January 21, 2010

Latino Pastors Urge President Obama To Activate TPS For Undocumented Immigrants

Washington, DC - The National Coalition Of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) delivered a letter to President Barack Obama, just as his first year in office has come to an end, and after the Massachusetts election,(which resulted a victory that gave Republicans the votes needed stop Democrat legislative initiatives in the Senate). The letter from CONLAMIC to the President urges that he move forward immediately in issuing an Executive Order, which would authorize Temporary Protective Status for all undocumented immigrants and stop Deportations.

"In light of the Massachusetts senate race outcome, its unlikely that President Obama will keep the promise that he made to Latinos to achieve Comprehensive Immigration Reform," said Rev. Miguel Rivera, Chairman of CONLAMIC.

Since 2007, Democrats have lost precious time. They have had control of both legislative chambers; to avoid fixing the broken immigration system is reprehensible and irresponsible and Pastors witness the fact that this places millions of families in more danger today by this Administration's enhancement of enforcement only approach to immigration.

"We urge President Obama to act quickly to exercise executive powers to bring peace and justice to millions of hard-working, Christian families affected by this matter," said Rev. Miguel Rivera.

Latino pastors nationwide, members of CONLAMIC, remain strong in their resolve and conviction as they remind both political entities that the Latino swing vote is more valuable for this coming 2010 midterm elections. The pattern of lies and broken promises will hurt more present incumbents.

Today, CONLAMIC is calling for a "Day of Fasting and Prayer" on behalf of President Barack Obama with an understanding that we still expect him to comply with his word.

We urge the President to call to STOP all Deportations and Temporary Protective Status for undocumented immigrants as the only alternative available at this time.

We pray that President Obama will move immediately with this Presidential Order.

Millions undocumented immigrants of Irish, Polish, Asian, Hispanic and other European descent are waiting for action by this President that if delivered, will be an outstanding accomplishment will contribute to building confidence among these communities that will lead to a more accurate and successful CENSUS 2010," concluded Rev. Rivera.

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