MCALLEN, TX — The immigration reform cannot be taken for granted, Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, representing the 15th District of Texas, said in a teleconference to a group of community organizers in regard to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP), that was introduced by representative Luis Gutierrez on Tuesday December 15.
“If Texas makes its homework, just imagine having Florida, New Mexico, Arizona doing the same; with all of them we can get more than 218 representatives supporting this bill, ” Hinojosa said.
Congressman Hinojosa also said the CIR ASAP will be approved before March 2010 with the support of more than 218 representantives. The Democratic Party control the House majority with 218 members while Republicans have 217 representatives. The U.S. Senate has also to pass the reform with at least 60 senators.
Members of La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), A Resource in Serving Equality (ARISE), and the Ann Cass Foundation, all of them part of the Equal Voice for America Voice’s Coalition, showed support for the immigration bill and announced actions this week to press the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama to discuss and support CIR ASAP.
Hinojosa was one of the 70 representatives who signed the CIR ASAP introduced this Tuesday at the House. Congressmen Solomon Ortiz and Henry Cuellar also sponsored the bill. According to the Reform Immigration for America campaign, more than 60,000 Americans participated last November in more than 1,000 meetings across the country to support the immigration reform. They sent the word Justice of Justicia in a text message to the number 69866 and now are going to call 1-866-974-8813 to ask President Obama to fulfill his promise of getting the immigration reform approved this year.