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Posted by admin on 2010/6/5 0:30:00 (692 reads)

Radio Station General Manager apologizes for the insensitivity of the promotion

Washington, DC – The League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the country, had called on Ohio radio station WTVN-AM and its parent company Clear Channel Communications to apologize for the distasteful contest held last week urging callers to win a free trip to Arizona and “spend a weekend chasing aliens and spending cash in the desert.” LULAC along with other national organizations will file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

A coalition of Columbus community members including LULAC Ohio joined together in rejecting the insensitive promotion and an advertisement on Clear Channel's WTVN 610 Radio Station depicting Mayor Coleman on a Green Card in a trip giveaway promotion to Phoenix, Arizona last week.

“We stood up to racial profiling and bigoted messaging inferred by WTVN’s promotion,” said LULAC National President Rosa Rosales. “This is clearly the chilling effect of what is happening in Arizona with SB 1070. We believe that our community must respect and protect all people. We will file a complaint with the FCC and ensure that threats made against the community are dealt with urgently.”

“LULAC will work to create a long-term relationship with Clear Channel,” said LULAC Ohio State Director Jason Riveiro. “We have an advisory board with Clear Channel in Cincinnati and we hope to also establish an advisory board in Columbus as well to help ensure that insensitive issues do not occur again.”

LULAC will have a meeting with Brian Dytko, General Manager of the station next week.
Organizations that have come out against this action include: LULAC Ohio, LULAC – Columbus Councils, NCLR, Reform Immigration Reform for America, Empleos y Employment, Ohio Hispanic Coalition, Casa de la Cultura Hispana, Colombianos en Ohio, The Horn of Africa Rescue Committee (SomaliCommunity), Victoria Motors, University Area Enrichment Association, DJVU Latin Fusion, Jewish Family Services of Columbus and Latino LeaderShift Initiative. 

Posted by admin on 2010/6/4 2:10:00 (658 reads)

LULAC participates in spontaneous protest in front of White House

Protest Washington, DC – The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest and largest Hispanic civil rights organization in the country, demonstrates along with Casa de Maryland, SEIU and other National Hispanic Leadership Agenda organizations in front of the White House today protesting Governor Brewer’s hypocrisy. As President Obama said in the meeting that took place this afternoon, “this is the role of the federal government not the border states to implement immigration laws.”

Governor Brewer and other anti-immigrant politicians like her have consistently blocked immigration reform for decades. Now they are they using the gridlock in Washington that they created as the thinly veiled excuse for usurping powers exclusively reserved for the federal government and passing repressive legislation that persecutes hard working immigrants and Latinos who may happen to look like immigrants.

“The time for comprehensive immigration reform is now. As we have seen time and time again, efforts to overhaul our broken immigration system have taken a back seat to dramatic escalations of border enforcement including placing troops on the U.S. border to serve in a function for which they have not been trained,” said LULAC National President Rosa Rosales. “What is shocking is that this escalation is coming at a time when border violence and unauthorized border crossings have declined. If we want to solve the challenge of undocumented immigration, it is clear that enforcement alone will not work.”

The truth is that over the last two decades, the United States has spent billions of dollars on border enforcement. Since 1992, the annual budget of the U.S. Border Patrol has increased by 714 percent. At the same time, the number of Border Patrol agents stationed along the southwest border has grown by 390 percent. Interior enforcement has expanded as well, and detentions and deportations are at record levels. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the violent crime rate in Arizona has been declining since it peaked in 1993. It is now lower than it has been since the early 1970s. In the Tucson Border Patrol sector, apprehensions of persons crossing illegally have fallen from 600,000 in 2000 to 241,000 in 2009.

“Governor Brewer is persecuting millions of Arizona families in a desperate gamble to win the Republican primary for Governor,” said LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes. “If she was serious about solving our immigration problem, she would urge her fellow Republicans in the Senate to sit down at the table and do their job and pass a fair and effective immigration reform bill.”
The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest and largest Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic conditions, educational attainment, political influence, health, housing and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.  

Posted by admin on 2010/5/26 15:00:00 (778 reads)

Misuse of National Guard is Not the Answer to Solving our Broken Immigration Laws

Washington, DC – The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest and largest Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States, is firmly opposed to President Obama’s announcement that he would send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

“As we have seen time and time again, efforts to overhaul our broken immigration system have taken a back seat to dramatic escalations of border enforcement including placing troops on the U.S. border to serve in a function for which they have not been trained,” stated LULAC National President Rosa Rosales. “What is shocking is that this escalation is coming at a time when border violence and unauthorized border crossings have declined. If we want to solve the challenge of undocumented immigration, it is clear that enforcement alone will not work.”

Over the last two decades, the United States has spent billions of dollars on border enforcement. Since 1992, the annual budget of the U.S. Border Patrol has increased by 714 percent. At the same time, the number of Border Patrol agents stationed along the southwest border has grown by 390 percent. Interior enforcement has expanded as well, and detentions and deportations are at record levels. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the violent crime rate in Arizona has been declining since it peaked in 1993. It is now lower than it has been since the early 1970s. In the Tucson Border Patrol sector, apprehensions of persons crossing illegally have fallen from 600,000 in 2000 to 241,000 in 2009.

“The fact is that the enforcement benchmarks that conservatives insisted on in 2007 have been met, unauthorized border crossings are down, violent crime is down, and the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States has declined,” stated Brent Wilkes, LULAC National Executive Director. “However, instead of following through on their promise of comprehensive immigration reform once the targets were met, we just have ever escalating calls for enforcement. While we appreciate that the President has called for comprehensive immigration reform, we are disappointed that he is trying to appease those whose thirst for border crackdowns and punitive measures for hard working immigrants can never be quenched.”
LULAC is calling upon its membership to oppose several amendments being offered this week to the supplemental war spending bill which will go even further than the President’s border escalation. Specifically we are asking our members to contact their senators to oppose expected amendments by McCain (SA 4214), Kyl (SA 4228) and Cornyn (SA4202). 

Posted by admin on 2010/5/21 2:20:00 (679 reads)
LULAC

May 20, 2010

LETTER TO THE CONGRESS

We urge Congress to Push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Refuse to Accept Arizona SB 1070!

Today, We write to urge you to speak out against Arizona’s unconstitutional anti-immigrant law (SB 1070) because it will result in widespread racial profiling of Latinos throughout the state.

We believe that our nation cannot move forward without addressing the need for sincere, fair, and comprehensive immigration reform today. Legislators were elected to represent our communities in Congress and We depend on you to stand up for all Americans, including Latinos who are the thinly veiled targets of this anti-immigrant law in Arizona.

We fear that other states will follow Arizona’s racially divisive behavior if SB 1070 is not struck down by the courts or repealed. We need you to take a stand for the majority of Americans who want to fix our broken immigration system and demand that comprehensive immigration reform is number one on Congress’ to-do list this year.



We support comprehensive immigration reform that includes creating a fair pathway to legalization for hard-working immigrants, providing a reasonable number of visas for new immigrants to come into the U.S. in the future, and reducing the severe backlog of applications for families to reunite with their loved ones.

Until comprehensive immigration reform is achieved, families will be torn apart, workers will be exploited, and racist laws will continue to be passed across the U.S. Unconstitutional laws such as SB 1070 have no place in our multicultural, multilingual nation and We refuse to remain silent in the face of such blatant racial profiling.

Again, We urge you to push for comprehensive immigration reform today and refuse to accept SB 1070 as the solution to our broken immigration system. We cannot allow this bill to normalize racial profiling in Arizona, to push a vulnerable population under the rug and to give other states the hope that they too can legally institutionalize racism in the United States. We cannot allow SB 1070 to become the de facto federal response by postponing comprehensive immigration reform any longer.

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Posted by admin on 2010/5/21 2:10:00 (681 reads)

Rosa Rosales, LULAC National President, invites you to attend...

The 81st Annual LULAC National Convention & Exposition!

New Strategies for Community Empowerment:
New Leadership through Action

July 12-17, 2010

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