Dignity Campaign

C2C is a founding member of the Dignity Campaign, a network of organizations and individuals who affirm the need for an immigration reform bill based on human and labor rights. This bill would include legalization of the undocumented immediately, de-criminalization of immigration status and work, equal rights, reunification of families, an end to temporary and guest worker programs, and an end to free trade and the policies that cause the dislocation of people.  Below is an outline of the Dignity Campaigns core values and demands.



  1. Legalization

    • Legalize all people without status quickly, with low fees

    • People will receive permanent residence status

    • Newly legalized people are entitled to public benefits

    • Anyone in the country for five years can apply for legal status

  2. Family Reunification

    • Raise the number of family visas available, and issue all unused visas

    • Process all applications for family preference visas

    • All immigration rights will be equally available to same sex permanent partners

  3. Repeal Employer Sanctions and Enforce Labor and Cultural Rights

    • Immediately repeal employer sanctions, and dismantle the E-Verify database

    • Enforce worker protection laws, for all workers

    • Make threats from employers using immigration status a crime

    • Job creation and job training programs for all unemployed workers

    • A Social Security number for everyone, regardless of immigration status

    • Protect the cultural and language rights of indigenous migrants

  4. Guest Workers and Future Flows

    • All existing guest worker programs (H1-B, H2-A, H2-B) will end after five years.

    • Reform existing guest worker programs during those five years, force employers to hire domestic workers first

    • Guest workers are free to organize and join unions, and can sue over violations

    • Make green cards available during times of low unemployment for migrants who don’t qualify for family preference visas

  5. Trade Policy and Displacement

    • Hold hearings about the effects of NAFTA and CAFTA, and collect evidence about the way those agreements displace people.

    • Existing agreements will be renegotiated to eliminate causes of displacement.

    • No new trade agreements that displace people or lower living standards.

    • Prohibit U.S. military intervention or aid to support trade agreements, structural adjustment policies or market economic reforms

  6. Due Process and Detention

    • Repeal federal laws barring drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants

    • Prohibit local law enforcement agencies from enforcing immigration law, repeal 287g

    • End roadblocks, immigration raids and sweeps

    • Close existing detention centers and prohibit future government or private detention centers

    • Families with children may not be separated by detention or deportation.

  7. Repeal Border Militarization and Enforce Human Rights

    • Dismantle the wall and the “virtual wall” along the border

    • Remove National Guard troops from the border

    • End the privatization of border control and security operations on the border

    • End criminal charges to prosecute immigrants based on their immigration status

    • Prosecute private vigilante groups for violations of the rights of migrants

    • Reduce the budget for border enforcement and detention, and redirect the funds to social services, healthcare, education, family reunification, processing visa backlogs and enforcing civil rights.