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October 19, 2006

Contact: Felix W. Ortiz,
President NHCSL (518) 455-3821 or Tatiana Guerra 202-434-8070

High Ranking Officials To Address Immigration Issues At Nhcsl Summit

San Juan, Puerto Rico – Today, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) President, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (NY) announced that Congressman Luis Gutierrez (Ill) and Alfonso Aguilar, Chief, Office of Citizenship at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will be among the featured speakers discussing the topic of immigration at the NHCSL Fourth National Summit on November 16th -19th, 2006 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Summit will bring together state, local and national Hispanic leaders in government, businesses and community to address serious issues impacting Hispanic families across our country.

Representative Gutierrez serves Illinois' Fourth Congressional District. During his 13 years in Congress, Rep. Gutierrez has emerged as a leading voice on national issues in the Latino community, while maintaining his presence as a strong promoter for the issues facing his constituents. On the national level, he has been a committed and passionate advocate for the nation's immigrant community. The Congressman has served as Chair of the Democratic Caucus Immigration Task Force, where he is the party's leading strategist and spokesperson on immigration issues; and serves as Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force.

As Chief of the Office of Citizenship, Mr. Aguilar is charged with leading efforts to promote an understanding of the civic principles on which the nation was founded and increase public awareness of the benefits and responsibilities associated with U.S. citizenship. Mr. Aguilar joined U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, within the Department of Homeland Security, in 2003 after serving as Press Secretary for Latin America and the Caribbean in the U.S. Agency for International Development. He joined the Bush Administration in May 2001, as Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy where he remained until August 2002.

“Immigration issues are at the forefront of our agenda at the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. We welcome the opportunity to hear from two experienced immigration experts as we continue to develop policies that address every aspect of immigration in our country,” stated Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz.

The discussion about immigration will be held at the NHCSL Summit during the Policy Priorities Plenary on Friday, November 17 from 9:00 am to 12 noon. To register for the Summit visit www.nhcsl.org or call 202-434-8070 for more information.

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The NHCSL is the premier national association of Hispanic state legislators working to design and implement policies and procedures that will improve the quality of life for Hispanics throughout the country. NHCSL was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 with the mission to be the most effective voice for the more than 300 Hispanic legislators. For more information visit www.nhcsl.org.


 


 

 

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