March For Immigrants

On May 1 2017 we will unite as a community and March for Immigrants.
After many years of great distress regarding immigration and immigrant rights, the May 1st Coalition Yakima Valley is still continuing to seek common sense solutions from our government leadership. This year, we will march in downtown Yakima once again to demonstrate our commitment to holding our leaders accountable. We invite you and your family to join this community and family march on May 1st at 12:00pm beginning at Miller Park in Yakima.

Here are five reasons to participate in the MARCH FOR IMMIGRANTS:

The United States of America deserves a common sense plan that reflects the American values of freedom, opportunity, and security. Congress needs to create a comprehensive immigration reform that is practical for our economy, keeps families secure, and creates a roadmap towards citizenship. The current direction of our system is harming our families, community, and economy- making the Yakima Valley vulnerable to economic collapse.

Federal programs like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are also critical to bringing undocumented immigrants out of the shadows. Laws that are family-oriented keep family values strong and lessen the likelihood of children losing their parents or loved ones. DACA is an investment in the future of the United States because it retains extraordinarily talented young adults in our country.

In addition, local autonomy should be respected in the United States. There should be no Federal retaliation against cities who declare themselves welcoming to immigrants through ordinances or resolutions like Welcoming City or Sanctuary City designations. Cities are not mandated or properly funded to execute the job of the Federal government and should not be punished for limiting participation within Federal enforcement of any type.

The proposed $20 billion dollar wall is a wasted of tax dollars and should be voted down by Congress. In recent years, the U.S. has seen a trend that shows the majority of immigrants in the country unlawfully have over stayed visa permits, as opposed to physically crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. A common-sense comprehensive immigration reform should provide reform instead of wasting billions of dollars on a physical barrier at the border. Moreover, this nation stands for humane laws and freedom, any ban on immigrants based on religious affiliation or national origin is unconstitutional and un-American. We strongly oppose any form of ban or similar policies.

Lastly, the Constitution guarantees due process for every person in this country, regardless of citizenship. President Trumps’ deportation orders threaten fundamental fairness by targeting anyone that finds themselves within the grasp of the criminal justice system, regardless of whether they are convicted of crimes or not. Further, ICE’s practices of targeting anyone that comes in contact with police or the courts makes it a punishment for people to assert their basic rights. These abuses of freedom create fear and make our community more vulnerable.

We are now facing the worst political climate against undocumented immigrants seen in the United States in many decades. Our nation is now being led by an administration that aims to deport as many immigrants as possible. It has been a long road, but it is important that we remain encouraged and committed to bringing our community out of the shadows.

The Yakima Valley May 1st March for Immigrants is a peaceful and permitted event. We work to educate the public and public officials. We hope you will join us.