The immigration system in the United States is woefully broken, consistently harming vulnerable immigrant populations and corrupting the American ideal of a safe haven for any who may need it. MAP’s Immigration Team aims to combat these injustices and advocate for the rights and inclusion of all immigrants, documented or otherwise. For the 2019-2020 school year, the our team focused on the crisis undocumented families face at the southern border and the issues facing undocumented immigrants and farmworkers living in California.
IT'S THE AMERICAN WAY
H.R. 6: Dream and Promise Act of 2019
H.R. 3239: Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act
H.R. 3498: Combating Deceptive Immigration Enforcement Practices Act of 2019
H.R. 3563: Stop Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women Act
With this proposal, we want to reimplement the Family Case Management Program (FCMP), a program that would allow asylum-seeking families to stay together and live in the U.S., outside of detention centers, while their case goes through court. It was initially instituted under the Obama administration and repealed under the Trump administration.
US: Reimplementation of the Family Case Management Program
CA: Increasing Migrant Farmworker Transportation
Our policy proposal would require that every farmworker housing camp have at least one bus stop within a one mile radius. The limited public transportation services currently available to migrant farmworkers isolates farmworkers from their surrounding communities and helps perpetuate the cycle of poverty. Farmworker families are too often trapped in poverty, living in state-subsidized housing, and lacking access to everything from decent healthcare to adequate grocery stores. Although public transportation is only one part of this puzzle, improving it would allow for wide-ranging benefits to farmworkers and their communities, such as adult education and ESL classes, access to more jobs and opportunities, and a more vibrant community economy.
Issue Team Events
MAP’s Immigration Team annually partners with Mitty’s cultural clubs to host Multicultural Day, an opportunity for members of the Mitty community to share and celebrate their cultures. This event features performances, food, and booths with information about various cultures and traditions.
Farmworker Reality Tour
This is an annual trip to a farm in Watsonville where MAP members get a chance to witness the working and living conditions of farmworkers firsthand, as well as hear the stories of farmworkers.
TRUTH Act Public Forum
MAP members have an opportunity to attend a public forum hosted by Santa Clara County to learn more about a California law called the TRUTH Act and how ICE interacts with the local our criminal justice system.