Tuesday, February 2, 2010

LA Times article on immigration reform

Here is an LA Times article on immigration reform. At a speech in LA, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) pointed out that under the Obama administration, the removal of undocumented immigrants has actually risen from to 387,790 in 2009 from 291,060 in 2007. The article points out that the Rep. readily admits to the uphill climb that immigration reform is facing.

- E.Garcia

Latinos seek more support for immigration reform

Illinois congressman tells L.A. protesters that he needs more votes for a reform bill.


Among the hundreds of chanting protesters at La Placita were members of Justice for Janitors. The women, who would not give their names, joined the call for President Obama to take more action.(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times / February 1, 2010)

February 1, 2010 | 11:06 p.m.

A leading Latino lawmaker asserted Monday that Latinos, angered at President Obama for his failure to push immigration reform legislation, could stay home from the polls this year.

"People are angry and disillusioned," U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said in an interview.

Gutierrez criticized the Obama administration for not pushing harder for legislation that would provide an opportunity for legalization for some immigrants. But he conceded that he lacks the votes in the House to pass the bill he backs.

Aiming to revive the immigration reform effort, Gutierrez flew to Los Angeles to headline a town hall meeting Monday evening at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, known as "La Placita," which has long declared itself a sanctuary for illegal immigrants.

With pro-reform banners and chants, hundreds of immigrants and their supporters turned out at the forum, which featured elected officials, labor leaders and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.

The diverse slate of speakers included the Rev. Eric Lee of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, who said Latinos and African Americans share a common interest in fighting "slave wages."

One Korean illegal immigrant described his drive to excel as a graduate of UC Santa Barbara who dreams of contributing to the country as a professor.

And Beck drew cheers and a standing ovation when he declared, "A person's immigration status alone is not the business of the Los Angeles Police Department."

Earlier, Gutierrez told The Times that Obama's failure to push immigration reform was symbolized by his State of the Union address last Wednesday, when he devoted 38 of about 7,300 words to the issue.

The story continues here: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-immig-reform2-2010feb02,0,1407366.story

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