Provide Immigrants with Path to Citizenship Print E-mail

 

Category:  Civil, Human, and Constitutional  Rights

   

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: (Print or attach your resolution here. Be concise. Use everyday language.)

All U. S. Senators and U. S. Representatives from MN  oppose deportation of undocumented immigrants, those with green cards, and those on temporary and deferred status who have not committed serious crimes. Rather they should be provided with a path to citizenship. Immigrants with more serious crimes should be evaluated by a judge based on their progress & reputation.

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You may add a brief explanation or your two or three strongest supportive points here.

1. Unauthorized immigrants, refugees, and temporary immigrants rarely had a real choice in the decision to come to the U.S. For example Mexican farm families experienced severe poverty that caused serious malnutrition, declining health, and stunting of children's growth. Under NAFTA, U.S. industrial agriculture corporations sold wheat, corn, and soy beans below the price of production through subsidies as high as 19%. Small farmers income fell from 1959 pesos a month in 1991 to a mere 228 pesos a month in 2003.

  

2. Most of the unauthorized immigrants are men, many of them fathers. Not only does the family lose the emotional support of the father, but also the main source of its income. On average the income of a family decreases by 73% when a father is deported. Thus, MN property and income taxes would increase to help the deportees' families with the necessities of life, and to pay for social workers and mental health workers in the schools and communities. These costs could eventually reach over a half billion dollars a year for the state of Minnesota and nearly $21 million for the city of Brooklyn Park. No government level appears to be budgeting for this.

 

3 Studies report that deporting large numbers of unauthorized immigrants would cause Gross Domestic Product to fall by 2.6% and the federal deficit to increase by nearly a trillion dollars over 10 years. In contrast, allowing unauthorized immigrants to become permanent residents would raise the GDP by 3 to 3.9% over ten years and would reduce the deficit by $2.7 trillion.


 

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