On immigration, it’s time to act


Washington, DC—NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, will join thousands of community, civil rights, labor, and faith leaders in the historic March for America rally on the National Mall on March 21.

Representing a network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR is adding its voice to ask Congress and the Obama administration to address comprehensive immigration reform this year.

“Latino voters—the fastest-growing segment of the American electorate— are looking to the president to keep his promise to restore order and dignity to our nation’s immigration system in his first year in office.

They want to know that their vote and participation in civic society have meaning and make a difference,” said Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO. “Our working families, young people, and new citizens, tenth-generation Americans and those still aspiring to become citizens, expect to see a clear proposal and a firm timeline for bipartisan Senate action before the November elections.”

NCLR is working with theReform Immigration FOR Americacampaign to support March for America and is helping some of its local Affiliates bring their members and allies to Washington to join tens of thousands of individuals, families, community groups, labor organizations, religious congregations, and many others in the nation’s capital to demand action. Janet Murguía will be among the speakers who will address the crowd on Sunday.

“We’ve been patient, but our families can’t afford to keep waiting,” said Murguía. “We continue to see raids that tear families apart, workplace injustices that prey on the undocumented and undermine all workers, unjustified detentions of human beings, and questionable enforcement by local police departments that raises serious civil rights issues. There have been hate crimes against individuals simply because they are thought to be Latino or an immigrant, as well as a variety of other daily injustices and civil rights violations that affect not only immigrants but their families and communities, citizens and noncitizens alike.”

“Immigration reform can help strengthen the economy, improve the lives of all working people, bring stability back to communities, and stem the rise of animosity and discord that has fueled a rise in hate groups and extremism across the country. From a policy, political, and moral perspective, it’s time to act,” concluded Murguía.