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UnidosNow Message on Senator Marco Rubio’s Visit

Posted: March 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

UnidosNow Concentrates on Friday to Urge Approval of Comprehensive Immigration Reform During Senator Rubio’s Visit to Sarasota

The Nonprofit Group Prepares a Peaceful Rally to Show its Support of Bipartisan Efforts to Pass Immigration Reform During this Legislative Cycle

For immediate release                  
Media contact: Beatriz Paniego Béjar
beatriz@unidosnow.org
941-914-1286

UnidosNow, the non-profit organization advocating in Southwest Florida for the approval of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform, has prepared a peaceful rally that will be held this Friday, March 15th, at 4pm at 1233 N Gulfstream Avenue in Sarasota. María Quezada, a DREAMer and a Future Leader, Manuel Chepote, successful business owner, as well as faith leaders and farmworkers, will be sharing their own personal immigration stories at 4.30pm, putting faces to the reform’s debate.

The advocacy group, who stands behind the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ principles on immigration reform, plans to show its support to the bipartisan efforts presented by the Senate’s “Gang of 8” during Senator Marco Rubio’s visit to the area.

“The stance and leadership that Senator Rubio has shown in the campaign for immigration reform is the kind of leadership we expect to find in our Congressman Vern Buchanan, especially now that he has become co-Chairman of the Congressional Delegation for Florida”, says Frankie Soriano, Executive Director of UnidosNow.

Community leaders have also joined this concentration to demand action from Congress, and push the approval of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, one of the most discussed bills since the beginning of the year, but which has not yet materialized into a formal bill.

“If we do not act today, tomorrow we will not have reform”, says Manuel Chepote, Hispanic business owner and community leader in Sarasota and Manatee counties. “The time is now; if we don’t act now, we’ll have to wait another two, four or more years for the immigration reform debate to become again an issue politicians are willing to address”.

Asking everyone who attends to dress in white and bring their American flags, organizers expect more than 100 people to attend this concentration. “We want to send a positive message, expressing our support for the first steps taken by Senator Rubio and the Gang of 8. Therefore we will wear white, the color of peace and reconciliation”, explained Adriana Cerrillo, Community Coordinator with UnidosNow.

UnidosNow is part of the statewide campaign Say Yes, seeking support to pass immigration reform during this legislative cycle.

“The sentiment that the time for Comprehensive Immigration Reform is now already exists in the Capitol. We just need to remind our elected officials that the community is here to support their efforts, and that we are awaiting for their leadership to pass reform”, concludes Soriano.

For more information, visit UnidosNow website, www.UnidosNow.org, or call 877-598-4466.

For media, please contact Beatriz Paniego Béjar, at beatriz@unidosnow.org, or at 941-914-1286.

About UnidosNow
UnidosNow is dedicated to mobilize Southwest Florida’s Hispanic and associated communities to integrate and access the benefits of the state’s civic, economic, and cultural weave. Their goal is to increase civic participation among our immigrant and Hispanic population –recognizing and speaking to issues that affect this community-.

UnidosNow se concentra este viernes para pedir la aprobación de una Reforma Migratoria Integral durante la visita del Senador Rubio a Sarasota

El grupo sin fines de lucro prepara una concentración pacífica para mostrar apoyo a los esfuerzos bipartidistas para aprobar la reforma durante este ciclo legislativo

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Contacto de prensa: Beatriz Paniego Béjar
beatriz@unidosnow.org
941-914-1286

Una concentración pacífica preparada por UnidosNow, la organización sin fines de lucro defendiendo la aprobación de una Reforma Migratoria Integral en el Suroeste de la Florida, tendrá lugar este viernes, 15 de marzo, a las 4 de la tarde en 1233 N Gulfstream Avenue, Sarasota. María Quezada, soñadora (DREAmer) y Futura Líder, Manuel Chepote, exitoso dueño de negocios, así como líderes de fe y trabajadores del campo compartirán sus propias historias de inmigración a las 4.30pm, poniendo caras al debate de la reforma.

El grupo de defensa, que respalda los principios de reforma migratoria del Caucus Hispano del Congreso, planea mostrar su apoyo a los esfuerzos bipartidistas presentados por la “Banda de los 8” del Senado durante la visita del senador Marco Rubio a la zona.

“La postura y el liderazgo que ha mostrado el Senador Rubio en la campaña por una reforma migratoria es el tipo de liderazgo que esperamos encontrar en nuestro Congresista Vern Buchanan, especialmente ahora que se ha convertido en Presidente de la Delegación de Congresistas de la Florida”, dice Frankie Soriano, director ejecutivo de UnidosNow.

Líderes de la comunidad también se han unido a esta concentración para reclamar acción en el Congreso y sacar adelante una Reforma Migratoria Integral, una de los proyectos de ley más discutidos desde comienzos del año pero que todavía no se ha materializado en un proyecto de ley formal.

“Si no actuamos hoy, mañana no tendremos reforma”, dice Manuel Chepote, dueño de negocio y líder comunitario hispano en los condados de Sarasota y Manatee. “El momento es ahora, sino tendremos que esperar otros dos, cuatro o más años para que el debate de la reforma migratoria vuelva a ser un tema que los políticos estén dispuestos a abordar”.

Pidiendo a los asistentes que atiendan vestidos de blanco y lleven sus banderas estadounidenses, los organizadores esperan que más de 100 personas acudan a esta concentración. “Queremos mandar un mensaje positivo, manifestando nuestro apoyo al primer paso tomado por el Senador Rubio y la Banda de los 8. Por ello nos vestiremos de blanco, el color de paz y la reconciliación”, explicaba Adriana Cerrillo, coordinadora de la comunidad con UnidosNow.

UnidosNow es además parte de la campaña estatal Di que Sí, buscando la aprobación de la reforma migratoria durante este ciclo legislativo.

“El sentimiento de que el momento de pasar una Reforma Migratoria Integral es ahora ya existe en el Capitolio. Solo tenemos que recordar a nuestros oficiales electos que la comunidad está aquí apoyando sus esfuerzos y esperando su liderazgo para pasar la reforma”, concluye Soriano.

Para más información, visite la pagina web de UnidosNow, www.UnidosNow.org, o llame al 877-598-4466.

Para los medios de comunicación, por favor póngase en contacto con Beatriz Paniego Béjar, en beatriz@unidosnow.org, o en el 941-914-1286.

Acerca de UnidosNow
UnidosNow se dedica a movilizar a las comunidades hispanas y asociadas del Suroeste de la Florida para integrar y acceder a los beneficios de la trama cívica, económica y cultural del estado. Su objetivo es aumentar la participación cívica de los inmigrantes y nuestra población hispana, reconociendo y dirigiéndose a los problemas que afectan a esta comunidad.


New SMILE Initiative Builds Coalition for Immigration Reform

Posted: February 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: National News, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm announces the launch of its latest initiative, SMILE (Sarasota-Manatee Immigrants Lift the Economy).  The initiative’s objective is to keep area residents informed with up-to-the-minute news on the immigration debate, demonstrate district support for immigration reform, and collect and share immigration stories.

Sarasota-Manatee Immigrants Lift the Economy Logo

Sarasota-Manatee Immigrants Lift the Economy

“We are all immigrants to some extent,” says Jaensch Immigration Law Firm attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins.  “This very firm was founded by an immigrant, and today 12% of Sarasota and Bradenton county residents are foreign-born and that percentage is rising.”

Immigration reform received cheers and a standing ovation when mentioned in Tuesday’s State of the Union address.  SMILE will keep area residents informed on the debate with up-to-the minute news on their website and Facebook page.

In addition, SMILE will demonstrate district support for immigration.  Supporters can publicly “like” SMILE’s Facebook page, or privately fill out their survey.  SMILE organizers will stay in touch with their adherents through regular email updates.  They will be organizing events and holding one-on-one talks with area leaders to discuss immigration and its economic impact.

Most importantly, SMILE will be a place for immigrants to share their stories – good and bad.  “We want to hear from area immigrants about their experiences to clarify the issue and rally support for reform,” says Ms. Karins.  “Area immigrants are welcome to share their stories on our Facebook page or via email.”

To share your story with SMILE visit their Facebook page or email mmarquet@visaamerica.com.


Immigration Reform May be Coming

Posted: January 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action, National News | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Two pieces of news today that give us continuing hope that immigration reform may become a reality this year.

  • President Obama and his staff continued meetings today with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (this is a group of 27 Hispanic Congresspersons). ABC News reports that President Obama will make a significant announcement on immigration next Tuesday during a trip to Las Vegas.
  • The Washington Post reports that a bipartisan group of influential senators, who have been meeting quietly since the election, have reached agreement on core principles and may announce a plan for comprehensive immigration reform as early as Friday next week. The Post article states that this agreement, represents “the most substantive bipartisan effort” towards immigration reform in years.

There have been no details released from either the Administration or Congress.  However, we believe that the political will for immigration reform in both the Democratic and Republican parties is at its highest level in years.

 


UnidosNow Event: Saturday, 19 January, Rally for Immigration Reform

Posted: January 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Deferred Action, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

UnidosNow is holding a series of rallies for immigration reform with Vern Buchanan in attendance today 18 January, and tomorrow, 19 January.  The first meeting is in Bradenton and the second is in Sarasota.  Come out and let your voice be heard!  

UnidosNow Immigration Reform