Further thoughts on the #DreamAndPromise 🧵:

It's important to highlight that the criminalization bars and exclusions in the bill were placed there by Democrats, not Republicans.

Again, this was Democratic leadership that added further criminalization.
One take away for me is that we still have much work to do with our communities to make the connections between criminalization and the deportation pipeline.
It's not that this bill is "imperfect". It's that it ADDS criminalization to already existing immigration laws. It looks to the criminal legal system to determine who is "worthy" of protection and safety.
Historically, Democrats have been on the wrong side of this. We can go back as far as the Clinton 1996 immigration laws and the "tough on crime" era that ushered the mass detention and deportation system we have today.

And we all know Obama's record on deportations.
I really do wonder what lessons we have learned.

25 yrs since the 1996 immigration laws. 20 yrs since post-9/11 DHS, 11 yrs since the failure of Dream Act in the Senate, etc, etc.

What lessons have we learned as a movement?
We could have done a better job at explaining the criminalization bars in the #DreamAndPromise Act and why the call for #NoMoreExclusions is so important in this moment.
I've been in this country undocumented for 20 years. I understand the need to finally see something done on immigration. I get it.
But I've also seen how police and the criminal legal system have targeted our communities, a criminal conviction makes a person "disposable" to the system.

I think about all the folks who I've gotten phone calls from who ended up in jail, detention, or deported.
Again, I wonder what lessons we have learned as a movement. And what we collectively need to work towards to.

It's hard to celebrate a legislation that legitimizes a system we're trying to dismantle and abolish.
I hope that in our desire to bring relief to our people, we don't build up system that will use to target them at the same time.

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18 Mar
Thread on #DreamAndPromise Act and #Criminalization🧵:

Despite efforts to improve the bill and eliminate the harmful criminalization bars that will exclude thousands of Black and brown youth, the bill remains the same.
48 Representatives supported an amendment to eliminate some of the criminalization bars. But it wasn’t enough. #NoMoreExclusions
As you see public support of #DreamAndPromise Act, we also have to recognize how the bill falls short and why relying on the criminal legal system to determine who “deserves” immigration relief is unacceptable. #NoMoreExclusions
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5 Mar
🧵On Dream and Promise Act:

This week HR6 was reintroduced in the House. If passed, the bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA, TPS, and DED holders.

BUT the legislation also includes harsh "criminal bars" that would exclude many.
The bill continues the framework of criminalization by using peoples juvenile record against them. This is the same bill of 2019. 

Here's an article from the Marshall Project:

From the article: "No law has ever before required immigration officials to also weigh immigrants’ juvenile records when they apply for asylum, visas or any other form of permanent residency status."
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