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Together Colorado Congregations and Schools Organize Action in Support of Immigrant Students and Families

Human Dignity & Just Immigration Reform

February 4, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY

February 4, 2013

Contact Information:
Stephanie Gustafson, Communications
720.838.6392, Stephanie@togetherco.org

Brian Plum, Community Organizer
720.315.6322, Brian@togetherco.org


Together Colorado Congregations and Schools Organize Action in Support of Immigrant Students and Families
Leaders to tell Senator Bennet and Representative Polis they want a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans and to act now

Denver, CO – Together Colorado is holding an action for immigrant students and families on Sunday, February 10, 2013, from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church, 1243 Kingston St., Aurora, CO. Together Colorado leaders will tell Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Jared Polis why they want a road map to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans and urge them to act now.

More than 800 faith and community leaders are expected to turn out at the action next Sunday with confirmed guests Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Jared Polis, and invited guest Representative Mike Coffman.

"We have communities and families here in Colorado that are suffering and we believe the only moral solution to our harmful immigration policy is full citizenship for the 11 million aspiring Americans and the only one that is consistent with our religious beliefs and American values," said Rev. Nelson Bock, Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

Rising hope: As the nation’s largest faith-based organizing network, PICO welcomes the decision by President Obama and a bi-partisan group of senators to embrace immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for our neighbors, friends and fellow parishioners. This sea change since Election Day is an answer to our prayers and to our organizing, and a source of hope for our families who live in daily fear of detention and deportation.

• We ask our elected officials to keep their hearts and minds focused on the eleven million aspiring citizens in our midst.

• We urge our Congress to move forward without delay, recognizing the moral urgency of fixing policies that are breaking apart families at a level unseen in American history.

A direct Pathway to Citizenship: A straightforward Pathway to Citizenship must be at the center of immigration reform legislation. The U.S. is now facing a third generation of children growing up in homes with undocumented family members. It is long past time to honor the American tradition of including immigrants rather than creating two classes of residents.

• Immigration reform should promote citizenship as an American value that is good for our families and economy. Our goal should be more people successfully applying to become citizens, not fewer.

• We should avoid unnecessary obstacles or delays that would result in millions of people living in limbo. Once immigrants come forward and complete the process they should be granted status, as with the successful DACA policy for Dreamers. The current backlog of immigration cases should be processed expeditiously.

• With no net flow of immigrants from Mexico and more than 400,000 deportations in 2012, it makes no sense to make a pathway to citizenship contingent on border security measures that have already been put in place. Instead we need an honest reckoning with enforcement policies that are imposing devastating costs on communities. Our goal should be a smarter system that makes our families safer rather than wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on a massive detention industry.


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Together Colorado is a non-partisan, multi-racial, multi-faith community organization that unlocks the power of people to transform their communities through community organizing Together Colorado a member of the PICO National Network, the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 60 local and state federations.

Together Colorado and PICO are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. Together Colorado and PICO urge people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more at www.togethercolorado.org and www.piconetwork.org.

PICO’s Campaign for Citizenship: Through the Campaign for Citizenship PICO and our 62 faith-based member organizations will be organizing to make sure that Members of Congress from both parties and the President follow through on the long-delayed promise of full citizenship for all. We will be sending a clear message when it comes to immigration reform, full citizenship is the Litmus Test for Latino voters and all people of faith.