Coalition Vows to Press Congress and Obama for Immigration Reform

New America Media, News Report, Khalil Abdullah Posted: Jun 04, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new coalition launched a campaign yesterday in the nation's capital to press Congress for comprehensive immigration reform legislation this year.

The Reform Immigration FOR America campaign announced its plan to garner enough votes to pass what it says are needed changes in U.S. immigration policy.

“Two hundred seventy nine votes, 218 in the House; 60 in the Senate,” said Ali Nourani, executive director of the National Immigration Reform, referring to the number of votes needed to send legislation to the desk of President Barack Obama. Obama’s signature, in effect, would be the 279th vote, and should the vision of the coalition hold sway, the legislation would introduce dramatic changes in U.S. immigration policy.

Key concerns include family reunification, the harshness of enforcement raids, border security, and effective means to address undocumented workers. There are an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the country.

“It’s not realistic to remove 12 million people from our communities,” said John Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress, referring to calls by some for mass deportation. Podesta said the cost of such deportations was too high and that other alternatives would be well received by this Congress and the new administration.

The last attempt at immigration policy reform in 2007 fell short although then-President George W. Bush had earlier made it a priority.

“The time to act is now,” Podesta said. “It’s our collective challenge and responsibility to develop and advocate for common-sense immigration reform.” Podesta, who was a co-chair of Obama’s transition team, was one of several speakers with ties to the current administration.

Nourani stressed that the coalition would take Obama at his word about wanting to change the immigration system but that it would keep the political pressure on the president. Coalition’s members acknowledged that the current economic climate makes undecided legislators more wary about supporting reform, especially in districts where anti-immigrant attitudes prevail.

But AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker argued that the country's current economic difficulties should not impede immigration reform. She noted that some unethical companies use depressed economic conditions to play workers against each other, which creates a strong incentive for reform.

“Our nation’s broken immigration system isn’t working for anybody,” Holt said, “not immigrant workers who are routinely exploited by companies, and not U.S. born workers whose living standards are being undermined by the creation of a new ‘underclass.’ As a part of broad-based economic recovery, we need a comprehensive solution -- and soon.”

Nevertheless, the speakers recognized that the public tone of the immigration debate has become increasingly heated. “Let’s take the hate out of the immigration debate,” said Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza.

Rev. Sam Rodriguez, Jr., president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, echoed her concerns. Rodriguez said immigration “is not a political issue, but rather one of a moral and spiritual imperative.” He said he was looking for that America where “welcoming the stranger” was still valued.

Reform Immigration FOR America has gathered commitments from approximately 200 organizations across the country and held a series of events in over 30 states before yesterday's event.

Other organizations represented at the press conference included: Asian American Justice Center; Coalition for Humane Rights of Los Angeles; the NAACP; and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigrant Rights. The latter was represented by Robert Dolibois, executive vice president of the American Nursery & Landscape Association. He said immigration reform is important for the nation's food security because immigrant labor is key to the U.S. farming industry.

“What is starting to change is where our food comes from," Dolibois said. "Where would we be as a nation if we largely lose the capacity to feed ourselves?”


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Sandra Hintze on Jun 11, 2009 at 14:13:13 said:

Americans have paid billions of dollars to give the Illegals free schooling, free Medical, food stamps etc and we are called racists by our Government who wants their votes, and business who want their cheap labor. Forty per cent of the babies born are paid by the American citizen These people broke our laws to come here! They do not learn our language and do not know what made this country great. They are here for work only. Enough is enough! Our country is BROKE so how can we afford the 300 billion needed to legalize 12 million Illegals and the families who will comme after. We need to vote out all of our Governemnt as they do not represent the people of the USA!!


Brian on Jun 10, 2009 at 06:46:28 said:

Janeth, I have just one question. How do you expect, at best, a couple whom would be bringing in less that $15 per hour combined to buy a car, house, or business when citizens making substantially more are haveing their vehicles repossesed, are being foreclosed on, and can\'t get a loan for a business??


Victor on Jun 07, 2009 at 09:28:04 said:

If people so much hate illegal workers then they should stop eating out as 100.00% of the restaurants in the USA are staffed with at least one illegal alien.


TL Winslow on Jun 06, 2009 at 18:13:01 said:

The age-old pesky U.S.-Mexico border problem has taxed the resources of both countries, led to long lists of injustices, and appears to be heading only for worse troubles in the future. Guess what? The border problem can never be solved. Why? Because the border IS the problem! It's time for a paradigm change.

Never fear, a satisfying, comprehensive solution is within reach: the Megamerge Dissolution Solution. Simply dissolve the border along with the failed Mexican government, and megamerge the two countries under U.S. law, with mass free 2-way migration eventually equalizing the development and opportunities permanently, with justice and without racism.

To see how, Google "Megamerge Dissolution Solution".


Delaware Bob on Jun 06, 2009 at 16:23:41 said:

I can't say the ILLEGAL ALIENS are completely to blame for the shape of our economy, but they are a BIG part of the problem. The ILLEGAL ALIENS send BILLIONS upon BILLIONS out of this Country every year, money we will NEVER see again. Does this help our economy?

How about the BILLIONS the American taxpayers fork out for the ILLEGAL ALIEN BABIES, the schooling of them, the medical care and the list goes on, and on, and on.

How about the MILLIONS upon MILLIONS paid to jail ILLEGAL ALIENS for the crimes, then the cost to deport them. Does this help our economy?

Then you have these activist groups, the Catholic Church and the ACLU that want AMNESTY for these ILLEGAL ALIENS. It would be absolute suicide for this Country if AMNESTY were granted to the 20 million or so ILLEGAL ALIENS. We have more and more people out of work everyday and they want to add another 20 million to this Country? I say, "NO"!

If AMNESTY were ever granted to these 20 million ILLEGAL ALIENS, you can bet big money that 3 years from now, there would be ANOTHER 3-5 million ILLEGAL ALIENS demonstrating on our soil for AMNESTY.

An end MUST come to this illegal immigration. The perfect tool we have so far is E-Verify. It MUST be used by ALL businesses and Government Social Services. EVERY employee must be checked! If they are illegal, they are to be dismissed!

I believe it is time for all 50 States to pass a State law, like Arizona, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina and a few others. It is time for these ILLEGAL ALIENS to go back to their home Country and get out of this Country. The problems they are causing will not go away until the ILLEGAL ALIENS are out of this Country.

Ot's time for ZERO TOLERENCE with these ILLEGAL ALIENS. When we get rid of the ILLEGAL ALIENS, we will get rid of all the problems that go with them. THAT IS A FACT!


Janeth on Jun 05, 2009 at 05:55:16 said:

Tenard is totally right on this issue. Immigration reform will help the economy. Immigrants have a buying power that can boost our economy. Its exactly like he said. They will buy cars,homes,businesses. They will make purchases that will consequently create new jobs. This is a flow of money that america needs. Small example: They pass the reform so i decide to buy a car and home as many millions will do. So the realtor will in return buy him self a new car and a bigger house. What just happened the realter just spent money himself after being provided income by the previously illegal immigrant. Its the circle of american economy. Lets open our eyes america. This is the day for change. And the change is for the better. Lets get this country in shape and prove that america was, is, and always will be the great melting pot of the world. We are diverse and beautifull thats what makes america strong.


Save US-Economics on Jun 05, 2009 at 00:06:57 said:

The Legalization-Program(with Penalties, for the Next 30-years; and Back-Taxes for the Last Four or, more years), would sell
(1)New 6-Millions of New Cars;
(2)New 6-Millions of New Car-Insurances;
(3)New US-Driving-License Fees;
(4)New US-Transportation-Fees;
(5)New US-Bridge-Tolls;
(6)New 6-millions of New US-Home-Constructions;
(7)New 9-millions of the US-Medical-Health-Plans;
(8)New 10-millions of the US-Tax-Payers;
(9)New 10-Millions of the US-Immigration-Penalties(@$5,000 per head per year, for the long 30-years), creating, by each & every year, "An US-Govt.-Revenues of $50-Billions", for the long 30-years, "towards a total US-Govt.-Revenue of $1.5-Trillions";
(10)etc.
Well, the above is just & honestly "An obvious Result on & of the Legalization-Program-2009,(with Penalties, Back-Taxes, New Taxes, Fines, Fees, etc., for the long 30-years)",
which "would may re-employ the Millions of the laid-off US-born-Workers of G.M./at other US-Businesses".
Then what's stopping you "to Legalize the 12-millions of the pro-US, US-friendly, US-Economical non-criminal low-cost sacrificing hard-working Workers of the USA-Homeland"?

Be American, Buy American, Build the USA, Be USA-Patriot, "Legalize the 12-millions pro-US, USA-Friendly, USA-Economical-Workers;(to prove that you are An US-Patriot-Worker, and not An US-Traitor)"!

Thanks, regards!

"save.us.economics@gmail.org".


Save US-Economics on Jun 04, 2009 at 23:47:19 said:

Stop & Destroy as an 100% "the Poisons, like E-Verify, Real-Id, etc., which are created by the US-Rival-Countries, [to destroy the US-National-Homeland-Factories-Industries, so that the USA would destroy it's Homeland-Production-Ability, and USA would only Impot, from the US-Rival-Counries(till the USA would Collapse at the Hands of the US-Rival-Countries)]"
The US-Rival-Countries' Industrial-Giants, were/are giving huge & secret Bribes/Commissions, to the few US-Traitors(like those of the Sensenbernner,WI; Jeff Sessions, Alabama; Dick Cheney, the 09-11-2001-conspirator-terrorist-associate of Osama-Bin-Laden; John Cornyn,TX; Sen. Vitters, etc.), to author "the tougher US-Immigration-Rules, so that the cheap & desperate Work-force of 12-millions,(engaged & dedicated for the the US-National-Homeland-Production), would be kicked out from the USA, on the non-sense/valueless excuse of Immigraton Status,(which would shut down the US-National-Homeland-Factories-Industries, in the next steps, gradually, creating an increase option, to transfer the US-Invstments-Factories-Industries-Businesses, into the US-Rival-Countries)".
The Bitter-truth is that "with every 100 US-born-Workers, there would be another 20 cheap-workers, who have no US-Immigration-Status". It makes "the US-Invstments-Factories-Industries-Jobs-Developments-Tax-Earnings", to stay inside of the USA.
Otherwise, "the US-Factories-Industries-Jobs-Taxes-Earnings-Economical-Stability-Developments-etc. would leave the USA,
to re-esatblish into the US-Rival-Countries".
Sensenbernner,WI,(an US-Traitor) had took the secret & huge Bribes & Commissions, (from the US-rival-counries), "to Author the Tough US-Immigration-Policies(on the 12-millions of the cheap & low-cost US-Economical pro-US US-friendly Workers, in the US-Homeland-Factories-Industries-Businesses-Constructions), just to shut down the "US-National-Homeland-Factories-Industries-Investments-Tax-Revenue-Earnings-Developments-Economical-Stabilities-Growths-Jobs", to "re-establish those into the US-Rival-Countries".
Like "Sensenbernner(WI), an under-covered coward & mean nasty & US-Enemey poisonous & harmful US-Traitor", to day, the USA is increasingly, getting, unfortunately, a lot more foreign-bribed US-Traitors, in the US-White-House, "who are just taking secret Bribes & Commissions, from the US-Rival-Countries(to shut down the US-Homeland-Factories-Industries-Businesses-Investments-Jobs-Taxes-Constructions-Economical-Stability-Growths, with the help of the tougher US-Immigration-Legislations-Enforcements, on the 12-millions of the cheap & low-cost pro-US, US-Economical, US-friendly deadicated productive workers serving for the US-National-Economical-Structure-Building, for more than several years)".

Analysis, tells that each & every 100 US-born-Workers are or, would be further laid-off in the USA, "if only 30 low-cost, cheap, US-Economical, pro-US, US-Friendly, foreign-born-workers(without US-Immigration Status) would be laid-off, on the excuse of the non-sense & valueless US-Immigration-Issues-Excuses".
At this point, "it is most & due US-Patriotic-Measure, to Legalize the 30each cheap & low-cost pro-US, US-Friendly, US-Economical-Workers,(who are working & serving to add & build the US-Economical-Revenues, since the last four or, more years, creating & keeping at least 100 US-Jobs, inside of the USA, for the US-born-Workers), with the Penalties(for the Next Thirty-Years)/Fines/Fees/Back-Taxes(for the Last Four or, more Years)/New Taxes/Conditions/Terms/Restrictions/Controls/etc.
Otherwise, it would be just "An US-Traitor-Activity".
Illegalization is "An US-Traitor-Activity", which would create "An Increasing Lay-Offs for the US-born-Workers".
Retrospectivly, "The Controlled/Restricted Legalization-Mechanism(with long-term Penalties, Back-Taxes, New Taxes, Fines, Fees, etc.)", would be "An US-National-Economical-Patriotic-Activity,(as it would be honestly & seriously preserving & creating New Millions of US-Jobs,inside of the USA, for the US-born-Workers)".
Moreover, "An Arrest & Jail-Terms of the few Illegal Home-Grown US-Economical-Terrorists, or, US-Traitors(like those of the US-Home-Grown-Terrorists, or, US-Traitors, like those of the Sensenbernner,WI; Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Hookabe, Tom Tancredo, John Cornyn, Rush Limbaugh, Jeff-Sessions, Sen. Vitters, Chambliss, Ensign, Mitt Romney, etc.)", would be "A Due US-Patriotic-Activity, to save the US-Factories-Industries-Investments-Jobs-Taxes-Constructions-Developments-Economical-Stability-Growths-Businesses-etc., within the USA, for the US-born-Workers, permanently".

Thanks, regards!

"save.us.economics@gmail.org".


GiGi on Jun 04, 2009 at 18:52:14 said:

Comment by Vtel: \"Government should never give them papers... Do you agree?\"

Yes, I agree! They should never give them papers.


tenard farquharson on Jun 04, 2009 at 18:23:35 said:

i am still concern as to why hotels airline industries cruise ship companies are all still quiet car dealers head of state they all need to come out and say what they think.if 12 million people become legal say by the end of the year whats going to happen at the airport they would have to employ more people wouldn't a percentage of them go on vacations buy cars house if 50,000 of them buy car and house across the country over a 5 year period would this help the economy their are more good than bad to achieve come on lets stop playing politics illegals already have jobs in school and doing alot free them up and lets try to hinder them from coming again


chastity on Jun 04, 2009 at 18:22:46 said:

I'm an american married to a mexican citizen we have a son together. I really hope that immigration reform will help families reunite with no problems. Hopefully the USA has the heart to keep their family together. If not I as an American feel like my freedom of speach wasn't being heard. I support illegal immigrants all they want is a better life. It's the terrorist that we need to watch out for.


nancy on Jun 04, 2009 at 16:49:56 said:

It's such a relief to see a national broad-based movement finally get a voice to say what the majority of Americans really want, which is some sensible solutions to the problems resulting from an outdated, inefficient immigration system... it has been nice to see the pictures from dozens of events around the country with working people, religious groups, unions, students, elected officials. Finally beyond those hateful voices that don't represent the larger US


vtel on Jun 04, 2009 at 13:37:52 said:

Why I support illegal immigration and the reason I don't want them to become legal like me are...

Because of this illegal workers I get cheap food (they work in farms, restaurant and meat processing units cheaply, thus saving million to the manufacturer/low manufacturing cost, so that I get cheap food).

Illegals work very hard building cheap houses (so I can buy them cheaply) and mowing my lawns for pennies.

If we do not have illegals in USA most of American companies will go bankrupt like GM, because no American worker including me wants to work as hard as and as cheap as they do., they don't even ask for health insurance nor they can complain to anyone.

The only choice they have is keep working! They can obey you like a Slave, before we had Blacks as slaves and now are the illegals

I love people here illegally, God bless them...

Government should never give them papers... Do you agree?


Izzybee on Jun 04, 2009 at 13:14:17 said:

It's such a relief to see a national broad-based movement finally get a voice to say what the majority of Americans really want, which is some sensible solutions to the problems resulting from an outdated, inefficient immigration system... it has been nice to see the pictures from dozens of events around the country with working people, religious groups, unions, students, elected officials. Finally beyond those hateful voices that don't represent the larger US.


Vtel on Jun 04, 2009 at 13:03:07 said:

Why I support illegal immigration and the reason I don't want them to become legal like me are...

Because of this illegal workers I get cheap food (they work in farms, restaurant and meat processing units cheaply, thus saving million to the manufacturer/low manufacturing cost, so that I get cheap food).

Illegals work very hard building cheap houses (so I can buy them cheaply) and mowing my lawns for pennies.

If we do not have illegals in USA most of American companies will go bankrupt like GM, because no American worker including me wants to work as hard as and as cheap as they do., they don't even ask for health insurance nor they can complain to anyone.

The only choice they have is keep working! They can obey you like a Slave, before we had Blacks as slaves and now are the illegals

I love people here illegally, God bless them...

Government should never give them papers... Do you agree?


reyes on Jun 04, 2009 at 12:59:27 said:

look Royal Hudspet you have no morals, values, and please don't include religion, you don't know any thing about it. I hope God forgives you


oscar on Jun 04, 2009 at 12:36:32 said:

THE VOICES OF MILLIONS OF ANGRY AMERICANS, CAN PUT AN END TO ANY AMNESTY.???
what is thi hateful person talking about....america isnt Fox News and talk Radio cooks mister.....americans do want immigration reform NOW...weater you like it or not...you and the ilk like yourself are just Racists and we all know it and reject you!


Royal Hudspeth on Jun 04, 2009 at 11:30:37 said:

We need to start deporting immigrants,Because their camping on Wefare


Brittanicus on Jun 04, 2009 at 11:09:07 said:

THE VOICES OF MILLIONS OF ANGRY AMERICANS, CAN PUT AN END TO ANY AMNESTY.
Sen.Harry Reid (D-NV) arch enemy of American workers, committed the ultimate sin today Reid and 49 Democrats blocked E-Verify in the Senate. Their disloyal actions shall be well remembered, when the grovel for re-election. They condemned hundreds of thousands in the construction industry, having to compete over jobs. Parasites are organisms that live of a host and that is what contractors will do, when they look for the cheapest labor they can find. Starting with the stimulus, then followed by the Omnibus spending plan this Senators blocked E-Verify.

Akaka (D-HI) Inouye (D-HI),Begich (D-AK),Bennet (D-CO) Udall (D-CO),Bingaman (D-NM) Udall(D-NM),Boxer (D-CA) Feinstein (D-CA),Brown (D-OH),Burris (D-IL) Durbin (D-IL),Byrd (D-WV) Rockefeller (D-WV),Cantwell (D-WA) Murray,(D-WA),Cardin (D-MD) Mikulski (D-MD),Carper (D-DE) Kaufman (D-DE),Casey (D-PA),Conrad (D-ND) Dorgan (D-ND),Dodd (D-CT) Lieberman.

Here's more Senators who killed E-Verify Here's more (ID-CT),Feingold (D-WI) Kohl (D-WI),Gillibrand (D-NY) Schumer (D-NY),Hagan (D-NC),Harkin (D-IA),Johnson (D-SD),Kerry (D-MA),Landrieu (D-LA),Shaheen (D-NH),Leahy (D-VT) Sanders (I-VT),Levin (D-MI) Stabenow (D-MI),Lincoln (D-AR) Pryor (D-AR),Menendez (D-NJ) Lautenberg (D-NJ),Merkley (D-OR) Wyden (D-OR),Nelson (D-FL),Reed (D-RI) Whitehouse (D-RI),Reid (D-NV) and Warner (D-VA).

Others preoccupied in destroying what immigration laws we do have, such as the 1986 Simpson/Mazzoli bill. Never enforced, so these corrupt politicians in Washington, cant say it never worked? Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano has already slowed or stopped immigration raids, so telling the American people she supports E-Verify is just another lie. THE ONLY WAY AMERICAN WORKERS, CITIZENS AND LEGAL RESIDENTS ARE GOING TO WIN THIS ONCOMING MAMMOTH BATTLE AGAINST ANOTHER AMNESTY IS TO WARN THE CORRUPT POLITICIANS, THEY WILL BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE. WITH OVER 10 MILLION JOBLESS WORKERS, WHO CAN THESE SENSELESS, BRAIN-DEAD MORONS EVEN THINK OF FORCING THROUGH ANOTHER AMNESTY. THE LAST ONE WAS FULL OF FRAUD, AND WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO SUBSIDIZE ILLEGAL ALIEN FAMILIES WITH MEDICAL, EDUCATION , HOUSING AND OTHER STATE AND FEDERAL BENEFITS. IT MEANS EVEN HIGHER TAXES FOR AMERICAN TAX PAYERS, EVEN MORE BURDENS TO SUPPORT SANCTUARY STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA THAT IS 47 BILLION DOLLARS IN THE RED--AND NEAR TO BANKRUPTCY. WE CANNOT EVEN SUPPORT OUR OWN HOMELESS VETERANS?
CALL YOUR SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE AND DEMAND E-VERY, REAL ID ACT, POLICE ENFORCEMENT LAW 247(g) AND THE 1986 SIMPSON/MAZZOLI BILL. Illegal Immigration effects everybody, your taxes, your jobs, your language, your culture, your moral integrity, your religion. YOU CAN MAKE AN IMMENSE DIFFERENCE? Senate & Representative for your contact at: (202) 224-3121: THESE PEOPLE ARE YOUR PUBLIC SERVANTS AND SWORE AN OATH TO YOU?. Demand E-Verify today. SAY NO TO AMNESTY!

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