Immigration and Civil Rights Groups Host Presidential Forum
Immigrant and civil rights groups FIRM Action, Community Change Action, and CHIRLA Action Fund will host Democratic presidential candidates in a conversation about their plans for immigration reform with directly impacted communities. The forum will be held in Pasadena, CA with more than 500 grassroots leaders and activists from across the country in attendance. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro have confirmed their participation. Regular Beat readers will recall that Castro is the only candidate in the race thus far to introduce a comprehensive immigration plan. He’s calling for a reversal of Trump’s Muslim ban and wall spending, and wants to decriminalize of the very act of crossing the border illegally, by repealing section 1325 of the U.S. Code, which makes unauthorized entry into the United States a federal crime. "Voters want solutions. Democrats should articulate the ways in which we should address the root causes of migration that have caused the humanitarian challenges at the border and how we can create a fair immigration process that allows people to earn citizenship," Tyler Moran, Director of the Immigration Hub, said to CBS News. In 2018, FIRM Action members, which include CHIRLA Action Fund, helped flip more than two dozen Congressional districts. Collectively, they reached more than two million infrequent voters, including Latinx, Black, immigrant, women, and young voters.