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Immigration reform has moved to the front of the agenda for the Democratic Party, and progressive  Santa Cruz is already in action.

At our 3/21 meeting, the PDC liaison to the Immigration Action Group (which includes reps of other 15 local groups) reported on work against the sheriffs' detention of immigrants for deportation in our county jails, helping young immigrants organize in the DREAMers movement, and helping the labor movement organize a new regional coalition supporting immigration reform with a path to citizenship.  ACLU board member Ron Pomerantz and CAB board member Tom Bately are also participating in the new coalition.

The members voted to support the following actions:

1.       Endorsement of the Trust Act AB4, which is Assemblymember Amiano?s bill to reform CA participation in the Secure Communities deportation program by providing safeguards that an individual will only be detained if they have been convicted of a serious crime.

2.       Endorsement of the Resolution Supporting a Road map to Citizenship which will be taken to the Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday April 9, and to send out an email blast encouraging PDC members to attend the City Council meeting to support its passage.

3.       The PDC president will make an email appeal to the membership for donations to support the work of  the DACA for DREAMers campaign (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), though which young immigrants brought to the US as children without papers are organizing free public events to help each other achieve provisional legal status (work permits, drivers license, no fear of deportation).

4.       To promote participation in the April 10 Day of Action for immigration reform vigil (noon at Ocean and Water and 5 pm at the Watsonville City Plaza.)

5.       To promote participation in the May 1 march for immigration reform in Watsonville. (details will be sent to all members at a later date)
Paul Johnston2013-03-26T04:43:13Z
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