A national conversation on immigration reform

  • Thousands of Families and

    Friends across the Country to Gather in the Conversation

  • Family Freedom & Faith:

    Campaign Invites Families across the Country to Gather and Listen to

    Congressman Luis Gutierrez on a National Phone Conversation 

On Wednesday, November 18th,

the Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign will host

Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez for a national conversation on immigration

reform. Tens of thousands of people will be able to join and listen in on the

conversation directly by phone.

Starting Tuesday, November 3rd,

people will be able to register for the phone conversation by simply filling

out information on: http://www.FamiliesFreedomFaith.org. In Spanish: http://www.reformamigratoriaproamerica.org/fiesta

The

website is currently under construction and will be live on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Ethnic

media radio outlets are encouraged to broadcast the conversation live or

recorded. For details in English, contact Shu Ohno at [email protected],

or for Spanish, contact Katherine Vargas at [email protected].

The Campaign is organizing hundreds

of house parties and gatherings across the country for families and friends to

come together to listen to Congressman Gutierrez on November 18th.

Gutierrez will discuss a progressive outline for immigration reform legislation

that he is preparing and share with families and communities directly, just

what is happening in Congress.

Earlier this month, Congressman

Gutierrez, joined by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Chairwoman Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Congressional Asian Pacific American

Caucus Chairman Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), Congressional Progressive Caucus Chairs

Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Congressional Black Caucus

Member, Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Xavier Becerra

(D-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Mike Quigley (D-IL)- called

for comprehensive immigration reform as a way of keeping families together,

protecting the rights of immigrant and non-immigrant workers, and strengthening

the U.S. economy.

Addressing thousands who gathered in front of the US

Capitol, Congressman Gutierrez stated, “We need a bill that says if you

are here to work hard and to make a better life for your family, you will have

the opportunity to earn your citizenship. We need a law that says it is

un-American for a mother to be torn from her child, and it is unacceptable to

undermine our workforce by driving the most vulnerable among us further into

the shadows.”

Rep. Gutierrez, chairman of the

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force, helped organize the Families United/Familias Unidas tour earlier this year, a

series of vigils and community gatherings to highlight how families are

affected by U.S.

immigration laws.  The bill Rep. Gutierrez is preparing will be designed

to address the problems faced by families attending today’s event in Washington.

Specifically, the forthcoming

immigration reform legislation will:

  • Include a rational and humane approach to the

    undocumented population;

  • Protect U.S.

    and immigrant workers;

  • Allocate sufficient visas to close unlawful migration

    channels;

  • Enhance our nation’s security and safety;
  • Establish a strategic border enforcement policy that

    reflects American values;

  • Keep American families together;
  • Promote immigrant integration;
  • Include the DREAM Act and AgJOBS; and
  • Protect fundamental rights for all. 

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