CHC Members Attend Immigration Forum
Las Vegas, NV – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Member Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV-4th) hosted an immigration forum on Saturday, March 4th, to inform over 75 community members about President Trump’s recent immigration executive orders, Congressional actions, and the resources available to them. They were joined by Reps. Tony Cardenas (D-CA-29th), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40th), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13th), Darren Soto (D-FL-9th), Vincente Gonzalez (D-TX-15th), Ben Ray Luján (D-AZ-3rd), Filemon Vela (D-TX-34th), Mark Takano (D-CA-41st), and Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24th).
According to the New American Economy, “Nevada is home to almost 550,000 immigrants—a group that makes up almost one out of every five residents in the state overall. In only four other U.S. states is the average resident more likely to be foreign-born.” They added, “Nationally, immigrants earned $1.3 trillion in 2014 and contributed more than $104 billion in state and local taxes, as well as almost $224 billion in federal taxes. This left them with nearly $927 billion in spending power.”
Rep. Kihuen said, “People are fearful and confused about how President Trump’s executive orders will affect them. These immigration forums are an opportunity for us to answer their questions and talk about how to best prepare for policies that open the door to mass deportations.”
CHC Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM-1st) added, “Immigrants in Nevada and across our country contribute to our economy, both as consumers and taxpayers. Instead of vilifying immigrants we should be working on policies that recognize their social and economic contributions.”
Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA-29th District) - "Now more than ever Americans should be there for our friends and neighbors. Our immigrant neighbors need our voices. We need to question the real purpose of President Trump and his administration. His mass deportations are devastating businesses and tearing down our economy. American workers are being hurt by the onslaught of attacks on people based on their immigrant status & their faith. Folks across the country need to know that they have someone on their side. We must continue to demand answers from this Administration. God bless a good and transparent America."
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-40th District) - "At a time when our new President is placing the futures of millions of U.S. immigrants in question, it is particularly important for us to ensure that immigrants know their rights and are aware of the government's actions. I thank my friend, Congressman Kihuen, for hosting this important forum."
Rep. Vincente Gonzalez (D-TX-15th) - "Today we heard from parents, children, DREAMERs, and immigrant advocates. They told us an important story -- one that the administration has failed to listen to. They told us that the need for reform is urgent and that these actions are a far cry from what our communities really need. I stand with the immigrant community in saying that the administration has taken an approach that is not only incorrect but inhumane. I am committed to common sense and real immigration reform and I will continue to fight for policies that protect our communities and unite our country."
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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.
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