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Follow-up: Obama and Hispanic Dems Meet to Talk Immigration

In legislation on March 20, 2009 at 7:58 pm

As a follow-up to my post this morning, I wanted to share with you all the Whitehouse press release on the meeting.

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 18, 2009

Readout on the President’s Meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

The President had a robust and strategic meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus today on the topic of immigration. The meeting lasted approximately one hour. The President discussed how the administration will work with the CHC to address immigration concerns in both the short and long term. During the meeting, the President announced that he will travel to Mexico next month to meet with President Calderon to discuss the deep and comprehensive US-Mexico relationship, including how the United States and Mexico can work together to support Mexico’s fight against drug-related violence and work toward effective, comprehensive immigration reform. Since their meeting in January, the President has repeatedly praised President Calderon for his extraordinary work to solve these challenges, which are important to communities and families on both sides of the border.

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Quote from Rep. Gutierrez who attended the meeting:

“We came to the President today as allies and supporters, and in return he showed us that he remains committed to immigration reform that stabilizes our economy, secures our borders and keeps our families together,” said Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez, Chair of the CHC Immigration Task Force. “The President showed the CHC that, although it is very early in his administration, he understands that for the immigrant community it’s the 11th hour, and there is no time to waste. The Latino community supported President Obama overwhelmingly in the election, and they remain energized not only by his victory but also by his message of support for comprehensive immigration reform. I believe that a plan is forthcoming, and that we will see real change this year.”

To read more about the meeting, see the Boston Globe article “Obama Talks Immigration.”

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Obama and Hispanic Dems Will Meet Today to Talk Immigration

In legislation on March 18, 2009 at 1:51 pm

This morning, Hispanic democrats will have their first meeting with President Obama since he came into office in January.

Immigration will be at the top of the agenda.

After the failure of immigration reform in the last two Congresses, as well as the upcoming midterm elections in 2010, Hispanic lawmakers are hoping to get a bill passed before members begin revving up their 2010 campaigns.

They’ve already started their own campaign to garner support by going on a 17-city listening tour of the country, gathering people’s stories about raids and family separation.

But they don’t plan to introduce any legislation until they talk to Obama and find out what the Whitehouse is thinking.

From what I’ve heard, the Obama administration is still planning to follow through with their campaign promise of getting comprehensive immigration reform in the first year. But I look forward to finding out more details on that after today’s meeting.

For more information, go to The Hill’s article “Obama, Hispanic Dems to Huddle on Immigration.”

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Hopeful After Meeting with Napolitano

In Uncategorized on February 27, 2009 at 7:07 pm

After a meeting with DHS Secretary Napolitano, The Hill reports that Hispanic lawmakers are hopeful that she will end workplace raids by Immigration and Customs Enfocrement (ICE).

Yesterday, members of the Congressional Hispanic Congress (CHC) held a closed door meeting with Secretary Napolitano. According to members of the CHC, she raised the issue of the Bellingham riad on her own accord and said that she had “grave concerns” over what happened.

Congressman and CHC Immigration Task Force Chairman Luis Gutierrez said the meeting was “very, very constructive. We’re happy….We shared with her our concerns about the raid. She shared with us that she had grave concerns about the manner in which it was carried out and that it’s under evaluation. I think the most important words were that she had ‘grave concerns.'”

The CHC is made up of Hispanic members of Congress who work to advance national and international issues that have an impact on policies related to the Hispanic community. The CHC pushes for comprehensive immigration reform and, right now, they are also focused on scaling back intimidating and agressive enforcement tactics impletmented under the Bush administration.

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