MALDEF

MALDEFian - 11.21.14

This has been a historic week in the ongoing quest for an immigration system that reflects our values as a nation and as a people. Below we call your attention to some recent developments of interest, including MALDEF’s reaction to President Obama’s historic announcement and a recent litigation development related to the rights of those who receive Deferred Action.






ADMINISTRATIVE RELIEF ON IMMIGRATION AT LONG LAST: MALDEF REACTS TO PRESIDENT'S ANNOUNCEMENT

"MALDEF heartily welcomes the President’s announcement of affirmative relief for some of the millions of immigrants who have come to our country at great risk to put roots down and to contribute to family and community through hard work and commitment to the principles that have built our nation. In making this announcement, President Obama acts in a tradition of executive leadership extending back decades in the context of immigration regulation and centuries in the inherently related context of international relations. It is appropriate and necessary that the President exercise his undoubted constitutional and statutory authority to implement affirmative immigration relief. Appropriate because of the fair expectation – fostered by historical tradition and popular demand -- of presidential leadership on issues of such great national import, and necessary because of the dire urgency of now. We simply must pursue immigration policies that better serve our national interests and better reflect our country’s core principles."

click here to read Thomas A. Saenz's full statement...


RECIPIENTS OF DEFERRED ACTION ARE PROTECTED FROM EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION

On the cusp of a critical presidential announcement of broadened affirmative relief for immigrants currently unprotected by law, an important decision emanated from federal court last week. Judge Katherine B. Forrest of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the company’s policy of denying employment to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

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IMMIGRANT WORKERS FIGHT FOR JUSTICE IN NEW DOCUMENTARY OPENING IN BOTH ENGLISH AND SPANISH

Food Chains, executive produced by MALDEF Board member Eva Longoria and others, is a ground-breaking documentary film that exposes some of the abuses in farm labor and reveals the forces behind that exploitation through the narrative of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an group of tomato pickers in Florida battling the 5 trillion dollar global supermarket industry - and winning.

MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz is one of those interviewed in the film. The film is narrated by Forest Whitaker.

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Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the "Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America" MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access. For more information on MALDEF, please visit: www.maldef.org.

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