Below is an email from Claudia Reyes, a member of Presente.org, who created a petition on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.
Dear New York MoveOn member,
Last week, my 66-year-old mother was jailed. She had attended a Senate hearing on immigration reform organized by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), where not a single Latino undocumented worker was given an opportunity to testify.
As Director of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano took the microphone, my mother stood up and called for an end to the deportations that tear apart our families. I am so proud of her bravery. But for this, my mother was detained for more than eight hours.
Is this really what it takes for the voices of those most impacted by immigration reform to be heard?
Senator Schumer is responsible for pushing immigration reform through a Democrat-controlled Senate that is supposed to be on our side. He cares a lot about his image right now. That's why I created a petition on SignOn.org, which says:
To Senator Chuck Schumer:
Hearing undocumented Latinos testify about how immigration reform affects them is crucial. Latinos are disproportionately represented both in the numbers of people seeking citizenship through immigration reform and in the numbers impacted by deportation, detention, and family separation.
We ask that you invite a Latino undocumented immigrant to the next hearing. The nation needs to hear from day laborers, domestic workers, farm workers, and the many more working-class undocumented Latinos who are most significantly impacted by immigration reform.
Thank you for your support.
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