Executive Action: A Historic Victory, the Struggle for Citizenship Continues

Leaders of Asamblea de Derechos Civiles de Minnesota stand united, pleased for President Obama’s executive action that will be announced later tonight and frustrated that this action comes too little too late.

As a people of of faith, Asamblea leaders urge congressional leaders to stand with President Obama and to pass a just and comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship.

Asamblea leaders recognize that this action is only a bandage, not a cure for the unjust immigration system.There is so much work left to do.

They also urge all immigrant communities, including the Latino community, to stay vigilant.

“Our work is not done yet,” says Pablo Tapia, Asamblea co-founder and organizer. “Our work is just beginning. Though we have tirelessly worked for comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship for too many years, we must be prepared to continue to fight on. For a pathway to citizenship and a just immigration system, for worker’s justice, for the well-being of our communities, and for the Emancipation of all immigrant peoples.”

Asamblea co-founder and organizer Antonia Alvarez will be in Nevada to hear the President’s announcement. She will also be available by phone to speak.

Leaders of Asamblea will be available to speak with the press over the phone later tonight through Friday afternoon. These calls can be arranged through Media and Communications Coordinator Cirien Saadeh or Pablo Tapia, co-founder and organizer. Their contact information is:

Pablo Tapia can be reached at 651-208-7896 and ptmendoza.addc@gmail.com. Cirien Saadeh can be reached at 952-426-2429 and cirien@asamblea-mn.org.

La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles is a statewide, faith-based non-profit organization which organizes immigrants from predominantly Latino congregations to build power for changes in the immigration system and the underlying political and economic structures behind it.