It’s coming mañana: the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

December 14th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) will introduce the comprehensive immigration reform bill tomorrow in the House. He has a blog up on the Huffington Post about it now that you can read. The bill’s acronym is CIR ASAP for Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009. I will have more details on the bill later this week, but I understand that it has strong support from members in both the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

I thought this part of Gutierrez’s piece was very good in terms of holding the President’s feet to the fire with the Latino community:

“During the campaign, Barack Obama made a commitment to push for real, comprehensive immigration reform. As President, he’s reaffirmed that promise to the nation and to me personally. I’m also very encouraged by the support of Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid. I intend to work with them and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to make sure that promises made to the American people are promises kept.”

I still think that CIR at this point is going to be a tough case to make given the current state of the economy, but so many in our community want to see it happen. It is going to take more political will and determination than we have seen with the health care reform debate in my view. So all of you who want to see the shadow members of our communities become legitimized and regularized in the eyes of the political establishment, get ready for some serious lobbying, phone calling, and letter writing. This isn’t going to be easy by any means.

Tags: community organizing and activism · Congressional Hispanic Caucus · Immigration · Rep. Luis Gutierrez

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 stephen // Dec 14, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Man, this is gonna be tough. Losing on health care and then this? This is throwing some serious red meat to the GOP in an election year. The Dems won’t put nearly as much effort into this. However, one strategy that may get this through is if the GOP sees passage of an immigration reform act as an opportunity for a call to arms later in the year. So the GOP may see this as an opportunity to drag it out and then go down in defeat (after gutting it of course) and then hanging their hats on this during the election. The Dems get reform and the GOP gets something to throw to their hard core supporters. The Dems accept that they will lose a lot of seats, but they regroup and get this out of the way before 2012. Just thinking out loud.

  • 2 Carl McGinnis // Dec 15, 2009 at 6:05 am

    Everyone must be warned before coming to the United States. Even if you have a visa, you are putting yourself at risk of Homeland Security ICE officers. I have a friend that is from Paris France here on an education visa to finish his degree. He has been here since 2005. His visa is valid until March of 2010, His passport is valid until 2014, and his I-20 is current. He is not illegal. In 2008 He fell in love and married a U.S. citizen that just happens to be addicted to Prescription medications, He knew nothing about this. But he was arrested due to her mistakes. He was placed in detention, scheduled for deportation. He has been in detention center in Pompano Beach Florida for 5 months now. All this because of her mistakes. She should be the one in jail not him. Please everyone coming to America. Think twice. This couple has lost all there savings on lawyers, she lost her job, and they are in the process of losing there home. All this was caused because ICE has the wrong person in jail. They make up any story they want and when they are questioned about it you get nowhere. I have written many letters to Janet Napolitano, Senator Bill Nelson, and even President Obama. But no one will listen to the truth. So please people think twice about coming to America for any reason. Our immigration system is broken ….they all agree, but you put your life at risk when you enter our borders. Even if you follow the rules you may also lose everything as this couple has. No one will listen, no one cares. This man has never even had a traffic violation and is 51 yrs old. He has never worked in America has always been self supporting and took nothing from Americans social services. His American dream has turned into a night mare. Shame on America.

  • 3 jammer // Dec 15, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I for one would like for everyone to write to their congressperson and ask them to include the Dream Act in any comprehensive immigration reform. Lets take these excellent future citizens out of their limbo status. It’s long overdue.

  • 4 BettyM // Dec 15, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    This is good news and I’m looking forward to more information!

  • 5 shannon // Jan 17, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Would like UAfA included. Unite all our families..
    Please don’t leave mine behind. This is an important time for everyone. Together we will capture the truth our country was built on . Land of the free ..

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