Letter To Senator Barbara Boxer
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Senator Barbara Boxer
United States Senator
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Senator Boxer,
The Senate recently considered the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007. This flawed bill only merited passage if it dramatically improved. Unfortunately, the Senate pushed it in the wrong direction, repeatedly making it more punitive and repressive of immigrants' and citizens' rights alike.
We write to thank you for standing in defense of working people and immigrant families, for your leadership in opposition to guestworker programs, and most especially for your vote against cloture on the bill. If passed, it would have left undocumented immigrants in the shadows indefinitely, while eroding due process rights, permanently excluding lawful immigrants' family members, and undermining the working conditions of all American workers, those born here and abroad.
Unfortunately, it is likely that this bill will be revived in the coming days or weeks, and it appears it will only become more damaging in the process. On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we request that you please continue to support for a fair, reasonable, and principled approach to immigration reform.
We owe it to this and future generations to pass a bill that stands by American values of acceptance, dignity, and family. Your vote helped prevent a dangerous turn away from these values that would alter our society for years to come, and your continued support can ensure that our country does not take such a step by enacting this legislation. We thank you again for your dedicated work as a champion of the rights of immigrants and of all Californians.
(Please see signatories page)
Lillian Rodriguez-Lopez - President
55 Exchange Place, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus – Executive Director
815 16th Street, N.W., 4th floor
Washington, DC 20006
League of United Latin American Citizens
Brent A. Wilkes – Executive Director
2000 L Street, N.W., Suite 610
Washington, DC 20036
National Day Laborer Organizing Network
Chris Newman – Legal Programs Director
675 S. Park View St.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
National Alliance of Latin American
& Caribbean Communities
Oscar A. Chacón – Executive Director
1628 S. Blue Island Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608
National Immigration Law Center
Linton Joaquin—Executive Director
Los Angeles, CA 90010
William C. Velasquez Institute
Antonio González – President
2914 N. Main Street, 1st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90031