June 30, 2007

CONLAMIC's Letter to President George Bush

Written by Reverend Miguel Rivera

Washington, DC - First let me bring words of gratitude on behalf of all the 16,000 thousand Latino Christian churches that appreciate your the commitment you have demonstrated for comprehensive immigration reform. Collectively, we urge you not to be discourage and to be assured of our prayers on your behalf.

After the disappointing news created by the lack of action and compassion by some members of the Senate, it is almost certain that there is no possibility of passing legislation on this issue, however, CONLAMIC advisers and attorneys have identified two workable solutions that could be of great benefit to many undocumented immigrants and to bring some positive closure to this complex situation.

We know that you have been our best advocate on the issue and we believe that a Presidential Executive Order can make the most difference at this time.

An enactment of a "temporary permit status" under the guidelines of the actual TPS that benefits the Central American refugees, while ensuring the protection of our national security by requiring a mandatory registration of all undocumented immigrants that will grant them a temporary workers status and a path to adjust their immigration status under the guidelines of section 245-I of the immigration code.

The alternative is to request that leaders of Congress re-authorize Section 245-I of the Immigration Code.

If this is done, thousands of members of our congregations around the nation will gather in Washington for the Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations and demonstrate appreciation for your efforts on this issue. Your actions will be remembered for decades to come.

I will never forget the time during the 5 de mayo celebration when you told me, "Reverend, immigration reform will be done". I have being able to repeat your message of hope to all our affiliates around the country and this has made many so faithful and assured of your leadership and true commitment to national security, family values, economy, civil rights and moral issues.

As always, I share with you my gratitude for your friendship and most important, your Faith in God. I pray that the Lord will continue guiding you during this important time.

June 21, 2007

CONLAMIC Leaders in Georgia to Hold Prayer Vigil for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Atlanta, Georgia – On Friday, June 22nd at 10:00a.m., more than one thousand Latino Pastors from all over the state of Georgia will gather to hold a prayer vigil at the entrance of Senator Saxby Chambliss district office located at 100 Galleria Parkway, in Atlanta. The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC), the largest Latino Christian advocacy organization in the nation stands firmly in support of Senate Bill 1348 and the STRIVE Act (HR-1645) and has organized multi-state effort to mobilize Latino pastors in support of a comprehensive solution to our nation’s broken immigration system.

“The Latino Evangelical leaders from throughout Georgia are gathering for a prayer vigil to publicly thank Senator Chambliss for his courage, integrity, and leadership in this fight to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill and to pray for a swift approval for the Senate and House bills,” said Reverend Miguel Rivera, President of CONLAMIC.

”We urge members of the Senate to pass this critical legislation. The millions of good hardworking people and our nation’s economy are depending on it,” added Rev. Miguel Rivera.

“Our leaders will be holding prayer vigils these next 10 days in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Rhode Island, Washington DC, Florida and other states this month to demonstrate our commitment comprehensive immigration reform. We pray that our leaders in Congress will have the courage to whats moral and just - to pass this legislation,” added Rev. Rivera.

"Latino pastors of diverse faiths from Atlanta and throughout the state are gathering together in unity to pray for a solution to this critical issue and an end to the anti-immigrant sentiment. Together we will pray for members of Congress to show compassion towards our community and fix our broken immigration system,” said Rev. Mansogo.

"The three major Christian radio stations hit the airwaves yesterday to create a dialog on the issue of immigration reform and telephones lines were clogged with audience members wanting to express support for the members of Congress who have shown courage to do what's right in pushing this comprehensive immigration bill forward. Today these Christians will join in Atlanta to pray that Congress reaches a full consensus and passes a new bill that will serve as a blessing to our nation," concluded Rev. Mansogo.

Latino Pastors in Oklahoma To Hold Prayer Vigil for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Tulsa, Oklahoma – On Saturday, June 23rd at 11:00a.m., Latino Pastors from all over the state of Oklahoma will gather to hold a prayer vigil at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Tulsa located at 1082 E., 31st Street. The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC), the largest Latino Christian advocacy organization in the nation stands firmly in support of Senate Bill 1348 and the STRIVE Act (HR-1645) and has organized multi-state effort to mobilize Church leaders in support of a comprehensive solution to our nation’s broken immigration system.

”We thank Senator Harry Reid for allowing this bill to be considered and debated on its merits and we urge members of the Senate to pass this critical legislation. The millions of good hardworking people and our nation’s economy are depending on it,” said Reverend Miguel Rivera, President of CONLAMIC.

“Our leaders will be holding prayer vigils in Oklahoma, Georgia, New Jersey, Washington, DC, Florida and other states this month to demonstrate our commitment to comprehensive immigration reform,” added Rev. Rivera.

"Latino pastors from different faiths from Tulsa and throughout the state are gathering together in unity to pray for a solution to this critical issue and an end to the anti-immigrant sentiment. Together we will demonstrate the true power of faith of the church in effort to bring millions of Christian families out of the shadows,” said Rev. Orta.

June 10, 2007

CONLAMIC Urges Congress to Act Responsibly in Favor of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Solution

Washington, DC- National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC), the largest Latino Christian advocacy organization in the nation, representing more than 16,000 churches in 32 states, has sent letters to members of the Senate, both Democrats and Republicans urging that they immediately restore negotiations to achieve comprehensive immigration reform.

Reverend Miguel Rivera, President of CONLAMIC, understands that the White House is completely committed to continuing the fight in favor of S-1348 and furthermore, has called upon the Senate to act on their integrity and come to a solution on this important legislative effort.

"The national security of this nation is at stake and this Congress must act responsibly. They must act prudently and immediately to secure a solution to the broken immigration system. The agendas of special interest groups that oppose this effort must not hold more importance than the safety of our nation. Furthermore, the registration of the undocumented people who work in this country will bring them out of obscurity, hence, improving their quality of life,” said Rev. Rivera.

In the past, CONLAMIC has repeatedly denounced the actions of the labor union, AFL-CIO for being a major adversary of comprehensive immigration reform. In addition, CONLAMIC has passionately denounced the actions of ultra conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation, also considered an anti-immigrant organization whose communications have been discriminatory against Hispanics and have sparked anti-immigrant sentiment across the nation,” said Rev. Rivera.

In the letter sent to leaders of the Senate, CONLAMIC makes a reference to the township of Riverside, New Jersey and the state of Georgia. Both have adopted laws that breed repression of the undocumented residents. This is a result of the hypocrisy and game of special interest politics that has unfolded in the Senate thanks to members of the extreme left and right, a dilemma that has polarized the North American moral conscience.

In communications released from the offices of Senators Jon Kyl and Ted Kennedy, it’s clear that both intend to resume the debate this week with the goal of obtaining 60 votes to ensure the approval of the measure.

“The Senators must leave aside any attempts to perfect this legislation being that national security is at stake and more time cannot be wasted. The borders are porous and businesses need labor, but more importantly, many honest undocumented families and workers that live in our country and continue to contribute to our economy live without protection and are subject to exploitation on a daily basis. This can be dealt with if legislation is passed that will allow them to receive the protection that U.S. residents and citizens receive. This is a matter of justice and decency taking into account the dignity of all human beings,” declares Rev. Rivera.

CONLAMIC appreciates the commitment of the White House and the declarations of President Bush in his radio messages, in addition, supports the efforts of Secretaries Carlos Gutierrez and Michael Chertoff who seek to obtain a consensus among members of the Senate. CONLAMIC urges Speaker Nancy Pelosi to begin the same effort in the lower chamber, in hopes that by August 1st, we will have a new comprehensive immigration law.

"Through our radio program, CONLAMIC Informa, broadcast in 16 states, we are asking our vast audience for the continuation of phone calls to Senators and active participation in prayer vigils and public gatherings that will keep up the pressure in favor of a comprehensive solution to this issue and with emphasis on our national security,” concluded Rev. Rivera.