August 22, 2009

The Obama Administration Calls for Patience for CIR

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Coalition Of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) is faithfully expecting that Secretary Janet Napolitano, will address with promptness and effectiveness, the immediate need to move forward with Comprehensive Immigration Reform and profound procedural changes, on 287-G law enforcement federal immigration empowerment implementation at local level.

"As we considered as commendable the well intended call for a meeting with advocates of a fair and humane immigration reform, we expect that, the outcome transcends a merely public relations or damage control initiatives and get serious about the immediate need for a strong push in Congress and make them move forward with comprehensive legislation for immigration reform ", says the Reverend Miguel Rivera, CONLAMIC Chairman on a letter address to the Secretary Napolitano at Homeland Security.

On September 2007 we brought serious human rights concerns to former Assistant Secretary Julie Myers, regarding the mistreatment of latino undocumented immigrants while detained in federal or local detention centers and the lack of access that members of the Clergy are duly experiencing when trying to advocate for members of our congregations.

We commend the decision to stop the incarceration of undocumented mothers and children, but there is much more that needs to be done", wrote also the Reverend Rivera.

CONLAMIC Latino Christian Pastors around the country, has sponsored town hall meetings with members of Congress, where testimonies of family members have been duly documented as evidence of abuses and mistreatments from local law enforcement agents, practicing racial profiling and engaged on a "quota practices" while empowered by the 287-G immigration law enforcement program and similar initiatives.

"While Congress procrastinates on legislation that could bring millions of our brethren, out of the shadows and on a path for legalization, it is most imperative that DHS Secretary Napolitano, exercise a strong and fair leadership, to stop these incidents and practices to happen on such detention centers and that further exasperate our families and the community as a whole", concluded Reverend Rivera.

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