10/03/09 a 1:20pm Washington, DC  –  El Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) no desaprovechó ni un segundo para vincular la nueva ley de estímulo económico con la inmigración indocumentada. Su más reciente “análisis” concluye que aproximadamente 300,000 trabajos vinculados al sector de la construcción quedarán en manos de inmigrantes indocumentados. Según cálculos de la Casa… Continue »

CIS takes inflated 2005 percentages related to the construction industry, combines them with inflated percentages regarding the 2007 construction industry, and concludes with an inflated outcome that has no credibility whatsoever. For a more complete takedown of CIS’s bogus claims, see this fact check from the Immigration Policy Center. Unfortunately, CIS continues to be treated as an unbiased research institution by some media outlets and policymakers. It is not surprising that Fox News Channel can talk about nothing else. After all, in defiance of evidence from the past three election cycles, hard line conservatives still seem to believe blaming immigrants is a good political strategy. But a front page story on USA Today? Come on.

In an interview with NPR yesterday, I lay out some of the pitfalls of local immigration enforcement in the absence of federal solutions. The 287-g program, taken at its worst, breeds the likes of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. The issue for many local sheriff offices is, at its core, community safety. Will immigrant communities partner with law enforcement in reporting crimes if they fear that encounters with police will invariably lead to checking people’s immigration status? Unlikely.

In “Pelosi: End raids splitting immigrant families,” the San Francisco Gate describes the powerful 5th stop along the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ “Family Unity Tour.” The Speaker,” who has said securing U.S. borders is a top priority, used the forum to call for a comprehensive immigration program that recognizes the broad contributions immigrants have made to the fabric of the country,” according to the San Francisco Gate. She argued the case passionately: “Our future is about our children…Taking parents from their children … that’s un-American.”

In “Immigration reform movement looks to evangelicals, children left behind by deported parents,” the Chicago Tribune describes Congressman Luis Gutierrez’s (D-IL) new “Family Unity Tour,” which launched last weekend and has already reached thousands across the country. In the words of Congressman Luis Gutierrez: “As a nation, as citizens, we cannot wait any longer for fair and just immigration reform. Across America, parents and children, husbands and wives are being torn apart by a system that values quotas over family values and which undermines our economic security in a time of crisis. It is for this reason that U.S. citizens in each of these cities are joining this campaign and standing up for real, lasting change.”

Familias Unidas — Family Unity — National
Tour 2009


The Family Unity Campaign will consist of community meetings, prayer vigils and rallies across the country for thousands of U.S. citizens whose families have been separated or risk being torn apart by our nation’s current immigration mess.  

Check back here for stories, testimonies, and more.

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On February 24th, 2009, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) announced a national listening tour to hear testimony from families impacted by the nation’s broken immigration system. In cooperation with the faith-based community, the listening tour will take Members of the CHC to various churches and community centers nationwide, including; Providence, RI; Norcross, GA; San Francisco, CA; Dallas, TX; Joliet, IL; Miami, FL; and Philadelphia, PA. Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-04), Chair of the CHC’s Immigration Task Force, will take part in all but one of these sessions, joining Members of the CHC and other invited Members of Congress.

Full Tour Schedule:

Friday, February 27, 2009 at 6 p.m.
Providence, RI
Trinity United Methodist Church
375 Broad Street
Providence, RI  02907

Saturday, February 29, 2009 at 1 p.m. 
Norcross, GA
Tabernaculo de Atlanta
6394 Buford Hwy.
Norcross, GA  30071-2222

Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.
Albuquerque, NM
Casa del Rey
2500 Corona Drive, N.W.
Albuquerque, NM 87120

Saturday, March 7, 2009 
9 a.m. Ontario, CA
Saint George Catholic Church
505 North Palm Avenue
Ontario, CA

6 p.m. San Francisco, CA
St. Anthony’s Church
3215 Cesar Chavez
San Francisco, CA 94110

Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 5 p.m 
Phoenix, AZ
Iglesia para las Naciones
11640 N. 19th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85019

Friday, March 13, 2009
7 p.m. El Paso, TX
Templo de Alabanza
2111 Wyoming
El Paso, TX 79903

*7 p.m. Los Angeles, CA
La Placita Church
535 N. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
* Congressman Gutierrez will not be in attendance. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus participating: Rep. Royal-Allard, Rep. Becerra, Rep. Napolitano, Rep. Sanchez

Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 1 p.m.         
Dallas, TX
Jesucristo Es Mi Refugio
2929 S. Westmoreland
Dallas, TX 75233

Sunday, March 15, 2009 at  6:30 p.m.
Mission, TX
Iglesia del Pueblo
7500 W. Expressway 83
Mission, TX

Saturday, March 21, 2009    
1:30 p.m. Chicago, IL
Our Lady of Mercy
4432 N. Troy
Chicago, IL 60625

7:00 p.m. Joliet, IL
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
205 E. Jackson
Joliet, IL 60436

Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 5 p.m.       
Milwaukee, WI
St. Adalbert Catholic Church
1923 W. Becher Street
Milwaukee, WI 53215

Friday, March 27, 2009 at 7 p.m.
Detroit, MI
Greater Apostolic Faith Temple
4735 W. Fort Street
Detroit, MI  48209

Saturday, March 28, 2009
11 a.m. Orlando, FL
Pabellon De La Victoria
12355 S. John Young Parkway
Orlando, FL 32837

3 p.m. Homestead, FL
Nahbi Ministries International
1001 N.E. Kings Highway
Homestead, FL  33030

Saturday, April 4, 2009, at 2:30 p.m.
Philadelphia, PA
Esperanza Center
199-201 W. Hunting Park Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19140 


More dates TBA!