a push for immigration reform

Houston is the fourth largest city in the country, and it had one of the smallest turnouts during the protests a few months ago. In fact, San Antonio and Dallas both posted better results, and they’re much smaller than Houston.

Houston leaders can talk all they want, but if they don’t organize, no one is going to listen.

Houston leaders continue fight for immigration reform
— reported by the Houston Chronicle

Although they believe there’s only a slight chance that any compromise legislation will pass Congress before the November elections, local leaders today said they will continue to feed the momentum started by activists pushing for rights for illegal immigrants several months ago, and will not let up until a bill is passed.

Community leaders who gathered Tuesday to discuss the ongoing immigration reform debate said they will continue to fight for a “good bill” which keeps families together and recognizes temporary workers.

Although the group of 50 leaders from a diverse cross-section of Houston were not unified on the direction the legislation should go, they did agree on the need to separate fact from fiction swirling around the ongoing debate.


The League of United Latin American Citizens’ Houston-area director Rick Dovalina said while his group does not feel there will be any resolution before November, “the consensus was that the movement needs to keep moving ahead in hopes of coming to some consensus after the elections.”

Dovalina said the group that met Tuesday discussed whether “to push a bill just to have a bill or wait to have a bill that we can live with that is a fair and equitable bill.”


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