Friday, July 30, 2010

Vicente Fox and Conservatives for Immigration Reform

***Press and Public Conference Call: Wednesday, August 4th at 2:00 PM EDT***

International Leaders Join Our 8th CfCIR Call, to Applaud the Partial Injunction of SB 1070 and  to Discuss Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Washington, DC/Mexico/Guatemala, Wednesday, August 4th at 2:00 PM EDT (1:00pm CT, 11:00am PCT), Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CfCIR) will hold its first bilingual telephonic conference. Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CFCIR) is a broad coalition of conservative leaders, including some of the most prominent conservatives in the nation. We have come together to advocate for a just, moral and economically sound comprehensive immigration reform that is right for America and all Americans.  This week, CfCIR will broaden its focus and hear from international leaders and community workers about the effects American immigration policies have at an international level, from both a greater geo-political standpoint, and from the perspective of faith and business communities around the world.

The ruling handed down by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on July 28 temporarily blocking some of the most controversial parts of SB 1070 was a welcome victory on the international stage, but it does not solve the problems that inspired the law in the first place. Families are torn apart every day by our broken immigration system and we continue to treat those within our borders without the respect and dignity all human beings deserve. On the call, conservative strategist Juan Hernandez will moderate as we hear from the following speakers in both English and Spanish:

President Vicente Fox, (former President of Mexico),  author of “The Revolution of Hope,” will discuss his views on the AZ law, the failure of the George W. Bush/Vicente Fox Bi-National Immigration Agreement in 2001 and current issues between Mexico and the USA today which he voiced this week in a  New York Times  article (July 27th ).
Juan Gutierrez, National Secretary of the Guatemala Partido de Avanzada Nacional and CEO of the multinational XELA Enterprises, Inc., will discuss Guatemala’s request for TPS status of the undocumented Guatemalan migrants in the USA, the importance of the remittances and how not only corruption, and poor administration, but the lack of opportunities in Guatemala drives needy people to the US. Juan Gutierrez has been an outspoken leader promoting free-enterprise, democracy and small business creation in Central America. Known as a “friend of Presidents,” he is sought out for his business and political advice from leaders throughout the world.  
President Alvaro Arzu, (former President of Guatemala), Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and current Mayor of Guatemala City discusses the recent natural disasters (volcano eruption and hurricane) and the relief received from the Guatemalan migrants to the USA. President Arzu was a key leader in bringing peace to Guatemala after decades of military conflict. His views on migration and democracy have won him international awards from a variety of organizations. This will be President Arzu’s second participation with CfCIR. (Participation to be confirmed.)
Jenny Hwang of World Relief and co-author of the book “Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate” will talk about the effect of the SB 1070 injunction on the faith community and highlight the moral crisis our broken immigration system represents for the Evangelical and Christian community. World Relief is an international Evangelical organization that reaches out to poor communities around world.
Matt Soerens of World Relief and co-author of “Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate” discusses strategies to bring down the message of the need for CIR to the grassroots level. Mr. Soerens has been very successful in recent months speaking at public venues, including small and mega Evangelical churches. His message, we hope, will motivate many to do as he does – go out to the non supporters of CIR and convince them of the need for a compassionate and just immigration reform.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 4th, 200pm EDT (1:00pm CT, 11:00am PCT)
CALL IN:   913-312-1495, Passcode: 4081379

NOTE: This call is open to the press and public and there will be a question and answer session.
Contact: Juan Hernandez
817 676 4090


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