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LULAC Advocates Canvass
Congress Calling for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and
Reauthorization of the DREAM Act .
March 8, 2007
Lizette Jenness Olmos 202-833-6130 ext.16
Washington, DC - The League of
United Latin American Citizens, the oldest and
largest Hispanic civil rights membership
organization in the United States, held its
Annual Advocacy Day along with the Mexican
American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF),
visiting Members of Congress and Senators
discussing important issues such as immigration,
health, minimum wage and education.
“LULAC advocates came to
Washington, DC in order to be heard on issues
that are pertinent to the Hispanic community,”
said LULAC National President Rosa Rosales. “We
visited the offices of Senator John McCain
(R-AZ), Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO) and Senator
Hilary Clinton (D-NY) and received positive
responses from Congress to issues that impact
the Hispanic community.”
The meetings gave advocates an
opportunity to discuss concerns and set
priorities with Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid (D-NV), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator
Hilary Clinton (D-NY), Senator Barack Obama
(D-IL), Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM), Members of the
Congressional Hispanic Caucus among others.
“LULAC discussed the DREAM Act
in our Congressional meetings and based upon
then positive feedback we received, we believe
it will pass this year,” said Rosales.
Senators Richard Durbin
(D-IL), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), and Richard Lugar
(R-IN) reintroduced the American DREAM Act, S.
774 on Tuesday. Its introduction comes just two
weeks after the House’s introduction of HR 1275
sponsored by Lincoln Diaz Balart (R-FL), Howard
Berman (D-CA), and RoyalAllard (D-CA).
Each year 65,000 promising
high school students are denied access to higher
education. Without legal status, their doors are
immediately closed, despite having lived the
majority of their life in the United States,
learned English, volunteered in their
communities, and successfully graduated from
high school. Please
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The League of United Latin
American Citizens, the oldest and largest
Hispanic membership organization in the country,
advances the economic conditions, educational
attainment, political influence, health and
civil rights of Hispanic Americans through
community-based programs operating at more than
700 LULAC councils nationwide..