Protecting Immigrants by Executive Order

LA Councilman Gil Cedillo to propose resolution in support of Grijalva/Clarke letter to Pres. Obama at press conference, Dec 12

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: December 11, 2013

Protecting Immigrants by Executive Order

L.A. City Councilman Gilbert Cedillo will headline an historical press conference to introduce his proposal for a City Council resolution in support of Reps. Raul Grijalva and Yvette Clarke's letter, calling for President Obama to protect immigrants by executive order.

He will be joined by a chorus of L.A. community leaders that support the 29 Congress members that signed the Grijalva/Clarke letter, requesting for the President to grant comprehensive deferred action, now that is conclusive Congress has failed to act upon immigration reform.

When: Thursday, December 12, 2013 ď㢠5:00 p.m.
Where: Mexican Cultural Institute (Placita Olvera MCI Gallery downstairs)
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Contact: Prof. Armando Vazquez-Ramos
California-Mexico Studies Center: (562) 430-5541
Mobile: (562) 972-0986


L.A. community leaders and elected officials would like to invite the public to support the initiative taken by Congressman Raul Grijalva and 28 other members of the U.S. Congress, who recently made public a letter to call upon President Obama to stop deportations and extend deferred action protection by executive order, to a broader number of the 11 million undocumented due to the failure of immigration reform in Congress.

On December 5th, last Thursday, Cong. Raul Grijalva and prominent members of Congress convened a press conference in Washington, D.C. to make public their letter and formally sent their request to the president to protect our families. This plea is now a national campaign led by Rep. Grijalva (and now also Congressman Luis Gutierrez), joined by over 543 labor, community, and faith organizations with the same call, and the list continues to grow each day. Read the letter at:

Thus, numerous L.A. organizations will convene at the press conference this Thursday, December 12th, a date of veneration for Our Lady of Guadalupe, to join the initiative of these organizations and members of Congress, and call upon President Obama to stop deportations and extend Deferred Action to ALL undocumented immigrants that would be eligible for legalization.

In addition to Gil Cedillo's proposal for the Los Angeles City Council to approve a resolution in support of the Grijalva/Clarke letter, we want to call upon the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the California Latino Legislative Caucus and all California legislators in general to pass endorsement resolutions and requesting the California Congressional Delegation to also sign the Grijalva/Clarke letter to President Obama.

Given that the U.S. Congress will adjourn this Friday, December 13 and immigration reform is officially dead, congress members will merrily go on vacation. But deportations will continue apace each day (more than 1,200 daily) under the Obama administration.

This is precisely why a protect our families campaign is direly needed to impress upon the president that he has the moral responsibility to exercise his executive authority and safeguard the very constituency that could forge or doom his legacy.

Advocates who have been invited to be present include*:
?└ L.A. City Council members Gil Cedillo, Jose Huizar and Nury Martinez
?└ Father Richard Estrada
?└ Armando Vazquez-Ramos, California-Mexico Studies Center
?└ Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr., Mexican Cultural Institute
?└ Antonio Gonzalez, Willie C. Velasquez Institute
?└ Angela Sanbrano, Network of Mexican Organizations
?└ Baldomero Capiz, Asociaci??n Bi-Nacional de ExBraceros
?└ Armando Gudi??o, Drug Policy Institute
?└ Anabella Bastida, COFEM
?└ Rafael Vasquez, Oaxaca Institute
?└ Pablo Alvarado, National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON)
?└ Arturo Carmona,
?└ Jose Moreno and Amin David, Los Amigos of Orange County
?└ Ta?ína Reyes-Lopez, Hermandad Mexicana
?└ Sara Zapata Mijares, Mundo Maya
?└ Ron Gochez, Southern California Immigration Coalition
?└ Lizbeth Mateo, Dreamers Activist
?└ Tomas Gonzalez, LULAC
?└ Gonzalo Santos, CSU Bakersfield
* Other community, labor and political leaders are still being confirmed.

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