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March 28, 2006

Contact: Tatiana Guerra

NHCSL President Assemblyman Felix Ortiz Responds to Recent Immigration Rallies

Washington, DC – The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) president Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (NY) shares his perspective from his participation at the recent immigration rallies in Chicago, Los Angeles and Phoenix with other fellow legislators. The following are the comments of Assemblyman Ortiz:

“My participation in the recent immigration rallies in Chicago, Los Angeles and Phoenix made it clear not only to me, but to the rest of the nation that Hispanic people can have an impact on the political process.

By organizing and presenting a united front, these rallies spoke with one voice and compelled Washington to respond to legitimate concerns. Recently, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee agreed to amend the Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (HR-4437), in ways that would establish a guest worker program and provide a greater chance for immigrants to become U.S. citizens.

While this is a good first step, more has to be done to enlighten our federal representatives about the contributions all immigrants from diverse backgrounds make every day to this country. Furthermore, we must recognize that the plight of immigrants is just as important to the present and future greatness of this country, as it was for the immigrants who came before us.

We as Americans deserve to be heard not only for our benefit, but to ensure that the legacy of this nation’s democracy continues to be known for its openness, freedom and responsiveness.”

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