May 15, 2007

U.S. Senate to Reach a Consensus on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Washington, DC - The National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders/CONLAMIC, the largest christian pastors advocacy organization in the nation sent a letter today of appreciation to the Honorable Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), for being the most influential Hispanic Senator on the present discussions and to accomplish a consensus for a "true" comprehensive immigration reform bill.

"Today or tomorrow the latest, we should have a Bill in the Senate, that will have sufficient bi-partisan support," says the Reverend Miguel Rivera from Capitol Hill. "This bill has been written in acordance with the main principals of the STRIVE Act (the Luis Gutierrez/Jeff Flake, House of Representatives legislation) and our understanding is that it will have the full support of the White House," said Rev. Rivera.

Since yesterday, Republican Senators have been meeting behind closed doors at the Capitol and by most accounts a consensus has nearly been reached and will be confirmed before the Memorial Day recess and a vote will be taken in the Senate. Sources near to Senator Mel Martinez, the most influential Republican Senator on this issue also confirmed that a comprehensive immigration reform bill will pass in the Senate.

Rev. Miguel Rivera and National Latino Evangelical Leaders, will host a Press Conference this week at the U.S. Capitol. The purpose of the press conference is for CONLAMIC leaders to call on the Latino Christian Church to support the Senate and White House CIR efforts and to request that the House of Representatives do the same.

""We must not release any of the pressure we've placed on this Congress, in fact, we must increase the pressure until a true comprehensive immigration reform bill is passed and sent to President Bush for his signature," urged Rev. Rivera.

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