Additional Quotes from Initiating Organizations of the “Dollar-A-Person” National Immigration Reform AD Campaign

“The current immigration system is broken and does not reflect the values and traditions of our nation. Our families are divided and hard-working immigrants are criminalized. President Bush and members of Congress must work together and take concrete and immediate steps toward comprehensive immigration reform.”
– Angela Sanbrano, Executive Director of Central American Resource Center on behalf of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities

“How many more families will be separated and lives lost before Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform legislation that recognizes the contributions of the millions of undocumented immigrants living in America? Our immigration system is broken and focusing on enforcement alone is not helpful. Deporting millions of immigrants and shooting them at our borders is not the solution. The widespread grassroots effort reflected by this Ad campaign is testament to the hope that our country won’t just pay lip service to support for family values and opportunity for all, but demonstrate it in a way that is humane, realistic and just.”
– Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director of Center for Community Change

“Millions of immigrants contribute to our nation but are denied basic opportunity and justice. Their life is filled with uncertainty and lack of opportunity while others lose their life in their quest for an American job. Immigration reform is about life and death.”
– Angelica Salas, Executive Director of Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of
Los Angeles

“For millions of hard-working, tax-paying immigrants and their families – whose only crime is having had come to this country in search of a better future for them and their families – this bill is a great step forward. This bill would allow immigrant workers who do some of the hardest work in America to come out the shadows of fear created by their lack of documents.”
– Terence M. O’Sullivan, General President of the Laborers’ International Union of
North America

“Perhaps the greatest insult in the White House proposal, presented yesterday, is the lack of any path to permanent residence and citizenship. President Bush is essentially telling immigrants “Work hard, pay taxes and then get lost. You are welcome in the lowest rung of our economy, but not in our society.” This ‘Report to Deport’ scheme is nothing more than catering to the extremist and xenophobic elements of our society. President Bush should reconsider his plan and instead forge bipartisan consensus around immigration reform that respects immigrants and fixes the dysfunctional immigration system.”
– Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director of The New York Immigration Coalition

“The ‘Dollar-a-Person’ Ad Campaign features the faces of the newest Americans – our neighbors, co-workers, friends, parishioners, and community members. Contrary to what a vocal minority may claim, these new Americans are not terrorists. They embrace America and are here to make vital contributions to our communities and our economy. Like immigrants before them who were integral to the story of America’s rise to greatness, the newest Americans are hard-working and want a chance to realize the American Dream. Thus, this debate on immigration reform is not just a policy debate – it is a debate about the heart and soul of America, who we are as a nation and what values we will invoke to guide us through this historic moment. Will we honor our tradition as a nation of immigrants and of laws, or will be turn our backs on this rich past? Will we be forward-thinking in our prescription or will we repeat the mistakes of the past? It is high time that Americans – old and new – come together and challenge our elected leaders to enact a bipartisan comprehensive reform bill that reunites families, enhances our national security, protects workers, and allows hard-working, tax-paying immigrants to become both a legitimate part of our economy and full participants in our democracy.”
– Eliseo Medina, Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union

“Immigrant communities in the U.S. are an integral part of the economic, social and political make up of this country. We believe that a comprehensive reform of the immigration system is long overdue, and the Secure American and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005 can be a starting point for reform that is humane, just and realistic. If an immigration reform bill passes, this new law will set immigration policy for the next 20 or more years and have a fundamental impact on all Americans – not just the more than 35 million immigrants living in the U.S. today. The time is now, the need is urgent and our communities must become engaged to ensure that any immigration reform bill that passes includes legalization, protection of worker rights and provisions to defend and protect immigrants’ civil liberties and civil rights. We see this legislative campaign as a beginning point of a longer term grassroots movement-building for reform in the nation’s immigration system.”
– Lois M. Dauway, Assistant General Secretary of the Women’s Division, General Board of
Global Ministries, United Methodist Church

Comments:1

  1. You definitely sluhod have put some bait in your most recent media-related post, maybe something like: like noble immigrants struggling to evade the INS, bloggers struggle to get acceptance from bigger media sources.

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