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Immigration

Our Values
All people are entitled to human rights and dignity regardless of country of origin or lack of documentation.

Immigration is an issue of global displacement and disproportionate distribution of wealth – not of Homeland Security. We require that the causal relationship between foreign and trade policy and the increase in undocumented immigration be addressed in all immigration legislation without further criminalizing or stigmatizing immigrants.

We oppose using local law enforcement as agents of immigration enforcement.

We support provisions to improve wages and working conditions of immigrant workers—including safe and adequate housing, medical care, and education—to protect them from exploitation and to protect American workers from being undercut by an illegal and exploited workforce.

We oppose any effort to deputize, commission, finance, or otherwise encourage vigilante border militia groups in the United States.

We must discourage illegal immigration and encourage lawful immigration by eliminating ethnic bias in quotas and speeding timely processing of applications for entry, asylum, temporary work permits, and lawful permanent residence ("green cards").

We support an efficient, just, and compassionate system for granting asylum.

We must provide fair and humane treatment of immigrants, reuniting families and crafting a fair path to legal status and eventual citizenship for those already living here.

We must implement effective, sustainable, and economically viable border control measures, consistent with individual liberties.

2014 Policy Priorities
Federal Government: End deportation or detention, without due process of law, of any person that is a primary or sole caregiver for a minor child or disabled dependent regardless of citizenship status.

Federal and state governments: End corporate profiteering of human life by closing privately run detention facilities.

Federal Government: Streamline and expedite the processing of applications for asylum or refuge status for persons fleeing from areas of war, genocide, political oppression.

U.S. Congress: Create a path to citizenship for undocumented people already residing within the United States.

U.S. Congress: Pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which allows children of undocumented immigrants temporary residency to allow them to pursue higher education.

U.S. Congress: Create a path to citizenship for immigrants who complete higher education in the US.

U.S. Congress: Reform the current guestworker program to protect the rights and opportunities for American workers and the right of all workers to organize and join unions.

U.S. Congress: Repeal the 3 and 10 year bars preventing people from applying for legal status.

U.S. Congress: Provide habeas corpus for non-citizens, completely and without compromise.