November 08, 2006

Time for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Rev. Miguel Rivera, President of CONLAMIC, met with Senator John McCain in Washington last week to discuss a collaborative effort in the push for a workable solution to immigration reform in the United States. Both agreed to join forces to support President Bush in the fight to increase border security and find a workable solution to the estimated 12 million undocumented workers living in the U.S.

“The removal of a few key Republican members of the House on Election Day brought us renewed hope for resuscitation of a proposal for comprehensive immigration reform,” said Rev. Miguel Rivera.

“Now that Democrats control the house there is a new opportunity to gather the support needed to move forward toward a solution that will both strengthen our borders and obtain a guest worker program and a pathway to citizenship,” said Rev. Rivera.

The meeting between Senator McCain and Rev. Rivera is an important step toward moving a full speed to restart the fight for a solution to the immigration crisis. Perhaps this time we will see a more bi-partisan effort that will demonstrate the compassionate conservatism that the majority of Americans have wanted to see in Congress and for immigration reform.

November 06, 2006

Key State Support for Candidates by Latino Pastors Released

Washington, DC - The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC), the largest latino pastors advocacy organization, based in Washington DC, has finalized a comprehensive report that gives support to key Senate candidates and provides data sufficient, for endorsement. The following races on these States were analized and the opinion of the majority of latino christian pastors was duly compiled as follows:

  • Rhode Island: no consensus reached as Latino Pastors rejected both candidates.
  • New Jersey: With a majority of 67% of Latino Pastors in favor, CONLAMIC endorses Senator Robert Menendez (D).
  • Pennsylvania: With a majority of 92% of Latino Pastors in favor, CONLAMIC endorses Senator Rick Santorum (R).
  • Maryland: With a majority of 69% of Latino Pastors in favor, CONLAMIC endorses Michael Steele (R).
  • Virginia: With a majority of 83% of latino pastors in favor, CONLAMIC endorses George Allen (R).
  • Florida: No consesus reached as Latino pastors rejected both candidates.
  • Tennessee: With a majority of 73% of latino pastors, CONLAMIC endorses Harold Ford (D).
  • Missouri: With a majority of 61%of latino pastors, CONLAMIC endorses Jim Talent (R).
  • Ohio: With a majority of 74% of latino pastors, CONLAMIC endorses Mike DeWine (R).

Pastors interviewed are members of a city wide pastors associations or chapters affiliated with the National Coalition of Latino Clergy andChristianLeaders (CONLAMIC). Main topics taken into consideration were: Judicial Nominees for Federal Courts, Immigration Reform and Traditional Marriage values.

November 05, 2006

Endorsements 2006

Washington, DC –The National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) announces their endorsements of candidates for the November 7, 2006 election:

Candidates for U.S. Senate

George Allen (R) – Virginia http://www.georgeallen.com/
Michael Steele (R) – Maryland http://www.steeleformaryland.com/
Harold Ford (D) – Tennessee www.fordfortennessee.com
Robert Menendez (D) – New Jerseywww.menendez2006.com
Rick Santorum (R) – Pennsylvania www.ricksantorum.com
Jim Talent (R) – Missouri www.talentforsenate.com
Mike DeWine (R) – Ohio www.mikedewine.com

“As pastors and leaders in our communities, its vital that we continue to be informed and encourage members of our churches and communities to be well-informed about the issues that each candidate represents. Throughout the year, our leaders have been active in fighting for immigration and education reform and we have gotten to know leaders in Congress who fight for the Latino community and those who do not. We will vote for the candidates who will best represent the interests of our community,” said Rev. Miguel Rivera, “we urge all Latino voters to join us in supporting conservative candidates who will best represent the Latino Christian Church and its members in the U.S. Senate.”

Due to the lack of action by members of Congress in the House of Representatives with regard to Comprehensive Immigration Reform, our Leaders will not vote for members of the House who stalled the work brought forth by the members of the U.S. Senate. We seek a change in the House of Representatives this election.

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The National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) is the largest Latino Christian advocacy organization in the nation, representing 15,000 churches in 32 states. For more information please go to www.conlamic.org.