For Immediate Release
April 28, 2010 - Hartford_ Connecticut’s Capital City is a gateway for immigrants and refugees from around the world. Hartford’s local economy is shaped in large part by businesses serving immigrant communities from Africa and Europe to the Caribbean and Asia and immigrant workers comprise a significant portion of the area’s labor force. The site of a large ICE raid in the fall of 2007, Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood saw businesses close as fears of deportation flared. Local community groups fought to pass a local ordinance in 2008 that ensures that all Hartford residents, regardless of immigration status can safely interact with all city departments. Hartford residents have both been victims of and taken local action to address a federal immigration system that is broken. Hartford residents and organizations will join hundreds of thousands from across the country to march for comprehensive immigration reform on Saturday, May 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Albany and Main Streets, with the march concluding at 1:00 p.m. at Barnard Park (corner of Main and Wyllys).
A coalition of residents, congregations, community organizations and unions have come together as the Pro-Immigration Reform Coalition of Hartford and are calling on Connecticut Senators Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman to send the message that comprehensive immigration reform needs to happen this year. The coalition has requested meetings with each of the senators to urge immediate action on national immigration laws that often separate families and have a negative impact on both the local and national economy. Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released a bi-partisan blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform in mid-March, just days before 200,000 people from across the country, including thousands from Connecticut, gathered in Washington, DC at the National Mall on March 21 to call for these reforms.
“We are marching because we can’t wait any longer for comprehensive immigration reform. We want our Senators in Connecticut to know that they need to represent us in Washington, DC. Comprehensive immigration reform is good for our families, our economy and our national security. We will keep coming back until our voices are heard,” said Vere Wynter, a Hartford resident originally from Antigua.
The Pro-Immigration Reform Coalition of Hartford is committed to passage of just and comprehensive immigration reform in 2010. Coalition members include immigrants and refugees from around the world as well as non-immigrants residing in the Greater Hartford area.
Pro-Immigration Reform Coalition of Hartford
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