Bay Area faith leaders gather to call for immigration reform

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Faith leaders will gather at the Mission Dolores Basilica tonight to push for immigration reform.
Courtesy San Francisco Organizing Project

 

By Rebecca Bowe

An event will be held this evening (2/18) at the Mission Dolores Basilica to urge Sens. Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein to push for nationwide immigration reform. The gathering of people from the immigrant community and faith-based organizations, which is being put together by the San Francisco Organizing Project, will be held in conjunction with the national Reform Immigration for America campaign.

Pat Bregant of SFOP told the Guardian that a turnout of around 1,000 is expected. Several families whose lives have been turned upside down by deportations will share their stories.

More than 35 clergy members from throughout the Bay Area will attend, including Bishop William Justice, Archdiocese of San Francisco. Others who are expected include Jim Molinari, state director for the office of Sen. Diane Feinstein, and San Francisco Supervisors David Chiu and David Campos.

Myrna Godinez, who came to the United States from war-torn El Salvador 26 years ago, said immigrants face steep challenges such as accessing health care and obtaining education. “They come here to work,” she said, “and to live in peace.” She said she faced many challenges trying to build a life here, but in her case, coming to the United States also meant being able “to go outside without being afraid of getting killed.”
The Mission Dolores Basilica is located at 3321 16th Street in San Francisco.

The event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Comments

I hope the IRS is reading this

Posted by glen matlock on Feb. 19, 2010 @ 11:53 am

The most important thing to remember about passing another Comprehensive Immigration reform and its true meaning of Blanket amnesty is the unprecedented overpopulation this will bring? According to the US census By 2050, this nation's population is projected to increase by nearly 130 million more people -- the equivalent of adding another four states the size of California. In the last 200 years, the United States has lost 50 percent of its wetlands, 90 percent of its northwestern old-growth forests, and 99 percent of its tall grass prairie to unparalleled construction and development. Every day in this nation an estimated nine square miles of rural land is lost to development. In 1994, there were about 3.95 million births and 2.29 million deaths in our country, resulting in a net natural increase of nearly 1.7 million more people. Net immigration added approximately 816,000 people. It is really time to rethink immigration control as it not just the massive costs to every taxpayer, but unrestrained out-of-control overpopulation growth.

Neither political party has the brains to realize the future predicament, but we need to address it immediately-NOW. All immigration must be cut well back and that includes legal immigration. It's not just the American people being ripped-of to pay for an education, health care and prison system, but the annual momentum of work permits for around 1.5 legal entrants. This country is broke, every border state is edging towards bankruptcy. Both legal and illegal immigrants have approximately Sixty percent of pregnancies and 40 percent of births in the United States that are are unintended. Among industrialized countries, it has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy. For decades politicians have neglected the infrastructure that is collapsing around us, as bridges, highways, dams, fall into disrepair. We are policing the rest of the world while our national debt in US bonds is owned by Communist China, leaving almost unsurmountable deficits for our grandchildren.

The occupancy of illegal immigrants who numbers range from 20 to 30 million are sending billions of dollars out of the country, to support family members, that should be taxed or not sent out this country. If we need immigration at all, it should orderly and only those individuals, who can pass a high ranking skill test. We can no longer afford as a nation, to support those who illegal arrive from destitute countries. Every deterrent to stop the illegal immigration has been successfully been manipulated not to work. E-Verify, illegal worker identification program, the 287 (g) local police federal training and the ICE auditing and sudden raids on businesses that scorn immigration laws have been compromised. Even the double layer border fence was funded only for a single barrier. Starting with Sen. Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Sen Chuck Shumer, Sen Diane Feinstein and a large majority have agendas, to use their influence--NOT--to fulfill the demands of very angry Americans.

We will know in the 2010 midterm elections if unpatriotic politicians start to be replaced, others will have second thoughts of pandering to open border syndicates and lobbyists. Americans better start fighting back against illegal and legal immigration, otherwise Overpopulation and explosive costs to support foreign low income labor and their families. Unfortunately the Liberal Democrats see no danger in illegal foreign nationals being tallied, in the Decennial 2010 Census, as it gives the impression of a quasi amnesty.

NO MORE AMNESTIES, MAKE E-VERIFY PERMANENT , FULLY FUND 287 (G) FOR LOCAL POLICE AND RESUME EXPANDED ICE RAIDS. Learn more at NUMBERSUSA dot com, JudicialWatch dot org and Americanpatrol dot com Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and asked for your Senator or Congressman. In addition bombard your State Representatives to enforce state laws.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 20, 2010 @ 11:35 am

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