Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Texas Can’t Afford To Follow Arizona On Immigration Legislation

Please come out to join this critical press conference, as we announce our diverse coalition in opposition to anti-immigrant legislation in Texas.

Texas Can’t Afford To Follow Arizona On Immigration Legislation

Elected Officials; Law Enforcement; Religious and Business Leaders; Civil Rights and Social Justice Organizations Will Hold Capitol Press Conference January 6

For Immediate Release: Contact: Luis Figueroa, MALDEF, 210-383-9058,

Monday, January 03, 2011 Adriana Cadena, RITA, 915-253-2262,

Dotty Griffith, ACLU of Texas, 512-478-7300 X106,

AUSTIN – A broad and diverse coalition of business leaders, law enforcement, and elected officials as well as representatives of religious, civil rights and social justice organizations will hold a press conference to address the negative impact of immigration legislation likely to be considered by the 82nd Legislature.

Members of two diverse Texas coalitions, TRUST (Texas Residents United for a Stronger Texas) and RITA (Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance) will offer “real life” examples of why the kind of legislation passed last year in Arizona would be bad for Texas’ businesses and would attack the fundamental values of every Texan.

State legislation aimed at immigrant communities takes aim at public safety and would negatively impact the state’s economic base, coalition members agree.

What: Press Conference

When: January 6, 2011, 10 a.m.

Where: Speaker’s Committee Room, 2W.6 State Capitol Building, Austin, TX 78701

Key Speakers: Sheriff Richard Wiles, El Paso County; Bill Hammond, Executive Director, Texas Association of Business; Terri Burke, Executive Director, ACLU of Texas; Jose Rodriguez, Senator Elect, Texas Senate District 29

TRUST Members: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas; American Immigration Lawyers Association of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico; Anti-Defamation League, Southwest and North Texas Regions; Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP); Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas; La Fe Policy Research and Education; Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT); Mothers Against Discriminatory Racism in Education and Society (MADRES); San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce; San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Service Employees International Union of Texas (SEIU); Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP); Texas AFL-CIO; Texas Apartment Association (TAA); Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE); Texas Association of Businesses (TAB); Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE); Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC); Texas Impact; Texas League of United Latin American Citizens (TX LULAC); University Leadership Initiative, U.S. Hispanic Contractors Association

RITA Executive Committee representing over 100 organizations in Texas: Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition (AIRC); Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR); Catholic Charities of Dallas; Coalition for Immigration Reform of Dallas/Ft. Worth & North Texas; Dallas Peace & Justice Center; El Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project; Equal Voice Network; La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE); Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); Mexican American Unity Council, Inc. (MAUC); Mi Familia Vota; Movimiento del Valle por los Derechos Humanos; National Council of Jewish Women Texas Public Affairs; Texas Organizing Project (TOP); UNITE HERE Local 251; Welcoming Immigrants Network.

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