Many local and afar residents from L.A.’s immigrant communities gathered on an August 12th afternoon to become informed on the Senate’s version of an immigration reform bill. All too often, Spanish media outlets and other mainstream journalists conveniently leave out some of the punitive and harsh measures buried deep into S. 744, the Senate bill. Undocumented activists and allies then realized it was the responsibility of immigrant rights groups to effectively inform undocumented immigrants of what the bill could potentially bring. We had immigration attorneys and immigrant youth present and providing key points about who could and could not benefit from the Senate bill. It was a night of information, storytelling, small group activities, and a teatro circle that enlightened everyone on what this specific bill would mean for ALL immigrants, not just a select few.
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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