Secret Meeting In December Held By Casa De Maryland – Baltimore Immigrants and Supporters Take Action and Applaud Introduction of Immigration Reform Legislation

Baltimore Immigrants and Supporters Take Action and Applaud Introduction of Immigration Reform Legislation

Contact the Whole General Assembly on this and your Leaders in DC, which are listed in the body of this email.

For immediate release Contact: Tania Del Angel, 240-353-2288 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Participants to Flood White House and Congressional Offices with Calls Asking for Passage

WHAT: Town Hall Meeting WHEN: Friday, Dec 18th at 7 pm WHERE: St. Patrick’s Church Hall, 1728 Bank St, Baltimore, Baltimore MD 21231 WHO: CASA de Maryland Activists, Faith Leaders and Community Members

BALTIMORE MD- More than 100 community leaders, activists from CASA de Maryland, and faith leaders are going to be taking action at a town hall meeting this Friday after the Rep. Luis Gutierrez introduced an immigration reform bill on Tuesday.

Activists plan on making over 400 hundred calls to the White House as well as Baltimore area Congressional Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) 2nd district, Elijah Cummings (D-MD) 7th district and John Sarbanes (D-MD) 3rd district, to ask for their support in swift passage of Immigration Reform.

“It is time to act and put pressure on President Barack Obama to fulfill his promise and support immigration reform. The immigrant community is organized and energized and see the introduction of this legislation as a call to action,” said Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA de Maryland.

The introduction of Congressman Gutierrez’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act (CIR ASAP) is widely seen as the first step in what could be a long debate in Washington, and to date has over 90 cosponsors pledging their support. Hundreds of Immigrant groups around the country will be holding similar events on Friday to educate their communities about the content of the legislation and engage them in actions to move the political process forward. A summary of the legislation will be available at the event.

The activity at St. Patrick’s comes a few short months after the Baltimore City council passed a resolution urging Congress to act to quickly to pass reform legislation. According to reports by the Abell Foundation and others, the economic future of the City relies on its capacity to attract and retain immigrants – assets that bring economic activity to blighted neighborhoods through small business, consumer dollars, and housing investment. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform ASAP Act of 2009, H.R. 4321, was presented this Tuesday at a press conference attended by a crowd of legislators representing the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Congressional Progressive Caucus, and to date the only Marylander among the 93 original co-sponsors is Congresswoman Donna Edwards of Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

“Our families are suffering, our communities are suffering, and the City has clearly endorsed the passage of immigration reform,” said Father Robert Wojtek, C.S.s. R., Pastor at St. Patricks where Friday’s event will be held. “We eagerly look forward to our Baltimore-area Congressmen responding to our call to action and joining the House leadership in co-sponsoring the Comprehensive Immigration Reform ASAP Bill,” said Father Wojtek.

At Friday’s event, families affected by the immigration crisis will be available for interview. For more information, please contact Tania Del Angel at 240-353-2288.


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