What do you think LULAC targeting opponents of immigration reform we going to come after you?
ALBUQUERQUE — The leader of the nation's largest Hispanic rights group said senators and congressmen who don't support President Barack Obama's push for comprehensive immigration reform will be "shaking in their boots."
League of United Latin American Citizens President Rosa Rosales predicted Friday the effort will be enacted, and she pledged that her group will aggressively target anyone in Congress who doesn't support reform efforts.
Rosales spoke during a panel town hall on immigration reform at the organization's national convention in New Mexico, drawing applause and cheers with a stirring call for LULAC members to hold their elected officials accountable.
"We have a list that will show you who's with us and who's not," Rosales said. "Go back to your representatives, your senators and congressmen. If they're not with us, you tell them, look them in the eye and say, 'If you're not for comprehensive immigration reform, I'm going to come after you."'
Rosales, wearing a black dress and broad-rimmed black hat, pounded her fist on a lectern as she urged delegates to organize voter registration drives and get voters to the polls. That's the strongest message elected officials will recognize, she said.
"If they don't vote with us, they're going to be shaking in their boots because we are going to win," Rosales said.
Obama met with Rosales and other Hispanic labor and civil rights leaders last month. Days later, he gave a speech on immigration to in a bid to revive a stalled political issue.
"President Obama doesn't even have two years (in office) and we're trying to say, 'No haciende nada,"' Rosales said, referring to complaints the President isn't doing anything on immigration reform.
"That is not true," she continued. "He's doing it. He's with us, but he needs help from his friends, and that's how we'll do it — together. And I guarantee you we will help him."
The panelists agreed that political empowerment is key to advancing reform, despite a toxic climate in Washington on the issue and an ongoing debate over the Arizona immigration law, the toughest in the nation.
Grisella Martinez, policy director for National Immigration Reform, reminded delegates they also need to maintain influence with elected officials who support reform.
"Keep reminding people they've gotten to their place because of the work we did for them," she said. "The pressure doesn't go away just because we're friends."
Angelica Salas, executive director of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, asked how many audience members knew someone who would benefit from immigration reform. She then asked how many believed their communities would benefit.
All hands in the room went up both times, and Salas urged LULAC members to communicate stories of individual immigrants to leaders in local communities as Congress takes up the issue. People often don't see the impact of immigration in their towns, she said.
For example, California could offset the state's economic woes by adding $60 billion to public coffers if immigrants who currently are undocumented could come out of the shadows and earn higher wages, Salas said.
"If we could level the playing field in the workplace, we would all benefit," Salas said. "If we could make it better for families, we would have a better community."
- JanLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Sounds like a threat to me. They should be charged with threats against a government official.
- ?Lv 61 decade ago
I take this a a violent threat. who do they think they are threatening our officials. Everyone of them should be locked up for treason. Lulac supports and is a racist group who should be dis-banned.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
LULAC should be deported!