OC Communities Rally to Call on Congress for an Immigration Reform Vote Happens Tonight

Rep. Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez

Hundreds of working families, community members, faith leaders and civil rights organizations will join a Town Hall Monday to express the need for a bill that keeps families together.  “The broken immigration system has gone unfixed for too long and it is time for Orange County leaders to take a stand for the 11 million aspiring Americans,” said Julio Perez, Staff Director of the Orange County Labor Federation.

Orange County communities have been affected by the broken system and are calling for a new immigration policy that unites families and communities for shared prosperity.

The agenda for the Town Hall will include a presentation on the current bill, community testimonies on family unity and worker contributions as well as a space for discussion with Members of Congress.

WHAT: As Republicans in the House remain content with maintaining the status quo, Orange County communities call on their representatives to support an immigration policy with a road map to citizenship.

WHEN: Monday, August 12, 2013

TIME:  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

WHERE: West Coast Christian Tabernacle, 2nd Floor, 309 N. Main St. Santa Ana, 92701 (Parking  at the Artist Village Parking structure on 3rd St. and Sycamore)

WHO: Community Testimonies; Daniel Bravo,  Youth Activist;  Julio Perez, Staff Director for the Orange County Labor Federation Representing the communities of Orange County, invited guests include the following Members of Congress:

Gary Miller, CD 31, Linda Sanchez, CD 38, Ed Royce, CD 39, Ken Calvert, CD 42, John Campbell, CD 45, Loretta Sanchez, CD 46, Alan Lowenthal, CD 47, Dana Rohrabacher, CD 48, Darrell Issa, CD 49

(Confirmed: Representative from Senator Barbara Boxer’s office, Maurice Lyles, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and Irantzu Pujadas, Field representative for Congressman Alan Lowenthal)

  6 comments for “OC Communities Rally to Call on Congress for an Immigration Reform Vote Happens Tonight

  1. forumsforjustice
    August 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    NO AMNESTY

  2. Robert Lauten
    August 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Question:
    Why do most labor unions want to flood the labor market with 20 million minimum wage workers? I understand why the big corporations and Republicans would want to drive down the cost of labor. I don’t however understand why Big Labor and Democrats want to drive down the cost of labor. U6 unemployment stands at 23% http://www.shadowstats.com

  3. August 13, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I attended the town hall meeting dominated by the Orange County Labor Union and only a small number of people attended, not the “hundreds” they expected. Several burly members were at the entrance obstructing the sidewalk, I believe they wanted to stop any anti-amnesty demonstration so as not to embarrass Sanchez. If this meeting was a Sanchez Town Hall, what right did the labor union have to control the meeting and obstruct the entrance? Attendees had to submit written questions, which were then screened before they were asked. Is this what the DEMOcratic party is all obout?This is Obama Chicago-type politics !

  4. cynthia curran
    August 15, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Why do most labor unions want to flood the labor market with 20 million minimum wage workers? I understand why the big corporations and Republicans would want to drive down the cost of labor. I don’t however understand why Big Labor and Democrats want to drive down the cost of labor. U6 unemployment stands at 23% http://www.shadowstats.com
    Good point, the report shows depressed wages for sometime. In fact the vista overstay is part the reason for the messed. If vista overstayers were dealt with years ago not the problem. as today And both Democratics and Republicans in California and Texas have encouraged the situation because of agricultural interest, the Hotel Industry and Restaurants, and construction industry. In fact a report from Texas shown that Hispanic immigration make 5 dollars less per hr in construction than than native born. Also, in the near future, OC may leave off about 40,000 workers in cleaning jobs why, by 2025 robots might replace a lot of maids and janitors, so they folks will in the 2020’s be legalized and no jobs. You may not think this is happening but even changes in Agricultural report its possible in 10 years to have robots replaced immigrants.

  5. cynthia curran
    August 15, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    “Dilapidated homes, a lack of potable water or sewer and drainage systems and floodplain locations make many colonias an ideal place for the proliferation of disease. Texas Department of Health data show that hepatitis A, salmonellosis, dysentery, cholera and other diseases occur at much higher rates in colonias than in Texas as a whole. A lack of medical services compounds health problems in the colonias.” -Texas Secretary of State6
    This is the colonias of Texas its rural and over 90 percent Hispanic, its the closest part of the US that is similar to Mexico and lots of Republicans in OC that booast about how great Texas is forget about the Rio Grande Region.

  6. Robert Lauten
    August 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    USCIS Union Criticizes GOP DREAM Act
    Kenneth Palinkas, the President of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Union Congress informed Congress that their agency is ill-prepared to handle the mass influx of visa applications that could result from a DREAM-like amnesty bill.
    “”I cannot stress enough how ill-equipped USCIS is to engage in the sort of far-reaching plans before Congress right now — including both the enormous legalization programs proposed as well as the historic increases in both immigrant and non-immigrant visas,” Palinkas wrote. “What is to stop the Administration from simply issuing another round of non-enforcement orders (written or oral) that would eviscerate any attempted limitations in your bill?”

    The USCIS union also opposed the Schumer-Obama amnesty bill, S.744, for
    similar reasons. In his letter, Palinkas urged House Leadership not to conference with the bill. “I would therefore urge all House lawmakers not to conference with the dangerous Senate bill that will produce a totally deficient comprehensive proposal, but instead to work with USCIS adjudicators to produce responsible reforms that enhance the integrity and security of our immigration system.”

    (Is Congress not prepared by design?)

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