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P R E S S   R E L E A S E


For Immediate Release:

April 30, 2009


       Contact: Niger Innis

(212) 598-4000


Congress of Racial Equality Urges Obama Administration

to Move on Immigration Reform



The Congress of Racial Equality, one of the nation's oldest Civil Rights organizations, urged President Obama and Congress to follow through on campaign pledges to make Immigration Reform a "top priority". "Candidate Obama benefited from the implosion of Latino GOP support in the aftermath of the rancorous immigration debate of 2008. Now President Obama has the responsibility to the American people, particularly to the isolated 12 million resident immigrants that live in legal limbo, to enact comprehensive immigration reform," said CORE National Spokesman, Niger Innis. He later added that the President and Congress have great political leverage with increased Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress and the good will of the American people. "It is curious that the President and Congressional leadership have not maximized their political capital to move on this issue. The political reality in Washington today is that whatever the President and his political party want to do, they can do. And they can do it now. They have passed the President's 787 billion dollar Economic Stimulus Package. They are rapidly moving to radically transform energy policy and promote a massive healthcare overhaul. They are advancing these initiatives with little or no Republican support. Their lack of movement on the immigration front reflects a lack of political will, not lack of political muscle," Innis asserted.

CORE is part of a large alliance of community and faith based organizations promoting immigration reform. In the vanguard of this coalition is the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), one of the largest and most prestigious religious organizations serving 15 million Latino Evangelicals nationwide. CORE and NHCLC have also recently entered into a partnership to promote financial literacy for their constituents across the country.

CORE was an early advocate of immigration reform. After the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 was passed by Congress, CORE was made a NCA (National Coordinating Agency) to monitor and administrate the legalization process. As one of only 11 NCAs in the country, CORE oversaw QDEs (Qualified Designated Entity) across the country to help the Federal Government process those that qualified to earn normalized status within the country.

CORE believes its position to be one of pragmatic compassion and integration. "We don't need a segment of the American workforce to be in a state of Neo-Slavery because of their undefined status; a status that often makes them vulnerable to unscrupulous employers. The reality is that the American government will not deport 12 million people who lack legalized status. So the question is: do we want to integrate most of these 12 million people into the mainstream of American life? Or do we want to commit societal suicide by creating a balkanized and alienated underclass?" Innis concluded.


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