OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN
On Monday, June 24, the Senate voted to move forward with an immigration-reform package that includes extreme border militarization tied to an already onerous pathway to citizenship. Due to the devastating impacts that these provisions will have on border communities, future migrants, and the 4–5 million existing undocumented residents in the U.S. who will likely never qualify for this pathway.
No More Deaths, Occupy Tucson, border communities and advocacy groups do not support S.744, the Senate’s “Immigration Reform” bill which was passed by the Senate on Monday, June 24, 2013. This bill includes extreme border militarization tied to an already onerous pathway to citizenship. On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, a press conference was called by several groups at which a press release was made available and various residents and activists spoke against the bill. A copy of their Joint Statement is available at http://occupytucson.org/archives/3299
Due to the devasting impacts that these provisions will have on border communities, future migrants, and the 4-5 million existing undocumented residents in the U.S. who will likely never qualify for this pathway, No More Deaths published their reasons for not supporting the bill, which included the following points:
• The bill’s “pathway to citizenship” is fatally flawed.
• The Gang of 8’s last-minute “border surge” proposal will lead to a surge in border deaths.
• The bill’s border-enforcement provisions are wasteful, arbitrary, and unnecessary.
• The bill will undermine the privacy and civil liberties of American citizens and immigrant communities alike.
• The bill will have devastating consequences for the environment.
For the statement from No More Deaths, see http://www.nomoredeaths.org/Information/why-w