The Mexican Network of Migrant Organizations and Leaders on the web – Back again

The Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations on the Web ( was an organization of Mexican leaders that operated exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, in accordance with the provisions of nonprofit law in Mexico and the United States. during the Obama years.

His vision was to live in a world where the rights of the Mexican migrant community were respected and to proactively promote binational participation in the civic, economic, social, educational and cultural fields.

As such, it was an important example of grassroots action for immigration reform. We think it’s worth bringing it back as a historical record, so I’ll be back soon. While waiting, you can get in touch.

National Development Plan

Participate in the online consultation for the preparation of the National Development Plan, and with it, make your opinion known about the necessary actions to address the challenges facing the country.

With your participation you help to build a democracy of results. For us it is very valuable to know your opinion, and it will not take you long to answer the questionnaire. By answering the questions, you contribute with the Government of the Republic in the elaboration of the National Development Plan.

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Forum Mexico II

The Mexico II Forum aims to establish a dialogue, articulation mechanisms and work agendas in order to contribute to the construction and improvement of the Mexico Agenda, with a special emphasis on the construction of agreements that impact public policies and work plans of the actors involved. The ultimate goal of this will be to contribute to achieving recognition and full respect for the human, economic, and political rights of Mexican citizens on a binational basis.

The Mexican Network of Leaders and Organizations of Migrants (Red MX) was born in 2007 as a result of a process of dialogue and the construction of a shared political agenda between leaders of different organizations of natives and community organizations called Agenda Mexico. In 2010, a series of meetings were held mainly in California and Illinois, as they are the regions of the United States (USA) with the highest concentration of organized migrants, where the urgency to articulate an advocacy agenda and strategy both in Mexico and Mexico was evident. like in the US. Dozens of topics of interest and concern arose in the aforementioned meetings. In order to address them, it was proposed to synthesize them into 9 topics, which will not necessarily be the only ones to be addressed: (1) human rights; (2) political rights of Mexicans abroad; (3) citizen security; (4) Mexican immigration reform; (5) transparency and accountability; (6) migrant-government dialogue; (7) inclusive economic development; (8) productive projects; and (9) education.

Top Ten Questions and Answers About the Senate Immigration Bill

The 10 most frequently asked questions and answers about the Senate Immigration Reform bill

1 What are the general requirements to be eligible for legalization?

At the heart of Senate Immigration Reform is a comprehensive and rigorous legalization program that will put most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants on the path to eventual citizenship. The reform provides for many legalization program steps that will first allow people to apply for “Registered Provisional Immigrant” (RPI) status and then, after 10 years, for lawful permanent residence status, and then after 3 more years, for US citizenship.

Eligibility requirements include criminal and security background checks and establishing continuous physical presence in the United States beginning before December 31, 2011. Departures for less than 180 days during this period do not constitute breaks in physical presence. Criminal convictions (1 felony or 3 separate misdemeanors) and other degrees of inadmissibility make applicants ineligible for probate.

Applicants must pay a $500 USD penalty at the time of their initial application. Another $500 penalty at the time of renewing your RPI status, and then another $1,000 penalty at the time of adjusting your permanent status. Processing fees will apply for adjudication of applications at each of the 4 stages of the path to citizenship: Initial Application, Renewal of RPI status after 6 years, Application for Legal Permanent Residence after 10 years, and Application for Citizenship after 3 additional years (if desired).

A person can remain in RPI status and renew it every 6 years if desired. At the time of renewal of RPI status and/or application for permanent residence, the applicant must demonstrate that he has maintained regular employment or education, paid taxes, and the ability to support himself. At the time of application for adjustment to lawful permanent residence, applicants must demonstrate that they are learning English and that they are aware of civic norms.

Persons who have a final order of removal, or who have previously re-entered the US after prior deportation, even voluntary, are eligible to apply for RPI status. In addition, certain persons who have been previously deported for non-criminal offenses, who have USC or LPR spouses, parents or children in the United States, or who are DREAM Act eligible, are eligible to apply for a temporary waiver. to re-enter the United States, in order to apply for legal stay. People who entered the United States with a valid visa and stayed are also eligible, as long as their illegal stay has been only since December 31, 2011.

Individuals who receive RPI status can legally work in the United States and travel outside the country. Your minor children, if they are in the United States, may be included in your application.

Individuals with PRI status are not eligible for the benefits of government programs, subsidies or tax credits under the Affordable Care Act.

2 What will happen to people with arrears on their visa?

The Senate reform eliminates the current delays in family and work visas up to 8 years. All people who are currently in arrears on their visa, waiting for their city to catch up, will obtain lawful permanent resident status before new legalized RPI’s can obtain their permanent stake.

3 Will the strengthening of border control delay the legalization program?

Border control reinforcements should not delay the initial RPI legalization program. These require the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit, within 6 months of their enactment, two plans. The first is a strategy to achieve an effective target of 90% in high-risk sectors of the southern border. The second is a plan designed to reinforce the current barriers. The initial legalization program does not begin until these plans are submitted. The legalization program will also not begin until the implementing regulations are issued – within 12 months of the bill’s enactment.

If, after five years, the 90% success rate has not been achieved in high-risk sectors, an additional pool of resources will be authorized to achieve this and a commission of experts and elected officials from border states will be formed. The border commission will issue recommendations to DHS on additional steps that should be taken to help reach the 90% success rate goal.

Two other border control enhancements that must be met before those with RPI status can apply for permanent residence, these involve the application of the E-Verify program and entry and exit controls at air and sea ports. Both of these triggers are achievable and should not delay the path to permanent residence.

4 What about family members, spouses/children of lawful permanent residents, siblings, LGBT partners, children of married adults?

The Senate bill provides for increased family unit categorizing spouses and minor children of permanent residents as “immediate relatives” for immigration purposes. This means that these family members are not subject to any numerical limitations. That, in turn, frees up visas for the other categories of the family, which will limit the size of new backlogs that can develop in those categories in the future.

The bill will eliminate the visa categories for relationship to a US citizen and diversity visas. However, all US citizens with currently pending sibling petitions will be able to complete their sponsorship and new petitions can be filed for another 18 months. After that point, the siblings will still be eligible for a new “merit-based visa” and will receive eligibility points based on their family relationship. They will also be authorized to travel to the United States as visitors for periods of two months each year.

The visa category for children of married adults will be limited in the future to those who are under 31 years of age.

The bill does not provide for family visas for LGBT “permanent associates.” This provision will need to be added to the bill through the amendment process.

5 What about the dreamers, what about them?

Dreamers can gain permanent legal status within five years, and are immediately eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. Dreamers who have previously been deported may be eligible to apply for legal status if they meet certain requirements, even if they do not have a US rating ratio

6 What other changes does the bill make to employment-based visa programs?

Farmworkers are eligible for an expedited five-year path to permanent residency and eventually citizenship under current law. To qualify, among other things, they have to continue working in the agricultural sector for an additional period of 3-5 years after enactment.

Other essential workers can apply for a new “W” work visa that will allow them to enter and work in the US for participating employers, change jobs for other W employers, and eventually self-petition for permanent lawful status in the US. framework of the new merit-based program.

Both the W visa program and the new farmworker program are subject to important standards for wages and working conditions negotiated by the labor to protect both immigrant and native-born workers.

Finally, there are new protections against employers who use immigration status to intimidate workers and to prevent international recruiters from misleading or mistreating people they bring to the US.

7 What about people who had TPS or DED?

Individuals who have been in the United States in authorized legal status or employment, including TPS or DED, for at least ten years are eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence. This will allow people in these states who have already been here for more than ten years to adjust their status immediately, instead of waiting another ten years.

8 Are there any changes to asylum and refugee programs in this bill?

The Senate bill offers major improvements to asylum and refugee programs, including eliminating the arbitrary one-year deadline.

9 What about other enforcement measures, such as E-Verify?

The bill includes a mandatory universal employment verification program, E-Verify. The program includes new due process and privacy protections, and is phased in over a five-year period until it includes all employers in the United States.

10 When will this bill become law? What is the process? When can people start applying for legalization?

The Senate bill must first move through an approval process in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it will be subject to amendment by both Republicans and Democrats on the committee. The bill then go to the full Senate for debate and amendments and final vote. The House must pass an immigration bill.

If the House and Senate bills are not identical, the two bills usually go to a House/Senate “conference committee,” where further changes will be made as differences between the two bills are resolved. elaborate. The final bill agreed to by the Conference Committee must be sent back to the House and Senate for a final vote, and only then can the bill be signed into law by the President.

Once the bill becomes law, there will be a one-year period in which regulations are written to implement the bill. The application period for the new legalization program will begin one year after the bill becomes law, and applicants will have one year to apply. The Secretary of DHS can extend the application period for an additional eighteen months if necessary.

During the year it takes to finalize the regulations after the bill is enacted, and during the implementation period of one to two and a half years, people who are eligible for legalization will be protected from deportation.

You cannot apply for legalization before the program’s application period begins, one year after the bill became law. Individuals should not pay anyone to prepare and submit their application unless and until the official application period begins. Information and deadlines will be posted on various government and non-profit organization websites.

Statement: Border Law, Economic Opportunity and Modernization of the Immigration System

Network of Mexican Migrant Leaders Welcomes Immigration Reform and Advocates to Improve It

Chicago, Ill- The Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red MX) joins the nation in welcoming the bill presented by the group of eight Senators entitled “Border Law, Economic Opportunity and Modernization of the Immigration System of 2013 ” which opens the opportunity to advance in a bill that responds to the most felt needs of the 11 million undocumented people who with their work and effort contribute to the development of the United States. The MX Network will carry out an in-depth analysis of the proposed law and will work to improve it and ensure family unity, the protection of the labor and human rights of undocumented immigrants and their families.

We Mexicans who live in the United States find ourselves at a historic moment in the “movement for equality and rights within a new immigration system” with the aim of residing in this country freely. Immigration reform is of great concern to the Mexican Network, since the current immigration law does not work, is unfair and has a devastating impact on our families and communities. Mexicans and Mexican-Americans constitute 10.8% of the US population with more than 33,558,000 people, 33% of the immigrant population in the United States. A large percentage of Mexican and Mexican-American families are families of mixed immigration status. Approximately six million Mexicans live in the US irregularly and could benefit from the approval of this bill.

We are concerned about several aspects of the proposal presented in the Senate. In particular, the increase in the militarization of the border is of great concern, since it negatively affects the populations of both borders and the deaths and disappearances at the borders will surely increase. The militarization of the border does not contribute to improving the relationship between the US and Mexico. Furthermore, the structural conditions that drive undocumented migration do not change with the militarization of the border. We believe that the causes that generate migration should be considered as a central issue that must be taken into consideration in the development of any proposal for immigration reform.

In addition, we consider that the established time of 10 years to apply for permanent residence and 3 years for citizenship is excessive. During this entire period, people live in a second category legal status without rights to social benefits to which they contribute with the payment of taxes and their work, just like any other US citizen. The fines of $500 dollars each time they apply for the Provisional Immigrant Registration and $1000 dollars of fine when they apply for the status of Permanent Residence are very high amounts for low-income families. The requirements for the program must be reasonable and must not be hampered by punitive criteria, exorbitant costs, or long waits to apply for Legal Permanent Residence and citizenship.

The Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Migrante) was founded in 2007 by leaders of Mexican federations, associations, community organizations, and individuals to coordinate and promote public policies that affect the quality of life of their communities in the United States and their places of origin.

Open Letter to President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto


Very Distinguished President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto;

Receive an affectionate and respectful greeting from the Mexican migrants who make up the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red Mexicana), an organization that has the vision of living in a world where the rights of the Mexican migrant community are respected and where migration is an option and not a necessity to survive.

The Mexican Network welcomes President Obama’s historic visit to Mexico scheduled for May 2. We hope that President Obama’s visit will usher in a new era of change and reform in the relationship between Mexico and the United States. Last November’s elections demonstrated the demographic importance of Mexicans living in the US and their importance for the future of both countries. The population of Mexican origin constitutes 10.8% of the population of the United States.

We hope that President Obama’s visit to Mexico opens the door to a mutually beneficial and respectful relationship between the two countries so that together we can respond to the challenges we face as neighbors. Challenges that go beyond security issues, such as immigration reform, sustainable economic development, elimination of poverty, environmental degradation, education and cultural exchange.

In this sense, we urge you to contemplate policies beyond the immediate, it is imperative not to lose sight of the most transcendental challenge: the articulation of a new generation of economic and social policies that ensure that the majority of Mexican people can access real opportunities for well-being. and progress that gradually make emigration to the North an increasingly less necessary option.

In particular, long-term immigration policy reform must address the root causes driving migration to the United States, including huge inequalities in wealth distribution, economic dislocation in major communities of origin, and the impact of free trade agreements such as NAFTA and CAFTA whose effects have resulted in the displacement of thousands of people from their communities of origin and in particular the loss of jobs in the countryside. We believe that there is no rational immigration policy that can ignore these realities.

At the same time, the United States must differentiate national security policy from immigration policy; with particular attention to policies that pertain to border security and border control policies. It is important to end military-style operations on the border which have negatively impacted the human and civil rights of communities in border areas. Border security and border management policies must be developed with the direct participation of civil society organizations and local governments in the communities of border areas.

Likewise, we expect progress towards a new public policy in terms of drug policies that recognizes the widely documented failure of the “war on drugs” in the last 40 years and that new drug policies are generated that are clearly differentiated from the policies of migration management in border areas.

On the other hand, we are concerned about the impact of temporary worker programs, since in the past the rights of temporary workers have been systematically violated, therefore, we urge that during the time that the temporary worker program is in force, their rights must be guaranteed. labor rights, the right to decent housing, adequate transportation, the right to organize in unions and the right to apply for permanent resident status with the right to citizenship after three years.

We urge not to miss the opportunity of this visit without establishing the principles of a binational process that seeks to resolve the obsolete and inhumane nature of the migration policies currently in force in both countries. Immigration policy is not a domestic issue that concerns only the US, migration is a binational issue that concerns both countries. Hundreds of thousands of Mexican families have paid heavily for the costs of the outdated US immigration policy. In the last four years, 1.5 million immigrants have been deported, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS),71 % of the 392,000 deportees in 2010 are of Mexican origin. More than half of the people deported only had minor crimes.

We take the opportunity to urge President Obama to suspend deportations until long-awaited immigration reform is achieved.

In addition to the necessary immigration reforms in the United States, we urge President Peña Nieto to take leadership and ensure that foreigners residing in and/or transiting through Mexico are granted the same rights for which Mexico advocates for its fellow citizens in the Exterior. It is imperative to ensure that the human rights of foreigners transiting through Mexico, especially our Central American brothers and sisters, are fully respected.

The situation faced by migrants in the United States and Mexico has generated a humanitarian crisis which demands your leadership to ensure that migratory flows between the two countries take place in safe, humane and dignified conditions, thus contributing to improving the condition of life of our migrant peoples, in the country of origin and destination.

We hope that President Obama’s visit to Mexico results in concrete actions based on co-responsibility and binational agreements that guarantee respect for the human rights of migrants and that Mexican migrants are treated as true subjects of development and not as a danger or threat to the US.

Report on the Mapping of Actors, Public Policies and Programs

Mexican Migrants as Actors of Development

Document prepared by Carlos Heredia Zubleta and Brenda Elisa Valdés Corona. Consultants / March 2013

The worsening of the living conditions of Mexican migrant communities in the United States and the lack of comprehensive public policies that attack the causes and consequences of migration in Mexico motivated Mexican migrants to join forces as a collective in the Mexican Network of leaders and Migrant Organizations (RedMX). For RedMX, the construction of an agenda that contains the different issues that concern us and affect our communities both in Mexico and in the United States has been a priority.

In order to develop this, we set out to develop a mapping of actors, public policies and public and private programs aimed at migrants and their families in Mexico in order to develop an action plan that allows us to be more visible and efficient in our efforts as migrants. . In that sense, the purpose of this analysis is to produce a document on the current state of public and private programs for Mexican migrants (including emigrants and returnees) in Mexico and the United States. At the government level, information on public policies, state and federal investment in programs, in addition to identifying the officials in charge of identified programs and key legislators will be collected.

In short, this mapping exercise of the actors, public policies and programs on migrants is an instrument for decision-making. Its objective is to provide the members of RedMX with an overview of the issues, institutions and acotres on which they will seek to influence.

Financial Education for Adults and Children

The Association of Banks of Mexico (ABM) agreed in “general terms” on the need presented by the Bank of Mexico (Banxico) on financial education in the population, especially with users of bank loans.

This, after this Thursday the central institute presented the results of the study regarding the conditions of competition in the financial markets and that includes an analysis of the credit card market.

The ABM states in this regard in a statement that “in general terms shares the results of the document, in particular regarding the opening of the sector and the possibility of entry of new institutions to this market.”

To do this, they present the “Mi Banxico” tool, through which financial concepts are exposed so that they can be easily understood by adults and children.

And You, Do You Know What to Do in Case of Deportation?

Below we present a manual prepared by the Appleseed Foundation, for whose realization several members of RedMX participated through recommendations, in which the steps to follow in case of falling into a deportation process are detailed.

This manual has been generously supported in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The foundation is thanked for all its support. Appleseed also thanks:


DLA Piper (through Elizabeth Dewey) Skadden Arps (through Ron Tabak)

Project Attorneys

Monami Chakrabati – Skadden Renee Chantler – DLA Piper Joshua Dilk
Sean Doyle

Ron Eden
Jill Falor
Ebba Gebisa – Skadden
Heather Giannandrea
Elizabeth Harlan – Skadden
Justin Heather – Skadden
Richard Hindman – Skadden
Collin Janus – Skadden
Rose Jenkins – Skadden
Philip Jensen – DLA Piper
Masha Khazan – Skadden
Steven Krause
Luke Laumann
Alan Limbach – DLA Piper
Qian Linghu
Erika Lucas – DLA Piper
John Lynch
Kevin Mack – Skadden
Tina Mitsis
Christia Pritts – DLA Piper
Eunice Rho
Patrick Rickerfor
William Robertson
Nicola Rosenstock
Kathleen Scott
James Stillwaggon
Carlos Sole – DLA Piper
Kathleen Tam – Skadden
Ronald Yin – DLA Piper
Kathryn Youker – Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Project Advisors

Tanisha Bowens – Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. Alison Brown – Peck Law Firm, LLC
Rob Dorton – Lutheran Immigration Services

Oliver Bush Espinosa ‐ Director of Interinstitutional Relations, National Migration Institute, Secretary of the Interior

Efrain Jimenez ‐ Zacatecas Hometown Association in Los Angeles

Linda Paulson ‐ Foundation Communities
Kevin Ruser ‐ The University of Nebraska‐Lincoln Legal

Carlos Salinas ‐ Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Norma Ang Sánchez ‐ Director of Protection for States

States, General Directorate for the Protection of Mexicans Abroad, Ministry of Foreign Affairs SER Paromita Shah ‐ National Immigration Project of the National

Lawyers Guild
Tracey Whitley ‐ Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Appleseed Financial Access and Asset Building Project

Executive Director: Betsy Cavendish

Report Contributors:
Jordan Vexler, Deputy Director, Appleseed Financial Access

and Asset Building Project *
Benet Magnuson, Kaufman‐Skirnick Fellow, Appleseed

Financial Access and Asset Building Project ** Annette LoVoi, Director, Appleseed Financial Access and

Asset Building Project
Ann Baddour, Senior Policy Analyst, Texas Appleseed Tammy Bersherse, Attorney, South Carolina Appleseed Jennifer Ching, Director, New York Appleseed
Jeremy Cook, Deputy Communications Director, Appleseed Maru Cortazar, Executive Director, Mexico Appleseed
Shay Farley, Legal Director, Alabama Appleseed
Becky Gould, Executive Director, Nebraska Appleseed Heather Jones, Grants Manager, Appleseed
Rebecca Lightsey, Executive Director, Texas Appleseed Malcolm Rich, Executive Director, Chicago Appleseed Zaraí Salvador‐Mátar, Operations Director, Mexico

Zayne Smith, Immigration Policy Fellow, Alabama


*Project Director **Project Coordinator

Vicky Cojab, Intern, Mexico Appleseed

Political Advocacy Facilitation Manual

This manual is the product of six years of experience in training and accompanying change processes through political advocacy in Central America. The main purpose is to offer conceptual and methodological elements to people who wish to train civil society groups in a participatory planning methodology for political advocacy and facilitate processes of change through public policies for the benefit of traditionally marginalized sectors.