Los Angeles - In response to the Senate vote on immigration reform, Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network released the following statement:
"We are deeply disappointed with the unnecessary concessions made by Senate Democrats that have bent to the fears of xenophobes and weakened the reform that so many have struggled for. If undocumented day laborers can stand up to a Sheriff like Arpaio, the leaders in the beltway should be able to find at least a fraction of that same courage.
As the bill moves to the House of Representatives we will ready ourselves for an onslaught of racists that are determined to deny immigrants of our rights and convert the country into Arizona.
Though the prospects for the bill face multiple dimensions of uncertainty in the House, it is clear that some intend to make it more a tool of punishment than progress. That is why the President must take concrete action to advance a positive bill and relieve the suffering of immigrants. His deferred action program is proof that administrative action can both grant relief and move politics in the right direction. The idea that such incremental progress must be postponed for a legislative strategy should've been put to rest long ago.
The best step the President can take to help pass immigration reform is to instruct his Secretary of Homeland Security to end the Secure Communities deportation quota program and to enact a suspension of deportations as the debate in Congress continues."