LCLAA ORGANIZES HISTORIC MEETING
THE REGIONAL PARLIAMENTARY COUNCIL ON MIGRATIONS (COPAREM) MET WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS AND SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, NANCY PELOSI
As President Barack Obama prepared to meet with members of both parties to discuss comprehensive immigration reform, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) organized a historic meeting between members of the Regional Parliamentary Council on Migrations (COPAREM) with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
The Regional Parliamentary Council on Migrations (COPAREM) is a meeting space for parliamentarians and legislators from Mexico, Central America, and the Dominican Republic and its focus is to develop and promote a shared regional agenda on international migration. Recognizing that the United States is one of the largest recipients of immigrants from these regions, COPAREM advocates for institutional relationships, mutual respect, and legislative diplomacy between the Congresses of Latin American countries and the United States with an end goal of initiating dialogue and proposals which seek to establish legal frameworks that will guarantee the human rights of migrants.
Legislators from COPAREM meet with members from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington, DC
"As we organize this meeting between legislators of seven countries, LCLAA hopes to promote dialogue between COPAREM and members of the U.S. Congress with the end goal of finding solutions to common problems such as immigration and economic development. LCLAA has been advocating for immigration reform that takes into account the role that social and economic policies play in the displacement of millions of people in the region towards the United States. The current immigration system is broken and we are now encountering a civil rights crisis in which many Latino families have found themselves trapped, regardless of whether or not they are documented" said Milton Rosado, the National President of LCLAA.
"We gather today to promote dialogue between the representatives of the legislatures of seven countries and the U.S. Congress to facilitate a debate over immigration reform, common problems, the importance of guaranteeing worker's rights throughout the hemisphere and the root causes of immigration, such as failed economic policies. The inability to arrive at an agreement on immigration reform has exposed Latinos, citizens and immigrants alike, to the degradation of their quality of life, discrimination, exploitation, murders and hate crimes. This is an intolerable situation that puts the wellbeing of millions of families at risk across the country. We need a process that solves the question of the 12 million immigrants currently in the United States. Immigration reform should not be delayed any longer," added Hector E. Sanchez, Director of Policy Research at LCLAA.
COPAREM Legislators begin their discussions at LIUNA National offices in Washington, DC.
"Considering that the United States is one of the largest recipients of immigrants from our region, it is well justified to seek institutional relationships between the Congresses of our countries and the United States," reiterated Representative Jose Jacques, member of the Mexican Legislature and cofounder of COPAREM.