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

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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. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He does a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippines Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since March 2013, he has also contributed cartoons to the Manila Mail, a Filipino American newspaper based in Washington D.C. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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