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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Oregon Governor Kate Brown to Proclaim March 31st Cesar Chavez Community Service Day


Oregon Governor Kate Brown to Proclaim March 31st Cesar Chavez Community Service Day

State Legislators and Farmworker & Health Advocates to Gather at State Capitol Tomorrow to Mark the Historic Event

Salem, Ore. --  Oregon Governor Kate Brown will proclaim March 31st as Cesar Chavez Community  Service Day.  To mark this historic day, we will gather at the Oregon State Capitol today (Tuesday, March 31st) with Oregon State Representatives Joe Gallegos and Jessica Vega Pederson, the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs and farmworker and Latino immigrant health advocates.

Cesar Chavez Community Service Day Commemoration
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 | 12:00 Noon
Office of Governor Kate Brown
Ceremony Room
Oregon State Capitol
900 Court Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301

Governor Kate Brown's Proclamation of March 31st as Cesar Chavez Community Service Day recognizes the life and legacy of César Chávez’s public service and honors farm workers. Oregon's agribusiness employs up to 150,000 year-round, seasonal and migrant farm workers are key partners for the safety, security and sustainability of our agriculture; and Oregon's farm workers labor contributes more than six billion dollars annually to the state's economy. Chavez’s dedication to non-violent organizing for just wages, safe labor conditions, and dignity for the women, men and children who toil in the fields, moved him to lead a struggle that included advocacy, public fasting, boycotts, labor strikes, and other peaceful actions.

Chavez helped bring national attention to the unsafe and unfair working conditions of farmworkers while inspiring millions of people to join the fight for farmworkers’ rights. We’ve come a long way but farmworkers are still left out of some of our country’s most important labor and health laws. We must continue to fight for the workers who often work in the most dangerous and labor-intensive jobs.

Farmworkers are the backbone to our state's agriculture industry, and like any worker in the Oregon, they deserve real labor and health protections. This is not only a legal issue, but a moral and human rights issue that will ensure dignity and safety for these important laborers and their children. 

The legacy of Chavez continues today through the work of farmworker and Latino immigrant advocates like Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Oregon Latino Health Coalition, and Causa.

This session, the legislature has an opportunity to protect Oregon’s farmworkers and their families when they get sick. Sick days are important to every family and we must ensure that farmworkers are not cut out of the Paid Sick Days bill. In addition, the legislature has an opportunity to take a first step to ensure that all children have access to the care that they need. Today, Oregon has 17,600 low-income children who do not have full access to the Oregon Medicaid Program. This means that many of these children must delay or go without essential doctor visits and medications.

It’s in Oregon’s Economic Interest to Cover all Children. Apart from a healthier population, Studies have found a connection between a healthier childhood and higher incomes and greater wealth during adulthood. Increased educational achievement and a more productive workforce will strengthen Oregon’s economy . 

Participants to include Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Oregon Latino Health Coaltion (OLHC), Causa, and Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs.



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Un Juez del Tribunal de Circuito de Texas Toma Medida en Contra de las Familias Inmigrantes

17 febrero 2015
Un Juez del Tribunal de Circuito de Texas Toma Medida en Contra de las Familias Inmigrantes

Causa Confía en que la Quinta Corte de Apelaciones de los Estados Unidos Rechazará la Demanda Cargada de Intereses Políticos por parte de Políticos Anti-Inmigrantes

No intimidados por los ataques políticos, los inmigrantes de Oregon continúan preparándose para los nuevos programas de migración y seguirán luchando por un camino a la ciudadanía.   

Salem, Ore. -- Esta noche, un juez nombrado por G.W. Bush en una corte de distrito de Brownsville, Texas, anunció una interrupción temporal (injunction) que bloquea el proceso de implementación de los nuevos programas de acción diferida. Es posible que esta medida retrase la fecha en que millones de trabajadores inmigrantes se presenten, registren y apliquen para un permiso de trabajo, lo cual estaba planeado primeramente para Febrero 18, 2015 para los Dreamers.

“A pesar de esta medida, los inmigrantes en Oregon seguirán adelante y continuarán preparándose para los programas de acción diferida que dará a miles de personas en Oregon la oportunidad de vivir, trabajar y permanecer en América con sus familias,” dijo Andrea Miller, Directora Ejecutiva de Causa Oregon.  “Siempre hemos dicho que esta demanda es solamente un truco político por parte de Ministros de Justicia y gobernadores anti-inmigrantes que buscan asustar a los posibles candidatos inmigrantes para expandieron Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) y la Acción Diferida para la Responsabilidad Parental (DAPA) ,” agregó Miller. “Parece habérseles olvidado lo duro que luchamos por esta victoria y que no dejaremos que nadie nos la intente quitar. Seguiremos luchando por una solución permanente que incluya un camino a la ciudadanía para los 11 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados.”

“Este es solamente el primer round de un largo proceso legal. Cientos de eruditos legales coinciden en que la acción ejecutiva del Presidente es constitucional y está bajo su autoridad. Confiamos en que el sistema de cortes eventualmente rechazará esta demanda sin fundamentos que solamente consume impuestos, priva a los trabajadores y las familias inmigrantes de sus derechos y succiona los ingresos que tanto necesitan las economías de los estados.”

Existen por lo menos 124,000 migrantes indocumentados en Oregon, y aproximadamente 64,000 de ellos serían elegibles para uno de los programas de acción diferida. Permitir que estos inmigrantes se registren ante el gobierno, soliciten una suspensión temporal de deportación y apliquen para un permiso de trabajo temporal incrementaría los ingresos de impuestos de Oregon y resultaría en una serie de beneficios económicos en todo el estado.

Miller añadió, “El resultado de este caso afecta a decenas de miles de familias en Oregon, por lo que congratulamos a la Ministro de Justicia Estatal Ellen Rosenblum por firmar el documento de apoyo amicus brief expedido por 12 Ministros de Justicia Estatal y al Alcalde de Portland Charlie Hales por firmar el documento de apoyo amicus brief expedido por alcaldes de distintas ciudades de los Estados Unidos, en respaldo a las acciones ejecutivas del Presidente Obama.

Causa pide a la Quinta Corte de Apelaciones de los Estados Unidos a inmediatamente tomar este caso debido a que millones de gente de verdad desean presentarse ante el gobierno y poder vivir y trabajar en el único país al que llaman su hogar.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Texas Circuit Court Judge Rules Against Immigrant Families

February 17, 2015
 
Texas Circuit Court Judge Rules Against Immigrant Families

Causa Confident U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Will Reject Politically-Motivated Lawsuit by Anti-Immigrant Politicians

Undeterred by the political attacks, Oregon immigrants continue to prepare for new immigration programs and will fight on for a path to citizenship

Salem, Ore. -- Late last night, a G.W. Bush-appointed district court judge in Brownsville, Texas, issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the implementation process of the new immigrant deferred action programs. The ruling possibly pushes back the start date for millions of immigrants workers to come forward, register, and apply for work permits, which is planned to begin as soon as February 18, 2015 for DREAMers.

“Immigrants in Oregon are moving forward regardless of last night’s ruling, and will continue getting ready for the deferred action programs that will give thousands of Oregonians the chance to live, work, and stay in America with their families.” said Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Causa Oregon.

“We’ve always said that this lawsuit is just a political stunt by out of touch anti-immigrant Attorneys General and governors and is meant to scare away eligible immigrants from applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA),” said Miller. “They seem to have forgotten that we fought hard for this victory, and we’re not going to let anyone take it away from us. We’re still fighting for a permanent solution that includes a path to citizenship for all 11 million.”

“This is just the first round in a long, drawn out legal process. Hundreds of legal scholars agree that the President's executive action on immigration are constitutional and within his authority. We are confident that the court system will eventually reject this meritless lawsuit that only wastes taxpayer dollars, disenfranchises immigrant workers and families, and robs much needed revenue from state economies.”

There are at least 124,000 undocumented immigrants living in Oregon, and approximately 64,000 immigrants would be eligible for one of the deferred action programs. Enabling these immigrants to register with the government, request a reprieve from removal, and apply for a temporary work permit that would increase Oregon's tax revenues and lead to a cascade of economic benefits across the state.

Miller added, “The outcome of this case affects tens of thousands of real Oregon families, and we applaud Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum for signing on to the amicus brief filed by 12 State Attorney Generals and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales for signing on to the amicus brief filed by city mayors from around the U.S. in support of President Obama's deferred action programs. 

Causa urges the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to take up this case immediately because millions of real people want to come forward to live and work in the only country they call home.

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Causa is Oregon's Statewide Immigrant Rights Organization. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit www.causaoregon.org

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