What Should We Expect from Immigration Reform?

Educational Campaign Launches with Week of Activities

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Chicago, IL – On July 15, members of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) will kick off a national and transnational community education campaign on immigration reform with a week of local events around the United States, followed by international delegations to Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

“Latino immigrants have heard a lot of hype, but not much serious analysis of the content and implications of the proposed immigration legislation,” commented Oscar Chacón, NALACC’s Executive Director. “Our goal is for all immigrant communities to understand the good, the bad, and the downright ugly aspects of the legislation under consideration,” he added.  “Provisions in the approved Senate version of the bill could end up excluding many of the people the bill purports to help, as well including wasteful spending on border militarization and private prisons, projected at more than $40 billion over the next 10 years,” concluded Mr. Chacón.

In addition to this coordinated set of community education events, NALACC members will continue to provide up to the minute analysis of the immigration reform debate to immigrant communities around the country and in countries of origin. “Leaders from NALACC member organizations will visit Mexico and Central American nations over the next three months to conduct a public education drive aimed at dispelling common myths about the potential US immigration reform,” stated Angela Sanbrano, NALACC’s board of directors’ President. “It is crucial for us that people in our countries of origin understand that no new laws have been enacted yet, as well as the nature of the immigration reform proposal that is currently under consideration,” added Ms. Sanbrano. “There is a lot of wishful thinking being presented as fore gone conclusions about the potential immigration policy reform. We want to make sure to set the record straight at home and abroad,” concluded Ms. Sanbrano.

“As leaders committed to justice, equality and the respect of basic human rights, we have a lot of work ahead of us,” said Juvencio Rocha Peralta, President of the Mexicans Association of North Carolina and NALACC’s board vice-president. “By providing good analysis and clear information, we enable immigrant communities to make informed decisions, as well as laying the groundwork for our ongoing organizing toward a truly fair, humane and sensible set of immigration policies”, concluded Mr. Rocha.