Audio: Amy Gottlieb of AFSC on the Schumer/Graham Blueprint
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On Sunday, March 21, over 200,000 people from across the country gathered in Washington D.C. to march for comprehensive immigration reform. This followed the release of a blueprint immigration plan, drafted by Senators Charles Schumer and Lindsey Graham, which called for measures including increased border security and a “tough but fair path to legalization.” But there are concerns within the immigrant rights community that these efforts will continue to endanger the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, stiffen border patrols and local law enforcement, and offer immigrants with PhDs a clear path forward at the expense of lower-skilled workers.
Amy Gottlieb is the Program Director of the American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights Program in Newark, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees. She has represented immigrants in family-based petitions and applicants for asylum, and has worked as a cooperating attorney with the Women’s Rights Litigation Clinic and the Constitutional Litigation Clinic at Rutgers Law School.