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Dear friends,

As we turn the corner towards a new year, we want to thank you for your support in 2013.

This has been a year of mixed events, actions, and emotions. While the immigrant rights movement cannot--or should not--claim any significant "wins", it can take pride in the ever-dynamic organizing and resistance to the many injustices that continue to plague immigrant communities.

In many ways, this has been a tough year for the human rights of immigrants. Immigration reform is currently stalled in the House; the Senate bill, S. 744, passed in the spring with the addition of a shocking "border surge" enforcement amendment. The "path to citizenship" it contained promised a "long and winding road" for those who could qualify and maintain eligibility (for 12 years), with no guarantee of a green card or eventual citizenship at the end. The record-level detentions and deportations, as well as discriminatory and punitive policing programs would remain in place. There is almost no hope of "improving" on this proposal through the current House legislative process. Let's face it: it's a pretty lousy situation.

Nonetheless, the grassroots movement perseveres. The National Network, members and allies, remain committed to a human rights agenda and strategies that give voice to migrant communities.

Next year, the dynamics shaping the midterm elections will likely cut short any prolonged legislative effort, and windows of oppportunity beyond the midterms will be brief in the build-up towards the all-important general elections in November of 2016. While pushing for fair and humane legislation is always critical, we need to call for relief from detention and deportations for the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants. To save lives and to stop rights violations throughout the border region, we need to roll back the militarization of border policies and programs NOW.

We're beginnning to make some headway at the international level; with our global partners, we've been working to strengthen human rights commitments, messaging and policies. But we have a long way to go to bring human rights home, and to make human rights a reality for migrants around the world.

We need your continued support.

Thank you for considering a gift to the National Network as we close out the year and renew our commitment and reinvigorate an active program for 2014. Please click here or on the DONATE button below to conveniently make your contribution online.

Our best wishes to you and your families, and a peaceful new year for us all.

 

 

Catherine Tactaquin, Executive Director

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