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Rally for immigration reform on Saturday

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Hundreds will Rally In El Paso to Kick-off Statewide Comprehensive Immigration Reform Campaign

A multi-sector Alliance will also present a fresh new Petition with more than 4000 signatures of El Pasoans calling upon President Obama and Texas Senators to Stop the Rhetoric and Enforcement Only and “get up and work” to fix our broken system this year.

Wednesday August 25, 2009. El Paso, Texas. The Border Network for Human Rights, as part of Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA) and the Reform Immigration for America Campaign, is coordinating a kick-off rally in El Paso to launch a Texas statewide push for comprehensive immigration reform. The rally will take place on Saturday August 29th, 2009 at the El Paso Convention Center.

On this same day, similar events are taking place all over Texas organized by the members of RITA. Among those cities joining the launching of the campaign simultaneously are Forth Worth-Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Juan, Brownsville and El Paso.

“This is an unprecedented statewide effort to show support for comprehensive immigration reform. With this event, several communities, cities and sectors in Texas will clearly express their call to President Obama and to members of congress, specially the Texas Senators Cornyn and Hutchison, to start a serious immigration reform discussion this year”, said Fernando Garcia, Executive Directors of the Border Network for Human Rights, the El Paso-based organization that coordinates RITA.

El Paso rally will feature speakers from all the sectors of our border society, including community members, elected officials, law enforcement leaders, business, academia, and environmentalists. Among others, we will hear from Congressman Silvestre Reyes, State Representative Joe Moody, County Commissioner Veronica Escobar, City Representative Susie Byrd, El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles, El Paso County Attorney Jose Rodriguez, UTEP Professor Gina Nunez, Iliana Holguin from DRMS, Mariana Chew from Sierra Club, Monsignor Arturo Banuelas from St. Pius Community Church and many others representing border communities and immigrant families.

“The time has come for our border community to call on the current administration and Congress to stop the enforcement-only approach that has cost our government billions of dollars without addressing badly-needed changes while also separating thousands of families. We cannot afford to act irresponsibly any more” said County Commissioner Veronica Escobar. “This year we have a precious opportunity to change the status quo for an immigration systems that both recognizes the contributions of immigrants and border communities and also implement cost-effective, common-sense enforcement strategies infused with our American values”, concluded the Commissioner.

El Paso is a key player in the state and national discussion of the immigration reform because of its unique population and reputation as part of the largest metropolitan area along the border and as the 3rd safest city of it size in the country.

“Community security and public safety is, and it will be, and fundamental element of comprehensive immigration reform. We need clear and sound enforcement strategies that do not alienate immigrant and border communities from law enforcement agencies. Our success depends on the thrust and confidence of the community members, independently of immigration status” commented El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles.

El Paso Event Details on August 29, 2009:

Press Conference

At 1:30 PM

El Paso Convention Center

(1 Civic Center Plaza)

Community Forum and Rally

Starting at 2 PM

El Paso Convention Center

(1 Civic Center Plaza)

Visuals: Display of + 4,000 Petitions, Banner, Signs, Americans Flags, Proclamations coming from City and County of El Paso, Families & Testimonies.


The Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance is a multi-sector statewide network dedicated to building support for a sensible immigration policy. The goal of the organization is to form a common Texas voice and vision on immigration policy and educate our elected officials on the need to fix America’s broken immigration system with fair, humane and sensible policies that foster America’s strength, security and prosperity. RITA priorities include: a pathway to citizenship, keeping families together, respecting human and civil rights, community security, establishment of a responsible and accountable border policy, support for immigrant integration, development of a practical system for future workers, and addressing the root cause of migration.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 28, 2009 at 12:14 pm

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  1. The only immigration “Reform” we need is to STOP allowing / permitting / promoting / enabling illegal immigration and to START arresting ALL illegal immigrants, their families and US born anchor kids. Seize ALL their assets and apply them 100% to the health care system in which the illegals lived. Fine every US company found employing illegals $10,000 per illegal employed and put the CEO of the US company into jail for 30 days every time illegals are found working at his company. Proof of citizenship must be presented to vote in any election and either Proof of citizenship or an insurance card must be presented
    before any treatment may be given at any emergency room.

    Tom Jefferson

    August 28, 2009 at 4:44 pm

  2. Instead of pandering to the business community, our elected politicians must execute E-Verify as permanent tool to draw illegal workers away from the workplace? It must not be voluntary to be enforced, with serious penalties for employers who disregard the law. Heavy fines should be imposed, along with asset confiscation and for hiring a large force of illegal foreign workers a lengthy prison sentence. Nobody in the workplace should be exempt from being positively identified as a Citizen or a US permanent resident. Even the longest employed worker should be checked through the system. E-Verification should be built upon, with any new innovations desired to stop jobs being stolen from those legally allowed to work.

    Many ICE raids across the nation have proved beyond doubt the extent of illegal nationals taking jobs of citizens and how expeditiously these unfilled jobs were taken back by bona-fide workers in the poultry industry. Americans in the working environment should report any illegal activity to ICE, so they can investigate. E-Verify is the only substantial program in immigration armory that must not be weakened. It is evident that it’s operational owing to the tireless assault of the ACLU, US Chamber of Commerce to silence its function in the courts. Now is the time to pressure your reluctant elected official, specifically in California. This Sanctuary Refuge for illegal aliens and their families have been overloading schools, hospitals and government welfare benefits to pacify special interest lobbyists.

    Voters should also immediately mandate installation of E-Verify nationwide in vetting the janitor to an engineer, from a sheet metal worker to an advertising executive. When the welfare state of California nearly financially collapsed, it can be partially attributed to the massive population of illegal immigrants. The time is ripe to shout aloud of the decades of inflated taxes supporting education to K-12, free medical care and considerably more which stays intentionally undisclosed to the public. MAKE A NOTE OF THIS WASHINGTON SWITCHBOARD NUMBER 202-224-3121. Like never before we need the Nation Guard to patrol the border on a permanent basis, to support the undermanned region.

    Democrats declare in the town hall meetings, that foreign nationals have–NO–access to benefits in Obama’s health care reform.
    But if a path to citizenship or AMNESTY is not–TABLED–in the coming Immigration Reform session, then one-and-all, will automatically be provided for as new citizens into the health care program. In addition we must consider the gigantic onslaught of millions more who will try to join those already here? WE CANNOT EVEN PROVIDE MEDICAL FOR OUR OWN POPULATION? I CONCUR WITH A PUBLIC OPTION-BUT NOT FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS.



    August 28, 2009 at 5:18 pm

  3. Comprehensive immigration reform is a necessity. We should start with a regulated ‘guest-worker’ program. The obvious source of these workers should be Mexico. This would be win-win for both countries. We also need to address the millions who have come here without proper permission. If they have not committed crimes and have been productive, tax-paying residents there needs to be a method of legalizing their status.

    Ken G

    August 28, 2009 at 7:56 pm

  4. Brittancus


    August 28, 2009 at 9:53 pm

  5. ALL Illegal Aliens in the USA should
    be arrested and deported along with
    their families. NO guest worker program
    for illegal aliens, NO amnesty program
    and NO illegals who are deported should
    ever be allowed back in the country.

    Tom Jefferson

    August 28, 2009 at 11:34 pm

  6. These illegal alien marches demanding amnesty
    only inflame legal citizens and immigrants who
    came legally to the USA!
    Mexico’s Agenda to polarize U.S. Hispanics
    Balkanize the country racially and create an
    Illegal insurgent Mexican Nation loyal to Mexico First within the borders of the USA will be defeated!
    Glenn Beck


    August 29, 2009 at 1:30 am

  7. I hope you get your children ready to start harvesting lettuce, tomato and other produce. becuase when the illegals are gone you will cry for them to come back because their pretty hands would start showing cracks.

    This is like the drug business. It will never go away. Specially when you have corrupt politicians and ignorant pricks like Tom barking things they don’t understand.


    August 29, 2009 at 11:32 am

  8. Though people are concerned about immigration reform, some may not be aware of the existing facilities we have for promoting citizenship. Most of our ancestors immigrated to the U.S. due to political or economic hardships. I thought I would outline the process:

    To be eligible for the naturalization process, an individual must first be a Lawful Permanent Resident. He or she must be at least 18 years old at the time of filing for citizenship.

    An individual must reside in the United States for a continuous period prior to the filing of the naturalization application. If the applicant is not married to an American citizen he or she must live in the U.S. for a continuous period of five years after lawful admission to the U.S. as a permanent resident. If an individual is married to a U.S. citizen, he or she must live in the United States for a continuous period of three years following lawful admission to the U.S. as a permanent resident. In the latter case, the individual must be married to and reside with the spouse citizen for three years before the applicant’s exam date and the spouse must have been a U.S. citizen during that entire time.

    Residence is required for three months immediately preceding the filing of the naturalization application. Continuous residence in the United States is also required from the date of filing until actual admission to citizenship.

    Other requirements include writing and reading English.

    I hope this information provides useful!


    September 10, 2009 at 11:53 am

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