Friday, March 28, 2008

Paula Solorio Esq. on Immigration Reform

Libmig6_12_4 SF Immigration Attorney Paula Solorio will make the statement (see below) on immigration tomorrowcat the California State Democratic Convention tomorrow on behalf of the Latino Caucus.  What do our readers think?

REMARKS FOR CAL DEMO PARTY CONVENTION PAULA J. SOLORIO

• IMMIGRATION IS AN ISSUE OF CONCERN TO ALL CALIFORNIANS AND TO ALL AMERICANS

• WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 12 MILLION INDIVIDUALS IN OUR MIDST WHO CLEAN OUR HOMES, CARE FOR OUR CHILDREN, BUS OUR TABLES, WORK AT OUR CONVENTIONS, AND PAY TAXES BUT WHO ARE AT RISK OF BEING ARRESTED AT ANY MOMENT AT THEIR WORKSITES, ON THE STREET OR IN THEIR HOMES.

• WE HAVE COMPANIES AND BUSINESSES SEEKING TO FILL POSITIONS FOR WHICH THEY CANNOT FIND QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS TO DO THE JOB

• WE HAVE BORDERS THAT HAVE TURNED INTO MILITARIZED ZONES. AS A RESULT, WE CURRENTLY DETAIN OVER 260,000 MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN – MANY OF WHOM POSE NO THREAT TO SOCIETY OR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY.

• WE HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION IN WASHINGTON MORE INTENT ON ENFORCEMENT THEN JUSTICE, DUE PROCESS OR EQUITABLE RELIEF

• TODAY, MR. BUSH IS FORCING BUSINESSES TO FIRE EMPLOYEES WHOSE NAMES DON’T MATCH AN ANTIQUATED SOCIAL SECURITY DATABASE. THIS PROCESS WILL NEGATIVELY AFFECT MILLIONS OF WORKERS, INCLUDING U.S. CITIZENS.

• IT IS CLEAR THAT OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IS BROKEN. NO ENFORCEMENT WILL FIX THIS BROKEN SYSTEM.

• HARDWORKING INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES TO OBTAIN THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND WHO PERFORM JOBS THAT U.S. CITIZENS CANNOT OR WILL NOT DO ARE NOW AT RISK OF LOSING THEIR LIVELIHOODS.

• UNFORTUNATELY IMMIGRATION HAS BECOME THE POLITICAL FODDER OF RIGHT-WING, REPUBLICAN CONSERVATIVES WHO SCARE AND INTIMIDATE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC INTO FEARING THE IMMIGRANTS IN OUR MIDST

• THE REPUBLICANS SCAPEGOAT IMMIGRANTS FOR THE ILLS OF OUR SOCIETY TO DEFLECT OUR ATTENTION FROM CORPORATE GREED AND THE WAR IN IRAQ. THEY FORGET THAT WE ARE A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS

• IN FACT IMMIGRANTS CONSTITUTE A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF SKILLED & UNSKILLED UNION MEMBERS IN AMERICA; FOR EXAMPLE SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS OF SEIU, AFL-CIO, UFW, AND TEAMSTERS MEMBERS ARE IMMIGRANTS

• TO COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY, AMERICA MUST MAINTAIN A POOL OF PROFESSIONAL, SKILLED, AND UNSKILLED LABOR NECESSARY FOR THE VITALITY OF OUR ECONOMY • WHEN WE WIN THE WHITEHOUSE IN NOVEMBER, WE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIX OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

• BUT TO DO THIS, WE WILL NEED TO EDUCATE AND INFORM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN ORDER TO REJECT THE MEAN-SPIRITED REPUBLICAN RHETORIC

• THEREFORE, DELEGATES, LET US EDUCATE OURSELVES NOW TO BECOME ADVOCATES ON BEHALF OF FAIR, HUMANE AND EFFECTIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

• LET US WRITE, EMAIL AND CONTACT OUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND TELL THEM WE WANT TO FIX A BROKEN SYSTEM, AND THAT WE WILL NOT USE HATE OR FEAR-MONGERING AS THE BASIS FOR SUCH CHANGE

• LET US TELL OUR REPRESENTATIVES THAT IMMIGRANTS ARE VITAL TO OUR ECONOMY, OUR CITIES, OUR TOWNS AND OUR COMMUNITIES.

• LET US AGREE TO BRING HARD-WORKING AND LAW-ABIDING IMMIGRANTS OUT FROM THE SHADOWS SO THAT, IN THE INTEREST OF NATIONAL SECURITY, WE MAY KNOW AS A NATION WHO ABIDES IN OUR LAND

• LET US PROVIDE A FAIR, HUMANE, AND EFFECTIVE WAY SO THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS MAY APPLY TO LEGALIZE THEIR STATUS AND BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE FABRIC OF OUR COUNTRY

• LET US GIVE BUSINESSES AND COMPANIES THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIRE THE INDIVIDUALS THEY NEED TO EXPAND;

• AT THE SAME TIME LET US PROTECT AMERICAN WORKERS AND THEIR WAGES

• LET US AFFORD LAW-ABIDING IMMIGRANTS THE DUE PROCESS AND JUSTICE FOR WHICH OUR COUNTRY IS KNOWN

• THIS ELECTION YEAR HAS SHOWN US THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN AMERICA. IT HAS SHOWN US THAT EVEN A FIRST GENERATION AMERICAN CAN ASPIRE TO THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND

• LET US STAND TOGETHER TODAY IN THE MEMORY OF CESAR CHAVEZ, AND LET US DECLARE IN HIS WORDS: SI SE PUEDE!

KJ

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