Histórica Reunión en el Día Nacional de Acción por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes - hispano
Apr. 4th, 2006
12:01 pm - Histórica Reunión en el Día Nacional de Acción por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes
Una movilización nacional sin precedentes de inmigrantes y simpatizantes se realizará el 10 de abril de 2006 en oposición a la HR 4437 y en apoyo a una reforma de inmigración integral.
Washington, DC – The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the National Capitol Immigration Coalition in partnership with organizations from across the country will hold rallies across the country on Monday, April 10, 2006 in support of a fair and comprehensive immigration reform bill. Over 29 cities will participate in this unprecedented day of action that has energized immigrant communities nationwide.
“Comprehensive immigration reform must include an earned adjustment for immigrants currently working in the United States; create legal channels for future flows of immigrant workers; and reduce the vast backlogs in family-sponsored immigration,” said LULAC National President Hector M. Flores, “There is a bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill that offers effective enforcement, strengthens borders, and encourages people to come out of the shadows by offering a path to permanent residency.”
This earned legalization legislation is not amnesty because under the provisions of this legislation, an undocumented worker will have to pay a $2,000 fine, undergo a background check, pay any back taxes, learn English, enroll in civic education, remain employed for six years, and then, at the end of those six years, go to the back of the line to apply for legal permanent resident (LPR) status.
Undocumented immigrants are a major boost to the US economy with the combined value of their labor, their stimulus on our economy, and the taxes they pay exceeding $890 billion per year according to a UCLA study by Raul Hinojosa. In contrast undocumented immigrants only use about $43 billion in public benefits per year primarily in education and emergency health care. As stated by LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes, “Undocumented immigrants contribute about $850 billion more per year then they cost—a huge net gain for the United States. It’s about time that we provide a legal avenue for them to come here in recognition of their tremendous contributions to our country.”
LULAC continues to strongly oppose bills that offer no real solutions toward comprehensive immigration reform and jeopardize the quality of life by creating an unfair system that does nothing to improve public safety and national security.
The cities participating in the April 10th event include: Dallas, Tucson, Little Rock, Santa Ana, San Jose, Mid-Wilshire, Long Beach, East Los Angeles, Riverside, San Fernando Valley, Bakersfield, San Diego, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Telluride, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Mears, Homestead, Lake Worth, Miami, Pensacola, Chicago, Lexington, Boston, Detroit, Kansas City, Omaha, Newark, New York, Raleigh, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, El Paso, Houston, San Antonio, Washington, DC, and Milwaukee.
The League of the United Latin American Citizen (www.lulac.org) advances the economic conditions, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.