out United We Dream’s news page, which focuses on the immigrant youth movement’s response to the immigration reform bills before Congress.
- PICO National Network – PICO is a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities. Visit PICO’s Immigration Reform page and get involved with PICO’s Campaign for Citizenship.
- American Families United – AFU represents American voters and future voters (permanent residents) who are sponsoring or have sponsored a spouse or child for immigration. Visit AFU’s Issues page and read analyses about the immigration reform issues on their agenda.
- SEARAC is a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society. We envision a socially, politically and economically just society for all communities to enjoy for all generations.
Reports and Statistics:
Forced Apart (By the Numbers). Human Rights Watch.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE Total Removals through August 25, 2012.
Unauthorized immigrant population: national and state trends, 2010. Pew Research Center; 2011.
How today’s immigration enforcement policies impact children, families, and communities: a view from the ground. Center for American Progress
Facing our future: children in the aftermath of immigration enforcement. The Urban Institute; 2010. Available at: .
U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Annual Performance Report: Fiscal Years 2011-2013.
Deportations of Parents of U.S. Citizen Kids. ColorLines.com
The current immigration bill falls short of overhauling our broken immigration system. The heart of the bill is clearly the pathway to citizenship, but what’s missing from the conversation is the number of individuals who will actually be barred from this path. Provisions in the bill and several amendments up for debate further exacerbate the current denial of due process rights in the immigration system.
These provisions aim to further exclude immigrants, both undocumented individuals and green card holders, leaving them off the path and without a fair day in court before facing permanent separation from their families.