Skip to comments.[South Texas: County Commissioners]Court passes resolution in support of immigration reform
Posted on 02/09/2010 3:23:09 PM PST by SwinneySwitch
EDINBURG Hidalgo County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday recognizing the contributions of immigrants to the Rio Grande Valley and offering their support to comprehensive immigration reform efforts.
Citing the $400 million that immigrants contribute to the state's economy, the resolution calls for change to immigration policies that cause "great anguish to county residents who daily experience the tragedy of families divided by ineffective laws."
The resolution was approved in advance of a state convention by the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance where the group will ask Congress to pass legislation that provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented residents, creates safer communities along the border and establishes a new workers' program.
The Valley's delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives has backed an immigration reform bill introduced in December that is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi.
Commissioner Sylvia Handy, who presented the resolution to the commissioners' court, said counties along the border with Mexico are affected the most by the nation's current immigration laws.
After Hurricane Dolly, many residents who have lived here for years were unable to receive aid when their homes were damaged, she said.
"They have nowhere else to turn," she said. "It breaks our hearts that we can't do anything because we have our hands tied."
El Paso, Harris, Cameron and other counties were asked by the alliance to consider similar resolutions, said Javier Parra, a community organizer with La Union del Pueblo Entero, a member of the alliance. The resolutions show support of the county's chief elected officials to citizens' efforts to obtain immigration reform.
Parra said the resolutions will be presented to the state's delegation to Congress to encourage them to act on immigration reform this year.
Sergio Narvaez, a 61-year-old Alton man, said immigration reform would prevent abuses to illegal immigrants while giving them the chance to become legal residents.
Narvaez came to the United States three decades ago to work in the oil fields, he said. After 33 years in the country, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2008.
"People should have the same opportunity that I had," Narvaez said. "The world belongs to everyone."
Why does the world always begin at our border? Is Mexico not part of the world?
Oh, yes, they are a Socialist Narco State and we have welfare.
Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA)
Alianza de Texas por una Reforma Migratoria
“El Paso, Harris, Cameron and other counties were asked by the alliance to consider similar resolutions, said Javier Parra, a community organizer”
Community Organizers strike again.
It’s DEAD, Jim. No way it’s getting done this session.
“The world belongs to everyone”....and the next line of that song is, “the best things in life are free.” And that’s what they want, freebies, courtesy of the American taxpayer. A recent Pew poll of Mexicans found that a third of the Mexican population wants to immigrate to the US (one-tenth of the Mexican population is already here). That one third who want to immigrate here represents nearly 40 million people. I wonder if the county governments think that would be a good idea, too? Let’s call this what it is: an invasion of parasites.
Pathway to U.S. Citizenship
Be at least 18 years old at the time of filing the Application for Naturalization (Form N-400)
Be a lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States
Yada, yada, yada and so on and so forth.
What can't you understand about the process?
Oh, yeah, it's the lawfully admitted part that you want done away with.
This relates to what we were talking about dealing with the Rio Grande Valley, some posters have linked some good info. Typical of the Left-wing Valley thinking.
Why limit immigration to just Mexicans? I say for every Mexican allowed in, we import two Europeans. See how fast these guys oppose it.
“Sergio Narvaez, a 61-year-old Alton man, said immigration reform would prevent abuses to illegal immigrants while giving them the chance to become legal residents.”
Mexican Gangland Hit In Texas (near Alton last Friday)
We don’t separate families. If an illegal is deported, his or her family are free to go with them. If they elect not to go, that’s not us separating them.
Looks like Senor Narvaez needs to protect himself from his native countrymen.
I saw a news show the other night about the census. It showed a Latino congressman at a border town trying to get “residents” to fill out the census, for obvious reasons. This town was indistinguishable from the slums of Juarez Mexico filled with shacks and non English speaking people.
They already have citizenship...somewhere else.