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It’s been a crazy year in immigration.
As 2011 winds to a close and we reflect back upon the year, it’s hard to believe that just 12 months ago, we were watching the DREAM Act fail in the Senate by a historic 55-41 vote.
So much has happened since then–many fights, many victories, a few ongoing battles.
We halted DREAMer deportations and kept students like Mariano and Mandeep at home. We stopped Lamar Smith’s anti-immigrant E-Verify bill dead in its tracks and watched the Maryland DREAM Act become law.
We fought anti-immigrant legislation state by state, stomping out the flames of intolerance wherever they sprung up. Texas, Florida, and California are among the states that are safe from SB 1070-like laws, at least for now.
We did not win every battle. HB 56, the nation’s harshest immigration law, continues to ravage through communities in Alabama. You can bet that we’ll continue the push to repeal it next year, and work to keep such bills from spreading.
We couldn’t have done any of this without you. Thank you so much for being involved and for taking the time to make a difference.
We hope that you and your loved ones will have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year. See you in January!
Peace on earth and goodwill towards all,