Undocumented American’s Bill of Rights Calls for Equality For Immigrant Communities

 

Conservative groups are furious this morning as they begin to review the “Undocumented American’s Bill of Rights,” an enumerated list of basic rights that need be afforded to undocumented residents of the U.S.

The document was prepared by United We Stay, an advocacy group geared around supporting policy and cultural changes for undocumented communities, and is modeled heavily after the Bill of Rights prepared by James Madison for inclusion in the U.S. Constitition.

Writers begin by explaining their reasoning and need for writing preparing the list, saying, “Since Congress refuses to act, it’s time we take matters into our own hands.”

Conservative bloggers and writers have been the only media to cover the Bill of Rights thus far, deriding the document as arrogant and absurdist.

However, the writers of the document stand strong on the salience of such a document. “We are here on American soil working for a stronger economy while reinvigorating the nation’s commitment toward democracy, and we should be afforded the same due process and equal protection guaranteed to all by the U.S. Constitution. We are the living embodiment of the American Dream and how we are treated by this nation reflects its commitment to its own ideals. Going forward, we want to see the United States fulfill its historic democratic promise by making these rights a reality” they write.

The Bill of Rights is reproduced in full text below.

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We, the Undocumented Americans, submit our Bill of Rights with the same determination as the nation’s founders to incorporate these rights into law across the land.

We are here on American soil working for a stronger economy while reinvigorating the nation’s commitment toward democracy, and we should be afforded the same due process and equal protection guaranteed to all by the U.S. Constitution. We are the living embodiment of the American Dream and how we are treated by this nation reflects its commitment to its own ideals. Going forward, we want to see the United States fulfill its historic democratic promise by making these rights a reality.

  1. Acknowledgment that we are already here, that we are human beings with a right to be, that our mere presence cannot be deemed illegal or our existence alien.

  2. Affirmation that we are to be treated with dignity and respect, not just because of who we are, but who you are – historic beneficiaries of immigrant struggles for the freedom to be.

  3. Recognition of our right to be presented with a path to citizenship/residency as the first priority of future immigration policy combined with interim deferment of all law-abiding Undocumented Americans against detention and deportation.

  4. Compelled authorization of birth certificates for our U.S.-born children to ensure their constitutionally guaranteed right to citizenship.

  5. Protection against cruel and unusual punishment, including the separation of our immediate families and incarceration without charges, hearings or representation.

  6. Access to non-discriminating public education and in-state tuition to ensure that our children realize their full potential for themselves and the country.

  7. Guarantee of wage equality with a legal right to petition for wage theft or workplace mistreatment without jeopardizing our immigration status.

  8. Assurance of humanitarian treatment, including medical care.

  9. Protection against detention or deportation when we report a crime as a victim of witness.

  10. Guarantee of the Declaration’s unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.