NCRL Commends Representative Mike Honda for Introducing Immigrant Integration Legislation


Washington, DC—NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, today commended Representative Mike Honda (D–CA) for introducing the “Strengthen and Unite Communities with Civics Education and English Skills Act of 2009.” This legislation takes positive steps toward helping communities more effectively integrate immigrants into American society.

“This country has benefitted greatly from immigrants,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR. “This legislation assures that communities receiving immigrants get the resources needed to help immigrants integrate more quickly and smoothly.”

The “Strengthen and Unite Communities with Civics Education and English Skills Act of 2009” addresses immigrant integration by providing resources to communities and tax incentives for businesses to support English language acquisition, civics education, and integration services.

“We commend Congressman Honda for taking an important step to address the need for a rational immigration integration policy,” Murguía continued. “The nation expects its congressional leaders to address comprehensive immigration reform this year, and this bill will strengthen the fabric of America. Congressman Honda’s legislation should give supporters of immigration reform hope that policymakers will focus on intelligent solutions for fixing our broken immigration system.