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August 1 Immigration Reform Actions: Operation Cantaloupe & Capitol Hill Civil Disobedience

August 1 Immigration Reform Actions: Operation Cantaloupe & Capitol Hill Civil Disobedience

On August 1, UFW Vice President Giev Kashkooli was arrested in the latest chapter in the battle over fair immigration reform.

He was arrested for joining others in a campaign to win a new immigration process that includes a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.

He was arrested while protesting the Republican leadership leaving for an undeserved five-week vacation without introducing a comprehensive immigration reform bill with a path to citizenship. Instead, the GOP leaders are allowing a vote on the racist immigration policy proposals from U.S. Rep. Steve King.

Earlier that morning, in partnership with America’s Voice and United We Dream, he also helped deliver sweet American-grown cantaloupes, harvested by immigrants in California, to 224 members of the House of Representatives who voted in favor of Rep. Steve King's hateful proposal to end the Deferred Action program for DREAMers and to stop other uses of prosecutorial discretion in deportation cases. The cantaloupes were affixed with a crystal clear message:

"This cantaloupe was picked by immigrants in California.
You gave Steve King a vote. Give us a vote for citizenship."

 

These historic actions are part of a larger series of events that the United Farm Workers of America, the UFW Foundation and a broad coalition of civil rights, labor, faith and immigrant organizations, are planning for the next several days and weeks. We will keep working until members of the House agree to advance comprehensive immigration reform legislation with a pathway to citizenship, such as the Senate-passed bill, S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

This proposal, which was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate last June, includes a roadmap to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, including farm workers, currently living in the country and includes special agricultural provisions negotiated by the United Farm Workers and major grower associations. We are calling on House GOP lawmakers, particularly Speaker Boehner and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, to make a stand for real immigration reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship. Some anti-immigrant lawmakers like Rep. King of Iowa are trying to make it seem as if immigration reform is too complicated, but it's not complicated at all. House Republicans should allow a vote on the Senate bill or on the comprehensive immigration reform proposal that a bipartisan group of House members are working on. Americans and new immigrants have been waiting for far too long.

News Clips
08/01/2013
Associated Press: Bloquean tráfico en Congreso por ley migratoria
08/01/2013
Daily Kos: UFW leader arrested @ civil disobedience action @ Capitol Hill calling for Immigration reform vote
08/01/2013
Univision Noticias: Decenas de arrestos en acto de desobediencia civil por la reforma migratoria
08/01/2013
KPCC 89.3 (CA): In immigration news: Cantaloupes on Capitol Hill, allegations of poor treatment at border, reform opponents strategize, more
08/01/2013
NBC Latino: Immigration activists deliver cantaloupes picked by immigrants to House members, Steve King (includes video)
08/01/2013
Terra: Activistas entregan melones en Congreso EEUU y piden votar reforma migratoria
08/01/2013
La Opinion: Congresistas de EEUU reciben melones como protesta
08/01/2013
Telemundo 47: Melón y sandía por reforma migratoria
08/01/2013
Plain Dealer (OH): Immigration reform would boost Ohio economy, White House says
08/01/2013
Washington Post: Immigration advocates deliver cantaloupes to House GOP lawmakers
08/01/2013
Roll Call: Cantaloupes Delivered to GOP Backers of King Amendment
08/01/2013
NBC Latino: Immigration activists deliver cantaloupes picked by immigrants to House members, Steve King (includes video)
08/01/2013
US News & World Report: Cantaloupes Sent To Representatives Who Voted Against Deferment
08/01/2013
ABC News: Immigration Advocates Arrested on Capitol Hill
08/01/2013
Politico: Immigration activists arrested at rally
08/01/2013
Sur.es: Entregan 224 melones en el Congreso de EE.UU. y exigen reforma migratoria
08/01/2013
LaInformacion.com: Activistas entregan melones en Congreso EEUU y piden votar reforma migratoria
08/01/2013
Prensa Libre: Activistas entregan melones en Congreso de EE. UU. y piden votar reforma
08/01/2013
ABC: Entregan 224 melones en el Congreso de EE.UU. y exigen reforma migratoria
08/01/2013
El Imparcial: Arrestan en EU a activistas por pedir reforma migratoria integral
08/01/2013
Criterio: Arrestan en EUA a activistas por pedir reforma migratoria integral
08/01/2013

08/01/2013
Huffington Post: Immigration Activists Arrested In Pro-Reform Protest Near Capitol
08/01/2013
Over 30 Advocates, including UFW leader, Arrested on Capitol Hill For Protesting Unjust Immigration Policies, House GOP Inaction on Path to Citizenship
08/01/2013
MSNBC: DREAMers deliver cantaloupes to House members who voted with Steve King
08/01/2013
Washington Post: Immigration advocates deliver cantaloupes to House GOP lawmakers
UFW/UFWF Blogs & News Releases
08/01/2013
Daily Kos: UFW leader arrested @ civil disobedience action @ Capitol Hill calling for Immigration reform vote
08/01/2013
UFW leader risk arrest at civil disobedience action on Capitol Hill
08/01/2013
Boehner Gave Steve King a Vote on Deportation; When Will We Get Our Vote on Citizenship?
08/01/2013
United Farm Workers, United We Dream and America’s Voice Deliver Cantaloupes to 224 House Members Who Voted With Rep. Steve King on Immigration
08/01/2013
Líder de la Unión de Campesinos es arrestado durante una acción de desobediencia civil en el Capitolio pidiendo un voto sobre la reforma migratoria.
08/01/2013
La Unión de Campesinos, United we Dream y America's Voice entregan 224 melones a los miembros de la Cámara quienes votaron con el Rep. Steve King en relación a inmigración
   
Videos
08/01/2013
UFW joins more than 30 leaders risking arrest at civil disobedience action on Capitol Hill #1
08/01/2013
UFW joins more than 30 leaders risking arrest at civil disobedience action on Capitol Hill #2
08/01/2013
NBC Latino: Immigration activists deliver cantaloupes to Steve King and Congress
   
Photos
08/01/2013
UFW Photo Album: Operation Cantaloupe
08/01/2013
UFW Photo Album: More than 30 Advocates, including UFW leader, arrested on Capitol Hill
08/01/2013
Reform Immigration FOR Anerica photo album: Civil Disobedience for Reform
08/01/2013
CHIRLA Photo Album: Civil Disobedience Acts in DC
08/01/2013
America's Voice Photo Album: Immigration Advocates Deliver Cantaloupes to Congressmembers
08/01/2013
America's Voice: PHOTOS: OVER 30 IMMIGRATION REFORM LEADERS ARRESTED ON CAPITOL HILL IN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE ACTION
 

 

 

 

   


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