Eight prominent national organizations stepped up on Wednesday to demand that the U.S. Congress in 2013 pass immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
"In case Congress is hard of hearing, we want to remind the House and the Senate that our voices will become stronger now, in 2014, as well as into the future," Eliseo Medina, international secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, said at a press conference in Washington.
This is a demand that the Latino community is making to the White House and, above all, to Congress based on the fact that a record number of Hispanics voted in the November election and, since the group is rapidly growing, its national clout is increasing.
Therefore, the SEIU and seven other groups said that late in 2013 they will publicly disseminate report cards evaluating whether politicians in Washington worked in favor of immigration reform or not.
"They will be cards on which we will approve or fail each congressman and each senator state by state, district by district, and we will deliver them to the community to make clear who helped or opposed Latinos," the president of the National Council of La Raza, Janet Murguia, told Efe.
At the same time, they are lobbying for a strategic partner - the businessmen of the country - because "the economic benefits of immigration reform are too clear for everyone and they will translate into economic growth," the executive director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Hector Sanchez, emphasized to Efe.
"We fully expect that President Obama will move aggressively on reform early next year, and we call on the House and Senate leadership to bring comprehensive immigration reform to their chambers for action," they said in a joint statement.
"We're speaking with the Republicans who can really be key in this matter, like Sen. Marco Rubio," Murguia said.
Besides SEIU, La Raza and the Labor Council, the joint statement was signed by the League of United Latin American Citizens, Mi Familia Vota, Voto Latino, Hispanic Federation and NALEO Educational Fund. EFE