Rep. Loretta Sanchez is “Ready for Reform” on Immigration


Saying “The Time is now and we are ready,” Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez participated in this morning’s Voto Latino’s press conference in Washington this morning along with Congressman Xavier Becerra, CA-34, Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Congressman Hank Johnson, GA-4, Congressman Pete Gallego, TX-23 and Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, TX-15. The press conference highlighted Voto Latino’s “I’m Ready for Immigration Reform” announcig a diverse coalition of organizations whose constituents are impacted by the nation’s broken immigration system.

“I’m Ready for Immigration Reform” coalition represent diverse communities that includes African Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders, businesses, labor organizations, Latinos, Silicon Valley technology companies, and young Americans.

According to Voto Latino, immigration reform is an American issue that impacts communities of all backgrounds. Although as individual organizations we work to address our communities’ diverse needs, we are united in the belief that an immigration overhaul must include a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living within our borders.

Besides the Congressional leaders, other coalition members who attended the press conference included:
  • Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino
  • Voto Latino Co-Chair and actor, Wilmer Valderrama
  • Voto Latino Co-Chair and actor, America Ferrera
  • Chad Griffin, President, Human Rights Campaign
  • Dolores Huerta, long-time civil rights leader and Co-Founder of United Farm Workers
  • Hilary O. Shelton, Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President for Advocacy, NAACP
  • Javier Palomarez, President and CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Jeremy Robbins of the “March for Innovation” campaign, Director of the Partnership for a New American Economy, and Policy Advisor and Special Counsel in the Office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg
  • Gregory A. Cendana, Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)
  • Heather Smith, President, Rock the Vote
  • Maria del Pilar Avila, CEO, New America Alliance

  1 comment for “Rep. Loretta Sanchez is “Ready for Reform” on Immigration

  1. April 15, 2013 at 10:04 am

    The politics of Comprehensive Amnesty Legislation makes strange bedfellows, namely:
    • Chad Griffin, President, Human Rights Campaign
    • Hilary O. Shelton, Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President for Advocacy, NAACP

    “US Civil Rights Commission Members:
    Amnesty Will ‘Disproportionately Harm’ Black Community”

    “Three members of the United States Commission on Civil Rights wrote on Thursday to Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) to express their belief that amnesty or legalization of some 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. will hurt the black community.”

    “The obvious question is whether there are sufficient jobs in the low-skilled labor market for both African-Americans and illegal immigrants,” the Civil Rights Commission members wrote to Fudge. “The answer is no.”

    “Before the federal government decides to grant legal status to illegal immigrants, due deliberation should be given to what effect such grant will have on the employment and earnings prospects of low-skill Americans generally and black Americans specifically,” they wrote. “We respectfully submit that granting such legal status is not without substantial costs to American workers.”

    The letter can be read in its entirety by following the link below:

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