“After the 2012 election, Congress held out handfuls of pledges to enact immigration reform. However, opposition from anti-immigration extremists turned those hands into balled up fists, delivering stinging blows to the push for reform and immigrant families,” the 10 national community, civil rights and faith leaders said in a joint statement released Monday. “Congress may try to ignore us and the immigration issue, but we will not.”
In the midst of a national immigration crisis and a shameful leadership vacuum on Capitol Hill, “No where is the anger and disappointment with Congress more palpable than in the Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander and immigrant communities that suffer daily from the consequences of Congress’ failure to remedy the broken and immoral immigration system,” the immigration reform advocates stated.
In response, the national leaders have embarked on a broad civic engagement initiative that includes national distribution of the first-ever 2014 National Immigration Score Card that shows how Congress failed on immigration reform by refusing to bring a broad bill to the House floor, yet calling for anti-immigrant votes, such as immediately ending the DACA program and deporting DREAMers. The scores are based on tabulations of immigration related votes and actions including cosponsorship of reform bills that include a path to citizenship and family reunification through visa reform.*
The report also shows how the scores of several members were knocked down by leaders’ refusal to bring to the floor immigration legislation that could have passed the House.
“The 2014 National Immigration Score Card leaves no doubt who supported immigration reform and who worked against us,” according to the joint statement. “The American people support immigration reform and they will join us in sending a clear and unmistakable signal to Washington: Congress’ inaction fuels our action. The time is now for our communities to get engaged.”
APALA: William Chiang, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-508-3733
Hispanic Federation: Joshua Silvia, email@example.com, 202-641-7186
Japanese American Citizens League Tara Naoko Ohrtman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-223-1240
LCLAA: Victor Baten, Vbaten@lclaa.org, 202-508-6989
LULAC: Jossie Sapunar, email@example.com, 202-833-6130
Mi Familia Vota Education Fund: Gebe Martinez firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-731-9505
NAKASEC: Diana Bui email@example.com, 202-670-1622
NCLR: Joseph Rendeiro, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-776-1566
OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: Ken Lee, email@example.com, (202) 223-5500
Voto Latino: Jimmy Hernandez, firstname.lastname@example.org, 305-720-0699