MCHR Statement on the Human Rights of Dreamers and Action Steps to Stand in Solidarity with Dreamers

Dreamers have earned the right to have Congress enact due process legislation that will enable Dreamers to acquire citizenship as soon as possible. They have more than paid the price to be freed of the harsh penalties imposed by a broken immigration system that, in its impact, violates the spirits of our most fundamental national values.

These core values are expressed in our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution and its many Amendments that have made us an inclusive democratic nation. We must be guided, not by the defense of bad laws, but by the universal principle that all human being are endowed with the unalienable right to the pursuit of liberty and justice.  The guarantee of human rights must be extended to the parents who raised the Dreamers to become “good citizens” in the moral sense of the term. 

Let us stop scapegoating immigrants and their children for the workings of a corrupted political system that has created an extreme inequality of wealth among our own birthright citizens.  Let us fix the bad laws.  Let us fix our nation and free ourselves of the nightmare created by a misguided vision of who “we” are.

 

Here’s how YOU can take action in solidarity with Dreamers:

Dreamers must re-register for their DACA status by October 5, 2017 or face potential deportation.

Michigan United is holding re-registration workshops

every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM

at the LA SED Senior Center, 7500 W. Vernor Hwy in Detroit.

“Volunteers at these workshops will screen the applicants, assist the attorneys, answer questions, deliver know-your-rights information, and bring more people into the fight for the DREAM and HOPE acts.”  

Michigan United needs 30 volunteers to help us run DACA renewal workshops over the next 3 weeks. 

Other MIunited Registration Sites and Dates:

Sunday  9/17,  4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, African Bureau of Immigration & Social Affairs, 17500 Northland Park Ct., Southfield, MI

Friday  9/29,  4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Centro Multicultural La Familia, 35 W Huron St #500, Pontiac, MI

REGISTER at www.miunited.org to renew your status at the workshop or to register to volunteer as a trainer.  You can also call Caitlin at 989.551.2248.

Check the Michigan United Website for forthcoming seminars and training sessions.

LA SED (Latinos for Social and Economic Development), 4138 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit, MI 48210 is “a 501c3 non-profit agency serving Hispanics and residents of Southwest Detroit since 1969.”  It provides confidential personal counseling and referrals for citizens, legal residents and unauthorized immigrants.  lasedinc.org

Michigan United, 4405 Wesson St., Detroit 48210 is a Multi-issue Social Justice Organization that provides information and training for persons who want to be involved in the advancement of social justice causes.  It is the leading organization in Michigan in pressuring public officials to respect the human rights of unauthorized immigrants and dreamers. miunited.org

 

Other Major Pro-immigrant Organizations in Michigan

Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC), 220 E. Huron Street, Suite 600A
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 provides information and training to a variety of clients who support the human rights of unauthorized immigrants.  It is collaborating with Michigan United to develop a Michigan Immigrant Platform to set standard practices for Michigan State agencies in the treatment of unauthorized immigrant.  Consult its website for the latest news on the pro-immigrant movement. michiganimmigrant.org.  Phone: 734-239-6863. Email: mirc@mighiganimmigrant.org.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, 2966 Woodward Ave. Detroit, Michigan, 48201, has provided legal defense for the rights of citizens and non-citizens in Michigan since 1955.  The national organization was founded in 1920.  It has organized a People Power Campaign to organize public demonstrations and call-ins on key issues.

aclumich.org and aclumich.org/key-issues/immigrant-rights. 313.578.6800.

Support the Dreamers and Unauthorized Immigrants From Anywhere:

Contact Your Senator

Phone the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 888.410.410.0619 or (202) 224-3121.

A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

Find your senator by state at the top of the webpage:

www.senate.gov/reference/common/faq/How_to_correspond_senators.htm

Contact Your House Representative

House of Representatives Switchboard 888.496.3502

Find your House Representative and Phone by city

www.callyourrep.co

Find your House Representative by Zip Code

www.house.gov/representatives/find/

 

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