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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Immigration Reform Advocates to Rally in Bend on Friday

August 26, 2009

Greg Delgado, Central Oregon Jobs with Justice 541-390-6213
Francisco Lopez, CAUSA, Executive Director 503-984-6816
Erik Sorensen, CAUSA Communications Director 503-488-0263

Immigration Reform Advocates to Rally in Bend on Friday

Local groups rallying for Immigration Reform to call on Congressman Walden for Support

This Friday, CAUSA, Central Oregon Jobs with Justice and Recursos Para Derechos Humanos will hold a rally in Bend to call on Congressman Walden to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation this year.

The rally will take place during the Central Oregon town hall style TV show "Talk of the Town". During the show, U.S Congressman Greg Walden for Oregon's 2nd District will share a brief update on current congressional matters. His address will be followed by a community discussion.

"The rally is intended to continue the momentum around the importance to pass immigration reform this year," said Francisco Lopez, Executive Director of CAUSA. "We want Congressman Walden to join with us in pushing for humane and just legislation, so that the familes suffering under our broken system can finally have relief. The time for reform is long overdue."

"People are suffering needlessly because we have failed for decades to address immigration in a fair, practical and systematic way", said Greg Delgado, a spokesman for the groups. "Immigrant families are being broken apart, breadwinners deported, leaving children and dependents stranded. And still people are risking their lives to cross the border because there's an even greater risk in staying home, of being overwhelmed by poverty or caught in the crossfire between drug cartels."

Date: Friday, August 28th, 2009
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Cascades Theatrical Company (CTC)
148 NW Greenwood, Bend Oregon

The groups that will rally in Bend on Friday are part of a broader coalition of faith, labor, business, community and immigrant advocacy organizations seeking a humane and comprehensive immigration reform that: provides a fair and coherent path to legalization; protects U.S. and immigrant workers; allocates sufficient visas to close unlawful migration channels and thereby strengthen border security; utilizes smart, cost-effective enforcement measures that actually enhance security while protecting human rights and due process; keeps families together; promotes immigrant integration; and protects fundamental rights for all.

The groups will meet outside the Cascades Theatrical Company (CTC) at 2:30pm with the rally to begin at 3:00. For more information, please contact Greg Delgado with Central Oregon Jobs with Justice at 541-390-6213

CAUSA ( is Oregon's statewide, grassroots immigrant rights coalition. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies.



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