FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 26, 2013
• Promise Arizona Director Petra Falcon, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Mi Familia Vota Statewide Director Raquel Teran, email@example.com
• Communications Coordinator James E. Garcia, firstname.lastname@example.org
State Capitol Press Conf., 11:30 a.m., Jan. 28:
AZ immigrants’ rights groups backing local and national campaigns in support of federal immigration reform
• Groups say final pan must include a ‘path to citizenship’
• Congressman Raul Grijalva scheduled to appear
PHOENIX, AZ (JAN. 26) A diverse array of Arizona-based organizations committed to federal immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States hold a press conference today, Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m., on the State Capitol Senate lawn.
The immigrants’ advocacy groups will announce a concerted local, state and national campaign that highlights the impact of federal immigration policy on immigrants and their family.
“Our focus is on family unity,” said Petra Falcon, executive director of Promise Arizona. “The laws and policies in place today are ripping families apart. Lives are being destroyed. Tens of thousands of children are being separated from their parents, who came to the United States not to harm America but to help build America. It’s time the United States government and its people lived up to our democratic ideals and justice.”
Today’s press conference comes 24 hours before a highly-anticipated announcement by President Obama in Las Vegas where he will outline his stance on immigration reform. At the same time, a contingent of key leaders in the U.S. Senate, including Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona, have been engaged in closed-door, bi-partisan talks on immigration reform. The senators have indicated they may release their broad plan by the end of the week.
“The tide is turning in Arizona and across the country in favor of treating immigrants humanely, even as we acknowledge how valuable they are to our country’s future, socially, political and economically,” said Raquel Teran, state director for Mi Famlia Vota. “We’ve spent years inviting immigrants to come to the United States often to work in jobs most Americans won’t take, and now the polls show a majority supports a path to citizenship. Congress and President Obama need to listen to the voters, including the growing Latino voting base, and pass humane comprehensive immigration reform now.”
The Arizona organizations’ effort is part of an unprecedented local, state and national push on immigration that includes a wide range of grassroots organizations and nonprofits, individual supporters, public officials, and some of the country’s most influential immigrants’ rights groups.
On Monday, immigrants’ rights groups across the country under the umbrella of Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and Alliance for Citizenship will announce a massive, national initiative in support of comprehensive immigration reform that emphasizes the impact the country’s immigration debate will have on the immigrants and their families.
Arizona immigrants’ rights group also are emphasizing the need to immigrants and their families together, as well as the growing political clout of Latino voters and other communities of color.
Among the organizations scheduled to be represented at Monday’s news conference in Phoenix: Promise Arizona, Mi Familia Vota, Congressman Raul Grijalva, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Somos America, Black-Brown Coalition of Arizona, PUENTE, ACLU, Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy (CASE)/Unite Here, New Organizing Institute, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT/AFL-CIO), United We Dream, Neighborhood Ministries, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, and the Unitarian Universalist Church.