Immigration Reform

Ever since the November elections, immigration reform has become a top priority for President Obama and Congress as the new year has begun. This is because over 70% of the Hispanic American and Asian American voters voted for President Obama during the Presidential elections and many political commentators believe that this was a decisive factor in President Obama’s victory in November. For both groups, immigration reform is an important issue, and their growing clout at the ballot box has led both the Democratic and the Republican Parties to work on an immigration reform bill.

I have been following the progress of the immigration reform talks through the Facebook pages of the Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Interfaith Immigration Coalition, The Asian Pacific American Legal Center, The National Council of La Raza, and United We Dream, among many others.

The House of Representatives has held hearings this week on immigration reform. Here are 6 members who are important to call to persuade them on the need for immigration reform.

Rep. Cantor, House Majority Leader (V-7): 202-225-2815
Rep.Goodlatte (VA-6): 202-225-5431
Rep. Gowdy (SC-4): 202-225-6030
Rep. Labrador (ID-1): 202-225-6611
Rep. Poe (TX-2): 202-225-6565
Rep. Carter (TX-31): 202-225-3864

In order for immigration reform to take place, your Senators and Representatives need to hear from you. To find out how to contact your Representative, you can go to this link and to contact your Senator, you can go to this link.

Interfaith Immigration Coalition youtube videos on immigration reform

Kris Kobach, Secretary of State of Kansas, and Clarissa Matinez de Castro of the National Council of La Raza talk to PBS News Hour about the immigration reform


About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Since my time in college, my goal has been to be a successful children’s book illustrator. I’ve illustrated 3 books: Two Moms the Zark and Me by Johnny Valentine in 1993; Night Travelers by Sue Hill in 1994; and Cherubic Children’s New Classic Story Book Volume 2 for Cherubic Press in 1998. I’ve painted murals for Lester Shields Elementary School in San Jose, the Berryessa branch of the San Jose Public Library, and Grace Community Church in Los Altos. I’ve had a few illustrations published in South Bay Accent Magazine and I will have an illustration published in the January/February issue of Tikkun magazine.
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