Immigration

The Immigration Committee Plans

by Polly Maier and Barbara Eriv

This year, the League of Women Voters of PBC has launched a new Immigration Committee. In its organizational stage, the Committee has adopted general goals that align with the League’s Public Policy Position on immigration. The Committee will initially focus on two priorities: public education and Welcoming Cities initiatives. Additional immigration matters will be taken up as the Committee grows.  We are seeking more members for our committee.  For those interested, contact Barbara Eriv at eriv6296@bellsouth.net to join us at our next meeting on May 22, 5:30 pm at the Lantana Public Library.

Anti-immigrant hate speech and harassment are on the rise in the US.  President Trump has characterized immigrants as “bad hombres,” rapists, and members of the criminal gang MS-13.  Meanwhile, …

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Immigration Committee Forming

immigrationBy Barbara Eriv

The League of Women Voters (LWV) of PBC is forming an Immigration Committee.  Please contact Barbara Eriv, eriv6296@bellsouth.net, if you want to be part of this committee.  As soon as we have a sufficient response, I will schedule a kickoff meeting.

So why an Immigration Committee?  The LWV has a long held belief that our democracy is rooted in the diversity of voices and what immigrants have brought to this country as well as the need for comprehensive immigration reform.  Currently, our nation of immigrants, which embodies who we are, is being threatened on a number of fronts.

  •   The Travel Ban, barring travel from mostly Muslim countries.  The latest Executive Order has been blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii and a second in
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Immigration Committee

immigrationBy Barbara Eriv

I am a member of the League and leading our Immigration Committee.  The League is:

  • For Comprehensive Immigration Reform
  • Against deporting undocumented immigrants without due process
  • Against the federal government threatening local governments into cooperating with ICE to detain immigrants.

 

In Palm Beach County, we are collaborating with other groups, such as the PBC Coalition for Immigration Rights, to take action.  Earlier this year, the City of West Palm Beach and the Board of Education signed resolutions to protect the undocumented and their children and to promote the health and well being of all residents.  We are now speaking with the City of Delray Beach and asking them to sign a “Welcoming Cities” ordinance proclaiming that the City will not:

  • Ask or give out
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