Beyond Borders and Detainment: Building Support for Immigrants’ Rights and Immigration Reform in the U.S.

Presented by the Women of Color Policy Network
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Arizona’s SB 1070 law and the copycat bills that followed marked a significant turning point in the national call for comprehensive immigration reform. Though many anti-immigrant measures were ultimately unsuccessful, in large part due to successful advocacy campaigns and strategies led by and with immigrant communities, they made the need for action at the federal level more urgent and underscored the importance of building support for immigrants’ rights in the states.

As a result of the lack of federal comprehensive immigration reform and surge of anti-immigrant policies, the voter turnout in Latino communities in the 2012 elections is uncertain. Recent polls have shown that U.S. immigration policy is the most important issue to Latino voters, beating out even the economy and jobs. Though some states have taken up their own DREAM Acts – one aspect of reform that many immigration advocates are pushing – federal reform remains stalled in Congress and is likely to influence the political choices of Latino voters, especially in key battleground states.

Join leaders and supporters of the immigrants’ rights movement as they discuss the critical components of comprehensive immigration reform, address the prospects for reform leading up to and following the 2012 elections, and share opportunities for supporting positive immigration policies and advocacy strategies that strengthen and protect the economic security of immigrant women, their families, and communities.

Discussants:

• Kemi Bello, Dream Activist, Undocumented Students Action and Resource Network
• Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Co-Founder of the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights
• Joanne Lin, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office
• Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum

Moderator:
• Suman Raghunathan, Director of Policy and Strategic Partnerships, Progressive States Network