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Hispanic Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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The Hispanic Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (HCFCIR) is a network of Hispanic Evangelical Pastors, Leaders, Churches and Organizations that have come together solely for the purpose of comprehensive immigration reform. We have been advocating on behalf of the immigrant community for the passage of immigration legislation that is humane, just & workable and, above all, in the best interest of the United States of America, but will benefit and bring legality to the immigrant community. There is no doubt that our immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed.


At HCFCIR, we believe that we can find solutions and craft legislation that will keep us in line with, both, our legacy of a nation of laws as well as a nation of immigrants. Our prayers are that it will be done this year.


For Just Reform,

Pastor Mark Gonzales
President, HCFCIR


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1. Border Security
2. Family Reunification
3. Guest Worker Program
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Five myths about the immigration 'line'
By Daniel M. Kowalski, Published: February 1

Daniel M. Kowalski is a senior fellow at the Institute for Justice and Journalism and the editor of Bender's Immigration Bulletin. He practices citizenship and visa law in Austin at the Fowler Law Firm.

by Daniel M. Kowalski  The "line" of people seeking American citizenship or legal status has become an integral part of our immigration debate. In a speech Tuesday, President Obama said that undocumented immigrants should go to "the back of the line" behind those who are going through the process legally. The immigration reform blueprint presented a day earlierby a group of senators contained the same requirement. But misinformation about this line abounds.

1. There is one line.

The federal government has issued more than 1 million green cards per year, on average, for the past five years. But there are several lines - which one immigrants end up in depends on whether they have a job or family in the United States.

There are four family-based categories for many relatives, called "preferences," and five based on employment. The number of green cards issued through each is limited by country of origin, but there is no cap for "immediate relatives" - spouses of U.S. citizens, U.S. citizens' unmarried children under age 21 and parents of adult U.S. citizens over 21.

Immigrants and their lawyers track their "place in line" in the State Department's monthly Visa Bulletin, which lists cut-off dates for each preference and country. For example, the February 2013 bulletin lists EB-1 "priority workers" - superstars in their fields, such as rock stars and neurosurgeons - as "current," meaning they are likely to wait just the four to six months it takes to prepare visa paperwork and schedule a consular interview.

2. Anyone can get in line.

Most of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants would love to get in line if they could. They remain without papers because they don't fit into any visa preference or because the wait is just too long. Without a relative to petition for them under a family-based preference or a job that fits into an employment-based category, there's no line to enter.

Millions of low-wage service, industrial, manufacturing and construction jobs are filled by unauthorized workers who don't qualify for visas because the Labor Department won't certify a shortage of "U.S. workers" - citizens, green-card holders, refugees and others with work authorization - in those occupations. The department claims there are plenty of U.S. workers available, but talk to the owner of a landscaping company who spends thousands of dollars annually on lawyers to secure temporary H-2B visas for gardeners, and she'll tell you that she can't get American workers to apply for the jobs or stick with them. (One could argue that the prevailing wage for landscapers - roughly $12 per hour now in Central Texas - is the problem.)

3. Once you are in line, the wait is not too long.

In some visa categories, the wait can be decades. If the line is too long, would-be immigrants might break the law by, for example, sneaking over borders or overstaying student visas. People can't be expected to wait decades for permission to work or live near their loved ones.

The Visa Bulletin provides a rough prediction of how long the wait will be in any given line. However, the fixed number of visas for each preference, plus increasing demand, ensure that the lines only get longer. For example, one family-based preference - for brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens - for immigrants from the Philippines is stuck at June 1, 1989. That means that a Filipino U.S. citizen trying to get her sister legal status would have had to file her petition on or before June 1, 1989, for the petition to be heard today. Based on monthly calculations of supply and demand, the visa office moves this cutoff date forward only a few days per month. The waiting period could be 30 years or more for these Filipino siblings.

4. If you broke the law, it's only fair that you go to the back of the line.

If the line is relatively short and an immigrant has not lived long in the United States, that might be fair. But if, as Obama has pointed out, an immigrant was brought here illegally as a child, faces a decades-long wait and knows no other country, what's fair about going "home" to a nation she doesn't remember to wait for permission to return?

Our immigration policy runs counter to our national ethos of civil and human rights. Over the past century, we have come to believe that discrimination on the basis of race, gender, faith and sexual orientation - things that cannot be changed or that we cannot demand be changed - is morally wrong. Yet the Immigration and Nationality Act, by setting quotas on how many people can come from certain countries, is another form of discrimination.

5. There's no way to make the line shorter.

For more than 100 years, our country had no numerical visa quotas. Every limit we have put on the number of green cards has been arbitrary, driven by fear more than facts. In 1882, for example, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred almost all Chinese from immigration or naturalization. This shameful, race-based law was not repealed until 1943.

In 1921, Congress enacted the first quotas based on the racist conclusions of the Dillingham Commission Report, limiting admission of immigrants to a fixed percentage of the foreign-born from each country who were already in the United States as of 1910. Later, the date was pushed back to 1890. This formula favored those of British descent and discriminated against Southern and Eastern Europeans. These quotas were not abolished until 1965.

For comprehensive immigration reform to work, Congress will have to substantially increase the number of green cards available each year in every visa preference. This may mean, for example, allowing a one-time surge of visas to wipe out the backlog, then doubling or tripling some quotas. If we keep our system as it is, we will be spending more on fences, drones, border guards, immigration courts and deportation officers.


Transcript: Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Jordan Fabian, January 28, 2013     abcnews.go.com

From Senators Chuck Schumer, John McCain, Dick Durbin, Lindsey Graham, Robert Menendez, Marco Rubio, Michael Bennet, and Jeff Flake

Introduction:

We recognize that our immigration system is broken. And while border security has improved significantly over the last two Administrations, we still don't have a functioning immigration system. This has created a situation where up to 11 million undocumented immigrants are living in the shadows. Our legislation acknowledges these realities by finally committing the resources needed to secure the border, modernize and streamline our current legal immigration system, while creating a tough but fair legalization program for individuals who are currently here. We will ensure that this is a successful permanent reform to our immigration system that will not need to be revisited.

Four Basic Legislative Pillars:

1. Create a tough but fair path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants currently living in the United States that is contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country when required;

2. Reform our legal immigration system to better recognize the importance of characteristics that will help build the American economy and strengthen American families;

3. Create an effective employment verification system that will prevent identity theft and end the hiring of future unauthorized workers; and,

4. Establish an improved process for admitting future workers to serve our nation's workforce needs, while simultaneously protecting all workers.

1. Creating a Path to Citizenship for Unauthorized Immigrants Already Here that is Contingent Upon Securing the Border and Combating Visa Overstays

- Our legislation will provide a tough, fair, and practical roadmap to address the status of unauthorized immigrants in the United States that is contingent upon our success in securing our borders and addressing visa overstays.

- To fulfill the basic governmental function of securing our borders, we will continue the increased efforts of the Border Patrol by providing them with the latest technology, infrastructure, and personnel needed to prevent, detect, and apprehend every unauthorized entrant.

- Additionally, our legislation will increase the number of unmanned aerial vehicles and surveillance equipment, improve radio interoperability and increase the number of agents at and between ports of entry. The purpose is to substantially lower the number of successful illegal border crossings while continuing to facilitate commerce.

- We will strengthen prohibitions against racial profiling and inappropriate use of force, enhance the training of border patrol agents, increase oversight, and create a mechanism to ensure a meaningful opportunity for border communities to share input, including critiques.

- Our legislation will require the completion of an entry-exit system that tracks whether all persons entering the United States on temporary visas via airports and seaports have left the country as required by law.

- We recognize that Americans living along the Southwest border are key to recognizing and understanding when the border is truly secure. Our legislation will create a commission comprised of governors, attorneys general, and community leaders living along the Southwest border to monitor the progress of securing our border and to make a recommendation regarding when the bill's security measures outlined in the legislation are completed.

- While these security measures are being put into place, we will simultaneously require those who came or remained in the United States without our permission to register with the government. This will include passing a background check and settling their debt to society by paying a fine and back taxes, in order to earn probationary legal status, which will allow them to live and work legally in the United States. Individuals with a serious criminal background or others who pose a threat to our national security will be ineligible for legal status and subject to deportation. Illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes face immediate deportation.

- We will demonstrate our commitment to securing our borders and combating visa overstays by requiring our proposed enforcement measures be complete before any immigrant on probationary status can earn a green card.

- Current restrictions preventing non-immigrants from accessing federal public benefits will also apply to lawful probationary immigrants.

- Once the enforcement measures have been completed, individuals with probationary legal status will be required to go to the back of the line of prospective immigrants, pass an additional background check, pay taxes, learn English and civics, demonstrate a history of work in the United States, and current employment, among other requirements, in order to earn the opportunity to apply for lawful permanent residency. Those individuals who successfully complete these requirements can eventually earn a green card.

- Individuals who are present without lawful status - not including people within the two categories identified below - will only receive a green card after every individual who is already waiting in line for a green card, at the time this legislation is enacted, has received their green card. Our purpose is to ensure that no one who has violated America's immigration laws will receive preferential treatment as they relate to those individuals who have complied with the law.

- Our legislation also recognizes that the circumstances and the conduct of people without lawful status are not the same, and cannot be addressed identically.

For instance, individuals who entered the United States as minor children did not knowingly choose to violate any immigration laws. Consequently, under our proposal these individuals will not face the same requirements as other individuals in order to earn a path to citizenship.

Similarly, individuals who have been working without legal status in the United States agricultural industry have been performing very important and difficult work to maintain America's food supply while earning subsistence wages. Due to the utmost importance in our nation maintaining the safety of its food supply, agricultural workers who commit to the long term stability of our nation's agricultural industries will be treated differently than the rest of the undocumented population because of the role they play in ensuring that Americans have safe and secure agricultural products to sell and consume. These individuals will earn a path to citizenship through a different process under our new agricultural worker program.

2. Improving our Legal Immigration System and Attracting the World's Best and Brightest

- The development of a rational legal immigration system is essential to ensuring America's future economic prosperity. Our failure to act is perpetuating a broken system which sadly discourages the world's best and brightest citizens from coming to the United States and remaining in our country to contribute to our economy. This failure makes a legal path to entry in the United States insurmountably difficult for well-meaning immigrants. This unarguably discourages innovation and economic growth. It has also created substantial visa backlogs which force families to live apart, which incentivizes illegal immigration.

- Our new immigration system must be more focused on recognizing the important characteristics which will help build the American economy and strengthen American families. Additionally, we must reduce backlogs in the family and employment visa categories so that future immigrants view our future legal immigration system as the exclusive means for entry into the United States.

- The United States must do a better job of attracting and keeping the world's best and brightest. As such, our immigration proposal will award a green card to immigrants who have received a PhD or Master's degree in science, technology, engineering, or math from an American university. It makes no sense to educate the world's future innovators and entrepreneurs only to ultimately force them to leave our country at the moment they are most able to contribute to our economy.

3. Strong Employment Verification

- We recognize that undocumented immigrants come to the United States almost exclusively for jobs. As such, dramatically reducing future illegal immigration can only be achieved by developing a tough, fair, effective and mandatory employment verification system. An employment verification system must hold employers accountable for knowingly hiring undocumented workers and make it more difficult for unauthorized immigrants to falsify documents to obtain employment. Employers who knowingly hire unauthorized workers must face stiff fines and criminal penalties for egregious offenses.

- We believe the federal government must provide U.S. employers with a fast and reliable method to confirm whether new hires are legally authorized to work in the United States. This is essential to ensure the effective enforcement of immigration laws.

- Our proposal will create an effective employment verification system which prevents identity theft and ends the hiring of future unauthorized workers. We believe requiring prospective workers to demonstrate both legal status and identity, through non-forgeable electronic means prior to obtaining employment, is essential to an employee verification system; and,

- The employee verification system in our proposal will be crafted with procedural safeguards to protect American workers, prevent identity theft, and provide due process protections.

4. Admitting New Workers and Protecting Workers' Rights

- The overwhelming majority of the 327,000 illegal entrants apprehended by CBP in FY2011 were seeking employment in the United States. We recognize that to prevent future waves of illegal immigration a humane and effective system needs to be created for these immigrant workers to enter the country and find employment without seeking the aid of human traffickers or drug cartels.

- Our proposal will provide businesses with the ability to hire lower-skilled workers in a timely manner when Americans are unavailable or unwilling to fill those jobs.

Our legislation would:

- Allow employers to hire immigrants if it can be demonstrated that they were unsuccessful in recruiting an American to fill an open position and the hiring of an immigrant will not displace American workers;

- Create a workable program to meet the needs of America's agricultural industry, including dairy to find agricultural workers when American workers are not available to fill open positions;

- Allow more lower-skilled immigrants to come here when our economy is creating jobs, and fewer when our economy is not creating jobs;

- Protect workers by ensuring strong labor protections; and,

- Permit workers who have succeeded in the workplace and contributed to their communities over many years to earn green cards.



Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process

Over the past three years, this Administration has undertaken an unprecedented effort to transform the immigration enforcement system into one that focuses on public safety, border security and the integrity of the immigration system. As the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to focus its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety, including individuals convicted of crimes with particular emphasis on violent criminals, felons, and repeat offenders, DHS will exercise prosecutorial discretion as appropriate to ensure that enforcement resources are not expended on low priority cases, such as individuals who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines.  Individuals who demonstrate that they meet the guidelines below may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and may be eligible for employment authorization.

You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you:
  1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  2. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  4. Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  5. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  6. Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  7. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Individuals may begin to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals on August 15, 2012.  Please do not file before August 15.  If you file early, your request will be rejected.  Individuals can call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283 with questions or to request more information on the deferred action for childhood arrivals process or visit www.uscis.gov.


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News from Arizona: State Senate President Russell Pearce RECALLED

On Tuesday night, Nov 8, voters in Arizona’s District 18 ousted Russell Pearce, the architect of the extremist anti-immigrant bill SB 1070, that has been copied by others states like Alabama. He’s being replaced by Jerry Lewis, a pro-immigrant candidate committed to reforming our immigration policies in a humane, just way.

From “Papers, Please” to “Pink Papers”: Not What Russell Pearce Had In Mind

The bill that was also known as the "Papers, Please" legislation came back to haunt Russell Pearce. He got what he wanted. His wishes came true. He got his papers all right! Except, they were of a different color. They were pink papers from the voters of District 18. This continues to further prove the point that America is no longer going to put up with politicians that are just going to push anti-immigrant policies, but rather are ready to elect leaders that are willing to bring real sensible solutions to fix our broken immigration system.

Our friends at the American Immigration Council captured, well, the sentiments of the Immigration Advocate community across the country in their statement. We have provided it for your reading below. 


For Immediate Release

Arizona Recall Election: A Cautionary Tale for Anti-Immigrant Politicians

November 9, 2011

Washington D.C. – Yesterday, Russell Pearce, champion of Arizona’s SB1070 anti-immigrant legislation, saw his 10-year career as an Arizona legislator come to end after losing a recall election to a fellow Republican Jerry Lewis. It is the first time in the state’s 199-year history that a sitting legislator has been removed by a recall vote. The stage for this historic recall effort was set by a backlash against SB1070 and national outrage over Pearce's efforts to challenge the definition of citizenship under the 14th amendment, as well as other extreme measures. The following is a statement from Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council:

"Arizona’s business, faith, and immigrant rights communities came together to organize a successful recall election against one of the nation’s most notorious anti-immigrant legislators, State Senate President Russell Pearce. The recall election highlighted Pearce’s extremist agenda and anti-immigrant demagoguery, which have damaged the state’s reputation and economy, and the voters spoke clearly in rejecting it.

As an Arizona native, I am encouraged to hear more and more voices of reason coming out of Arizona rejecting politicians and pundits who stoke fear and anger with anti-immigrant policies that imperil the lives and livelihoods of all who live in the state while doing nothing to actually address the need to fix our broken immigration system.

Politicians like Jerry Lewis and the newly elected Mayor of Phoenix, Greg Stanton, who chose to move the tone of the debate on immigration from demagoguery to constructive solutions, are examples of successful candidates who are charting a new course on the politics of immigration.  Politicians in Arizona and around the nation would be smart to take notice."

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 For more information contact Wendy Sefsaf at wsefsaf@immcouncil.org or 202-507-7524.


The Mexican-American Boom: Births overtake Immigration

Pew Hispanic Center

Births have surpassed immigration as the main driver of the dynamic growth in the U.S. Hispanic population. This new trend is especially evident among the largest of all Hispanic groups-Mexican-Americans, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.

In the decade from 2000 to 2010, the Mexican-American population grew by 7.2 million as a result of births and 4.2 million as a result of new immigrant arrivals. This is a change from the previous two decades when the number of new immigrants either matched or exceeded the number of births.

The current surge in births among Mexican-Americans is largely attributable to the immigration wave that has brought more than 10 million immigrants to the United States from Mexico since 1970. Between 2006 and 2010 alone, more than half (53%) of all Mexican-American births were to Mexican immigrant parents. As a group, these immigrants are more likely than U.S. born Americans to be in their prime child-bearing years. They also have much higher fertility.

Meanwhile, the number of new immigrant arrivals from Mexico has fallen off steeply in recent years. According to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of Mexican government data, the number of Mexicans annually leaving Mexico for the U.S. declined from more than one million in 2006 to 404,000 in 2010-a 60% reduction. This is likely a result of recent developments in both the U.S. and Mexico. On the U.S. side, declining job opportunities and increased border enforcement may have made the U.S. less attractive to potential Mexican immigrants. And in Mexico, recent strong economic growth may have reduced the “push” factors that often lead Mexicans to emigrate to the U.S.

As a result, there were fewer new immigrant arrivals to the U.S. from Mexico in the 2000s (4.2 million) than in the 1990s (4.7 million). However, the Mexican-American population continued to grow rapidly, with births accounting for 63% of the 11.2 million increase from 2000 to 2010. At 31.8 million in 2010, Mexican-Americans comprise 63% of the U.S. Hispanic population and 10% of the total U.S. population. According to Pew Hispanic Center tabulations from the March 2010 U.S.

Current Population Survey, 39% of Mexican-Americans-or 12.4 million-are immigrants. With the exception of Russia, no other country in the world has as many immigrants from all countries as the U.S. has from Mexico alone. Nor does any country in the world have as many citizens living abroad as does Mexico. According to the World Bank, more than 10% of Mexico’s native-born population lives elsewhere, with the vast majority (97%) of these expatriates living in the United States.



For Immediate Release

 

The Case for Discretion and Proportionality in our Immigration System

 

July 18, 2011

 

Washington D.C. - It has long been the case that those responsible for carrying out and enforcing our nation's laws do so with a measure of discretion and proportionality.  Every day, law enforcement officials and judges exercise discretion in charging and sentencing decisions, weighing differing priorities and social values, and matching punishments with crimes.  Consequently, minors are treated differently in the criminal system, and traffic violators and murderers receive different punishments. The use of judgment and proportionality is so ingrained in our legal system—with the exception of immigration law—that we take it for granted. Today, the need for discretion and proportionality is needed more than ever in our antiquated and over-burdened immigration system to ensure that the government spends its limited resources on high priority cases, and that immigrants who have a strong case for remaining in the U.S. are able to do so if current law provides for an avenue of relief.  

 

To that end, a wide range of organizations, including the American Immigration Council, have been asking the Obama Administration to use its executive authority to exercise discretion in the immigration context. In June, Director John Morton of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a memo outlining new guidance on the use of prosecutorial discretion in a wide range of circumstances.  The memo signals a greater commitment to using limited resources to enforce immigration law with an understanding of the need for measured action and fairness in the immigration context. 

 

Unfortunately, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith has decided that the long accepted ideals of discretion and proportionality should not apply to immigration. Smith has introduced the “Hinder the Administration’s Legal Immigration Temptation Act” (HALT) of 2011, which attempts to invalidate the long tradition and legal authority of the executive branch to use its discretion and other powers to improve and implement laws. Apparently Smith believes a different administration will be worthy of such discretion because the bill would sunset on January 21, 2013—the day after the next inauguration. The HALT Act goes beyond limiting prosecutorial discretion and seeks to suspend long respected forms of immigration relief including Temporary Protected Status (TPS) (which was granted to Haitians after the recent devastating earthquakes) and family unity waivers (such as those that allow U.S. citizen military members to reunite with their undocumented spouses).  

What’s most disappointing is that Chairman Smith has advocated for the use of prosecutorial discretion in the past. The New York Times recently noted:

Back in 1999, Mr. Smith was one of several members of Congress who wrote the attorney general and the head of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, arguing that ‘unfair’ deportations had caused ‘unjustifiable hardship’ for otherwise law-abiding immigrants who had jobs and families and close citizen relatives. ‘True hardship cases call for the exercise of discretion,’ the letter said.

Why the change in heart? Only Mr. Smith can answer that. However, as it becomes increasingly clear that large numbers of people are no longer migrating to the U.S., our focus must turn to those who are living, working, and raising families in America. The Administration's understanding that immigration agencies need to prioritize enforcement activities and exercise discretion when considering deportation should be encourage by Congress and the public.

 

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For more information contact Wendy Sefsaf at wsefsaf@immcouncil.org or 202-507-7524.








For Immediate Release 

New Study on Immigrant Integration Compares and Ranks the United States, 
Canada, and Europe 

US Ranked in Top 10 Among 31 Countries  

February 28, 2011

Washington D.C. - In cooperation with the Immigration Policy Center, the British Council and the Migration Policy Group release a new study today which reviews and ranks U.S. immigrant integration policies against other countries. The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX:www.mipex.eu) contrasts and compares integration policies for legal immigrants across countries in Europe and North America. The United States is ranked ninth among 31 countries. This is the first year the United States has been part of the study, and IPC is pleased to be chosen as the U.S. partner for this important study.

The MIPEX compares and ranks countries across 148 policy indicators, providing objective and comparable data presented in a reference guide and an interactive online tool to help policymakers, advocates and researchers assess and compare integration policies around the globe. The policy indicators are divided into seven categories: employment opportunities, family reunion, education, political participation, long-term residence, access to citizenship and anti-discrimination. Countries include all 27 EU member states, Norway, Switzerland, Canada, and the USA.

Overall the U.S. ranked ninth in terms of integration policies, and first in terms of its strong anti-discrimination laws and protections. The U.S. also ranked high on the access to citizenship scale because it encourages newcomers to become citizens in order to fully participate in American public life. Compared with other countries, legal immigrants in the U.S. enjoy employment opportunities, educational opportunities, and the opportunity to reunite with close family members. However, MIPEX also acknowledges that the U.S.'s complex immigration laws, limited visa ability, high fees, and long backlogs may make it challenging for immigrants to integrate into the fabric of American life.

MIPEX also highlights the fact that several U.S. states are taking the lead on immigrant integration.  States including Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington state, as well as major cities like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco have offices dedicated to welcoming newcomers.

"As the United States continues to struggle with its own immigration policies, the MIPEX index offers policymakers and the public a framework for analyzing our best and worst practices on immigrant integration compared to other countries in the world. We have much to learn from other countries as well, but perhaps the greatest lesson that comes from MIPEX is that the very things that distinguish the United States are worth preserving as we move forward into the next decade of the 21st century," said Mary Giovagnoli, Director of the Immigration Policy Center.

"As the UK's international cultural relations organization, the British Council fosters the networks, cooperation and dialogue needed to build trust between people worldwide. We hope the third phase of MIPEX research will encourage dialogue and debate on best practice and enable better future policies," said Sharon Memis, Director of the British Council North America.

  • For more about MIPEX and to access the online tool, visit www.mipex.eu.

MIPEX has been co-financed by the European Community under the European Integration Fund. 

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For more information contact:

Mary Giovagnoli, Immigration Policy Center, mgiovagnoli@immcouncil.org or 202-507-7511.

Samantha Yale, British Council, Samantha.yale@britishcouncil.org or 202-588-7838

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The Immigration Policy Center (IPC), established in 2003, is the policy arm of the American Immigration Council. IPC's mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy on U.S. society. IPC reports and materials are widely disseminated and relied upon by press and policy makers. IPC staff regularly serves as experts to leaders on Capitol Hill, opinion-makers and the media. IPC is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office.

About the British Council: The British Council is the United Kingdom's international non-profit organization for cultural relations and education opportunities. Working in over 100 countries, we build engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people worldwide. In the US, we cultivate long-term links between the UK and US, re-energizing the strategic transatlantic relationship through the arts, education and young leadership networks. To learn more, please visit www.britishcouncil.org.

About the Migration Policy Group: The Migration Policy Group is an independent non-profit European think-tank committed to contributing to lasting and positive change resulting in open and inclusive societies. To learn more, please visit www.migpolgroup.org.




Let's keep the momentum building for comprehensive immigration reform. Your participation is crucial. Your voice on these calls is speaking volumes to the nation and for those that cannot speak for themselves. We look forward to having you join the call.

 

***Press and Public Conference Call: Wednesday, July 7th at 2:00 p.m. E.T.***

**Call-in number:   913-643-4201 Conference Code:  7436701**

 

Conservative National Leaders Urge Action on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Respond to Presidential Address

 

MIAMI, FLORIDA:  Wednesday, July 7 at 2:00 PM EDT (1:00pm CT, 11:00am PCT), Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CFCIR) will take its National Press Conference Call “on the road” to Miami, FL. This will be CFCIR’s 6th Call with some of the country’s most influential Conservative leaders, updating the broader Coalition on the on-going efforts to pass immigration reform. 

 

On July 1st, President Obama answered the call of many prominent Conservative leaders to address the nation on the need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Several of these influential leaders will be on our Call and will give their reaction to the President's speech. At the end of the Call, press and callers will be able to ask questions from our speakers.  

 

This Conference Call will feature:

 

·         Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

·         Rev. Guillermo Maldonado, Senior Pastor of El Rey Jesus

·         Dr. Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed

·         Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)

·         Pastor Pablo Lago, Senior Pastor and Founder, La Roca Firme Brethren in Christ Church

·         Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association

·         Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

·         Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

·         Juan Hernandez, Founder of Conservatives for CIR, Moderator of Call

 

This event will be open to the public and press, with a question and answer session at the end.  

 

If you are in the area, please come to the Miami World Relief Office at 1:30pm ET for refreshments and fellowship.

 

WHEN:         Wednesday, July 7th at 2 pm EDT (1:00pm CT, 11:00am PCT)

WHERE:       Miami World Relief Office 2150 SW 8th St., 2nd Floor, Miami, FL 33135


Baptist view growing Hispanic population as opportunity
By Bob Allen, Monday, June 21, 2010, Associated Baptist Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ABP) -- The Census Bureau reports the Hispanic population in the United States has more than doubled in the last 20 years, from 22 million in 1990 to a projected 47 million in 2010. In 40 years, experts project that one American in four will be Hispanic.

While that alarms many white Americans who fear losing the privileges that come with being part of a dominant culture, many evangelical Christians view it as a mission field.

The Southern Baptist Convention leads all denominations in starting new churches, more than 100 each month. A major focus of the SBC North American Mission Board is reaching Hispanics.

Nine out of 10 Southern Baptist congregations are predominantly Anglo. Hispanics are the predominant ethnic group in about 3 percent of the convention’s churches, but the number is growing.

In the decade between 1994 and 2003, the number of Hispanic Southern Baptist congregations grew from 1,561 to 2,711.

Ed Stetzer, director of SBC-affiliated LifeWay Research, recently said 66 percent of all new congregations added to the SBC since 1998 were ethnic or African-American.

“The majority of the new churches are not Anglo,” Stetzer told the Nashville Tennessean in January. “You look across the spectrum, and the Christian influence in the Southern Hemisphere is well represented here, and it’s the leading edge of Christianity. Latino churches are now planting Latino churches.”

Even among predominantly white Southern Baptist congregations, more than one in four -- 27 percent -- have adult participants who are Hispanic.

This growing Latino presence sheds light on the normally socially conservative SBC’s surprisingly moderate stance on immigration.

In 2006 the convention passed a resolution calling on Christians to care for the needs of immigrants “regardless of their racial or ethnic background, country of origin, or legal status.”

It urged churches to encourage undocumented immigrants toward the path of legal status or citizenship and called on all Southern Baptists “to make the most of the tremendous opportunity for evangelism” among the immigrant population “to the end that these individuals might become both legal residents of the United States and loyal citizens of the kingdom of God.”

Richard Land of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission -- usually aligned with the Religious Right on issues like abortion, homosexuality and pornography -- has shown up alongside liberal Democrats like the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and current New York Sen. Charles Schumer to call for comprehensive immigration reform.

“It should be remembered that most of these undocumented workers who have broken the law by coming here illegally and thus should be penalized, did come here in order to work, whereas most of our home-grown criminals break the laws in order to avoid work,” Land said on his weekly radio program May 15.

Land supports immigration legislation that secures America’s borders, enforces existing laws including hiring of undocumented workers and provides an earned pathway to legal status or citizenship for the estimated 12 million foreigners currently living in the United States illegally.

Land’s compassion for the foreigner is both spiritual and pragmatic. With America becoming 1 percent more Hispanic each year, Republicans must adapt to demographic realities and address the perception that immigration reform is a Democratic issue.

“Hispanics are hard-wired to be like us [conservative Southern Baptists] on sanctity of life, marriage and issues of faith,” Land recently told CNN. “I’m concerned about being perceived as being unwelcoming to them.”

This concerns Cuban-born Miguel De La Torre, who teaches social ethics at Iliff School of Theology in Denver and is an outspoken advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.

He called it “highly opportunistic as well as paternalistic” to support immigration reform for political reasons, but he said any religious denomination that ignores the growing Latino population “does so at their own peril.”

De La Torre, an ordained Baptist minister who earned his Master of Divinity degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said he sees little evidence that the nation’s second-largest faith group is serious about including Hispanics as equal partners.

“My question would be: ‘How many Hispanics, how many Latinos, are trustees at seminaries? How many have key leadership positions in the SBC?’” he said.

De La Torre said those questions would clarify whether Southern Baptists speak about immigration with sincerity or if they are “just looking at how it is going to help the SBC.”

Stetzer agreed that while Southern Baptists have done well in planting churches among non-Anglos, they have done a poor job of mainstreaming them into convention life.

“As I see it, we have to find ways to move from planting to leadership partnership,” Stetzer said. “The SBC has a choice -- we can increasingly reach, embrace and elevate to leadership new faces from our increasingly non-Anglo nation or become colonies of whites in the new multicultural American milieu.

“Southern Baptists are on the cutting edge of foreign missions but are too often unengaged with peoples next door. We need to do both.”

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***Press Conference and Conference Call: Wednesday, June 9th at 12:00 PM EDT***

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Conservative Evangelical Leaders Gathering in Washington, DC,

Urging Action on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

 

Washington, DC - On Wednesday, June 9th at 12:00 PM EDT (11am CT, 9am PCT), Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will have an in-person press conference in Washington, DC with some of the country’s most influential evangelical leaders to discuss strategies for breaking the stalemate in Congress on immigration reform and pray for a solution to the moral, economic and political crisis that our broken immigration system is causing for millions of families around the nation.  This in-press conference with call-in capability will feature speakers like Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. with over 16 million members, Rich Nathan, Senior Pastor of The Vineyard Church of Columbus, OH, a church with a weekly church attendance of 8,500, and Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals, which represents 45,000 churches from over 40 different denominations.  These leaders will be united in calling for action on immigration reform this year and meeting with Members of Congress, Congressional staffers, and the White House throughout the day.

 

This event will be open to all interested parties and press with a question and answer session at the end. Questions will also be taken from the telephone audience.

 

WHO:              Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals

Carlos Campo, President-elect, Regent University

Richard Land, President, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church and President, World Hope International

Rich Nathan, Senior Pastor, The Vineyard Church of Columbus

Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel and Dean, Liberty University School of Law

Jim Tolle, Senior Pastor, The Church on the Way
Juan Hernandez, Founder, Conservatives for CIR

 

WHEN:             Wednesday, June 9th, 12:00pm EDT, (11am CT, 9am PCT)

 

CALL IN:           913-312-1487, Passcode: 1683544




 

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Community Forum

 

‘They replied, “let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.’ 
Nehemiah 3:18b

 

Goal:    This Forum is a mechanism through which to build the breadth and reach of leaders by briefing them of the current Immigration law that was recently passed in Arizona. 

 

·         What is the law? 

·         What can we do about it? 

·         How can we prevent this from happening in Florida?  

 

*SPECIAL GUEST - Attorney Thomas A. Saenz,

President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

 

Who:               Any community leaders, activists, pastors, church leaders and concerned individuals

When:             Monday, June 7th 2010 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Where:           Doubletree Hotel and Exhibition Center

711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami Fl 33126

(305) 261-3800

Cost:               FREE 

Refreshments and Snacks will be provided

_____________________________________________________

 

Foro Comunitario sobre la Reforma Integral de Inmigración

 

‘Al oír esto, exclamaron: ¡Manos a la obra! Y unieron la acción a la palabra”

Nehemías 3:18b

 

Meta:               Este foro es un mecanismo a través del cual podemos desarrollar la capacidad de líderes al informarles de la ley actual de inmigración que fue aprobada recientemente en Arizona.

 

·         ¿Qué es esa ley?

·         ¿Qué podemos hacer al respecto?

·         ¿Cómo podemos evitar que esto ocurra en la Florida?   

 

*INVITADO ESPECIAL – Abogado Thomas A. Saenz,

Presidente y Consejero General de el Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

 

Quiénes:         Todo líder comunitario, activista, pastores, líderes de la iglesia e individuos interesados

Cuando:          Lunes, 7 de Junio, 2010 de 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Lugar:             Doubletree Hotel and Exhibition Center

711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami Fl 33126

(305) 261-3800

Costo:             GRATUITO 


Habrá Refrescos para los Participantes
 


Te Esperamos!

 




Denver News!!!

On Monday night, May 5, 2010, Denver City Council passed a proclamation in support of comprehensive immigration reform! This is an extremely positive step. Read the proclamation by clicking here. Read the article in the Denver Post by clicking here.


Now, please let Denver City Council know that you support their decision to stand up for comprehensive immigration reform. You can write them by clicking here (dencc@denvergov.org) or call them at 720-865-9534.




Church leaders call for 'compassionate' solution to illegal immigration


by CYNTHIA VEGA
WFAA
Posted on April 30, 2010 at 1:19 PM
Updated today at 5:57 PM

DALLAS - A group of evangelical church leaders held an early morning prayer vigil Friday, in advance of Saturday's big immigration march in downtown Dallas.

They say it's their moral duty to help find a way to resolve illegal immigration, in a more compassionate way than the legislation passed in Arizona.

They said not all religious conservatives take a hard line on illegal immigration.

Unlike in the past, this year's Mega March through downtown Dallas has created a deep divide between those in favor and those against new legislation in Arizona, which allows police to stop and question those seeming to be illegal immigrants.

It has a group of North Texas faith leaders, already deep in thought and prayer, seeing how this legislation is already affecting their church communities.

"We are seeing, for instance, churches that have lost up to 50 families because of the fear factor of SB1070," said Mark Gonzales, a pastor.

Gonzales, like others in the group, sees the urgency of addressing illegal immigration but believes federal leaders in Washington should be taking action, not individual states.

"We understand the Arizona situation, and what's going on across the border, but we don't believe SB1070 is a way to go about trying to secure the border," he added.

Most immediately, this group is praying people will march peacefully tomorrow, no matter what their stand.

Included in their prayer circle on Friday, was newly-appointed Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who is ready to do his part.

"We've got pretty good plans in place, comparable with where we are. Of course, we're going to remain flexible and try to get ahead of any problems that might flare," Brown said.


Texas Gov: Arizona Immigration Law 'Not Right' for Texas

April 29, 2010; Associated Press

Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement: "I have concerns with portions of the law passed in Arizona and believe it would not be the right direction for Texas."

AUSTIN, Texas -- Arizona's tough new illegal immigration enforcement law would not be right for Texas, Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday, upholding the state's long-held tradition of rejecting harsh anti-immigrant policies.

The Arizona law will require local and state law enforcement officers to question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally, making it a crime for them to lack registration documents. The law also makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally.

"I fully recognize and support a state's right and obligation to protect its citizens, but I have concerns with portions of the law passed in Arizona and believe it would not be the right direction for Texas," Perry said in a written statement.

"For example, some aspects of the law turn law enforcement officers into immigration officials by requiring them to determine immigration status during any lawful contact with a suspected alien, taking them away from their existing law enforcement duties, which are critical to keeping citizens safe."

The Arizona law has been hailed by conservatives as long overdue and two Texas lawmakers have said they'll introduce similar immigration measures when the Texas Legislature meets next.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday that a Justice Department review is under way to determine the Arizona law's constitutionality.

Though Texas is ruled by conservative Republicans, top GOP leaders from former Texas Gov. George W. Bush to Perry have rejected harsh and punitive immigration policies.

Bush continued his moderate approach to immigration once he got to the White House, often to the dismay of his conservative base.

"We need to uphold the great tradition of the melting pot that welcomes and assimilates new arrivals," Bush said in his 2007 State of the Union address. "We need to resolve the status of the immigrants that are already in our country without animosity and without amnesty."

Perry took heat during this year's Republican primary for backing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, saying in a debate that the students are on a path to citizenship.

"Texas has a rich history with Mexico, our largest trading partner, and we share more than 1,200 miles of border, more than any other state," Perry said Thursday. "As the debate on immigration reform intensifies, the focus must remain on border security and the federal government's failure to adequately protect our borders.

"Securing our border is a federal responsibility, but it is a Texas problem, and it must be addressed before comprehensive immigration reform is discussed."



Prayer Breakfast for Immigration Reform

INVITATION TO A PRAYER BREAKFAST FOR THE STATE OF ARIZONA
For Immediate Release:
April 28th, 2010

Contact: Mark Gonzales
PastorMark75146@aol.com
Tel. 214 669 1801


Faith Leaders come together to pray for the Nation and the immigrant community in America, especially Arizona.

(Dallas, TX) As the final push for immigration reform is underway we need to be in prayer more than ever. Join us this Friday, April 30th at 8:00 AM CST at the Sterling Hotel, 1055 Regal Row, Dallas, TX 75247 as the community of faith comes together to pray for the nation and the State of Arizona. We come together as faith leaders to pray for a solution to the immigration situation in America. We will pray for our President and Congress to have the moral courage to tackle this complex issue now and no longer put it on hold. SB 1070 Legislation is not what needs to be happening in individual states throughout America. In addition, we will be praying over the Mega March here in Dallas, and those across the country, that as people exercise their constitutional right to free speech, they will be orderly and peaceful demonstrations.

Who: Faith Leaders from Different Denominations

What: A time of prayer for the Nation and the State of Arizona and for passage of moral and just comprehensive immigration reform bill this year. That the wisdom of God will be upon our President and our Leaders in Congress as they deal with the complex issues of Immigration Reform in the days of ahead.

Where: Sterling Hotel - 1055 Regal Row - Dallas, TX 75247

When: Friday, April 30, 2010

Time: 8:00 AM

Let’s stand in the gap for our nation and with our brothers and sisters in Arizona. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak for them and be a righteous judge. Protect the rights of the poor and needy." Proverbs 31:8,9



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Tell Governor Brewer To Veto SB 1070

It is time that as members of the Latino Evangelical community we call upon Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto SB 1070.  This bill is one of the worst anti- immigrant bills recently passed by the Arizona State Legislature.  It is a racially targeted bill aimed at anyone in Arizona who looks like an undocumented immigrant.

 

SB 1070 will criminalize every undocumented immigrant in Arizona as "trespassers" and will legalize racial profiling by police who have a "reasonable suspicion" that someone may be in the state without the proper documentation to provide their legal status.

 

In other words, the police will have the authority to stop anyone who is "Latino-looking" who they may suspect is an undocumented immigrant.  If you are not carrying the proper documentation to prove your citizenship to the USA, or as a legal documented immigrant, you will be subject to being stopped by the police even if you have not violated any laws.  The police will be able to stop you merely to perform an "immigration status check."

 

We are calling on the Latino Evangelical Church to call upon the governor of Arizona to veto this bill which will exacerbate racial profiling.  It is the worst bill on racial profiling ever passed in the United States. 

 

Tell Governor Brewer To Veto SB 1070

 

The time to voice our opposition to SB 1070 is now!  We cannot afford to wait and see what the repercussions may be when this bill is signed.  Even if you are not a citizen of Arizona, you must voice your opposition to this vile bill.

 

If you are visiting or conducting business in Arizona, the police will have the right to stop you even if you have not committed any violation of any law simply to check your immigration status. This bill will allow officers to arrest anyone who could not immediately prove they were here legally. That means if you are brown-skinned and leave home without a wallet, and get pulled over, you are in trouble, and, guess what, you are going to jail. Moreover, if the officer doesn’t take you to jail, he can then be sued for not doing so.

 

Already, law enforcement groups such as the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police have raised serious concerns about the damage this bill would do to community policing and their relationships with members of the community.

 

It is time to demand Arizona Governor Jan Brewer VETO this bill.  We cannot accept this type of legislation, state or federal. We cannot allow the "criminalization of immigrants" to become the law of the land. We cannot allow Arizona become a police state for immigrants.

 

We cannot stand idly by as laws are passed that criminalize immigrants and give the police the right to stop anyone who fits a racial profile of an "undocumented immigrant."

 

Tell Governor Brewer To Veto SB 1070  DO IT TODAY!!!





Tell AZ Governor to Veto Racial Profiling Bill

 

The Arizona State Legislature just passed a law that would authorize officers to pull over, question, and detain anyone they have a “reasonable suspicion” to believe is in this country without proper documentation. The law would essentially legalize racial profiling, creating a police state for immigrants. This bill will go to the Governor for her signature as soon as today. Please join us in telling Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to take a stand against discrimination and veto this bill.





USHPN PRAYER UPDATE:

MONDAY!!! 9:30PM CST, 10:30PM EST

United States Hispanic Prayer Network

Prayer Conference Call

MONDAY, April 19, 2010, 9:30 PM, Central

Conference Access Number:  1-785-686-3564
Conference Passcode:  851491#

 


Praying for the Nation & the State of Arizona


As we know AZ just passed the draconian SB 1070...the ”reasonable suspicion” law. The stories we are already hearing that are taking place in AZ are ghastly. As the final push for immigration reform is underway we need to be in prayer more than ever.
 

Join us tonight, to prayer and intercede for our nation and on behalf of the immigrant community in America. This is not a strategy meeting, even though we will be giving more information and detailed updates of CIR happenings, we can & will do that later. This is to pray for the God of heaven to intervene in this situation and over this issue in our country. God has the answer we have to pray it through into existence.

 

More on call tonight. The nature of this email was not to get into all the details but to just let you know we need you praying with us. Join us and let’s stand in the gap for our nation and with our brothers and sisters in Arizona. Thank you in advance for your participation.

 

        Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. 
                                                                                 Proverbs 31:8


Join us in D.C. on March 21-22

Join the faith community in DC to March for America: Change Takes Courage and Faith.   The moral urgency of repairing the broken immigration system can only be seen in a dramatic display of unity among supporters of comprehensive immigration reform as gather in DC from all across the United States.

Interfaith Prayer Service: 1:00-2:00 on the National Mall

Immigration Rally: 2:00-5:00 on the National Mall

View and print flyers by clicking here and here.



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Sign our e-postcard to Congress to make it clear that our communities can not wait any longer for comprehensive immigration reform.

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MARCH for AMERICA
The Texas Caravan

 

Press conference: 6 P.M., MARCH 19 in Dallas

About us

Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance
(RITA)

The Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA) is a multi-sector statewide network dedicated to building support for comprehensive immigration reform. RITA's goal is to present a common, pro-reform Texas voice and educate Texas elected officials about the need to fix America's broken immigration system with fair, humane and sensible policies that foster America's strength, security and prosperity.

RITA members are proud Texans from Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Brownsville, El Paso, San Juan and Harlingen. They believe that Texas should be front and center in the debate over immigration reform.

RITA members are asking for immigration legislation that would: Provide a pathway to citizenship; keep families together; respect human and civil rights; foster community security; establish a responsible and accountable border policy; support immigrants' integration; develop a practical system for future workers; and address the root causes of migration.

***

To participate in the convention or to join RITA, please contact Adriana at acadena@bnhr.org, or (915) 253-2262.

For media inquiries, please contact Louie Gilot at lgilot@bnhr.org, or (915) 274-0541.

 

Visit us on the Web:

www.reformimmigrationfortexas.org

 

Participating Organizations


Austin Immigration Reform Coalition (AIRC), Austin
University Leadership Initiative, Austin
Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR), El Paso
Jóvenes Fronterizos por un Mismo Sueno, El Paso
Catholic Charities of Dallas Justice for Immigrants, DFW
  Christ's Foundry United Methodist Church, DFW
Coalition for Immigration Reform of Dallas / Ft. Worth & North Texas (CIR DFW), DFW
Dallas Peace Center, DFW
  Justice for Our Neighbors - United Methodist Church (JFON), DFW
Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, DFW
North Texas Conference United Methodist Church, DFW
Proyecto Inmigrante, Inc., DFW
Welcoming Immigrants Network (WIN), DFW
American Dream Community Agency, Houston
La Unión del Pueblo Entero, Rio Grande Valley
  Movimiento del Valle por los Derechos Humanos, Rio Grande Valley
Texas Dream Act Alliance (TDAA)


Sponsors
Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition (AIRC)
Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR)
Church World Service (CWS)
General Board of Church & Society UMC (GBC&S)
North Texas Conference United Methodist Church (NTC UMC)
Reform Immigration for America (RIFA)
Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA)
Caravan participants and individuals.

"TEXAS CARAVAN FOR AMERICA" TO GO TO DC IN SUPPORT OF IMMIGRATION REFORM

More than 300 people from all parts of Texas to travel 28 hours by bus to join thousands in national rally on the Nation Mall March 21

Proponents of comprehensive immigration reform will gather March 21 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for March for America, a massive rally expected to draw 100,000 participants from all around the country. Texans will be there.

More than 300 Texans from El Paso, Dallas, Ft Worth, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley will congregate in Dallas on Friday to board 5 buses and three passenger vans for a long trip to the nation's capital. These Texans call themselves the Texas Caravan for America and are members of the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA), a statewide, multi-sector effort to build support for immigration reform and give Texas a voice in the ongoing debate.

"We will come together as one voice on the National Mall for a strong America - for families, for workers, for businesses, and for security," said Adriana Cadena, RITA Coordinator.

RITA's vision of reform includes immigrants and native-born U.S. citizens working shoulder to shoulder to achieve better wages, working conditions, and labor protections, and of an American that's back to work, with a fair balance between Main Street and Wall Street.

The Texas Caravan will have a press conference in Dallas on Friday before departing. Details follow. Please join us.

 

PRESS CONFERENCE:


DATE:
March 19, 2010

TIME: 6 p.m.

LOCATION:
Lovers Lane United Methodist Church,  9200 Inwood Road (corner NW Hwy and Inwood Rd), Dallas, TX  75220


INFORMATION: www.reformimmigrationfortexas.org
www.reformimmigrationforamerica.org

 

Who: Organizers from El Paso, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley; Travelers with personal stories of hardship due to the broken immigration system; Representative from the office of United Methodist Bishop Earl Bledsoe; Religious leaders; Elected officials (TBA); DREAM Act students from several states.

Visuals: Dozens of participants arriving in buses from El Paso, Ft Worth and elsewhere.

 

Contacts:

Lori Stafford
, Welcoming Immigrants Network, Dallas, Texas, (214) 649.2233, lori.stafford@gulfstream.com

Louie Gilot, Border Network for Human Rights, El Paso, Texas, (915) 217-3621, lgilot@bnhr.org

 

 

 



 

AGENDA with Speakers
Statewide Convention on Immigration
Austin, Texas

 

List of speakers is here!

 

Texas

Convention for Immigrant Integration:
"A Call For Reform"

 

DATE: February 20, 2010

TIME: 1 to 5 p.m.

LOCATION:
Travis County Expo Center
7311 Decker Lane
Austin, Texas 78724

COST: Free


INFORMATION:
www.reformimmigrationfortexas.org

***

Actions to be taken at the convention:

  • Wall of Hope - Attendees bring pictures of their families members affected by immigration laws to place on a wall.
  • My Heart is Broken Valentine Messages - Attendees create Valentine cards to deliver to Senators Cornyn and Hutchison.
  • Letter from Texas Legislative Members - A letter to President Obama is being distributed among members of the Texas House of Representatives.
  • March 21 - Ali Noorani, Director of Reform Immigration for America, will make the call to action for people to join the National Mobilization in Washington, DC on March 21.

 

***
About us

Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance
(RITA)

The Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA) is a multi-sector statewide network dedicated to building support for comprehensive immigration reform. RITA's goal is to present a common, pro-reform Texas voice and educate Texas elected officials about the need to fix America's broken immigration system with fair, humane and sensible policies that foster America's strength, security and prosperity.

RITA members are proud Texans from Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Brownsville, El Paso, San Juan and Harlingen. They believe that Texas should be front and center in the debate over immigration reform.

RITA members are asking for immigration legislation that would: Provide a pathway to citizenship; keep families together; respect human and civil rights; foster community security; establish a responsible and accountable border policy; support immigrants' integration; develop a practical system for future workers; and address the root causes of migration.

***

To participate in the convention or to join RITA, please contact Adriana at acadena@bnhr.org, or (915) 253-2262.

For media inquiries, please contact Louie Gilot at lgilot@bnhr.org, or (915) 274-0541.

 

Visit us on the Web:

www.reformimmigrationfortexas.org

We are proud to release a near-final agenda for the Texas Convention on Immigrant Integration, February 20 in Austin, that includes a list of speakers.

As you can see they come from all sectors -businesses, faith-based organizations, unions, elected officials, and from all parts of Texas.

What they have in common is the firm belief that the United States and Texas need a comprehensive immigration reform in 2010. It's good for the economy, good for security and good for families.

 

12 Noon            Registration
 
1:00 p.m.           Welcome

  • Adriana Cadena, Coordinator, Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance, El Paso
  • Caroline Keating-Guerra, Coordinator, Austin Immigrants Rights Coalition, Austin

                               
1:10 p.m.           Invocation
 
1:15 p.m.           Family Reunification
It is about Families, It is about Texas
Testimonies of Texas immigrant families; their successes as well as the impact of immigration policies on their lives.  
 
1:30 p.m.            Civil and Human Rights, Values
The Road of Faith, the Welcoming of Immigrants

  • Kim Kamen, Regional Director, American Jewish Committee, Dallas
  • Pastor Lynn Godsey, President, The Hispanic Evangelical Alliance of DFW, Esperanza para America Campaign, Dallas-FortWorth
  • Rev. Stephen Jasso,  All Saints Catholic Church, Fort Worth
  • Pastor Omar Chavarria, La Iglesia Bautista Manantial de Vida, Penitas
  • Pastor Jayme Mathias, Cristo Rey Parish, Austin


1:50 p.m.             Pathway for Citizenship
The Organized Voice in Texas.

  • Paul Parsons, Texas/Oklahoma/New Mexico Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Austin
  • Representatives from CRECEN/America Para Todos, Houston; Southwest Workers Union; LULAC District 12, Austin; ACLU of Texas, Austin; LUPE; ARISE, RGV; Proyecto Azteca, RGV; Equal Voice, RGV; Movimiento por los Derechos Humanos, RGV; CIR of DFW & North Texas; Proyecto Inmigrante ICS, Inc.; Casa del Inmigrante de Fort Worth; Centro Civico Salvadorenos, DFW; Voces Unidas por los Inmigrantes, DFW; Alianza Mexicana, Houston; Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project, El Paso; Familias Triunfadoras, San Elizario; Red Fronteriza por los Derechos Humanos, El Paso.


2:20 p.m.             Future Flows
PANEL: Immigrants and Economic Recovery  

  • J. Carnes, President and owner, Winter Garden Produce, Uvalde
  • Sam Guzman, President/CEO, Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC), Austin
  • Marc Levin, Director, Center for Effective Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Austin


2:50 p.m.            Workers Welfare

  • Eliseo Medina, Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union, Houston


3:00 p.m.             Community Security
 We are Part of the Solution: Community Security, National Security and Immigration Reform.

  • Sheriff Richard Wiles, El Paso County
  • Officer Daniel Segura, Fort Worth Police Department
  • Chief Art Acevedo, Austin Police Department (Pending)
  • Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Harris County (Pending)

                                                
3:25 p.m.             Immigrant Integration
Our Country, Our Future: Access to Education to Immigrant Students.

  • Zelene Pineda, Founder, Jovenes Fronterizos por un Mismo Sueño, El Paso
  • Jose Torres, President, University Leadership Initiative, University of Texas, and LULAC member, Austin
  • Kemi Bello, Leader, Texas Dream Act Alliance, Houston
  • Jose Magaña, law student, DREAM Act activist, Waco
  • Teri Alberch -UT Administrator, Austin (Pending)

Speaker: Pastor Mark Gonzales Hispanic Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (HCFCIR) and Vice President, Governmental Affairs, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)


3:55 p.m.             Texas and Immigration Reform
Elected Officials for Immigration Reform

  • State Rep. Norma Chavez, El Paso
  • State Rep. Joseph Moody, El Paso
  • State Rep. Marissa Marquez, El Paso
  • State Rep. Elliot Naishtat, Austin
  • State Rep. Carol Alvarado, Houston
  • Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gomez, Austin
  • Mayor Trini Lopez, City of Socorro


4:30 p.m.             Key Note Speaker

  • Ali Noorani, Director, National Immigration Forum, Reform Immigration for America Campaign, Washington, D.C.


5:00 p.m.             Closing

 

 




TENTATIVE AGENDA
Statewide Convention on Immigration
Austin, Texas

 

List of speakers coming soon

 

Texas

Convention for Immigrant Integration:
"A Call For Reform"

 

DATE: February 20, 2010

TIME: 1 to 5 p.m.

LOCATION:
Travis County Expo Center
7311 Decker Lane
Austin, Texas 78724

COST: Free


INFORMATION:
www.reformimmigrationfortexas.org

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About us

Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance
(RITA)

The Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA) is a multi-sector statewide network dedicated to building support for comprehensive immigration reform. RITA's goal is to present a common, pro-reform Texas voice and educate Texas elected officials about the need to fix America's broken immigration system with fair, humane and sensible policies that foster America's strength, security and prosperity.

RITA members are proud Texans from Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Brownsville, El Paso, San Juan and Harlingen. They believe that Texas should be front and center in the debate over immigration reform.

RITA members are asking for immigration legislation that would: Provide a pathway to citizenship; keep families together; respect human and civil rights; foster community security; establish a responsible and accountable border policy; support immigrants' integration; develop a practical system for future workers; and address the root causes of migration.

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To participate in the convention or to join RITA, please contact Adriana at acadena@bnhr.org, or (915) 253-2262.

For media inquiries,

please contact Louie Gilot at lgilot@bnhr.org,

or (915) 274-0541.

 

Visit us on the Web:

www.reformimmigrationfortexas.org

We are proud to release a tentative agenda for the Texas Convention on Immigrant Integration, February 20 in Austin.

The United States and Texas need a comprehensive immigration reform in 2010. It's good for the economy, good for security and good for 
families.

 

12 Noon        Registration
 
1:00 p.m.       Welcome to the

                      Texas Convention
                               
1:10 p.m.       Invocation
 
1:15 p.m.       Family Reunification
It is about Families, It is about Texas
Testimonies of Texas immigrant families; their successes as well as the impact of immigration policies on their lives.  
 
1:30 p.m.       Civil and Human

                      Rights, Values
The Road of Faith, the Welcoming of Immigrants
Testimonies off faith-based institutions.
 
1:50 p.m.       Pathway for Citizenship
The Organized Voice in Texas.
Testimonies of RITA members and other organizations in Texas calling for immigration reform.
 
2:20 p.m.       Future Flows
PANEL: Immigrants and Economic Recovery  
Testimonies of business owners and union members in Texas about the contributions of immigrants to the Texas economy and to the national economy, and about the economic benefits of immigration reform.
 
2:50 p.m.       Accountable Border

                      Enforcement
SPEAKER: Border Security and Immigration Reform.
 
3:00 p.m.       Community Security
 We are Part of the Solution: Community Security, National Security and Immigration Reform.
Testimonies of law enforcement officials.
                                                 
3:25 p.m.       Immigrant Integration
Our Country, Our Future: Access to Education to Immigrant Students.
Testimonies from students and professors about the impact of immigrations laws on education.  
 
3:55 p.m.       Texas and Immigration

                      Reform
Elected Officials for Immigration Reform
 
4:30 p.m.       Key Note Speaker
 
5:00 p.m.       Closing

 


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

100 days for Comprehensive Immigration Reform:

100 Days for President Obama to keep his promise to the Latino Community.


As a person of faith in support of immigration reform, your voice is an incredibly important and powerful one, and this is a crucial time to speak up with other people of faith around the country. 

 

TODAY, Nov 18th National Call with Rep. Luis Gutierrez
You’re invited to join other advocates for just immigration reform on this national conference call to learn more about why immigration reform is so important, and how you and your faith community can help achieve it.  There are hundreds of listening parties planned nationwide—
click here to find a party near you, or to sign up to join the call!

If you have not or cannot register to receive this call you can try to call in at

8pm EST (English): (888) 886-6603 ext. 13712

9pm EST (Spanish): (888) 356-3090 ext. 13713

 

Wednesday November 18th marks the beginning of 100 days to pass comprehensive immigration reform and stop the raids, deportation and separation of families which are terrorizing our entire community.

 

Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez and Congressman Raúl Grijalva will be on a national call-in in an effort to reach tens of thousands of those who have taken leadership in the battle for legalization.

 

The call will outline the bill that Congressman Gutierrez will introduce in the next weeks on behalf of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and they will outline the timetable for the bill’s consideration. Congressman Gutierrez has asked that every effort be made to include those whose faith and hard work during the familias unidas tour contributed so much to the opportunity we now have. 

HCFCIR & IIC Holiday Postcard Campaign
While many of us are looking forward to being "home for the holidays," thousands of immigrant families are kept apart by our broken immigration system.  The Hispanic Coalition for CIR & the Interfaith Immigration Coaliton have created a simple holiday postcard to remind Members of Congress of the urgent need for immigration reform that will help put immigrant families back together.  Help us collect more than 100,000 signed postcards and send a strong message of support for immigrant families by distributing postcards through your faith community.  Contact us if you’re interested in participating in our Holiday Postcard Campaign, November 1-January 4—there’s still plenty of time!

New Study from America's Voice Educational Fund
The facts in the is study show us the importance of making sure that every Latino in America is counted in the 2010 US Census. It is a sure read and wealth of information. Click on title to download pdf file or go to the Census page on our website to view it directly.


Friday, November 13, 2009
Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, spoke on Immigration Reform: To watch the video of Secretary Napolitano's speech visit
www.AmericanProgress.org

We continue to hear the right message from this current administration. Even though it continues to be a campaign promise not fulfilled. Nonetheless, Secretary Napolitano seems to have a better grasp on the issue and what it is going to take to make this happen. However, with her support of 287g implementation in the local communities, it can, at times seem to be double talk. We need to continue to pray that it goes beyond the rhetoric to real comprehensive immigration reform.

And for those that have been using border security as a pre-cursor to CIR, Sec. Napolitano made it clear, that issue has been dealt with. Many of the benchmarks set in 2007 have been met, “Congress should be ready to move forward on immigration”.

 

Blessings, Pastor Mark Gonzales

President, Hispanic Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

 

 

Courtesy of the American Immigration Council:

 

For Immediate Release

 

Statement from the American Immigration Council on
Secretary Janet Napolitano's First Speech on Immigration Reform

 

November 13, 2009

 

Washington D.C. - Today, in her first speech on immigration reform, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke in great detail about the security and enforcement measures that her agency has taken under her tenure to enforce current immigration laws, but she noted "the more work we do, the more it becomes clear that the laws themselves need to be reformed."


Speaking at the
Center for American Progress, the Secretary laid out her belief that her agency has done its part to secure the border, a major concern for Congress and the public during the last round of immigration debates in 2007, but that enforcement without comprehensive reform was falling short.  "While it's important to emphasize the need for immigration reform from an enforcement perspective, the need for reform stretches far beyond those reasons. We have to make sure the immigration system works to support American families, businesses and workers," said the Secretary.


DHS is also ready to implement reform according to the Secretary who noted "We've ended a year-long backlog for background checks on applicants for green cards and naturalization. We've expanded the opportunity for a widow to gain legal status here, despite the untimely death of her U.S. citizen spouse. We've launched a new interactive website that allows people to receive information about the status of their immigration cases by email or text message, and we have reduced the time it takes to process those cases."

 

The Secretary concluded "at the end of the day, when it comes to immigration, people need to be able to trust the system. Americans need to know that their government is committed to enforcing the law and securing the border - and that it takes this responsibility seriously. Law enforcement needs to have better legal tools and the necessary resources to deal with border-related and immigration-related crime. Businesses must be able find the workers they need here in America, rather than having to move overseas. Immigrants need to be able to plan their lives - they need to know that once we reform the laws, we're going to have a system that works, and that the contours of our immigration laws will last. And they need to know that they will have as many responsibilities as they do rights...This Administration does not shy away from taking on the big challenges of the 21st century, challenges that have been ignored too long and hurt our families and businesses."


Ben Johnson, Executive Director of the
American Immigration Council attended the speech and noted, "Napolitano's speech today evidenced a real understanding by the Administration of the comprehensive policy prescriptions necessary to reform a broken system.  Although she continues to express support for many enforcement policies - such as local enforcement of federal laws - that have proven to do more harm than good, she rightly acknowledged that it is time to move beyond the enforcement-only strategy of the past 10 years and begin the process of fixing the system.  Her clear statement on the value of immigrants to our society and economy, and the important role that immigration reform can play in building a foundation for growth and prosperity is a welcome response to the angry, misinformed rhetoric that has otherwise clouded the debate on immigration."

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Don't forget to vote on November 3, 2009. Most elections will be local raced, except in a few states like New Jersey and Virginia where they also have statewide elections taking place this election cycle.

If you want to have a voice on immigration or any other issue for that matter you are going to have to be a voter in every election. So make sure you vote & get others to do the same.

Immigration Hearings in Washington, DC

Thursday, October 8, 1:30PM & 3:00PM, EST

 

1)     1:30PM: There will be an evangelical press conference on immigration reform in Rayburn B-318.

 

2)     3:00PM: There will be a House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee hearing on faith-based perspectives on immigration reform

 

3)     Call-In Information for Senate Immigration Subcommittee Hearing on Faith Perspectives

 

4)     The National Association of Evangelicals Approves Resolution Supporting Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

 

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Press Conference Information:

 

** Press Conference, Thursday, October 8th at 1:30 pm Eastern**
**Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-318** 

 

Evangelical Leaders Speak on Immigration Reform

 

Washington, D.C. – This Thursday, Oct. 8th at 1:30 p.m. in Room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), which represents 40 denominations, scores of evangelical organizations and millions of American evangelicals, will hold a press conference regarding its engagement in the immigration discussion.

 

“Our current immigration system is broken,” said Leith Anderson, NAE President. “Efforts to maintain secure and efficient borders have been ineffective and, too often, inhumane. Our visa system for legal immigration is antiquated, bureaucratic and insufficient to meet both labor force and family reunification needs. Those who want to play by the rules, both employers and employees, often have no realistic options.” 

 

Leith Anderson will also testify at a hearing later that afternoon held by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Citizenship on faith-based perspectives on comprehensive immigration reform.

 

Other gathered evangelical leaders at the press conference will speak to both the specifics of immigration reform and to the broader impact of immigration on the evangelical community.

 

WHAT:                          National Association of Evangelical Leaders Speak on
                                    Immigration Reform

 

WHO:                            Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelical
Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Burt Waggoner, National Director, Vineyard USA

Ronald Burgio, President, Elim Fellowship

                                   

WHEN:                          Thursday, October 8th at 1:30 pm Eastern

 

WHERE:                         Rayburn B-318, Rayburn House Office Building

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Senate Immigration Subcommittee Hearing on Faith Perspectives:

 

“HEARING RESCHEDULED--Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Faith-Based Perspectives”

Senate Judiciary Committee
Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship

 

DATE: October 8, 2009
TIME: 03:00 PM
ROOM:
Select Building-226

 

OFFICIAL HEARING NOTICE / WITNESS LIST:

October 1, 2009

NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING

The hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security entitled "Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Faith-Based Perspectives" previously scheduled for Tuesday, September 29, 2009 has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 226 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building.

Chairman Schumer will preside.

By order of the Chairman

Witness List

Hearing before the
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security
on
"Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Faith-Based Perspectives"

Thursday, October 8, 2009
Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226

3:00 p.m.

His Eminence Theodore E. McCarrick
Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus
Diocese of Washington
Washington, DC

The Reverend Samuel Rodriguez
President
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Sacramento, CA

James Tolle
Senior Pastor
The Church on the Way
Van Nuys, CA

Michael Gerson
Senior Research Fellow
Institute for Global Engagement
Center on Faith and International Affairs
Washington, DC

Leith Anderson
Senior Pastor
Wooddale Church
Eden Prairie, MN

 

For more info on the hearing and how to watch it online, follow this link:  http://judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=4108.   

 

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Call-In Day TO YOUR SENATORS for Senate Immigration Subcommittee Hearing on Faith Perspectives:

 

While national faith leaders speak at the hearing about why immigration reform is important to them, you have an opportunity to tell your Senators why it matters to youPlease call your Senators today, October 8, to let them know that as a person of faith, you are asking them to pass fair and humane immigration reform as quickly as possible.  Here are the numbers to call:

 

English: 877-560-4055

Español: 877-267-5060

 

When you dial the number, you’ll hear a short script (in either English or Spanish, depending on which number you dial) to prepare you for speaking with your Senator’s office.  You will then hear the name of the Senator’s office to whom you will be connected, and then the system will put your call through the Senator’s office.

 

If you have questions regarding the hearing or the call-in day, please feel free to contact Eric Sigmon at 202-626-7943 or via email at esigmon@lirs.org.

 

Thank you for helping us send a strong message that there is deep and broad support in the faith community for fair and humane immigration reform!

 

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NAE Resolution to Support CIR:

 

The National Association of Evangelicals Approves Resolution Supporting Comprehensive Immigration Reform

 

Washington, D.C. – The Board of Directors of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), representing 40 denominations, scores of evangelical organizations and millions of American evangelicals, today approved a resolution calling for action on immigration reform.  The resolution can be found here: http://www.nae.net/government-affairs/policy-resolutions/348-immigration-2009

 

“Our current immigration system is broken,” said Leith Anderson, NAE President. “Efforts to maintain secure and efficient borders have been ineffective and, too often, inhumane. Our visa system for legal immigration is antiquated, bureaucratic and insufficient to meet both labor force and family reunification needs. Those who want to play by the rules, both employers and employees, often have no realistic options.” 

 

Leith Anderson will also testify at a hearing in the afternoon held by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Citizenship on faith-based perspectives on comprehensive immigration reform.

 

“Our churches and communities have been blessed by immigrants, many of whom bring strong faith, entrepreneurial energy and traditional family values that strengthen our future,” said Galen Carey, NAE Director of Government Affairs. “At the same time, some of our communities have struggled to cope with the impact of unregulated immigration.”

 

The NAE resolution recommends that immigration reform respect several fundamental principles, including:

 

·         Immigrants should be treated with respect and mercy.

·         National borders must be safeguarded with efficiency and respect for human dignity.

·         Immigration laws should recognize the central importance of the family and provide for reduction in backlogs for family reunification.

·         There should be a clear and workable system for legally admitting an adequate number of immigrants to meet both workforce and family reunification needs.

·         There must be a sound, equitable process for currently undocumented immigrants who wish to assume the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship to earn legal status.

·         There should be fair labor and civil laws for all who reside in the United States, reflecting the best of our nation’s heritage.

·         Immigration enforcement must recognize due process of law, the sanctity of the human person and the incomparable value of family.

 

“This resolution will be an important step forward in evangelical advocacy on behalf of immigrants, many of whom are members of evangelical churches across the United States,” Carey said.

 

The NAE further calls on its members, elected officials and all Americans to participate in the immigration reform debate in a spirit of civility and respect, both for immigrants and for those with whom we may disagree on policy prescriptions. 

 

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The HCFCIR launches the Hispanic Center for Law & Justice to deal with the injustices that are taking place due to attorney misleadings.

We did our first Immigration Symposium/Conference in Austin, TX in May where we were able to help hundreds of families with issue pertaining to their immigration status as well as their rights as undocumented immigrants in America. It was a phenomenal evening. It was the first in a series of symposiums that we will be doing across the state and around the nation, which is part of Hispanic Center for Law & Justice initiative. The Hispanic Center for Law & Justice is a network of attorneys with a track record of helping the Hispanic community and are trustworthy & honest. More info to come soon.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR IMMIGRATION

***AN UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT***

Thousands Gathered for an Unprecedented

National Day of Prayer for Immigration

Lakewood Church – Houston, TX

 

Hispanic Evangelicals came together to intercede for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation to pass this year!!!

 

(Houston, TX) Friday, July 31, 2009 @ 7:30PM, CST at Lakewood Church in Houston. We want to thank everyone for your support and attendance in making this day a great success.

 

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Through TBN Enlace, the largest Spanish Christian Network in the world, over 100 nations around the world joined live as it was broadcast simultaneously from Houston. Through the power of television, untold millions joined in their homes and prayed for this breakthrough in immigration legislation to become a reality.

 

Once again, thank you very much to all who participated with us that night around US and the world and for TBN Enlace that made it possible to connect the nations in favor of immigration reform.

 

Who:          Hispanic Evangelicals & the Faith Community At Large

           

What:        A time of prayer for passage of fair and just comprehensive immigration reform legislation

                   this year.  That the wisdom of God will be upon our President and Leaders in Congress as

                   they deal with the complex issues of CIR in the days ahead.

                       

Where:     Lakewood Church – 3700 Southwest Freeway – Houston, TX 77027 

                       

When:       Friday, July 31, 2009

 

Time:         7:30PM – 9:30PM

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Partnering Organizations: Hispanic Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Canzion, TBN Enlace, U.S. Hispanic Prayer Network, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Houston Para Cristo, Red de Pastores de Houston, Magda Hermida Ministries, Radio Truinfo, Radio Amistad, Television Bendicion, Vision Celestial Television, El Misionero, El Shofar, Pastores en Accion, Ministros en Oracion, Ministros Contra el Crimen, Ministerios de Transformacion Mundial, Lidere, EsTiempoDeVotar, Hispanic Business Network, RhemaLegal, Plake & Mintz, PLLC, and many more.

 

More pictures in the gallery section of the Coalition website.

 

www.hispaniccoalitionforcir.com

www.estiempodevotar.com

 

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***UNA NOCHE INOVIDABLE***

Miles Se Reunieron Para Un Sin Precedente
Día Nacional De Oración Sobre Inmigración

Iglesia Lakewood - Houston, TX

Hispanos Evangélicos se Unieron para Interceder por el Pasaje de una Legislación para una Reforma Migratoria Comprensiva este año!


(Houston, TX) Viernes, 31 de Julio, 2009 @ 7:30 PM, CCT en la Iglesia Lakewood en Houston. Queremos dar las gracias a todos por su apoyo y asistencia en haciendo este día un gran éxito.

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A través de TBN Enlace, la red español cristiana más grande en el mundo, más de 100 naciones de todo el mundo se sumaron en vivo ya que se transmitió simultáneamente desde Houston. A través del poder de la televisión, se sumaron incontables millones en sus hogares y oraron con nosotros para este gran avance en la legislación sobre inmigración se convierta en una realidad.

 

Una vez más, muchas gracias a todos los que participaron con nosotros esa noche alrededor de los EE.UU. y el mundo y por TBN Enlace que lo hizo posible conectar la naciones a favor de una reforma migratoria.


Quién:      Evangélicos Hispanos y la Comunidad de Fe en General

 

Qué:          Un tiempo de oración para el paso justo y humano de una reforma de inmigración este año.

                   Que la sabiduría de Dios este sobre nuestro Presidente y líderes en el Congreso, ya que se

                   estarán afrentando a las complejas cuestiones de la reforma migratoria en los próximos días.

 

Dónde:       Iglesia Lakewood - 3700 Southwest Freeway - Houston, TX 77027

Cuándo:    Viernes, 31 de Julio de 2009

Hora:         7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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Organizaciones asociadas: La Coalición Hispana Pro Reforma Migratoria Comprensiva, Canzion, TBN Enlace, U.S. Red Hispana de Oración de los EE.UU., Houston Para Cristo, Red de Pastores de Houston, Ministerios Magda Hermida, Radio Truinfo, Radio Amistad, Television Bendicion, Vision Celestial Television, El Misionero, El Shofar, Pastores en Accion, Ministros en Oracion, Ministros Contra el Crimen, Ministerios de Transformacion Mundial, Lidere, EsTiempoDeVotar, Red Hispana de Negocios, RhemaLegal, Plake & Mintz, PLLC, and many more. 

 

Más retratos en la sección de gallery del sitio web de la Coalición.

 

www.hispaniccoalitionforcir.com

www.estiempodevotar.com

 

 

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