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The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!) urges the speedy enactment of comprehensive immigration reform that will provide both a reasonable, affordable path to legalization and law enforcement measures that strengthen and protect communities while upholding justice, safety, and human rights. In line with our commitment to strengthening families and educating communities, ¡HICA! strongly believes that family unity and educational opportunity should be key components of any comprehensive immigration reform bill. As the dialogue around immigration reform continues on national and local levels, ¡HICA! calls for the respect and celebration of the contributions of immigrants in our communities.
¡HICA! supports the following principles set forth by the United US (National Council of La Raza) for comprehensive immigration reform:
Restoring order by allowing the 12 million undocumented people in our country to come forward, obtain legal status, learn English, and assume the rights and responsibilities of citizenship while creating smart enforcement policies that uphold national security and the Constitution;
Cracking down on unscrupulous employers whose practices undermine conditions for all workers;
Unclogging legal channels to reunite families and allow future workers to come in with the essential rights and protections that safeguard our workforce; and
Enacting proactive measures to advance the successful integration of new immigrants into our communities.
Following the guidance of Alabama’s Hispanic community, ¡HICA! will collaborate with its local, regional and national partners to advocate for a comprehensive immigration reform package that meets the community’s needs.
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Want to be an advocate for immigration reform?
Here are some helpful links:
Racial Profiling After HB 56: Stories from the Alabama Hotline, a report from the National Immigration Law Center
Familiarize yourself with proposed legislation: Alabama House Bill 56
¡HICA! is a founding and steering committee member of Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ), a network of individuals and organizations dedicated to ensuring social, legal and civic rights of all immigrants in Alabama.