June 28, 2009

CONLAMIC Prayer On White House & Congress Comprehensive Immigration Reform Initiatives

Washington, DC- On Thursday June 25th, CONLAMIC Board Of Directors held a "prayer conference call" asking God's wisdom and guidance on behalf of President Barack Obama and members of Congress, that will convene at the White House to initiate talks and start drafting legislation for comprehensive immigration reform.

Over 300 Presidents of City-Wide Pastors Associations in 34 States will be participants, with the understanding that "prayer moves mountains", says the Rev. Miguel Rivera, CONLAMIC Chairman, CEO.

"We understand that this issue is a very sensitive one that arouses all types of sentiments and polarizing opinions around the nation.

In the meantime, there is no political will nor financial reasoning in Congress to deport millions of hard working, family oriented undocumented immigrants.

"This brings us to the only conclusion morally and acceptable available which is comprehensive immigration reform," said Rev. Rivera.

"Our Pastors are constantly dealing with the pain and suffering that hundreds of spouses and children are experiencing, due to the sense of anxiety and frustration that is developed by those affected by the arrests, incarceration and deportation of a love one", says the Reverend Dr. David Guel, a Baptist Executive from the Texas Hispanic Baptist Conference and CONLAMIC-USA President.

"Racial profiling and all kind of discrimination is being targeted against all Latinos in the State of Georgia, where constant roadblocks and aggressive anti-immigrant policies are being enforced, as per Governor's Purdue policies," said Rev. Antonio Mansogo, Atlanta Hispanic Evangelical Pastors Association and CONLAMIC Executive Vice-President.

CONLAMIC urges members of Congress not to take lightly the enormous responsibility that lies ahead of them regarding this issue. Is not a time to look at the polls, but to move forward doing what is right and expected from them as elected officials.

Passing comprehensive immigration reform is what over 67% of Americans want and to bring closure to such a shameful chapter of modern American history only known before when slavery was practiced in this Country.

"We commend President Obama for sticking to his word and risking political capital on such a profound and important issue for us. Our prayers will support his efforts, with an understanding that members of our churches are already committed to not participate on our next census efforts, unless they are on a path to legalization and free from being treated as criminals, or their families being torn apart," concluded Rev. Rivera.

National Union Leader Nativo Lopez Endorse A Census Boycott For Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Washington, DC - The National Coalition Of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) has been informed that Nativo Lopez, President of the International General Brotherhood Laborers Union and MAPA (a Pro Immigration Reform Advocacy Organization) and its Board of Directors are duly supporting a boycott to the 2010 Census until members of CONGRESS pass comprehensive immigration reform.

"All 250 leaders with a unanimous consent, voted to support this effort and a campaign to ask all our members to boycott is on its way," says Nativo Lopez a powerful union leader and activist from California.

CONLAMIC Board of Directors are thrill with such support, which comes in the eve of NALEO Convention in California, which will help to counteract their targeted propaganda campaign, against all Latino evangelical pastors who are calling their church members to boycott the 2010 census (a civil disobedience action of non-participation) until comprehensive immigration reform is passed.

"Nativo Lopez is a highly respected advocate with a proven tract record of support for all migrant workers, undocumented immigrants and their right to form labor unions for protecting workers welfare and dignity," said Rev. Miguel Rivera.

Such an endorsement is without any doubt sending a strong and firm message to members of CONGRESS and California Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger. History is on the make again with such a powerful combination of Church and Labor Unions.

Having an accurate count and expecting needed federal funds for the State, is in there will and only they can make it happen now more than ever.

PASS COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM, Stop Institutionalized Slavery with the undocumented immigrants and we will call the boycott off", says the Reverend Miguel Rivera, CONLAMIC Chairman.

The Reverend Rivera, will travel next week to Los Angeles CA, to meet Nativo Lopez and coordinate efforts for a new phase on Census 2010 Boycott, asking ALL LATINOS TO BOYCOTT, in a gesture of solidarity and as a reminder to President Barack Obama's promise of having Comprehensive Immigration Reform "a must and will be done in my first year as President", commitment with the Latino vote.

"We urge all Latino advocates and other religious leaders to unite with us and make our politicians accountable. Thousands of undocumented immigrants are counting on us to hold Governor's, Mayor's and Members of CONGRESS feet to the fire, until a true and just comprehensive immigration reform is accomplished", concluded the Reverend Rivera.

"Antes De Contar, Nos Tienen Que Legalizar," CONLAMIC.

"No Me Cuentes, Hasta Poder Contar Contigo," MAPA.

June 17, 2009

CONLAMIC Board of Directors Call For Unity Among Latino Evangelicals

Washington, DC - CONLAMIC (The National Coalition Of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders) is calling for all Latino evangelicals to unite and not let ourselves become pawns of special or political interests, that are battling against justice for our Latino community," according to a letter sent by the Rev. Miguel Rivera, Chairman of the Board of Directors, today.

The message sent to all CONLAMIC Board Members around the Country states that; "We need to be very careful with how much influence, outsiders and special interests are applying against the main values of our ethical conduct, seeking to make their case against comprehensive immigration reform, providing an opportunity against such an important mission, with the old tactic of divide and conquer.

As members of the Clergy, our main task is to be committed prophets of social justice and be forceful preachers of what is moral and right, in the best interests of the members of our churches and making politicians accountable to their constituencies," said the Rev. Rivera.

CONLAMIC, representing over 20,000 Hispanic christian churches and faith based ministries in 34 States, is the main sponsor of a boycott against the Census 2010 unless members of Congress pass comprehensive immigration reform.

"Members of Congress, Governors, Mayors and local politicians are being left with the task of making comprehensive immigration reform happen, before March 31, 2010. Not having this done, means less federal funding for their States and possible redistricting and a loss of seats at the House of Representatives.

We cannot continue looking the other way, while over 12 million undocumented immigrants are being exploited, which is de facto institutionalized slavery.

It is our message that, all Latino evangelicals unite in a show of support for all undocumented immigrants and their families, as a strong advocacy force, using the Census boycott as the only confirmed strategy that will bring comprehensive immigration reform to become a reality," concluded the Rev. Rivera.

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June 04, 2009

CONLAMIC Endorses Nomination of Judge Sotomayor to US Supreme Court

Washington, DC - Today, the National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) announced its endorsement of President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, a measured jurist with bedrock family values and highly qualified for the United States Supreme Court.

"CONLAMIC leaders are delighted that Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who is currently Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, has been nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States," said Rev. Miguel Rivera, President of CONLAMIC.

Latino evangelicals who are members of CONLAMIC have in the past carried out careful and detailed review of other candidates to the Supreme Court and carefully vetted then Judges Roberts and Alito before their confirmation to the Court. They fully supported their nominations because they possessed strong the qualifications, restrained judicial temperament, and respect in their approach to their judicious approach to and application of the law. They find that Judge Sotomayor to be highly qualified for the U.S. Supreme Court and have endorsed her nomination.

In endorsing the nomination of Judge Sotomayor, we have carefully reviewed the Judge’s numerous decisions and statements. Federal courts of appeals resolve conflicting opinions and decisions rendered by district courts within their Circuit. CONLAMIC's review discloses that regardless of the outcome of the decision, Judge Sotomayor follows well-established precedent in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. In strictly adhering to precedent, regardless of result, Judge Sotomayor demonstrated that she is not a judicial activist who seeks to impose a particular outcome based on her beliefs, but rather a judicious jurist who applies established law to the cases before her. CONLAMIC is confident that she has a restrained approach to the law.

The particularity and richness of Judge Sotomayor own life experience brings a perspective that is currently absent from the Court. Judge Sotomayor would become, in fact, the most experienced judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court in decades. Her experience as a trial court judge, as a prosecuting attorney, and as a partner at a commercial law firm in New York would make her the most experienced litigator of the court, thereby bringing an attorney and judge with real world experience and common sense application of the law to the Supreme Court.

Judge Sotomayor has an impressive track record of bipartisan support. She was nominated as a federal district court judge by a Republican President and confirmed by a Democratic–controlled Senate. She was later elevated to the federal court of appeals by a Democratic President and confirmed by a Republican-controlled Senate. While some have sought to play this down, it is nonetheless impressive in an era of bitter partisan division.

Finally, her dedication to her community and to her family underscores bedrock principles that we, as an organization, strongly encourage members of the church and Latino community to emulate. As an organization with conservative values, CONLAMIC has given this matter careful, detailed and fair review.

"We deem Judge Sonia Sotomayor highly qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice, and we call on the U.S. Senate to timely confirm her nomination prior to the August break so that Judge Sotomayor may join the Court prior to the October Term," said Rev. Rivera.