Latinos For Texas Blog

2007-Jan-26

U.S Citizenship Drive with Rep. Eddie Rodriguez

Filed under: — site admin @ 1:17 pm

LFT’s friendly State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez sums it up: “Immigrants are an integral part of the American community and there is no better way to demonstrate our community’s patriotism and commitment to this country than by becoming full participants in its democracy.”

Help democracy won’t you? Signup for a reminder: http://www.latinosfortexas.com/events/detail.php?eid=212

Full Press Release:

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez host U.S. Citizenship Drive in Austin

Saturday, January 27th, 2007 starting at 8:00 am at the LBJ School of Public Affairs

Austin, TX– State Representative Eddie Rodriguez in collaboration with the University Leadership Initiative, will conduct a U.S. Citizenship Drive on Saturday, January 27th, 2007 starting at 8:00am at the LBJ School of Public Affairs located 2315 Red River Street, (inside the Sid Richardson building). The goal of the workshop is to assist eligible legal permanent residents apply for U.S. citizenship.

Last spring, millions of immigrants and their supporters marched in cities throughout the United States in support of comprehensive immigration reform. The unprecedented levels of participation has motivated thousand of individuals to seek other avenues to continue their civic engagement, including more direct democratic actions such as voting, which requires legal permanent residents to first become naturalized citizens.

“The message is loud and clear: Immigrants are an integral part of the American community and there is no better way to demonstrate our community’s patriotism and commitment to this country than by becoming full participants in its democracy,” said State Representative Eddie Rodriguez. “U.S. citizenship and voting are clearly the next steps.”

Approximately four out of ten Latino adults living in the U.S. are not citizens, of which 5 million are eligible for naturalization. In Texas, there are approximately 800,000 Latinos potentially eligible to become U.S. Citizens. Research demonstrates that Latino naturalized citizens, are voting at higher rates than native born Latinos in many states.

Eligible applicants for U.S. citizenship are encouraged to arrive early, as the first 300 legal permanent residents who arrive and meet the requirements to solicit citizenship will be ensured assistance. To apply, applicants must be:

* At least 18 years old;
* A legal permanent resident for at least five years (3-Years if married to U.S. Citizen);
* Able to read, write, speak, and understand basic English, and have basic knowledge of U.S. history and government.

In addition, the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services requires citizenship applicants to submit a $400 money order along with the application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to bring a money order and complete the full application process on the day of the workshop.

For more information, call 441-8123 ext 101 or 113.

Cuellar proposal is an $850 million fiasco in the making

Filed under: — SoniaS @ 12:19 pm

(tips to South Texas Chisme for the story)

McAllen Monitor Editorial 1/25/07

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, the Rio Grande Valley’s newest congressional representative — whose district was redrawn to take over the portion of the Valley previously represented by Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin — last week introduced a bill calling for the United States to provide up to $850 million over the next five years to help train Mexican law enforcement and military personnel to better combat rising drug-related violence just across the border.

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On the surface, this all sounds pretty good. Maybe that’s why Cuellar’s bill has picked up the sycophantic support of other South Texas congressmen, including U.S. Reps. Rubén Hinojosa, D-Mercedes; Solomon Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi; Ciro Rodriguez, D-San Antonio; and Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño, however, is not prepared to say “amen” and join the chorus of support for Cuellar’s bill.

Treviño, in fact, told The Monitor he considers the proposed legislation “ludicrous.”

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Cuellar is not talking about using $850 million dollars to have skilled U.S. law enforcement agencies or military units train their Mexican brethren. That might make some sense and would give the United States at least some control over how the money is actually spent.

What Cuellar is proposing is that we simply hand over to the Mexican government $170 million for each of the next five years and trust that it will all be spent for its intended purpose.

I believe in nation building as a foreign policy. It certainly makes more sense than nation destroying, which is what I think the current administration’s policy really is. In fact if we were to spend just one week’s expenditures of what we are spending in Iraq (2 billion a week) in Mexico, we would start down the right path of building a stronger relationship with our sister border country to the south. But you can imagine the wailing that would also ensue from the extreme right wing about sending money into Mexico. They would just rather isolate themselves within a 700 mile wall. That proposed wall coincidentally would also cost about $2.2 billion. Spending a couple of billion in Mexico as nation building would start to correct the major threat that most Americans see, which is illegal immigration. Our current foreign policy creates a whole lot of jobs in Asia and I just think we should start a policy of trade that would favor companies that establish their factories in Mexico. Spurring the Mexican economy would create jobs there and slow the flow of illegal immigration and at the same time provide Mexicans with more disposal income to spend on US goods and services.

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