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公民参与日声明, 一月 23, 2013

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胡安·卡洛斯·库克, speaking at the Capital Building.

胡安·卡洛斯·库克, 组织者, MIRA
一月 26, 2013

美国总统奥巴马说得很清楚,在他的就职演说上周一,移民改革已经是他的第二任期的议程的核心.

预计在未来的几周内,总统积极推动的估计方法来创建最终获得公民身份的途径 11 万非法移民已经在这个国家.

参议院多数党领袖里德(Harry Reid)在最近的一次采访中说,移民改革是最重要的问题在参议院的日程安排.

We are all residents of the United States of America, and in matters of immigration, the Supreme Court made it pretty clear last year that the states may not enter, in any respect, an area the federal government and the U.S. constitution has reserved for itself. Federal law trumps state law.

And political motivations aside, let’s be absolutely clear about something here…you cannot deport the state of Mississippi to economic prosperity. It didn’t take long for Alabama and Arizona to figure this out the hard way.

Here in the State of Mississippi, undocumented workers paid some $52.4 万元,州和地方税 2010. Broken down…that’s $8.1 million in state income taxes; $2.6 million in property taxes; 和 $41.7 million in sales tax, according to data from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy.

The undocumented are clearly adding value to Mississippi’s economy, not only as taxpayers, but as workers, consumers, and entrepreneurs as well.

Over the last few years a number of immigrant rights organizations and individuals across the U.S., including those of us standing here today, have been meeting to develop an alternative immigration reform bill based on human rights.

Common sense dictates that we afford immigrants legal status and equal protection under the law, reunify families and end temporary worker programs and employer sanctions.

Immigrants ought to enjoy the same right to work, and equal access to higher education.

Meaningful reform would de-militarize our border and border communities, end the war on drugs with the violence it has created in Mexico and Central America, and end the U.S. trade and foreign policies that cause the dislocation of people in the first place.

We seek meaningful immigration reform that is based on the basic premise of dignity, human rights and equality for all. Let’s move forward, 密西西比! 

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