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Join people of faith who are working together to win citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans who are our family, friends and neighbors.
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There Is Still Hope for Immigration Reform

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Immigration advocates see a glimmer of hope that a reform bill could clear the House of Representatives next spring. 
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Supporters of immigration reform see a glimmer of hope that an immigration bill could clear the House of Representatives next spring.

Immigration reform legislation, whichcleared the Senate earlier this year, has stalled in the House because of Republican resistance. Supporters see three potentially encouraging new signs:

  • House Speaker John Boehner's willingness to criticize his party's right-wing base last week on the budget measure raises the possibility he could do likewise on immigration.


  • The speaker also recently hired Rebecca Tallent, a top policy adviser who previously worked for Arizona Senator John McCain, a staunch advocate of immigration reform.


  • Representative Paul Ryan, having settled the budget issue for the foreseeable future, will be freed up to focus on immigration. The Wisconsin Republican has been working on a compromise that would provide legalization and the possibility of citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants.

House Republicans have separately, on partisan votes, cleared four bills but haven't brought them up for floor action due to fear they wouldn't pass. Most House Democrats oppose any piecemeal approach, arguing the legislation should be combined in a comprehensive bill. In addition to Ryan, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has privately been working on a measure that would give citizenship to the so-called Dreamers -- unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

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Richmond resident and family struggle with threat of deportation

Richmond resident and family struggle with threat of deportation | Campaign for Citizenship | Scoop.it
Members of the community came out to support Richmond resident Felipe De Jesus Valdes' fight against possible deportation on Monday.
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When Valdes arrived at 630 Sansome Street a small group had gathered to support him. Members of the Valdes family spoke about their situation to reporters, often breaking down in tears. Supporters offered prayers, and activists from CCISCO led the growing crowd in chants of “No uno mas! Not one more!” By 10:00 a.m., when Valdes walked through the doors, the congregation had grown to around 60—its numbers boosted in part by a strong showing of students from Richmond High who said they were there to back their fellow student, Valdes’ youngest son.

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Richmond resident saved from deportation at the last moment | SF Politics

Richmond resident saved from deportation at the last moment | SF Politics | Campaign for Citizenship | Scoop.it
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While Valdes met with ICE officers inside, more than 50 local faith leaders, community members and reporters assembled on the street outside the office, with supporters there to protest the deportation. According to Vincent, this pressure was critical in influencing ICE’s decision to approve Valdes for a one-year work permit, temporarily halting his deportation.

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Denham's Decision Shows Why Citizenship Will Ultimately Win Out

Congressman Denham represents a District that is about one-third Latino, and he's married to a first-generation Mexican-American. Still, it took a lot of organizing in his district to get him to buck his party.
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One of the most notable things about the immigration debate in the Central Valley - one of the most conservative areas of the state -- has been how overwhelmingly positive the media coverage has been and the virtually complete absence of meaningful opposition to reform.

Groups like CBC have won the battle for hearts and minds -- they've shown without question that being pro-immigrant is not just the right and moral thing to do, but it brings a big political upside without any real downside.

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We won't stop until ALL are free! - Rev. Alvin Herring

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"What shall we say – how shall the nation understand our plea? We’re here today to say we can’t live in an America where some of us have first class status and others are relegated to second-class status… And we won’t stop until ALL are free!" - Rev. Alvin Herring 

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Campaign for Citizenship Forums with Rep. George Miller

Campaign for Citizenship Forums with Rep. George Miller | Campaign for Citizenship | Scoop.it
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Representative Miller was strong in his support for immigration reform stating that, "To be here today with the faith community, with CCISCO, CLOUD, and my colleagues in elected office and all of you is really exciting, because without all of the work that you have done over the last couple of years we would not be here today thinking about the United States Senate opening the debate around immigration reform and creating a pathway to citizenship. This debate did not happen because of Washington, it happened because of millions of people across this country recognizing the injustice of the current system and the unfairness of the current system."

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Pilgrimage for a Pathway to Citizenship

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PICO California: Pilgrimage for a Pathway to Citizenship
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Deferred Action and Deportation: Latinos and Obama

Deferred Action and Deportation: Latinos and Obama | Campaign for Citizenship | Scoop.it
In this year’s dead heat Presidential election, both candidates are vying for the Latino vote. Last Tuesday, President Obama told Iowa’s Des Moines Register that his re-election rests in the hands of Latino voters.
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Undocumented youth organize for immigration reform, election

Undocumented youth organize for immigration reform, election | Campaign for Citizenship | Scoop.it
Yazmin Martinez spent her Saturday morning in the Iron Triangle walking sidewalks littered with garbage and weeds, knocking on doors and asking residents who don’t normally vote to show up at the polls this November.  She was encouraging voters to...
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Carlos Martinez: Co-founder of Community Leaders Organizing Undocumented Dreamers

Martinez, 23, talks about his journey from Mexico to California, where he is helping to educate undocumented immigrants about deferred action, AB 540 and the California Dream Act, with the ultimate goal of working toward broader immigration reforms.
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Juan Reyes: Co-founder of Community Leaders Organizing Undocumented Dreamers

Reyes, 21, talks about his struggles after moving from Mexico to California and his desire to work with other undocumented immigrants toward immigration reform.
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Immigration profile: CLOUD's Yaquelin Valencia fights to make a difference for the undocumented - ContraCostaTimes.com

Yaquelin Valencia shares her personal story about growing up undocumented in California, then becoming part of Community Leaders Organizing Undocumented Dreamers, or CLOUD.
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Immigration profile: Dina Barriere of CLOUD helps bring undocumented students out of shadows - ContraCostaTimes.com

Dina Barriere shares her story about growing up undocumented in California, then becoming part of Community Leaders Organizing Undocumented Dreamers, or CLOUD.
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Supporters Of Immigration Overhaul Remain Focused

Supporters Of Immigration Overhaul Remain Focused | Campaign for Citizenship | Scoop.it
A group on the National Mall is fasting to pressure the House to take up changes to immigration.
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Instead, the group is trying to raise awareness of the estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants currently in the U.S. who, the protesters insist, should have a path to citizenship. It's a message that President Obama, two House Republicans from California and other politicians have heard firsthand during recent visits with the group.


Eddie Carmona, a citizenship campaign manager for PICO, a network of faith-based community organizers, started fasting Saturday. He says they've gained lawmakers' attention, but they're still waiting for legislative action.


"We need to see [lawmakers] move legislation forward, and we need to see [House Speaker John Boehner] move legislation to the floor for a vote," Carmona says.


At a recent press conference, Boehner called immigration reform a "very important issue" that has been the focus of behind-the-scenes discussions on Capitol Hill.


"Is immigration reform dead? Absolutely not," Boehner told reporters. "I've made clear going back to the day after the last election in 2012 that it was time for Congress to deal with this issue."

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Community Halts Deportation KGO Channel 7 News Report

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Three Republicans back Democratic immigration bill in House

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WASHINGTON — As the leadership of the Republican-led House of Representatives keeps searching for a way forward on immigration legislation, a Democratic bill to overhaul the nation's immigration laws has...
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Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., on Wednesday became the third Republican to co-sponsor the bill, which includes a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 12 million undocumented immigrants.

Valadao, the son of Portuguese immigrants whose family runs a dairy farm, said in an interview with USA TODAY that his background, and that of his district, which is 72% Hispanic, was a big factor in his decision.

"I grew up in an immigrant family, I grew up in an immigrant community and I work in an immigrant-dependent industry. So it's not like this is a stretch for me," he said.

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October 5: Day for Citizenship (with images, tweets) · PICOnetwork

As a part of the October 5 National Day for Dignity and Respect, PICO National Network continued to press for citizenship with marches, rallies and prayer vigils across the country.
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Una Ciudad, Dos Historias de Éxito « Richmond Pulse

Una Ciudad, Dos Historias de Éxito « Richmond Pulse | Campaign for Citizenship | Scoop.it
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Mi nombre es Yaquelin Valencia. Tengo 21 años, soy una DREAMER indocumentada y recién beneficiaria de DACA (Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia). Nací en Aquila, Michoacán, México. Mi mamá me trajo a los Estados Unidos cuando yo tenía dos años, y crecí en Richmond, California. Crecí con un grupo diverso de amigos, y todos enfrentamos las mismas luchas: vivir en barrios de bajos recursos, y viviendo la violencia en la escuela y frente a nuestras propias casas. De todos modos, me emociono mucho cuando escucho a la gente decir, “Soy de Richmond”.

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One City, Two Success Stories « Richmond Pulse

One City, Two Success Stories « Richmond Pulse | Campaign for Citizenship | Scoop.it
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My name is Yaquelin Valencia. I am 21-years-old, an undocumented Dreamer and a recent recipient of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). I was born in Aquila, Michoacán, Mexico. My mother brought me to the U.S. at the age of two, and I was raised in Richmond, California. I grew up with a diverse group of friends, and we all faced the same struggles: living in low-income neighborhoods, and experiencing violence at school and in front of our very own homes. Still, I get all excited when I hear people say, “I’m from Richmond.”

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Bay Area Dreamers Organize With Unexpected Impact - New America Media

Bay Area Dreamers Organize With Unexpected Impact - New America Media | Campaign for Citizenship | Scoop.it
New America Media is a nationwide association of over 3000 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism.
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The rising Latino presence in Richmond was evident on a recent Monday evening in November at the office of Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO). Meeting there were members of Community Leaders Organizing Undocumented Dreamers (CLOUD), who gathered to assist those interested in submitting an application for the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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Richmond civic engagement group encourages Latino voters

Richmond civic engagement group encourages Latino voters | Campaign for Citizenship | Scoop.it

With only one month until the election, Adam Kruggel is too busy to stay in one room. On a recent Tuesday he spent an evening racing back and forth from a voter phone bank in the Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization office to a Deferred Action training session in the building next door. As the executive director of CCISCO, Kruggel leads both efforts, which have the big-picture goal of improving voter turnout and education on issues affecting Contra Costa’s minority communities.

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Dreamers Ask For Votes

A group of undocumented youth in Richmond called CLOUD walk the streets in the Iron Triangle, knocking on doors to encourage unlikely voters to show up at the polls…...
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Immigration profile: Carlos Martinez fights to clear path to college for the undocumented - ContraCostaTimes.com

Richmond resident Carlos Martinez shares his story about growing up undocumented in California, and then becoming part of Community Leaders Organizing Undocumented Dreamers, or CLOUD.
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Immigration profile: Jose Juan Reyes fights for rights of the undocumented - ContraCostaTimes.com

Jose Juan Reyes shares his stories about growing up undocumented in California, and then becoming part of Community Leaders Organizing Undocumented Dreamers, or CLOUD.
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Dina Barriere: Co-leader of Community Leaders Organizing Undocumented Dreamers

Barriere, 22, talks about growing up in California as an undocumented immigrant after coming to the U.S. at age 3 from El Salvador. Now, she is part of a group that is educating the community.
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