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!Support A General Unconditional Amnesty!
sponsored by
the National Coalition for Dignity and Amnesty for Undocumented Immigrants

Our immigration laws are broken and need fixing. It's bad enough that immigration laws have long incited employment discrimination; when it also becomes clear that the INS is being used to suppress wages, encourage unsafe working conditions, and undermine union organizing, something is very wrong. Immigration enforcement was supposed to be a shield defending labor rights; instead, it has become a sword used by unethical employers to undercut the rights of all workers.

What is General Amnesty?

* A General Amnesty will give undocumented workers who are physically present in the United States the ability to apply for lawful permanent resident status.

* Undocumented workers must meet the following conditions:
1. The person must be of good moral character.
2. The person has not been convicted of a criminal offense.
3. Be continuously present in the United States for a period
beginning when the bill is signed into law.

Why do we need General Amnesty?

Ш Immigrant workers should have full workplace rights in order to protect their own interests as well as the labor rights of all American workers.
Ш Regulated legal immigration is better than unregulated illegal immigration.
Ш Labor and business should work together to design cooperative mechanisms that allow law-abiding employers to satisfy legitimate needs for new workers in a timely manner without compromising the rights and opportunities of workers already here.
Ш Labor and business should cooperate to undertake expanded efforts to educate and train American workers in order to upgrade their skill levels in ways that enhance our shared economic prosperity.

Undocumented workers receive no benefits, such as SSI, unemployment or Medicaid, while they pay billions of dollars in taxes.
Undocumented workers have no right to vote and are denied many constitutional rights such as the freedom of movement or expression.
Undocumented workers are paid, in many cases, salaries below legal standards, live in sub-human conditions, and receive no help in times of need.
Undocumented workers have little hope of access to good jobs, higher education or other economic or social opportunities, no matter how qualified or hardworking they may be.
Undocumented workers are socially, politically, and economically invisible and villified by politicians, the media, and the right wing who portray them as useless vagrants and continually scapegoate them for all social ills.

The Amnesty proposal that this Coalition proposes seeks to obtain Permanent Residency for all workers, of all nationalities, who are in the country by the time the President of the United States signs the Amnesty Act. With this measure, and after Amnesty is approved, there would be a minimum of workers who would suffer the consequences of working as undocumented immigrants, exposed to the black market of false documents and the exploitation of employers.

With the signing of the Act, workers would have two and a half years to prove that they have resided permanently in the United States. This proposal includes the possibility for family reunification, so that those soliciting Permanent Residency, would also be able to solicit their children, wives, and husbands who have had to wait for them in their respective countries.

A stage of dialogue with Congressmen and Senators was marked publicly on July 20th with a Press Conference in the gardens of the Capitol, where Illinois Congressman Luis Gutiйrrez was the host, and in which also participating were Terrence O'Sullivan, Presidente of LIUNA (Laborers'International Union of North America); Oscar Sбnchez, representative of the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO, and Executive Director of the LCLAA (Labor Council for Latin American Advancement); Raъl Yzaguirre, presidente of the NCLR (National Council of la Raza), New York State Congressman Joseph Crowley; Baldemar Velasquez, president of FLOC (Farm Labor Organizing Committee), and many others.

This date marks the beginning of a new stage of hard work initiated by this coalition that was created in April of 1999 and has grown daily so that it now involves more than 200 organizations, unions, and churches that presented their struggle publicly in a march to Washington, DC composed of 15,000 immigrants on October 16, 1999, and that mobilized nearly 30,000 immigrants on May 1st in 18 states, to re-establish International Labor Day, to fortify their organization by state, and place their demand. Now it has as its goal to hand over to Congress a million signatures in September, and mobilize regionally some 100,000 people on October 14 in 6 important cities of the country, united with international organizations.

!Please Support A General Unconditional Amnesty!


Cabildeo y presentaciуn de su propuesta de Amnistнa General Incondicional es
la nueva etapa de trabajo que la Coaliciуn Nacional por Dignidad y Amnistнa
para Inmigrantes Indocumentados estб iniciando este mes.

La Amnistнa que propone esta Coaliciуn busca conseguir la Residencia
Permanente para todos los trabajadores, de todas las nacionalidades, que
estйn en el paнs en la fecha que el Presidente de los Estados Unidos firme el
acta de Amnistнa. Con esta medida, se busca evitar que despuйs de aprobar una
Amnistнa se deje un nъmero de trabajadores sufriendo las consecuencias de
seguir trabajando como indocumentados, expuestos al mercado negro de los
documentos falsos, y a la explotaciуn de los empleadores.

A partir de la firma del Acta los trabajadores tendrнan dos aсos y medio para
comprobar que han residido permanentemente en los Estados Unidos. Esta
propuesta incluye la reunificaciуn de las familias, asн que los trabajadores,
al solicitar su Residencia Permanente, tambiйn lo harнan para sus hijos,
esposas o esposos que han tenido que esperar en sus respectivos paнses.

Esta Coaliciуn, en su propuesta, agrega una categorнa de Residencia Temporal
de tres aсos para aquellos que migrantes que hayan sido solicitados para
trabajar por empleadores, con la libertad de cambiar de empleadores si
desean, pero tienen que mostrar que estбn trabajando para otro empleador o
son autoempleados, y que estбn pagando sus impuestos. Bajo este estatus, hay
un excepcion para personas que estan discapacitadas, como mujeres de embarazo
y maternidad, ancianos, niсos, menores de edad, personas con disabilidad, y
esposos/as abusados. Los trabajadores deben solicitar su residencia temporal
en las embajadas y consulados de los Estados Unidos en sus respectivos
paнses.

Aquellos que hayan entrado al paнs con estatus de Residencia Temporal no
necesitarбn el documento creado en la anterior amnistia llamado Permiso de
Trabajo, sino que tendrбn el derecho a tener su Seguro Social y la obligaciуn
de pagar impuestos como todos los residentes de este paнs. Igualmente con el
derecho a organizarse y ser miembros de los Sindicatos, y recibir los
beneficios bбsicos para la salud y la educaciуn. Por tres aсos tendrбn la
obligacion de comprobar que estбn trabajando, pagando impuestos, y sin
historia de delincuencia. Al final del tercer aсo, el residente temporal que
haya cumplido sus obligaciones puede conseguir automбticamente su Residencia
Permanente.

Con esta medida se busca resolver el problema actual de escases de mano de
obra en los diferentes campos laborales y responder a los legisladores
preocupados por el control de las fronteras y el mercado del trabajo, despuйs
de concedida la Amnistнa. Se propone asн que el nъmero de trabajadores siga
siendo controlado por la oferta y la demanda de empleo, como hasta hoy ha
sido, y que no haya mбs muertes de trabajadores y sus familias en las
fronteras. Los trabajadores deben tener el derecho a buscar el trabajo en
cualquier paнs donde se ofrezca, sin tener que poner en riesgo su vida. Se
trata tambiйn de terminar la industria millonaria de trafico de migrantes
indocumentados, hasta hoy controlado por varias cadenas internacionales de
"coyotes".

Una delegaciуn de esta Coaliciуn se concentrу en Washington, DC para
presentar esta propuesta y dar inicio el 18 de Julio a esta etapa que se
desarrollarб en todos los Estados.

La etapa de diбlogo con Congresistas y Senadores, se marcу pъblicamente el 20 de Julio con una Conferencia de Prensa en los jardines del Capitolio, donde
el Congresista de Illinois Luis Gutiйrrez fue el anfitriуn, y en la que
participaron Terence O'Sullivan Presidente de LIUNA (Laborers' International
Union of North America); Oscar Sбnchez, representante del Consejo ejecutivo
de la Confederaciуn de trabajadores AFL-CIO, y director Ejecutivo de LCLAA
(Labor Council for Latin American Advancement); Raъl Yzaguirre, presidente de
NCLR (Consejo Nacional de la Raza), el Congresista por el estado de New York
Joseph Crowley; Baldemar Velasquez, presidente de FLOC (Farm Labor Organizing
Committee), entre otros.

La Conferencia de Prensa y Manifestaciуn fue organizada por la Coaliciуn
Nacional por Dignidad y Amnistia, que por razones geogrбficas fue
representanda por 15 autobuses de trabajadores sindicalizados miembros de
LIUNA en New York y New Jersey, 1 autobъs de UNITE de New York, 6 autobuses
del Centro de Trabajadores Latinos de New York, 23 autobuses de inmigrantes
miembros de la Asociaciуn Tepeyac de New York quienes pagaron su propio
pasaje para participar, 2 autobuses venidos desde Rho Island miembros del
Comitй de Inmigrantes en Acciуn, 1 autobъs de Casa Maryland, y trabajadores
que viven en Washington, DC de las Locales 99, y otros representantes de Sin
Fronteras de Chicago, Center for Human Rights de Dallas, TX., Jуvenes
Trabajadores Cristianos de Baltimore, etc.

Esta fecha marca el inicio de una nueva etapa de esfuezos iniciados por esta
coaliciуn que naciу en Abril de 1999 y ha crecido diariamente y ya la
integran mбs de 200 organizaciones, sindicatos, iglesias, que presentу
pъblicamente su esfuezo en una marcha tambiйn en Washington, DC de 15,000
inmigrantes el 16 de Octubre de 1999, y movilizу a casi 30 mil inmigrantes el
1 de Mayo en 18 estados de la Union Americana, para restablecer el Dнa
Internacional del Trabajo, fortalecer estatalmente su organizaciуn y su
demanda. Y ahora tiene como meta entregar al congreso un millon de firmas en
el mes de septiembre, y movilizar regionalmente unas 100 mil personas el 14
de Octubre en 6 ciudades importantes del paнs, unido a organizaciones
internacionales.

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