Latino Immigrants Welcome Renewed Interest in Immigration Reform—Call for Immediate Steps to Protect Families
Houston, TX – At the conclusion of its ninth annual general assembly, the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities reached out to policymakers who are willing to take serious steps toward sensible and just immigration reform.
“We are encouraged by the recognition of the growing importance of Latino voters, and we are eager to talk with anyone who brings serious proposals for fixing our obsolete and broken immigration system,” said Angela Sanbrano, President of NALACC.
“There is no question that the current U.S. immigration policy and systems are wasteful of precious public resources, and profoundly inhumane,” declared Oscar Chacon, NALACC’s executive director. “We have an unprecedented opportunity to emerge from these contentious elections with a new approach to immigration reform that could allow millions of people to come out of the shadows and move toward full members of our society,” he added.
“Immigrant communities have always been a great asset for the nation,” said Teodoro Aguiluz, Executive Director of CRECEN in Houston and host of the 2012 NALACC Assembly. “We need to move toward policies that recognize that immigrants are human beings who contribute generously to the economic, social, political and cultural richness of our adopted country,” he added.
As a first step, NALACC urges the President Obama to suspend implementation of the repressive “Secure Communities” program that separated hundreds of thousands of families last year alone. “By declaring a moratorium on this policy, the President would set the tone for a constructive dialogue on immigration reform,” concluded Mr. Chacón.
About NALACC The National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) is a network of community-based, Latino and Caribbean immigrant-led organizations, that seeks to raise the quality of life for immigrant communities in the United States, as well as communities in migrant-sending countries in Latin America.
Web page: www.nalacc.org