Despite the high number of immigrant candidates, even if they all win on Nov. 6th Latinos and Asians will be underrepresented in Congress according to a new report.
Tag: Latino members of Congress
By Diego Graglia, FI2W web editor
President Barack Obama appears to have settled some nagging doubts among his supporters in the pro-immigration ranks.
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus who met with Obama at the White House Wednesday reported the president renewed his promise to tackle immigration reform and outlined some of the steps he intends to take to address the issue.
“The president said more than any of us expected him to say,” said Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill), according to the Dallas Morning News. “He was clear, eloquent and determined in letting us know that we’re all together on the route to comprehensive immigration reform.”
Gutierrez has been travelling the country holding rallies with local churches and immigrant organizations to document the need for immigration reform. He said that the Hispanic legislators –23 Democrats and one independent– “made it absolutely clear that this is a civil rights issue of our community.”
This was the first time President Obama held an official meeting on immigration reform since taking office in January.