The local chapter of the ACLU never stays satisfied with the illicit stands immigrants take to drive, and work in San Diego. Waiting for the justice sytem to take its course does not keep their conscience clean.
Settling the rights immigrants have at the workplace is work that, for two years, can make progress, without the regular finanical limits, now that the ACLU chapter joined the Center on POlicy Initiatives, the Employee Rights Center, and the San Diego Organizing Project to spend one to two million dollars granted by the Open Societies Foundation to San Diego, taken to get resullts meeting immigrant empowerment goals the granting organization also expects to see in two other funded locations, BUffalo, N.Y., and, Puerto Rico. "It is time we bring in those who have been marginalized in our communities," the CPI Executive Director said. During 2014, a time to rebuild San Diego, Gloria Morales, an SDOP leader, hopes on making immigrants a part of the work, and, help them not lose out on any of the rewards gained at work. Bearing the work burden, and not making ends meet as well as any San Diegan, too often stands inthe way of empowerment for the immigrants she says, "aren't making fair wages or are afraid to speak up." The ACLU has the money needed to build up the empowerment efforts with its partners.
Not held back by the missed opportunity on federal immigration reform the union's Washington staff agreed could fix a "broken" immigration system that "punishes aspiring citizens and their families," the local chapter stays at work on a California labor of love that keeps San Diegans driving on the right paths for their lives. Decisions by law enforcement agencies to mark licenses given to immigrants who learn the rules of the road and pass the license test might still stop them from driving in the neighborhood, and to work. Lowering the opportunities immigrants will have to drive using the license made available by the Safe and Responsible Driver Act Governor Jerry Brown made law last October. Work monitoring vulnerable border area communities can lower threats to open participation in the most important life activities made heavy by suspicious license traffic stops, and arrests.
As a local policy advisor at the ACLU said, last year, the union does not have time to turn back. It is knee deep in a "long-term struggle to ensure equal rights for our border communities."
The line continues next week. . . . .
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