[permaculture] CATA's Response to President Obama on Immigration

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Fri Nov 21 17:35:42 EST 2014

Regarding immigration reform a friend emailed me today with this
"BTW I just lost a good friend to the process (deportation). Isidro has
been in this country for the past 20 years, has raised a family here and is
(was) an upstanding part of the community. All four of his kids were born

2-1/2 months ago they caught him and sent him to a detention center in
Georgia. Now he's back in Mexico, with no way of supporting his family. I
think his oldest son has just dropped out of high school so he can find
work. And Isidro would have been the perfect candidate for the president's
program: a clean record, long-time resident, supporting four kids born
here, etc."

On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM, Amy Little <amylittle at hvc.rr.com> wrote:

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> On Thursday, November 20, President Obama announced his executive order on
> immigration. The President’s executive order will allow undocumented
> immigrants, who have lived in the United States for at least five years and
> have children who are US citizens or Legal Permanent Residents, to
> temporarily work and live in the United States without fear of deportation
> as long as they pass a criminal background check, pay all of their taxes,
> and pay a fee. The executive order also expands the pool of people eligible
> for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to include
> those who arrived before Jan. 1, 2010 without any age limitation.
> We support the fact that this order will allow a portion of the
> undocumented population a period of relief from the fear of deportation
> that they live with every day. However, we are disappointed with the limits
> to this action. Most of our members will not qualify for this relief even
> though they have been working and paying taxes in the United States for
> many years. For those that will qualify, the order is still discriminatory.
> Undocumented immigrants who qualify for the temporary deportation relief
> will be given a social security number to pay their taxes with but will
> continue to be excluded from claiming retirement benefits and from the
> Affordable Care Act.
> The claim is that this order will temporarily protect around 5 million
> undocumented immigrants from deportation, including the expanded eligible
> population for the DACA program. However, that does not mean that all 5+
> million will apply due to the fact that this order has a very unclear
> future. Justifiably, many undocumented immigrants fear that putting their
> name on a list for temporary relief will lead to negative consequences when
> the President leaves office and should his order be overturned by the next
> President.
> We at CATA understand that the presence of undocumented workers in the
> U.S. not only contributes to the betterment of civil society but is a
> crucial element for the viability of our broken food system. For example,
> New Jersey would lose $24.2 billion in economic activity and about 103,898
> jobs if all unauthorized immigrants were removed. Our society and, in
> particular, the corporate agricultural and food industries, takes advantage
> of the vulnerability of the undocumented population in order to maintain
> low salaries and increase profits. Although undocumented immigrants
> contribute financially through purchasing and living costs, they are
> systemically kept in poverty. This order does very little to address any of
> those issues.
> While this executive order is a step in the right direction, it is far
> from addressing the real problems; it is merely a small band-aid on the
> gaping wound that is our broken immigration system. The President is right
> to address this issue, but much more needs to be done. Congress needs to
> stop focusing on petty politics and come up with a genuine, comprehensive
> solution. We will continue to push for a path to citizenship as a solution
> to the presence of more than 11 million undocumented people. The principle
> which immigration policy should be based on is the fulfillment of the human
> rights and dignity of every person. We affirm that the struggle goes beyond
> the recognition of the basic human rights of migrants and workers. The
> struggle is to challenge society to not be guided by fear and intolerance,
> but by the recognition of the value and inherent dignity of human life.
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