NPT DC: Pushing Obama hard on immigration reform
There is a strong national effort not to allow immigration reform to be pushed to the back of the bus.
One element of that effort will come this evening to El Paso. The “National ‘Family Unity’ Outreach Tour” arrives at 7 p.m. tonight at Templo de Alabanza, 2111 Wyoming Ave.
Follow the jump for the news release regarding the event tonight with U.S. Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Immigration Task Force, U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes and El Pasoans, and the Texas and national series of events.
National “Family Unity” Outreach Tour Arrives in El Paso
Members of Congress, US Citizens & Interfaith Community to
Document Urgency for Immigration Reform in 2009
El Paso, TX – This weekend, Texas’s faith-based communities join a national effort— spanning 17 major U.S. cities—to document the harm caused to citizens across our nation in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform.
In an unprecedented nationwide outreach tour, U.S. Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL),Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Immigration Task Force, will be joined by Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (DTX), and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Texas’ religious community to spearhead the “Family Unity” outreach tour.
Over a five-week period, this effort involves community meetings, prayer vigils and town-hall meetings. At each event, U.S. citizens share testimony as to how their families have been or risk being torn apart by a broken immigration system.
Friday, March 13 at 7:00 pm
Templo de Alabanza
2111 Wyoming Ave
El Paso, TX 79903
Speakers: Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL)
Saturday, March 14 at 1:00 pm
Jesucristo es mi Refugio
2929 S. Westmoreland Rd.
Dallas, TX 75233
Speakers: Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL)
Sunday, March 15 at 6:30 pm
Iglesia del Pueblo
7500 W. Expressway 83
Mission TX 78572
Speakers: Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL)
“No city in America has been spared the devastating effects of our broken system,” said Rep. Gutierrez. “As a nation —as citizens— we cannot wait any longer for fair and just immigration reform. Across this country, parents and children, husbands and wives are being torn apart by a system that values quotas over family values and which undermines our economic security in a time of crisis. Through this effort, Texans are standing up for real, lasting change.”
The Family Unity outreach tour has already visited Providence, RI, Atlanta, GA, Albuquerque, NM, Ontario, CA, San Francisco, CA and Phoenix AZ, where nearly 8,000 individuals have filled their community churches to capacity. They came forward to demonstrate the vast numbers of American families—from all political backgrounds—who demand change from a legal system that undermines family values.
This Friday, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Grace Napolitano, and Rep. Linda Sanchez of California will also hold a Family Unity event in Los Angeles. U.S. citizens whose families have been affected will be available at each event to share their specific stories with press.
For non-media questions please contact the respective churches in El Paso: (915) 532 5528; Dallas: (214) 330-8700; or Mission: (956) 581-1900.