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Caribbean community in Texas attends congressional immigration forums
Published on March 18, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

HOUSTON, USA -- Members of the Houston Latin and Caribbean communities attended two community forums organized by the local Houston congressional delegation of Congressman Al Green, which on Saturday March 9 featured as invited guest speaker Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez and, on Monday March 11, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, along with local community, business, labour and social justice activists.

Green’s packed town hall meeting served to inform the local community of new developments on the efforts of immigration reform. Attending the event was Gutierrez, who has been in the forefront of immigration reform. During the meeting, stories were shared by a diverse group of immigrants who are small business owners and vital contributors to the local, regional and national economy.

This issue of immigration reform was referred to as the “modern day civil rights” of our era by the congressional delegation.

During a brief conversation with local press, Gutierrez was asked about the role of the Caribbean Congressional Caucus in this debate, which he referred to as “vital” and said that “thanks to the all the congressional caucus, including the black, Hispanic, Asian and Caribbean caucuses we are moving closer.”

Congresswoman Jackson Lee hosted the “Houston Principal Immigration Reform Working Group” in her district office in downtown Houston on Monday, March 11. The working group comprises labour, immigration reform, business and social justice groups. Jackson Lee highlighted the role of the Caribbean alongside the Latin American and African regions.

Serving as the vice chair of the Caribbean Congressional Caucus and a ranking Democrat in the House Democratic Caucus, Jackson Lee’s meeting had heightened moments with stories from immigrants from around the globe that included among the speakers nurses and small business owners.

The meetings were attended by the Panamanian Association of Houston, One Love Caribbean, CAHFT and The Institute of Caribbean Studies Program Board Committee.
 
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