To: 2020 Presidential Candidates
From: [Your Name]
I am writing to you in support of the Migrant Justice Platform. I believe this is the best solution on the crisis the immigrant community is facing in this country.
In June of 2019, a Blue Ribbon Commission comprised of 20 individuals, from various grassroots organizations, backgrounds, and communities, convened to launch the development of a policy blueprint for use by the next administration to immediately repair harms and reverse failures caused by previous administrations. The Blue Ribbon group was initially convened by Texas-based RAICES and the National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON). The result is the Migrant Justice Platform, a roadmap of Executive and Legislative actions from grassroots voices across the United States and abroad that parts ways from the “single-bill” strategy that has defined immigration politics for two decades.
The platform includes concrete policy recommendations to ensure the undocumented community, TPS, DED, and DACA recipients are granted immediate relief and work authorization without fear of persecution; a centering of workers rights within immigration policy; a new policy approach to the borderlands that includes demilitarization and restructuring of border agencies; and a rethinking of the U.S. impact and role abroad. Moreover, it is a launching point for an open-source effort that centers grassroots voices on various aspects of immigration reform.
I urge you to support this important plan.