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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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!