Critique of the Senate immigration bill

Arizona-based grassroots group Derechos Humanos (colleagues of WNPJ Board member Karma Chavez) has a detailed critique of the proposed Senate immigration reform bill.

"The purported 'path to citizenship' is a cruel misrepresentation that has brought out both the anti-immigrant voices to cry out that 11 million 'should not receive citizenship,' and the immigrant community to believe that a fair process for their legalization will be put in place.  Neither is a reality," the group states.

"As we tout the importance of family, this bill changes this priority by removing two preference categories from the family-based immigration process ... as well as creating 'merit' based visas and repealing the Diversity Visa Program, an important avenue for African and Caribbean immigrants.  Importantly, the bill provides no avenue for LBGTQ families to reunite."