[Marxism] Latino Evangelicals boycotting census
jbustelo at gmail.com
Thu Apr 16 15:57:10 MDT 2009
This is from today's USA Today:
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Hispanic groups call for Census boycott
Some Hispanic advocacy groups are calling for illegal immigrants to boycott
the 2010 Census unless immigration laws are changed. The move puts them at
odds with leading immigrant rights advocates and creates another hurdle in
the Census Bureau's quest to count everyone in the USA.
The National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders, a group that
says it represents 20,000 evangelical churches in 34 states, issued a
statement this week urging undocumented immigrants not to fill out Census
forms unless Congress passes "genuine immigration reform."
Similar grass-roots campaigns are unfolding in Arizona and New Mexico to
protest state and local crackdowns on illegal immigrants. Asking immigrants
to be counted without giving them a chance to become legal residents
counters church teachings, says the Rev. Miguel Rivera, president of the
Latino religious coalition.
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The National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders is the real
deal. They're the group co-sponsoring Congressman Luis Gutierrez's series of
hearings/rallies that have now succeeded in extracting from Obama a promise
to present "comprehensive immigration reform" legislation this year. I
heard Rivera speak here at the second stop of the tour to a packed
Evangelical Church the size of a double 747 hangar, with about 3000 people
there, and he was smoking.
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