On Monday, January 30, 2012, more than 20 organizations in 10 states launched the national campaign for permanent residence for Central Americans who have been legally living and working in the United States for over a decade but continue to have temporary status.
After having legally lived and worked here for over a decade, having paid fees to the government to maintain their status, having paid taxes, having undergone background checks, having done everything else required by the law and most importantly having come forward and registered in a conditional program when the US government gave the opportunity to those undocumented to do so, we believe they have earned the opportunity to become a lawful permanent resident. In addition, they have demonstrated to be individuals of good moral character every time they have renewed their status.
We came together to support vibrant futures for families that have not only contributed to our national economy, but have been a critical and positive force in the reconstruction of their home countries by sending remittances to family members. Permanent Residency is the only solution to ending the uncertainty and legal limbo that these thousands of families are living in everyday. It is the only viable way to enable thousands of families to reunite, ensure economic and social stability and thus, the progress of our communities and nation.
We are making a call to all members of the community, legislators, community organizations and activists, congregations and faith leaders, unions, and all those who support a fair and viable solution for immigrant families in the U.S. to come together and support this campaign.