December 06, 2009


By Reverend Miguel Rivera

When elected officials and the community struggle with a matter of moral responsibility, church leaders cannot avoid their solemn commitment to indict those in office to move forward and do what is RIGHT AND MORAL!

Conservative Latino Evangelical Pastors are constantly at the forefront of the undocumented immigrant community battle with a broken immigration system that besides being obsolete is also the main factor for divided families (because of deportation); American citizen children being forced to live in exile out of their mainland (born to deported parents); the division, polarization and animosity against most (non-white) immigrants, happening among our communities and the laceration of a capitalist affluent economy that depends on a vibrant immigration force.

It happens that, those same elected officials who truly understand this facts, are also divided;

There are those who capitalized because of a false nationalistic anti-immigrant sentiment and;

Others, who are so afraid of losing their seat in Congress, that procrastinate on the issue but at the same time, during election season, they stop by only to seek the Latino vote, knowing about our influence since been designated as the largest ethnic AMERICAN minority in the Country.

The Latino Evangelical Church in America has spoken; Enough is Enough. Before Enumeration We Demand Legalization!

Members of Congress, should move forward with comprehensive immigration reform or be prepared to explain to your constituents, why the lost of federal funding for your earmark projects or why the absurd configuration of "ghost electoral districts" that have less voting citizens residents, and at the expense of other disenfranchised of such representation.

Pastors are confronted with the consequences of a surge on law enforcement actions and strategies empowering local police officers as immigration agents, under 287-G;

Memorandums of understanding between County Detention Centers Local Police Departments and Federal Immigration (ICE) Enforcement, speeds ahead with a "deportation quota agenda".

This aggressive scenario becomes evident with road blocks and raids, and racial profiling, disturbing evidence against mainly Latino immigrants.

Our call to action to every undocumented immigrants is the following; do Not Attempt To Step Out Of The Shadows To Be Counted, Only To Be Forced Later To Turn Back To The Same Shadows, AGAIN!

Our best argument is; If all undocumented immigrants are so much needed to be counted, then members of Congress need to make time and move forward with comprehensive immigration reform, so that all duly counted (ALL) people, will benefit equitably as well.

Latino Evangelical Pastors are all for an accurate census effort. But such census accuracy, cannot be at the high cost of exposing additional numbers of "Latinos".

Being us the majority among the undocumented immigrants, and further becoming a numerical fact, suitable to be used against our own people, is unacceptable.

Even when President Barack Obama said "illegals will not be included on the Health Care Reform" (Senate version not even considers them to purchase with their own out of pocket money in the so called exchange) is the latest evidence why undocumented immigrants are duly and rightfully entitled under the Constitution, to exercise Free Expression, NO PARTICIPATION.

Making way for ALL, to enjoy being legal and comply with the laws of our Nation, is imperative before this coming census 2010.


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