ALLA Resolution on Pressing Migration Policy

Association of Latina & Latino Anthropologists (ALLA)

ALLA Resolution on Pressing Migration Policy Issues in the United States

Whereas, the Association of Latina & Latino Anthropologists (ALLA) has since its inception advocated the social inclusion and participation of all Latino national-origin groups in the United States, as well as the promotion of human rights and social justice; and

Whereas, the ALLA members recognize the historical and contemporary contribution of Latina/Latino non-citizens and citizens to the economic prosperity of the United States as well as its social, cultural, and political development; and

Whereas, the ALLA members are cognizant of the fact that all individuals, citizen and non-citizen alike, contribute to the local, state, and national tax base of the nation, even though not all can access the benefits made possible by their tax contribution; and

Whereas, the ALLA members are aware of the historical contribution of non-citizens, including “undocumented” migrants to the military defense of the nation, as well as being casualties to attacks such as those that took place on September 11, 2001;

Therefore be it resolved that the Association of Latina & Latino Anthropologists endorses the educational grounds for the adjustment of status under the DREAM Act for the thousands of Latinas/os who were brought to the United States as children and have been educated under the mandates of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982), yet cannot continue their education or formally pursue a livelihood without the omnipresent fear of removal; and

Be it further resolved that the ALLA endorses amending Section 249 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) [8 U.S.C. 1259] by updating the Registry provision cutoff date from January 1, 1972 to May 2, 1995; and

Be it further resolved that the ALLA members strongly oppose the clear absence of normal Federal criminal court protections for migrants processed under the Operation Streamline, wherein detained migrants are processed as groups rather than as individuals; and

Be it further resolved that the ALLA opposes the actions of state and local governments that are pursuing the policy of “attrition through enforcement” in measures such as Arizona’s SB1070/HB2162, Oklahoma’s HB1804, and similar measures that are targeting immigrants from Latin America, including Mexicans and Central Americans; and

Be it further resolved that the ALLA fully opposes national and state initiatives which seek to re-interpret or amend the jus soli (right of the soil, birthright) principle in the 14th Amendment, with the aim of denying U.S. citizenship to persons born in the United States because of the migration status of the parents.