Statement by the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee, July 17, 2013:
Democratic Socialists of America has long fought for a swift path to citizenship for all undocumented workers and their dependents. As socialists, it is our conviction that all those who contribute labor to a society should have the full rights of citizenship.
As of today, the Republican majority in the House remains the major obstacle to moving towards this goal. Speaker John Boehner refuses to bring comprehensive immigration reform to the House floor unless a majority of the Republican caucus favors doing so. By frustrating the majority will of the entire chamber, Boehner threatens to preclude any immigration reform beyond further wasteful and deadly militarization of our border with Mexico.
DSA will join the efforts of the immigrant rights and labor movement to pressure House Republicans to bring a bill to the floor that includes a clear path to citizenship for all undocumented people. At the same time, we will work with our allies to change those parts of the Senate bill that restrict the labor rights of those on the path to citizenship, exclude large numbers of the undocumented from said path and accelerate the violent and wasteful militarization of the border.
DSA;s strategy is twofold, get the Bill passed at all costs, then work now and in the future to eliminate any clauses that enhance border security or slow down illegals path to full citizenship and voting rights. The socialists definitely want to have their cake and eat it too.
Most of organized labor and the immigrant rights and Latino advocacy community critically support the Senate-passed S 744 — the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 — because it provides a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented workers. Thus, they are pushing for the House to take up the Senate bill. While DSA understands this decision, we also will work with the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) and grassroots groups who raise fundamental questions about the Senate bill itself because it promises to further militarize the border and increase the harassment of borderlands communities.
The Senate bill provides an arduous 13-year path to citizenship for the large majority — but not all — of the approximately 11 million undocumented workers. It would grant legal status to millions of immigrants and their dependents, and allow them to work and travel without fear of deportation. But as those embarking on the lengthy road to citizenship cannot go more than 60 days without employment, the Senate bill would severely hamper immigrants from defending their rights in the workplace. In addition, the minimum of $3,750 in fees during the path to citizenship will put full citizenship out of the reach of many.
DSA will join the immigrant rights community in working to eliminate the unjust and punitive provisions from any final bill and will join protest and lobbying efforts to get before both the House and Senate a final comprehensive immigration bill that includes provisions for immediate legal status for all undocumented peoples and an expeditious, affordable path to citizenship.
The most heinous parts of the Senate bill involve a further militarization of the border, the price Republican senators exacted for endorsing the bill… The bill calls for doubling the number of Border Patrol agents to almost 40,000 over the next ten years, It also expands the area within the United States in which Border Security can patrol, and will thus ramp up the unjust harassment of borderland communities. These programs are a financial boondoggle for military contractors and for the private prison industry. Nor will the actions curtail undocumented immigration.
In contrast, the Senate bill continues the requirement that aspiring citizens must demonstrate English proficiency, but provides only $100 million in additional funding. This doesn’t begin to meet the needs. An estimated 5.8 million legal permanent residents, and 6.4 million undocumented immigrants have limited English proficiency. It would take between $11.5 and $23 billion total to equip immigrants with the language skills they need. Instead of militarizing the border, the Congress should adequately fund opportunities for immigrants to learn English.
DSA says it is doing this for “democracy”:
DSA views the struggle for just immigration reform as an integral part of the ongoing struggle for workers’ rights and for democracy.
The truthful reason was made very plain by SEIU Executive VP, Eliseo Medina, in a speech to the “progressive” faithful at the America’s Future Now! conference in Washington, D.C. on June 2, 2009. Medina is a Democratic Socialists of America honorary chair and the country’s most influential amnesty activist.
Addressing attendees on the necessity of comprehensive immigration reform and speaking of Latino voters, Medina said: “when they voted in November, they voted overwhelmingly for progressive candidates. Barack Obama got two out of every three voters that showed up.”
So I think there’s two things that matter for the progressive community.
Number one, if we are to expand this electorate to win, the progressive community needs to solidly be on the side of immigrants, that we’ll expand and solidify the progressive coalition for the future…”
When you are in the middle of a fight for your life you will remember who was there with you. And immigrants count on progressives to be able to do that.
“We reform the immigration laws, it puts 12 million people on the path to citizenship and eventually voters”. Can you imagine if we have, even the same ratio, two out of three?
If we have eight million new voters who care about …… and will be voting. We will be creating a governing coalition for the long term, not just for an election cycle…
Here’s the video of Medina’s speech.
“Governing coalition for the long term?” That means effectively a Democratic One-Party state – forever.
That is the real agenda of the left. Immigration “reform” – amnesty, citizenship and voting rights is a means to that sinister end.
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