PHILADELPHIA (March 19, 2010) – The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Quaker peace and social justice organization, is deeply disappointed in the immigration blueprint tying legalization to failed border policies, workplace raids and criminalization of immigrants released by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and praised by President Obama.
Instead of more of the same ineffective policies that further militarize the border and divide more families, AFSC urges Congress and the Obama administration to utilize the following seven principles to guide reform.
- Adopt economic policies consistent with human rights and trade justice
- Protect all workers’ labor rights
- Create a clear, workable path to residency
- Respect immigrants’ civil and human rights
- Demilitarize the U.S.-Mexico border
- Support family reunification
- Ensure immigrants access to services
AFSC recommends these values based on its years of work with families who are forced to migrate due to unfair trade policies; with workers exposed to exploitation, and with those arrested, detained and deported without access to counsel or a fair trial.
“The Schumer-Graham plan would violate core values consistent with a democratic society,” says Christian Ramirez, national coordinator of AFSC’s immigrants’ rights programs.”We must choose to respect the human rights and dignity of immigrants and thus protect the future of all in the U.S.”
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The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.