TAKE ACTION: Reminder and Deadline Extension: Suspend Immigration Enforcement for Census 2010

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Reminder and New Deadline for Organizational Sign-ons: Monday, March 8 at 5 pm Pacific Time

Thank you to all of those who have already signed on!

Dear friends,

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights asks that you please join us in requesting a suspension of immigration enforcement activities in order to maximize immigrant community participation in the upcoming Census. During the middle of March, households will receive in their mail the census form to complete, with April 1 the target date for returning forms.

Numerous organizations have also requested such a suspension, but the Administration and DHS have thus far not indicated that they will take any steps. In the past two census periods, during 1990 and 2000, many operations were suspended for specific periods.

While we will also be working to address community concerns about the confidentiality of the census process and to generally raise awareness of its importance for our communities, we believe a suspension of enforcement activities will be important to encourage immigrant households to return their census forms.

Individuals can endorse this letter by going to:

org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5702/p/dia/action/public/

However, if your organization can sign onto this letter, please email ctactaquin by the end of the day on Monday, March 8 with:

– The organization’s name, as it should listed, and city/state

– Name of contact person

– Email address for contact person

We will only be listing the organization and city/state.

We plan to release this letter on Mar. 9 with the organizational endorsements.

Thank you for your support.

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