FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2009
Francisco Lopez, Executive Director, 503.269.5694
Erik Sorensen, Communications Director, 503.488.0263
Introduction of House Bill a First Step for Immigration Reform in 2010
Salem, Ore-- Today, Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP), a socially responsible bill that addresses key issues necessary for a real workable solution to the currently broken immigration reform system. The bill's 87 original co-sponsors include members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Black Caucus, Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Progressive Caucus.
CAUSA's Executive Director, Francisco Lopez, and President Ramon Ramirez of Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) were in Washington D.C. today to bear witness to the introduction of the legislation that gives new life to the campaign for legalization. After many years the door is again open for a possible legalization of the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
"Introducing this bill is a great first step on the road to passing comprehensive immigration reform," said Francisco Lopez. "CAUSA, our sister organizations and Latino Immigrants in Oregon applaud this first step members of Congress took today and look forward to a similar action in the Senate."
"The American people have long waited for such an action and are tired of government inaction on this important and pressing issue affecting all of us." Lopez added. "We expect this bill to present a workable and socially responsible solution that is true to the values and principles that Americans share, including fair and workable path to citizenship and worker protections."
Early in 2010, New York Senator Charles Schumer is expected to introduce a similar bill in the United States Senate.
Tomorrow, CAUSA and our sister organizations will hold a Posada for Immigration Reform at 6:00pm at the Cipriano Ferrel Education Center (1274 5th St,) in Woodburn. The Posada, or hospitality, is a symbolic commemoration which takes place nine days before the 24th of December known as "Noche Buena" or "Holy Night". The Posada honors the story of the Nativity and remembers those who have died crossing the border. The media is invited to attend.
CAUSA, Oregon's Immigrant Rights Coalition, is a member of the Reform Immigration FOR America coalition and the largest Latino and Latina civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit www.causaoregon.org
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN: The Reform Immigration FOR America campaign is a coalition of more than 600 faith, labor, business, progressive, and immigration reform groups that have joined together to get comprehensive immigration reform passed. For more information please visit www.reformimmigrationforamerica.org or www.reformamigratoriaproamerica.org