FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / Feb. 13, 2013
1,000 “Valentine Letters” to be delivered to Sens. McCain, Flake and four Members of Congress
PHOENIX (Feb. 13, 2013) Promise Arizona, a Phoenix-based immigrants’ rights group, will deliver more than 1,000 letters from voters to the state’s U.S. Senators and Members of Congress on Thursday, Feb. 14, asking them to take into account the harm being done to immigrant families as a result of current immigration policy as they begin the debate over federal immigration reform.
“Bring my Sweetheart Back Day of Action” is part of a national campaign called Keep Families Together organized by the national immigrants’ rights coalition Fair Immigration Reform Movement and the Center for Community Change. Promise Arizona is among dozens of grassroots groups in Arizona and hundreds more across the country working in support of fair and humane immigration reform. Congress is expected to take up the issue in earnest in the coming weeks and months.
“We all have loved ones we think about on Valentine’s Day,” said Promise Arizona Executive Director Petra Falcon, “and so we figured it was appropriate to remind some of our state’s most influential political leaders that the policy they’re about to reshape will affect the lives—for the better, we hope—of millions of men, women and children, many of whom have been separated from the people they love because of our broken immigration system.”
“Bring my Sweetheart Back Day of Action” begins with a press conference at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, outside of the office of U.S. John McCain, 2201 E Camelback Rd #115, Phoenix, AZ. Immigrant families will be on hand to deliver copies of more than 1,000 “Valentine Wishes” to each of the senators offices as part of the first leg of a Valley-wide tour of Congressional district offices. Letters also will be delivered to Republican U.S. Representatives Matt Salmon and David Schweikert, and Democratic Representatives Ed Pastor and Kyrsten Sinema.
About Promise Arizona
Promise Arizona’s mission is to recruit, train, and support a new generation of leaders from across the state to build a new Arizona, one in which all residents have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Born out of the fight against an increasingly hostile, anti-immigrant environment, Promise Arizona is building the organizational infrastructure needed to make a difference in the lives of immigrant families.