May 25, 2007

Secretary Carlos Gutierrez Reaches Millions of Hispanic Christians on Immigration Reform

Spanish Language Christian Radio Opens the Airways for Sec. Gutierrez

Washington, DC - Today, Secretary Carlos Gutierrez joined the national broadcast of CONLAMIC Informa, a daily Spanish language legislative news and information radio program hosted by Reverend Miguel Rivera, President of the National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders. This broadcasts originates in Washington, DC at 1030am Radio Poder and reaches 16 states in the nation. Secretary Gutierrez spoke to millions of Latino Christians about the fierce debate and hopeful progress of the current Senate comprehensive immigration reform consensus.

Hispanic ministers from Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, Oklahoma and other states called the program to join the open dialog offered by Secretary Gutierrez and Rev. Rivera on an issue that has been a priority in their congregations.

Rev. Jose Rodriguez from Nashville, Tennessee asked "Many of our church leaders and members are American citizens. What can we do to support you and the other leaders who are fighting to bring a solution to the immigration crisis?"

Sec. Gutierrez responded, "As a citizen, it's important to be informed about the process and progress of this effort."

Rev. Augustine Reyes, who oversees a network of radio stations based in Dallas, Texas called in with a fellow minister to thank Sec. Gutierrez and Rev. Rivera for keeping them informed about this fierce debate. "Our members are holding prayer vigils in their congregations.."

"Its not everyday that Hispanic ministers get the opportunity to have an dialog with a key member of President George Bush's cabinet," said Rev. Rivera. "We're humbled by this. CONLAMIC has worked very hard to bring a voice to the Latino church, not only the big and more powerful church's but also the small storefront churches that must also have a voice in Washington, DC. After all, its our community that is most affected by the current broken immigration system."

CONLAMIC has called upon its 16,000 church leaders to contact their Senators in support of the consensus reached by the White House and the bipartisan effort in the Senate in order to accomplish the fundamental goals, which are to legalize the estmated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States in addition to increasing border security.

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