[lang_en]From Chicago, Rev. Wilfredo de Jesús and Rev. Freddy Santiago are already playing a role – Gutiérrez Expands “Family Unity” Immigration Outreach Tour: 16 Cities in Five Weeks Interfaith Communities Unite to Document Urgency for Immigration Reform in 2009[/lang_en]



U.S. Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) announced he will expand his five-week national tour—now visiting 16 U.S. cities—to document the harm caused to citizens across our nation in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform.

In an unprecedented nationwide effort, Gutiérrez will visit local communities and churches to spearhead the Family Unity Tour, which will hold community meetings, prayer vigils and town halls for thousands of U.S. citizens whose families have been or risk being torn apart by a broken immigration system. Many members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are also holding similar events in their districts.

“As a nation —as citizens— we cannot wait any longer for fair and just immigration reform,” said Rep. Gutiérrez. “Across America, parents and children, husbands and wives are being torn apart by a system that values quotas over family values and which undermines our economic security in a time of crisis. It is for this reason that U.S. citizens in each of these cities are joining this effort and standing up for real, lasting change.”

Already nearly 40 evangelical church leaders, representing nearly 20,000 parishioners, have joined Rep. Gutiérrez to demonstrate the vast numbers of American families—from all political backgrounds—who demand change from a legal system that undermines family values. U.S. citizens whose families have been affected will be available at each event to share their specific stories with the press.

*The event in Los Angeles will not be attended by Rep. Gutiérrez. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, including Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano, and Rep. Linda Sanchez will attend.

When & Where:

1.      February 27, Providence, RI
2.      February 28, Atlanta, GA
3.      March 1, Albuquerque, NM
4.      March 7, Ontario, CA
5.      March 7, San Francisco, CA
6.      March 8, Phoenix, AZ
7.      March 13 El Paso, TX
8.      March 13, Los Angeles, CA*
9.      March 14, Dallas, TX

10.  March 15, Mission, TX
11.  March 21, Chicago, IL
12.  March 21, Joliet, IL
13.  March 22, Milwaukee, WI
14.  March 27, Las Vegas, NV
15.  March 28, Orlando, FL
16.  March 29, Miami, FL
17.  April 4, Philadelphia, PA

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