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Friday, March 8, 2019

Día de Abogacía: Licencias Para Todos

En Oregón, el hecho de no poder presentar una licencia de conducir durante una parada de tráfico pone a los inmigrantes en riesgo de ser deportados. Es por eso que la semana pasada, presentamos la propuesta de ley "Equal Acess to Roads Act" (HB 2015) asegurando que las licencias regulares estén disponibles para todos los conductores que puedan cumplir con los requisitos para conducir independientemente de su ciudadanía o estado migratorio.

Es hora de que los legisladores de Oregon tomen medidas. Es por eso que el 26 de marzo nos reuniremos con nuestros legisladores para asegurarnos de que voten Sí a HB 2015. Comenzaremos el día con algunos entrenamientos para prepararnos para nuestras reuniones con los legisladores. También nos acompañarán algunos campeones de los derechos de los inmigrantes, proporcionaremos comida deliciosa, y todos las personas registradas recibirán una camiseta de Causa.

Los oregonianos no deberían tener que vivir con el temor de ser deportados o preocuparse de que sus familias sean destruidas simplemente porque llevan a sus hijos a la escuela, van a trabajar o cuidan a sus familiares o vecinos. ¡Asegúrate de registrarte hoy en nuestro Día de Abogacía!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Causa Comment on Measure 105 Defeat

Photo Credit: ACLU of Oregon

On November 6, 2018 Oregon voters overwhelmingly rejected Measure 105, an attempt to eliminate Oregon's 31 year old sanctuary law. Andrea Williams, Causa's Executive Director made the following statement.

"The overwhelming defeat of Measure 105 has made Oregon a stronger and better state than it was before.  It showed that love, fairness, and unity wins, and the politics of hate and fear ultimately lose. Oregon voters sent a loud and clear message, Trump’s radical immigration policies have no place in Oregon."

"In 2014, we faced a similar ballot measure campaign. It was brought by the same anti-immigrant hate group. It was part of their same strategy to single people out because of who they are and what they look like."

"Unfortunately, we learned the hard way just how organized and loud they can be. They beat us by a 32-point margin in 2014."

"After that loss four years ago, we were in pain, but we were resilient. We came out of that campaign stronger, more organized and more motivated than before. We promised to never let something like that happen again."

"Causa worked night and day to grow our grassroots movement through the One Oregon coalition. We knew we might have to face a similar battle again, and when we did, we were going to be ready."

"So, this time around, when immigrant rights were attacked at the ballot again, we were prepared. We were battle tested. We ran a phenomenal campaign. And we won!"

"We turned a 32-point margin of loss four years ago into a 25-point margin of victory in 2018. It shows how much of a difference we’ve made."

"We showed that when we’re under attack, we only grow stronger, we unite, and we win"

"But we still have a long way to go, there is still so much more to do to make Oregon the best, most inclusive state it can be."

"We are going to keep fighting for our rights, because immigrant families still don’t have the dignity and respect they deserve. This won’t be the last time we see an attempt to strip away our rights at the ballot.  And meanwhile, Trump is still pushing policies that break apart families and leave children detained."

"We’ll have some announcements soon about what’s next for Causa and our coalition."

"But today we celebrate. We’ve made tremendous progress, and we are only going to keep growing our movement."

Cristina Marquez, the No on 105 Campaign Manager made the follow remarks. 

"When the anti-immigrant group qualified a measure for the ballot, the first thing I thought about was my family. Their lives were on the line with Measure 105. So were the lives of my friends, my colleagues and my immigrant community."

"Measure 105 was a statement by this hate group that people like me aren’t welcome here. That I wasn’t an Oregonian. And I know I wasn’t the only one who felt that way."

"Then I thought about how much work we had ahead of us. I remembered how difficult it was to change hearts and minds around Measure 88 and how devastating that loss was."

"I had to do something. We had to do something."

"Leading this campaign was tough — I’d never run a campaign at this scale before, and I carried the weight knowing that so many people I love and care about would have been harmed if Measure 105 passed. It was a lot of responsibility, and failure wasn’t an option."

"We were up against an anti-immigrant hate group. Then ICE stepped in last minute to drum up anti-immigrant sentiments. President Trump whipped up anti-immigrant fear, peddling conspiracy theories and fake policies."

"It was hard. We cried, we laughed, we got drenched in wind storms. We had difficult conversations with our neighbors."

"So this is what we did to win:

  • We helped build one of largest and most inclusive campaign teams in Oregon history, led by people of color, women, LGBTQ folks, and immigrants and children of immigrants. 
  • We grew our coalition to over 500 endorsers with everyone from law enforcement, labor, small and large businesses, advocacy organizations, and frontline communities.
  • We raised money from more than 1,500 individual donors across the state.
  • We filled more than 5,000 volunteer shifts 
  • We knocked on nearly half a million doors through a unified strategy. 
  • We organized volunteers everywhere from Hermiston to Bend to Eugene, Astoria, Ontario -- places all across the state."

"And most importantly, in this campaign we shared our stories of struggle and resilience and through them changed hearts and minds - showing the nation that in Oregon we believe in fairness and we welcome immigrants."

"What I’m most proud about is how my family and my community came forward. My mom appeared in an ad. Even my 6-year-old sister went canvassing. This victory was a community effort. We worked night and day to change the hearts and minds of Oregonians and today we succeeded!"

"We have a long way to go until immigrants have the opportunities and resources needed to thrive, but we are one big step closer, and today it makes me proud to call Oregon my home."

"Please commit to staying with us to continue this work. President Trump isn’t backing down, and we can’t either. The work we’re doing now is essential. You saw how your work made a difference. We could not have done it without you. Thank you for bringing us to victory!"


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Protect Immigrant Families, Submit Comments Today!

For the next 60 days, the public is invited to weigh in on a new Trump Administration proposal to limit pathways to immigration for individuals who access certain anti-poverty programs. Causa urges the public to oppose the proposed rule by submitting comments via by the December 10 deadline.

The expansion to the so-called public charge rule would require the government to deny green cards
to many lawfully present immigrants if they access benefits to cover their family’s basic needs, including SNAP benefits, Medicaid, and Section 8 housing assistance.

“This rule change will push Oregonian families out of safety net programs designed to provide a lifeline during critical times. We join thousands of organizations from across the country taking a stand against this threat to the well-being of immigrants and their families.” said Erin Pettigrew of Innovation Law Lab. Pettigrew helps lead Protect Oregon’s Immigrant Families, a cross-sector coalition, including Causa, opposing the proposed change.

Many categories of immigrants are exempt from public charge consideration. However, due to new, aggressive minimum income requirements, the regulation will effectively prohibit lawful immigration avenues to people with low-wage jobs. Many families, who are otherwise eligible, will avoid seeking life-saving assistance, as changes to public benefits regulations have previously resulted in a chilling effect, resulting in dramatic declines in enrollment by immigrant families in programs that protect health.

Olivia Quiroz, Executive Director of Oregon Latino Health Coalition, describes how this chilling effect has begun to impact the families served by her organization in the Portland Metro area: “The fear of public charge is real to many families around the area. Recently we received a call from a Latinx family in Clackamas county. A mother who currently got her baby enrolled into a new Oregon Health Plan program fears public charge will impact her children’s healthcare coverage.”

Historians have also warned that public charge regulations have been abused in the past to deny otherwise-eligible applicants access to lawful immigration avenues, based on race or religion. Because it would almost exclusively affect family-based immigrants, the Trump proposal will disproportionately affect families of color.

“The Administration claims that the goal of this proposal is to promote self-sufficiency; but we know that their true intent is to sow fear in our community, causing vulnerable families to question whether it is safe to feed or house their families, whether or not the rule would affect them,” said Andrea Williams, Executive Director of Causa Oregon, adding:  “time and again the Administration has converted its xenophobic rhetoric into policy by targeting immigrants of color, and this proposal is no different. We want families to know they are not alone. Everyone’s voice matters and we are fighting back.”

Causa urges the public to submit comments before December 10 via

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