MoveOn.org, CREDO, Presente.org, and 18 Million Rising Statements in Opposition to the Corker-Hoeven Amendment to Immigration Bill S.744
June 27, 2013
MoveOn's 8 million members support a clear road map toward citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans--without further militarizing our already secure borders. The Corker/Hoeven amendment would waste billions of taxpayer dollars, double the number of border agents, increase the length of the border, and ultimately increase the time it will take for aspiring Americans to become citizens. This recent compromise is disappointing, especially since the bill proposed by the Gang of 8 was already a bipartisan compromise. After the bill moves through the Senate this week, we demand that Speaker Boehner remember the November elections and support the Senate version of the bill, without further increasing the militarization of our border.
Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org issued the following statement as a result of the deal struck in the Senate following the inclusion of Corker-Hoevenamendment:
“The Corker-Hoeven amendment to Senate immigration reform bill S.744 marks a definitive line in the sand. The promise of immigration reform was that the lives of 11 million people would be enriched by granting them a pathway to citizenship. What we have in the Corker-Hoeven amendment is the enrichment of companies that lobby for and profit from jailing, surveilling and building fences against immigrants, including the millions from among the “11 million” that will left out by the legislation. Surveys, polls and common sense tell us that Latino voters want real reform, not more punishment for immigrants. As advocates for real immigration reform, we cannot, in good conscience, support a bill that’s guaranteed to deepen the crisis for citizens and non-citizens living in border communities. We join those border community members,DREAMers and others that are strongly protesting against the madness being codified into law by the Corker-Hoevenamendment. The Corker-Hoeven amendment represents the bottom line symbolizing that we will not take more “border first” approach to immigration reform that reigns in Washington today. As the legislation moves to the House, we are drawing a line that we cannot and will not accept more extreme measures disguised as “bi-partisan immigration reform.”
Becky Bond, Political Director for CREDO, issued the following statement after the Senate Democratic Leadership struck a deal with the Republicans in Congress to expand and institutionalize a border enforcement strategy that has proven to be wasteful, inhumane and costly to taxpayers:
“Once again the Senate Democratic Leadership needlessly negotiated with themselves and preemptively compromised on the immigration bill. The bill had already been characterized as the toughest border bill ever written and passed out of Judiciary Committee with broad bipartisan support. We stand with our allies at Presente.org and United We Dream who are expressing concern with these new concessions made by Senate Democrats to legislation that already reflected troubling compromises on enforcement. The latest changes to the bill, at the behest of right-wing extremists in Congress, stick American taxpayers with a $30 billion dollar bill for 20,000 more border patrol agents, 700 miles of border fence and a more militarized border. With this latest amendment, the Senate bill -- which will almost certainly become even more conservative when it goes to the House -- institutionalizes a right-wing border enforcement strategy that has already proven to be costly, wasteful and inhumane. Making concessions in advance of negotiations has certainly not proven a winning strategy for Democrats in recent fights and will only embolden the extreme right wing majority in the House of Representatives as they work to further compromise the Senate immigration bill."
More than 104,000 CREDO activists have signed petitions and made thousands of phone calls to Congress in support of meaningful comprehensive immigration reform with a viable roadmap to citizenship that is both humane and makes more economic sense.
18 Million Rising
18MR strongly opposes the Corker-Hoeven “border surge” amendment, which unnecessarily increases border militarization at a time when the U.S. is experiencing zero net migration at the southern border, and diverts taxpayer dollars when public funds are direly needed for social services, education and infrastructure. This newest “enforcement-first” compromise -- which was given little time for debate -- demonstrates the failure of our Senators to defend already suffering border communities (citizens and immigrants alike) and the environment -- for the benefit of anti-immigrant interests and private prison and defense companies. Before the Corker-Hoeven trigger amendment, the Senate’s immigration bill had already contained tough security provisions, and made concessions around family unity and LGBTQ inclusion -- to the detriment of our Asian American Pacific Islander and allied immigrant communities. This additional compromise will only further hurt immigrants, families, and the economy by making the path to citizenship more onerous and expensive, and by exacerbating the climate of fear created by criminalization and overreaching surveillance.