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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.

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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.