NCLR DELIVERS 20,000 POSTCARDS TO PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS IN SUPPORT OF REAL IMMIGRATION REFORM




June 23 2010

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jun 23, 2010

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Paco Fabián
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NCLR DELIVERS 20,000 POSTCARDS TO PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS IN SUPPORT OF REAL IMMIGRATION REFORM

Washington, DC—As the debate over how to fix our broken immigration system heats up across the country, NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, today delivered nearly 20,000 postcards to Congress and the president, urging them to strengthen America by supporting real immigration reform. The postcards, collected from all over the country by NCLR Affiliates and other partners, include stories from individuals affected by current immigration policies.

"Immigrants [contribute] through their hard work, and there are immigrants who strive for the advancement of our community by encouraging others to follow the rules of this country and being exceptional citizens,” said Miriam, one of the tens of thousands of Americans who filled out a postcard for delivery to Congress and the president.

The postcards were delivered to the White House and to the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–KY). The nearly 20,000 postcards contain a host of reasons why all these Americans support immigration reform that fixes our immigration system while requiring those who are here without documentation to pay extra taxes, pass background checks, and get on a path toward legalization.

“As so many of these stories demonstrate, current immigration policies are devastating too many families and communities,” said Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO. “Our country needs immigration reform that improves the efficiency of our legal immigration system and enables hardworking and rule-abiding immigrants to remain with their families and fully contribute to their communities.”

The majority of the postcards were collected by NCLR Affiliates, many of which deliver essential services to the Latino and immigrant communities. These extremely active and frequently under-resourced groups made collecting the postcards a priority, which underscores the importance of immigration reform to the Latino community and their expectation that Congress and the president will demonstrate real leadership and start working on legislation to solve this national problem.

“What our country needs, from the White House and from our leaders in Congress, is real leadership, not expensive Band-Aid fixes to a problem that has gone ignored for more than a decade,” continued Murguía. “Our communities are in a state of crisis, and the leaders who stand on the sidelines or simply block movement on a real solution to our broken immigration system will be held accountable for their lack of action on an issue that defines America.”

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Issues: Policy and Legislation Details, Immigration
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