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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Organizes Weekend of Action on Immigration

Mar 10, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This weekend, Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) are hosting a series of events that will highlight the impact of immigration policy on the lives of everyday people. This comes as the Trump Administration ramps up immigration enforcement activity and takes a draconian stance on immigration policy.  

CHC Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) said, “These events highlight our commitment to immigration policies that prioritize the economic and social contributions of immigrants. We support law enforcement efforts to address violent crime, but we will resist efforts by the Trump Administration to scapegoat and criminalize productive members of our communities.”

"President Trump insists on criminalizing our immigrants and showing to the world a harmful and misleading picture of who they are,” said Congressman Darren Soto (FL-9). “With his hateful, discriminatory and distorted message of reality, it is our obligation, as representatives of the people in Congress, to reiterate to the public that our immigrants are essential drivers of our economy not only as consumers, but also as successful employers and entrepreneurs."

Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, a Member of the Judiciary Committee and Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is hosting an citizenship workshop, “All day Saturday, we will have a small army of Family Defenders trained in citizenship helping their neighbors pursue naturalization. Just as you see the school packed with voters and constituents, you will see the room packed with people applying for citizenship and packed with Americans there to help them. That is what Chicago is all about and that is what the heartland is all about and that is what America is all about, Mr. President.”

Friday, March 10, 2017

  • U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (NJ) joined Archbishop of Newark Joseph Cardinal Tobin, local clergy immigration advocates, friends and family for a vigil and rally in support of Catatlino Guerrero. The undocumented grandfather from Union City, N.J., has lived peacefully in the U.S., paying taxes and without a criminal record for 25 years, but now faces deportation under President Trump’s executive order.  Mr. Guerrero has been ordered to report Friday morning to the Newark ICE.  Clergy will march up Broad Street to the federal building.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

  • CHC Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) will meet for lunch with an Albuquerque Doctoral student who has lived in the U.S. for seven years and who is currently in the naturalization process.
  • Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04) will host a day-long “Mega-Citizenship Workshop” at 9:30 am at Avondale/Logandale School, 3212 W George Street, Chicago, IL 60618
  • Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) will convene a meeting of local entrepreneurs, community advocates, workers and religious leaders whose contributions are of vital importance for the socio-economic development of his District at 3:00 pm, at The Zócalo Supermarket 452 U.S. Highway 17-92 N. Haines City, FL 33844
  • Rep. Ruben Kihuen (NV-04) will meet with DREAMer and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients to discuss how they are dealing with an Administration that has called into question the future of the DACA program.
  • Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) will host House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in the Texas Rio Grande Valley and tour the Humanitarian Respite Center at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, accompanied by Sister Norma Pimentel of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley.  The two will then host a roundtable discussion at La Union del Puebla Entero (LUPE) about the negative impacts of the Trump Administration Executive Orders on immigration. Tour starts at 1 p.m. CT; Roundtable discussion at 2 p.m. CT; Press conference will begin at 3 p.m. CT. LUPE, 1601 U.S. 83 Business, San Juan, Texas 78589

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Media Contacts:

Doug Rivlin (Gutiérrez), Douglas.Rivlin@mail.house.gov

Juan Pachon (Menendez), Juan_Pachon@menendez.senate.gov

Iza Montalvo (Soto), Iza.Montalvo@mail.house.gov

Miguel Salazar (Kihuen), miguel.salazar@mail.house.gov

Jose Borjon (Gonzalez), jose.borjon@mail.house.gov

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.