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Financial Barriers for Undocumented Immigrants in the Senate immigration bill

The National Immigration Law Center release a story on how much it would cost undocumented immigrants to become legalized through the Senate bill, or S. 744. Immigrants would need to pay penalties, back taxes, and other fees, the report says, “most unauthorized immigrants will face a waiting period of (AT LEAST) 13 years or more before they become citizens; a criminal background check; work requirements; documentation demands; English-language” and also immigrants would NOT be able to receive any medical or public benefits during their 10 years of provisional status and permanent resident status. Seeing as that many of our immigrant community members work in the informal economy or “under the table” like domestic workers, day laborers, or street vendors – it would be devastating that some of them would not be able to prove their employment requirements after living in the shadows for so long.

Read the story here: The Financial Barrier to Citizenship

Policy Press Releases

Immigrant Rights Activists Respond to U.S. Senate immigration bill

Day Laborers and DREAMers
React to Senate Immigration Proposal

What: Los Angeles Immigrant Rights Advocates React to “Gang of 8” Proposal

When: Press conference will be held 10:00am Wednesday, April 17th 2013

Where: 675 S. Park View St. Los Angeles, CA 90057

Who: Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Central American Resource Center, Dream Team Los Angeles, Institute of Popular Education of Southern California, and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

Los Angeles immigrant communities will provide their positions and react to the Senate Gang of 8 immigration reform proposal tomorrow morning, Wednesday, in the event that the bill is made public by the end of the day today as is expected.

Day laborers, dreamers, and the broader immigrant community will discuss their response to the bill, priorities, and plans to shape it as the debate over the pursuit of political equality for the 11 million begins in Congress.