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A Reason We are Going to WIN

June 19, 2009 - Posted by Ali Noorani

Bleary-eyed and bushy-tailed, my dog and I (you can guess which one of us was bleary-eyed or bushy-tailed) dragged each other through the neighborhood early this morning.  On my mind was my rather un-Friday-like schedule of meetings and the list of tasks sent to me at 2:30 in the morning.  On my dog’s mind was the protection of his territory the only way he knows how…

As we turned a corner I saw something that put a silly grin on my face.

We are just two weeks in to the Campaign to Reform Immigration FOR America, and already the energy and enthusiasm of our grassroots activists is humbling.  For the launch of the Campaign, 800 organizers from around the country—from immigrant grassroots organizations and national organizations; from synagogues, churches, and mosques; from labor union locals and federation offices; from 40 states around the country—came to Washington to plan for the fight ahead.  The summit and 44 local events for the launch of the Campaign captured press attention.  The 140,000 faxes sent, 20,000 phone calls dialed, and hundreds of personal visits made to Congressional offices captured the attention of the politicians who must act.

But what captured my attention at 6:45 AM on Friday June 19, 2009, was a simple bumper sticker.  For, through that bumper sticker, some random person everyday is saying, “You know, I want to Reform Immigration FOR American too…”

Immigration Reform FOR America on a bumper

I was heartened today to see the willingness of my neighbor to make a statement with his bumper sticker.  I was also heartened today when, just a few hours after my dog and I returned to the House, the President again spoke of his support for comprehensive immigration reform.  His audience this time was Esperanza USA, the largest Hispanic Evangelical network in the country.  The President told the gathered ministers and community leaders that “we must build a future where the promise of America is kept for a new generation.”  Keeping that promise, he said “means upholding America's tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.”  And that is why, he said, “I'm committed to passing comprehensive immigration reform as President of the United States.”

Next week, the President begins a dialogue about comprehensive immigration reform with Members of Congress who will have to draft and pass comprehensive immigration reform.  We look forward to the start of that process.

Our statement on the President’s address to Esperanza can be read here.

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