LULAC Councils Host Town Halls to Educate, Engage, and Mobilize on Immigration Reform Legislation

With the Introduction of Bipartisan Immigration Reform Legislation LULAC Hosts 3 Town Halls in Texas and Offers a Free Webinar Online

April 19, 2013

Contact: Paloma Zuleta, 202-833-6130, PZuleta (at) LULAC . org

Washington, D.C. – LULAC will host town hall meetings across the country to ensure that our community is educated, engaged, and ready to take action with regard to the immigration reform legislation recently introduced in the Senate. Specifically, LULAC is committed to organizing sixty-two immigration reform town halls across the country in collaboration with Latinos United for Immigration Reform. In Texas, LULAC councils from Denton, Lubbock, and Houston will be part of this effort. For more information, or to view the interactive map of town hall locations please click here.

The education piece of the town hall will include community leaders, issue experts, and stake holders who will discuss the importance of immigration reform to our country. The engagement piece will include collecting signatures for a petition that will be sent to Congress calling for passage of immigration reform legislation. The last piece includes the Immigration Reform Action Toolkit to assist LULAC councils in organizing additional town halls in their own community. Download the LULAC Immigration Reform Action Toolkit. Also, LULAC members interested in hosting a town hall should contact Sindy Benavides at SBenavides@LULAC.org for more information.

“LULAC councils stand to play a critical role in passing immigration reform legislation by hosting town halls that educate and mobilize our community,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “We need your help to urge all in our community to attend these town hall meetings. In the end it will be our collective voice that makes the difference in fixing our broken immigration system.”

The first town hall this weekend takes place today, April 19, and is part of the LULAC immigration town hall series, entitled, Reaching the American Dream. Invited guests include The Honorable Marc Veasey, Hector Rodriguez, Isaul Verdin, immigration attorney, and LULAC National Executive Director, Brent Wilkes. The focus is to raise public awareness regarding current immigration reform legislation that was introduced in the Senate earlier this week. Immediately following the event, there will be a candlelight vigil to honor the many lives lost attempting to cross the border.

The second town hall takes place on Saturday, April 20, and is part of the 3rd Annual West Texas Young Adult Summit, hosted by Collegiate LULAC of Texas. The community leaders and immigration experts to be present include Brent Wilkes, LULAC National Executive Director, Baldomero Garza, LULAC National Vice President for the Southwest, and Marco Malagon, President of the North Texas Dream Team. The meeting will discuss the importance of immigration reform in order to bring the immigrant community out of the shadows.

The third town hall will take place on April 24 at the HACR Symposium in Houston, Texas, and will feature LULAC National President Margaret Moran and HACR Board members. The immigration town hall, entitled, Realizing the Dream, includes community leaders and immigration experts who will discuss recent Congressional efforts to pass immigration reform and will call on the community to mobilize in support of immigration reform.

Another resource for learning more about the immigration reform legislation will be a free online webinar. Space is limited so please register your participation now. The webinar will be on Saturday, April 20, at 11:00 A.M. (central time), and will provide information regarding eligibility. Participants will be able to ask questions to licensed immigration attorneys. Reserve a seat now. Seating is limited.

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About LULAC: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.

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