Fresh off an election year filled with historic victories, the immigrant youth movement today announced plans for 2013 and its next big fights ahead. One thing is certain: 2013 will be a very long year.
No longer content to fight just for the rights of a narrow portion of the community, and emboldened by their 2012 wins, immigrant youth are expanding their demands to call for an end to deportations and the legalization of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country. Also in their platform is a call to end the immigration enforcement policies like Secure Communities, 287(g), and E-Verify, which purport to look out for the national security and economic interests of the country but have had the primary effect of devastating immigrant communities.
The agenda is part of a six-point platform that was unanimously ratified this weekend during the national congress held by United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led network. UWD, comprised of 47 member organizations which make up the broadest base of the immigrant youth movement, brought together what it calls the largest gathering of undocumented immigrant youth–600 activists altogether, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Immigrant youth who have been at the forefront of the immigrant rights movement “pledged to hold both parties accountable and fight for families and communities and win a roadmap to citizenship and fair treatment for all immigrants who call this country home,” said Lorella Praeli, the advocacy and policy director for UWD.