¡No Andamos Confundidos! We Are Not Confused! Elvira Arellano

 

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¡No Andamos Confundidos!

Elvira Arellano  (English Version Follows Below)

Para aquellas personas que surgieren que el presidente Obama debe postergar su acción ejecutiva con la idea de permitir que el Congreso, controlado por los republicanos, actúen sobre una reforma migratoria, tenemos una respuesta clara:  ¡Los republicanos no apoyan una reforma migratoria y lo demorarán por el plazo máximo que pueden si el presidente no actúa.

Lo que debe quedar claro es el hecho de que los republicanos son el partido patronal, el partido de las corporaciones. Casi todas las políticas que ellos respaldan permiten que las corporaciones y los ricos aumenten sus ganancias y fortunas por medio de bajar los salarios de los obreros y los impuestos que pagan los ricos.  Para el resto del pueblo ofrecen políticas económicas que enriquecen más a los ricos y dejan unas migajas para la mayoría.  Y se puede mencionar una movilización racista en contra del primer presidente afronorteamericana de los Estados Unidos.

A los republicanos les encanta el sistema de mano de obra indocumentada.  Les encanta el Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte y otros arreglos de “libre” comercio que despojaron de sus ingresos a millones de latinoamericanos que como consecuencia, se han visto obligados a migrarse hacia el norte para hallar trabajo.  Les ha encantado poder tener control sobre los millones de trabajadores indocumentados que se encuentran obligados a trabajar para salarios bajísimos y sin los más mínimos derechos ni la seguridad de formar sindicatos para defender sus intereses.  A los republicanos les encanta este sistema porque reduce los salarios para los muchos y aumenta las ganancias y fortunas de un puñado de personas privilegiadas.

Cuando los republicanos controlaban la Casa Blanca deportaron solo la mitad de la gente que Obama y los demócratas han deportado.  Los republicanos nos quieren aquí, pero prefieren vernos atemorizados y solos, sin derechos, sin nuestras familias, trabajando para salarios miserables, y sin derechos.  No  quieren que permanezcamos suficiente tiempo para convertirnos en ciudadanos con el derecho del sufragio.

Por lo tanto, el presidente no debe esperar hasta que los republicanos hagan algo, porque los republicanos nunca van a hacer nada al menos que se encuentran obligados a hacerlo.

Se puede preguntar si en realidad los republicanos desean ganarse el voto latino.  La respuesta es que si. También han querido ganarse el voto de los afronorteamericanos.  ¿Y, a ver, que hicieron para ganárselo? ¡Absolutamente nada!  Son capaces de postular candidatos afronorteamericanos y latinos.  Son capaces de cambiar su retórica.  Pero no modificaron sus programas para ganarse los votos de los afroamericanos.  Entonce ¿Por qué se debe pensar que van a modificar sus políticas para atraerse el voto latino?  Los republicanos son un partido de los patronos y la mayoría de los latinos somos trabajadores.

También nos basamos en una idea realista de la clase de legislación que podría aprobarse en un Congreso controlado por los republicanos en los dos años que vienen.   De hecho, el programa legislativa de la “Fiesta de Te”, podría atrasar nuestro movimiento durante años. Vamos a necesitar que el presidente utilice su veto para parar legislación destructiva. Debemos deshacernos de la idea de que cualquier legislación que reduce la velocidad de las deportaciones debe apoyarse. La acción ejecutiva nos permitirá mantener una posición fuerte a favor de una verdadera reforma.

Es triste que tenemos que reconocer que los demócratas se han convertido en el partido de cobardía y retirada.  Bajo Clinton, concedieron a los republicanos y perdieron su mayoría en el Congreso y luego perdieron la Casa Blanca también. Bajo Obama, los demócratas concedieron demasiado a los republicanos y perdieron control de ambas cámaras del Congreso.

También es triste reconocer que el sector sindical en este país se ha integrado con el Partido Demócrata y, con algunos nobles excepciones, no se han esforzado a organizar los obreros indocumentados.  Si el presidente otorga un estatus legal y permisos de trabajo a los actuales indocumentados, el resultado sería un tremendo aumento en la militancia de los sindicatos, dándoles el poder de aumentar los salarios (y no solo al nivel del salario mínimo) por la vía tradicional—haciendo el trabajo de organizar. Esta es otra razón porque los republicanos jamás van a aprobar una  legalización y porque pretenden bloquear la acción ejecutiva.

Los demócratas han incumplido sus deberes con los latinos y algunos de ellos siguen bloqueando la acción ejecutiva del presidente.  Si esta situación sigue nosotros vamos a postular un candidato latino independiente para la presidencia para negarle la Casa Blanca a Hillary Clinton.  Los demócratas han andado confundidos pero nosotros no.  ¡Exigimos al presidente que actúe! Exigimos que el Partido Demócrata respalde el candidato que nosotros elegimos.  ¡Que hagan lo correcto para nuestras familias!

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WE ARE NOT CONFUSED!

By Elvira Arellano

For those who suggest that the President should hold off on executive action to let the Republican controlled Congress act on immigration reform we have a clear response: the Republicans do not want immigration reform and will delay it as long as they can if the President does not act.

What should be clear is that the Republicans are the party of the bosses, the party of the corporations. Almost every policy they fight for is a policy that allows corporations and wealthy individuals to increase their profits and their wealth by reducing wages and corporate taxes. For the rest of us they offer “trickle down economics.” And a racial mobilization against the first African American President of the United States.

Republicans like the system of undocumented labor. They liked NAFTA and other “free trade” agreements which put millions of Latin Americans out of work and forced them to migrate to the north to survive. They liked the millions of undocumented workers who were forced to work for cheap wages without rights and the security to organize unions. Theyliked this system because it reduced wages and increased profits and wealth for the few.

When Republicans controlled the White House they deported only half as many people as Obama and the democrats have deported. They want us here – but they want us scared and intimidated and alone without our families, working for cheap wages without rights. They don’t want us to stay here long enough to become voting citizens or have children that become voting citizens.

So the President should not wait on the Republicans because they will never act unless they are forced to.

Do the Republicans want the Latino vote? Yes. They also have wanted the African American vote. See what they did about it? Nothing! They will change their rhetoric. They will run African American or Latino candidates. But if they didn’t change their policies to win the African American vote what makes anyone think they will change to win the Latino vote? They are the party of the bosses and Latinos are a community of mostly workers.

We are also very realistic about what kind of legislation the republican controlled Congress would pass in the next two years. In fact, ‘Tea Party” legislation could set our movement back for years to come. We will need President Obama to veto destructive legislation. We need to take away the argument that any legislation which slows down deportations has to be supported. Executive action will allow us to continue to stand strong for real reform.

Sadly, the democrats have been the party of cowardice and retreat. They caved into Republicans under Clinton and lost the Congress and then the White House. They caved into Republicans under Obama and lost control of both houses of the Congress.

Sadly too, the unions in this country have become part of the Democratic Party and have failed, with a few notable exceptions, to organize undocumented workers. If the President provides legal status and work permits to millions of the undocumented then they can freely and aggressively join unions and force corporations to raise salaries for everyone. A new surge in union membership would give them the power to raise wages – not just to the minimum – the old fashioned way, by organizing. This is another reason why the Republicans will never pass immigration reform and why they oppose the executive action.

The democrats have failed us and now still some of them are blocking the President from taking executive action. If they continue, we will run a Latino for President as an independent and deny Hillary the White House. The Democrats have been confused but we are not confused! We urge the President to act! We urge the Democratic Party to stand behind the President that WE elected! For once, just do the right thing for our families!

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A Letter to the DREAMERs

Dear DREAMERs,

Many of you I’m sure have seen that the President is planning to act through executive order to legalize millions of undocumented currently living in the United States. We are closer than ever to the relief our community needs.
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To date, Centro Sin Fronteras/Familia Latina Unida has helped 400 first time applicants and 200 renewal applicants apply/reapply for DACA- and we have a 100% success rate. If you are reading this e-mail you are one of these many who we helped get through the system.
We are so proud of this program because it runs with no funding and only volunteer support. It is truly amazing what we have all been able to achieve together.
In the last few months we have grown our program and our volunteer base – however, when a new application does arrive we will have Mdaca10ILLIONS of our families who need to go through a similar process as you did to get your deferments. So we need you more than ever!!
Currently we have DACA sessions at Lincoln Church Thursdays 7pm and Sundays 1pm and also now at Adalberto Church in Humboldt Park Wednesdays at 7pm. If you are interested in being a part of this great movement and victory for your parents and relatives, please contact Sarita at Sara9674@gmail.com or call/text me at 773-580-4000. I’m looking for DREAMERs who truly want to lead and build an army of volunteers who can safely register their parents,etc.
I will be contacting you in the next coming weeks and I am more than willing to host a meet and greet or a training for anyone who wants to start volunteering. Please find it in your heart to give back to a program that has given so much to you. And also give back to your parents who have sacrificed and given you even more. daca11
I am also on Facebook and you can find our pages there at:
Pueblo Sin Fronteras/Famila Latina Unida and We Are Not Dreaming Anymore
We also have a youth website that I think you’ll all enjoy:
WeAreNotDreamingAnymore.com
Please let me know how you can get involved !
Sarita Caminadora
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FAMILIA LATINA UNIDA AND US CITIZEN KIDS FORCED TO RETURN HOME TO CHICAGO WITH NO ANSWER FROM ICE

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October 21, 2014 Familia Latina Unida started on their journey home to Chicago with heavy hearts as they were forced to leave behind Juan Garcia, Rosa Ruiz Jimenez and Esther Escalante due to the lack of response from ICE on their requests for humanitarian parole.

The rescue mission began on Wednesday October 15 when the US citizen children and spouses traveled to Laredo, Texas and then Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to join with Juan, Rosa and Esther before they turned themselves over to border patrol. On Friday October 17, the team moved to the border and the three were leaving laredoapprehended, detained and eventually moved to ICE after being processed. Everything during the crossing went smoothly and then they waited.

Now it is Tuesday and ICE is still unresponsive to their cases. Attorney John Antia has been in constant contact with authorities and Familia Latina Unida has held several press conferences and maintained their faith and prayers. However, we leave Laredo wishing we can take these US citizen children’s parents home with us to Chicago where they belong and where they will be able to live in safety and dignity as a unified family.

The fight for these three individuals will continue and we have full faith that they will soon be reunited. But the wait and the anxiety produced from this indecision have anguished these children and filled them wijohn with media2th dread. Ideally, we would be able valeria with dad2to stay until there is a decision but the children need to return to school and the spouses need to return to work. There simply are no means to stay here indefinitely. We will not stop putting pressure on ICE for justice for these families. Until they are reunified, these chilldren and their families in Chicago will be tortured by this indecision.

Upon returning to Chicago, Familia Latina Unida will hold a press conference at the Tornado Bus Station at 3am Thursday morning. Later that evening, Familia Latina Unida will travel to Washington DC to meet with national leaders and hold a press conference in front of the Democratic National Committee Headquarters. As the cases of Juan, Esther and Rosa show, these injustices continue to plague the almost 3 million families who have been affected by deportation under the current administration. And since President Obama has delayed executive action in the form of DACA for all once again due to pressure from high ranking Democratic Congressmen and Senators, it will be the final ultimatum given by the Latino/immigrant community. If there is no generous and broad relief by November 27 (Thanksgiving) then we will draft Congressman Luis Gutierrez as an independent candidate for 2016. Our community cannot wait any longer.

Luis Gutierrez

November 27 Coalition – GUTIERREZ 2016

November 27th Coalition

CALL FOR ACTION

The CALL

The Coalition is formed to win the “generous” executive actions promised by President Obama in July – led by the extension of DACA to the parents of dreamers and U.S. citizen children but not limited to that action.

The Coalition seeks to mobilize massive marches over the November 27th Thanksgiving week-end.

The Coalition is committed to the organization of a campaign for an independent campaign for the Presidency and independent challenges to selected Democratic Senators and Members of Congress in 2016 if the executive order is not forthcoming by November 27th and is not adequate to alleviate the suffering of millions of Latinos and others similarly affected.

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INTERIM DEMANDS

The Coalition is calling in the period between now and November 27th for the following:

  1. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus should meet with Homeland Security officials in Washington DC to insure that policies of prosecutorial discretion currently in place are implemented fully and generously to slow the rate of deportations.
  2. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus should join with community groups to meet with ICE officials in each region to insure the implementation of prosecutorial policies.
  3. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus should join with Latino organizations to defend the right of refugee children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to be reunited with their families, to receive adequate representation in court and should investigate agencies who receive Homeland Security funding to determine if they are exploiting these children.
  4. Further we call on organizations and political leaders to assist in the rescue of those in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala who are living under threat of terror, kidnapping, rape and murder by organizations that have been financed by the drug trade in the United States, armed from U.S. guns company and have grown as well through policies of the U.S. in those countries which have destabilized those societies and economies.

While we are committed to mobilizing support for the President to complete his commitment in the face of political cowardice in his own party we also recognize the necessity to prepare for the implementation of the executive orders we are fighting for. A wide array of organizations and churches must be prepared to help people fill out applications and to avoid the exploitation of unscrupulous attorneys and criminal elements we observed in the implementation of the DACA initiative. We must insure that the network of prepared organizations goes beyond those organizations that have access to large funding but have less trusted access to the community.

 

ON THE ORGANIZATION OF THE COALITION

 

  1. We look forward to the formation of a national coordinating committee from honest elements that respond to this call.
  2. We look forward to the formation of several component parts of the coalition which should each operate together to build the November 27th These include: Latino national and local organizations, African and Asian organizations, immigrant rights coalitions, youth organizations especially led by dreamers and U.S. citizens of undocumented children, faith leaders and organizations of faith leaders, ally organizations in the African American and progressive community.
  3. We look forward to a collective of Latino media leaders in both radio and Television and in social media who commit to the November 27th

Familia Latina Unida will take the responsibility to organize a meeting of organizations with a movement track record which sign on to the call to meet with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to reach agreement on our interim demands.

Protests And Prayers Erupt In AZ After Stringent Immigration Law Is Signed

LULAC, FAMILIA LATINA UNIDA, US CITIZEN CHILDREN WITH FAMILY FROM HONDURAS CALL FOR ATTORNEYS TO REPRESENT CHILDREN FROM THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS AT THE BORDER

On Monday, August 11, LULAC councils, Elvira Arellano/Familia Latina Unida/La Fuerza Juventud and U.S. citizen children with family from Honduras (and at the border) gathered in front of Chicago ICE headquarters in what has become a weekly “promise watch.” They called for volunteer attorneys in Illinois and around the country to defend the children from the border and continued their demand for President Obama to extend DACA to all.voto

girl with reporter Elvira Arellano, who herself crossed the border on humanitarian parole five months ago,  spoke to the crowd:  “The children at the border are not receiving representation or legal council in immigration court. The livelihoods of thousands of children, some as young as 4 or 5, are at stake as they appear before a judge alone – and this is unacceptable. While this continues, so do the deportations. We call on Homeland Security to stop implementation of the secure communities act which results in many deportations due to minor traffic violations. The deportations are responsible in large part for the crisis of the children at the border. Why are we continuing to keep separating families adding to that crisis, especially since the President has already promised to take executive action by the end of summer.”

Arellano was joined by La Fuerza Juventud, Familia Latina Unida, and LULAC councils in support of Andy Imanol Paz, who made the journey from Honduras, and Scarlett and Enrique Bermudez who have siblings and other family members in this position. Scarlett told reporters, “My family did not cross the desert or the border for no reason. They made this journey because their lives are in extreme danger. All I want is to be unified and safe with them in my home cteenage boy with reporterountry.”

Julie Contreras of LULAC Waukegan spoke about the corrupt nature of some attorneys and our responsibility to fight for proper and fair representation for the children: “Not only do these children not receive representation, many are exploited by predatory lawyers. These lawyers often do not complete the work for their clients belvira with reporterut still charge thousands of dollars. The Latino community must stand together to make sure these young children and their families are not targeted in this way. We must stay diligent in defending them while also partnering with fair and decent attorneys who will serve them.”

Familia Latina Unida and LULAC will hold a workshop with volunteer lawyers for the children in Waukegan on Sunday, August 24th. Familia Latina Unida/La Fuerza Juventud also continued their summer long voter registration drive at this demonstration. The youth group plans on registering 1,000 of the 900,000 citizen Latinos who will turn 18 this year. They also plan on returning in front of ICE (101 W Congress) each Monday until President Obama fulfills his promise of executive action.

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WE WILL NOT GO BACK INTO THE SHADOWS!

ELVIRA ARELLANO, FAMILIA LATINA UNIDA and REVEREND JANETTE WILSON of Operation Push march from the Pilsen neighborhood to Chicago ICE Headquarters to defend DACA and support President Obama to EXTEND DACA to all 12 million undocumented living in the U.S.wpid-20140804_154800.jpg

On Monday, August 4, Elvira Arellano led a march from the Pilsen neighborhood in a reaction to the racist bill that was passed late Friday night by the Republican controlled House of Representatives. This bill calls for the cancellation of the DACA program and prohibits funding for proper due process of the child refugees at the U.S./Mexican border.

Elvira Arellano told reporters, “For years the Latino community has fought for relief for our families, and now the President has finally promised to give us executive relief. But the racism of the Republican party has passed this bill in an attempt to derail his efforts. The Latino community will not allow this. Not only are we DEFENDING DACA we are supporting the President in his right to EXTEND DACA PARA TODOS.”

wpid-20140804_155927.jpgOnce the march arrived at ICE headquarters, Elvira and Familia Latina Unida were joined by Reverend Janette Wilson of Operation PUSH where she took the same position to DEFEND and EXTEND DACA PARA TODOS, “Operation PUSH will call all members of the Black Caucus for unified support of the President on the issue of DACA and in regards to the children at the border. This humanitarian crisis, here and at the border, will not be ignored or made worse by the ineffective and racist House of Representatives.”

Many youth members of La FuerZa Juventud spoke about how they and their peers will be affected if DACA were to be removed. Andrea Mondragon, a DREAMer, told the crowd and the media, “We, the DREAMers, and our families will not go backward. We rightfully won DACA and we’re here today to defend it and to defend the President in extending DACA to our parents. We will not be afraid, and we will not go back into the shadows!” Danny Rivera, also in attendance, reassured DREAMers that this hateful bill in the House is not likely to become law, “This is a scare tactic by thewpid-20140804_155259.jpg Republican House that already knows there is no hope for this bill becoming a law. The Senate will not pass it and President Obama has vowed to veto any such bill that comes to his desk. So we must now encourage and assist the nearly 1 million DACA eligible who have not yet applied and the half million who need to renew.” Familia Latina Unida and La FuerZa Juventud invite all new or “renew” DREAMers to a free workshop this Saturday at Casa Carpentero Church at 10am – 1651 N Kedzie Ave.

Elvira Arellano and Familia Latina Unida will return to Chicago ICE headquarters each Monday at 3:30 pm to continue the DEFENSE and support of the EXTENSION of DACA. La FuerZa Juventud will also continue it’s summer long voters registration drive each Monday with the goal of registering 1,000 of the 900,000 citizen Latino youth who turn 18 each year.

STATEMENT OF FAMILIA LATINA UNIDA AND LA FUERZA JUVENTUD IN RESPONSE TO TODAY’S STATEMENT OF THE PRESIDENT PROMISING EXECUTIVE ACTION BY THE END OF SUMMER

We are glockboxratified that the President has now stated publicaly that he will keep his commitment to take executive action to fix at least temporarily this nation’s broken immigration system and to stop the unjust deportations that are each day separating families. We agree that the Congress is at fault for failing to act and that the President is fully justified in implementing what the great majority of people in this country support. We would like to make a few points about what this executive action can and should include:

1)   The President specifically cited the need to stop the exploitation of undocumented workers that give some companies an unfair advantage over companies that follow the law. This can only be accomplished if the DACA process is extended to the parents of dreamers and the parents of U.S. citizen children so that these workers can achieve work permits and become legal workers.saulito

2)   The need to clarify the situation at the border requires a clear way for families that have been separated by deportation to be reunited legally. The primary motivation for the surge of mothers and children at the border is family reunification. In addition to spreading the word in countries about who will not be admitted to this country a clear policy must be established to that those who have been deported, who have U.s. citizen family in the United States and no serious criminal convictions can return.

3)   We support as part of the promised reallocation of enforcement resources the immediate termination of the secure communities program.

In summary, we believe that executive action should extend DACA to the undocumented parents of dreamers and U.S. citizen children and that the established procedure of humanicrowdtarian parole in place should be broadly authorized to reunify families which have been separated by deportations.

Finally, we take seriously our responsibility to defend the President’s use of executive authority. We will begin this month a “Quincenera” voter registration drive in which families threatened with separation identify all the U.S. citizens in their extended families and work to insure that they become registered voters and vote in the next election. We will put special emphasis on those who will turn 18 before the next election. Further we will continue our efforts to assist all eligible people to apply for U.S. citizenship.

THE TIME FOR THE PRESIDENT TO ACT IS NOW

We have negotiated in good faith – even as the broken law and the administration’s blind implementation of that law brought hundreds of thousands of tragedies to our families. It would be IRRESPONSIBLE to waste more time on a party which has enabled its own captivity to an intransigent, racist group which is out of step with the great majority of the American people.

We must turn our full attention and energies to building a moral mountain on which the President can stand this summer to provide for millions of hardworking families to live with security and dignity: DACA PARA TODOS and Emergency Parole for Deportees separated from their Citizen spouses and/or children.
Please see the following statement by Congressman Luis Gutierrez, made today on the floor of the House of Representatives