Democrat Lisa McCormick supports a bold, progressive, visionary humane immigration policy to reform ‘draconian’ laws that now hinder economic growth and fail America’s promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
McCormick said Rep Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Progressive Caucus, proposed a Roadmap to Freedom resolution developed in consultation with human rights advocates that repairs the racist, xenophobic immigration system which has been broken for decades.
“As someone who came to America alone at the age of 16, Congresswoman Jayapal knows that the United States is better than the cruel, xenophobic policies to which the Trump team subjected families who were separated, with their children locked in cages, and Dreamers who never knew anyplace but America.
The five-pronged resolution endorsed by more than 60 civil rights and immigrant advocacy groups centers on family unity, immigrants’ access to social services, protections for front line workers, ending police militarization in border communities, and alternatives to detention and deportation.
“This is a Roadmap that works to address the diverse needs of our nation while reflecting the diversity of America’s immigrant community,” said McCormick, the progressive challenger to Senator Bob Menendez in the 2018 Democratic primary election.
McCormick is urging President Joe Biden to adopt immigration reform that not only rescinds Donald Trump’s draconian ‘zero tolerance’ policy at US-Mexico border but also follows a set of humane principles for future policies.
“Congresswoman Jayapal’s Roadmap to Freedom resolution represents America’s values by truly reflecting our strength instead of bullying vulnerable and desperate people,” said McCormick. “America’s immigration system has been broken for decades, criminalizing immigration and leaving families behind.”
Biden has issued a series of executive orders striking at the core of his predecessor’s anti-immgration agenda – including a freeze on certain deportations, a reversal of the ban on travel from majority-Muslim countries and suspending construction of the US-Mexico border wall.
McCormick said she is pleased with the initial actions of the Biden administration but recognizes that there is more to do.
“Ending our nation’s darkest chapter of forcing immigrants into the shadows, will hasten our return as a society that embraces immigrants and lives up to our ideals,” said McCormick.
“It’s time for an immigration system that works for our country and rewards those who contribute instead of punishing people for trying to make a better life,” said McCormick.
The Roadmap to Freedom Resolution was first announced in December, after being developed in consultation with immigration organizers, labor advocates, civil rights leaders and racial justice activists.
“FIRM Action worked for years to reimagine what immigration in our country should and shouldn’t be, especially after watching the callousness and disregard for human life of the Trump administration,” said Lawrence Benito, FIRM Action co-chair and executive director of ICIRR Action.
“We’ve worked for decades to win protections for our families, so that we all have the opportunity to thrive. The Roadmap to Freedom Resolution lays the groundwork for the policies our families need to do just that,” said Roxana Norouzi, executive director of OneAmerica. “The Roadmap is a solution for our people, by our people.”
“The introduction of the (Roadmap to Freedom) takes us one step closer to our vision of an immigration system that respects immigrant families and embodies our best values as a country,” said Lorella Praeli, president of Community Change Action. “Beyond undoing the harm of the Trump era, the incoming Biden-Harris administration must take aggressive action to reverse the brutality of the enforcement system and work with Congress to pass legislation that creates a path to citizenship for the 11 million.”
McCormick said the Roadmap to Freedom is endorsed by more than 75 organizations from all across America.
Among them are American Family Voices, APACE C4, APACE Votes, Arkansas United, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP), Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Border Network for Human Rights, Bridges Faith Initiative, Burien White Center Community Support Network, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, CASA, Casa Latina, Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA), Church World Service, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Common Defense, and Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc.
The Roadmap to Freedom is also endorsed by Community Acupuncture Project, Community Change Action, Detention Watch Network, Fair Immigration Reform Movement Action (FIRM Action), Families Belong Together, Hope Border Institute, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Immigrant Defenders Law Center, Immigrants’ List Civic Action, Immigration Hub, Indivisible, Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Laotian American National Alliance (LANA), Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, Make The Road Nevada, Make the Road, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), and National Domestic Workers Alliance.
It is also supported by National Immigrant Justice Center, National Immigration Law Center, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), National Partnership for New Americans, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, New York Immigration Coalition, OneAmerica, Our Revolution, Physicians for Reproductive Health, RAICES, Refugee Women’s Alliance, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, Strengthening Sanctuary Alliance, Sunrise Movement, TODEC Legal Center.
The Roadmap to Freedom is also endorsed by UltraViolet, UndocuBlack Network, United We Dream, Wallingford Indivisible, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP), Washington Defender Association, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center, Women’s Refugee Commission, and Young Invincibles.
Ultimately, the Roadmap to Freedom re-establishes the United States as a beacon of hope and humanitarian protection for those seeking safety on our shores and achieves a vision of an immigration system that works for all by:
- Ensuring a fair immigration process that establishes a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million people while centering family unity and promoting and preserves diversity
- Welcoming immigrants by supporting integration efforts and ensuring access to critical public services
- Creating a just, humane way to uphold immigration laws, including by investing in humane, community-based alternatives to detention and creating scalable consequences for enforcement. This is possible by modernizing the system, ensuring judges have the ability to exercise discretion, and having reasonable, more humane options on the table
- Investing in border policy that protects the rights of communities in the borderlands and ends the mass militarization of the region
- Understanding that we must uphold the rights of all workers and that increasing protections for immigrant workers will lift up all workers—immigrant and American-born alike
The full Roadmap to Freedom Resolution is available here.
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