Historically, Day Laborers have been excluded in immigration law proposals and they have been turned into objects of negotiation during talks of immigration reform. There are some who without thinking twice, would sacrifice Day Laborers, Domestic Workers, and other temporary workers in order to legalize others, leaving out the most vulnerable in our community which is the working class. There are also those who will accept any immigration proposal regardless of the fairness, only to legalize a small group.
VOZ and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network need to be assured that any bill on immigration reform that is presented is just and inclusive:
- That it includes day laborers, without continuous employment requirements or other obstacles;
- That deportations are stopped and police collaboration with immigration is eliminated;
- That human and labor rights are respected;
- That worker centers may serve as an instrument for legalizing the day laborer community and other community sectors.
Not One More Deportation Campaign (#not1more)
As Congress has failed to fix our immigration system, Voz and other allies, through the leadership of NDLON, have focused on pushing the Obama administration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to halt the practice detention and deportation of immigrant individuals and their families. The campaign, know as Not One More Deportation, or better by its #not1more in Twitter and facebook, started in mid 2013 and has begun to heat up the spring of 2014.
VOZ’s national partner National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON) has launched there new#Not1MoreDeportation website. The site, launched less than a month after NDLON officially submitted an official petition to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to halt deportations and expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, aims to foster collaboration between individuals, organizations, artists, allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws.
As stated in their website, “#Not1More weaves together all of our voices in a central location so that local efforts to stop deportation and build community are strengthened and accompanied by cultural creations that illustrate the ugliness of criminalization and the beauty of our communities.”
NDLON and partners like Voz aim for coordinated organizing efforts in 2014 to bring the voice of day laborers and immigrant to halt deportations.