Victory in Norristown!

JusticeCheck out this article by WHYY “Traffic stops become immigration stops in Deleware Valley.” on how last year in Norristown checkpoints and routine traffic stops were being used as immigration traps for immigrants. At the end of the article the new interim Chief of Police in Norristown is quoted as saying, “ICE won’t be back when his officers do checkpoints this summer.”  Victory! Over the past year Juntos’ work has expanded to not just Philadelphia but also the neighboring city of Norristown as we were the first on the scene with local community leaders in shedding light on the human rights abuses that were happening at the hands of local police and Immigration. We will continue to build power in Norritown to ensure that human rights abuses like these come to an end.  We thank all of you who have supported us in this.

Juntos Responds to Introduction of the Senate’s Immigration Bill

Juntos fights for Immigration Reform in D.C

On the heels of our large mobilization where we took over 260 community members to Washington D.C on April 10th to rally for the passing of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We here in Juntos applaud the introduction of the Senate’s bill on comprehensive immigration reform today April 17th and recognize the historic first step it is towards a just and humane policy reform.

In particular, we are in support of a bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for our community and we look forward to working with other organizations and elected officials to improve on it and to ensure that any reform that passes is inclusive of all of our community, ends unjust deportations, and offers strong worker protections.

We in Juntos do have some concerns of what has been proposed so far.  To begin, we are concerned with the amount of people who will not qualify due to unjust and unfair restrictions.  As it stands right now thousands of families will still be left out of this reform and will be forced to live further in the shadows.  Also, the 13 year wait to full citizenship is far too long, especially for families who have already lived and contributed to our society for many years.

At a time in Philadelphia when our schools are closing due to insufficient funds we believe a proposal that includes $5 billion dollars spent on a border that has been the most secure since the founding of our nation is excessive and those funds could be better used to keep schools open, improve public education, and create pathways to college for our youth.

We in Juntos have made a commitment to fight for a reform that is inclusive of the 11 million undocumented individuals in this country that leads to full citizenship and allows for our people to have a voice in the voting structure of this nation.  We will also ensure that we prioritize families over spending more money on border enforcement and the policing of our community.  In addition, nowhere in this reform debate does either party make mention of the US foreign policies or the multi-national corporations that decimate the economy of the Global South and causes the very migration they wish to curtail.  Families migrate for the very sake of survival; to escape war and economic devastation. We must address these issues if we want to have true immigration reform.

Every day that we do not take action to create a fair policy 1,100 families are being torn apart through unjust deportations.  We will continue to fight until we see a reform that will put an end to these conditions for our families.  This bill is a step in the right direction but leaves much room for improvement and we commit to organize until those improvements occur.

Below are links to local and national media coverage and photos of the historic April 10th mobilization

KYW News Radio: Hundreds of Philadelphians Heading to D.C for Citizenship Rally

NBC Latino: A mother and daughter come out of the shadows to fight for Immigration Reform

Telemundo “Al Rojo Vivo” : Marchan por reforma migratoria

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How can YOU help pass the Pennsylvania DREAM Act

We need YOUR help to pass the Pennsylvania DREAM Act. We urge you to contact your local state representatives and pressure them to vote yes on Senate Bill 713 when it is presented in front of them.
Below we have provided a tool you can use to look up your local elected official.
Please also sign the petition below to ensure that your elected officials get an email urging them to pass this important piece of legislation

On March 16 Senator Lloyd Smucker (R) from Lancaster PA Introduced the Pennsylvania DREAM Act into the Senate. Juntos DREAMers, along with other youth in the state and the Pennsylvania Immigrant and Citizenship Coalition (PICC)  sat down and met with the senator prior to the bill being introduced to draft the initial language of the bill and ensure that this bill is for and by the community that will be most affected.
Now that the bill has been introduced it is up to us, the people, to pressure our elected officials into making sure that this important piece of legislation passes.

Untitled drawing (1) Please click HERE to sign our Petition

The Pennsylvania DREAM Act will provide the opportunity for undocumented young adults who have graduated from a high school in Pennsylvania, or have a GED certificate , to pay in-state tuition rates at public institutions of higher learning in Pennsylvania. Most of the time undocumented students applying to college get charged international or out-of state tuition rates, which are 3-4 times more expensive than the regular in-state tuition they would get charged if they were documented. These are young adults that have grown up in Pennsylvania and they and their families have been contributing to the economy of the state. In 2010 families with undocumented heads of households paid approximately $135 million in state and local taxes. Passing the PA DREAM Act would increase the potential for those benefiting from it  to increase their potential to contribute back to the state even more by becoming college educated productive tax payers.

This bill is not only beneficial to undocumented young adults but also to the whole of Pennsylvania. Allowing more students to access a college education, who would otherwise not be able to afford it, will increase the number of students enrolling into public institutions of higher learning and therefore increase college revenues. State DREAM Acts have passed already in 13 other states and they have provided huge economic benefits to public institutions.

We in Juntos see that denying students to ability to pay in-state tuition is unjust and as against the values of equality that this country was founded upon. We see education as a human right and therefore the access to education as well.

Please use the search box below to look up the contact info of your local state representatives and tell them to pass this important piece of legislation.

 

Locate your Senators and Representative

ex: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500

Get on the bus to Washington D.C!

On April 10, 2013 Juntos will be headed to Washington D.C to unite with thousands of other people in our nation’s capital to demand that a TRUE immigration reform is passed that is just, humane and truly by the people and for the people. Juntos has buses leaving from the Philadelphia and we want to fill them up!

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Please fill out the form below COMPLETELY to reserve your spot on the bus for this important mobilization. For more information call our office at 215.218.9079