NCLR and ACLU to Host Community Roundtable: Immigration Reform and Benefits for Business

September 25 2013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              Contact:
September 24, 2013                                                                                          Camila Gallardo
                                                                                                                        (305) 215-4259

LOS ANGELES—On Friday, September 27, 2013, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and ACLU of Sand Diego and Imperial Counties (American Civil Liberties Union) will host a community roundtable to discuss the impact of immigration reform on the business community.  Engaging business leaders, community advocates, and expert panelists, the event will highlight the advantages of passing comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for many of the over two million of undocumented immigrants living in California.  There is ample consensus among business groups that legalizing their status will provide an economic windfall that will positively advance the state’s recovering economy.  Legalization would increase the earning power of would-be citizens, in turn, generating additional tax revenue and boosting consumer spending.   

As the United States House of Representatives continues to debate the issue, attendees at the roundtable will engage in constructive dialogue about how to move the issue forward and work together towards a commonsense solution to fix our broken immigration system.  Research conducted by California State University San Marcos that provides up-to-date state projections on the benefit of reform will inform the morning’s discussion. 


WHO:     Panelists:
               Bill de la Fuente, North County Regional Director, Comerciantes Latinos Asociados
               Arcela Nuñez-Alvarez, Ph.D., Research Director, National Latino Research Center, California State University San Marcos
               Susana Serrano, Board Member, National Latina Business Women Association–San Diego
               Elena Cruz, Program Manager, Microcredit Program, La Maestra Community Health Centers

WHAT:    “Immigration Reform and Benefits for Business” Community Roundtable

WHEN:     Friday, September 27, 2013
                 8:30–9:30 a.m.

WHERE:     Oceanside Public Library Civic Center
                   Community Room
                   330 North Coast Highway
                   Oceanside, CA 92054

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.  For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.


Issues: Immigration, Economy and Employment