The United States should stop deporting illegal immigrants and separating families while Congress works on reforming immigration laws, a group of lawmakers from Latin America and several Democratic House members said Thursday.I'm sure they said that, but whether they mean it is doubtful. I also wonder whether that pledge - if reciprocated by U.S. elected officials - is a violation of any of our laws.
The foreign delegates from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, on a two-day visit to Capitol Hill, pledged to work with their U.S. counterparts to fix the immigration system, which they said has led to a "family crisis" in Mexico and a staggering loss of life along the border. They also promised to help improve security, which they said was of paramount importance, especially after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Jose Jacques Medina, a member of the Congress in Mexico who led the delegation, said that the immigration crisis is a human problem that begs a human solution and that the U.S., Mexico and other nations should work together to become "one America on one continent."You can see an older video of him in this 8Meg WMV file. Audio from 2/5/07 is apparently available at preview.tinyurl.com/28kr69, but you need to be a Pacifica subscriber or something to access it.
The U.S. and foreign lawmakers are pushing for a broad immigration law that would give illegal immigrants a path to legal residency and citizenship.And, in a charming note, they brought "Citizen Saul" Arellano along as a prop. Over a dozen Mexican officials will be meeting with Elvira Arellano today, as the AP reports (apparently they don't have reporters in Washington who could have covered the press conference above).
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, a strong proponent of such a law, said immigration is a "justice issue."
"We must accept and welcome brothers and sisters who have invested in this country. We must reunite families. We must make moms and sons, one," she said.
Other House members at the press conference included Reps. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., Janice Schakowsky, D-Ill. and Hilda Solis, D-Calif., who spearheaded the meetings with the foreign lawmakers.
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