Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D) Houston will be bringing together the Texas Democratic delegation for a Congressional immigration hearing next week.
The Texas Democratic Delegation will be hosting this hearing on July 29, 2013 at 2:00PM in the City Hall Chambers located at 901 Bagby Street in Houston, Texas. Many events are taking place around the country and the State of Texas must be a leader and a strong voice on this vital issue. Your attendance is welcomed at this special meeting.
Jackson Lee admits that progress on a comprehensive bill has stalled in the House and that the hearing will help Congress complete its obligation to pass immigration reform.
This issue impacts our children, our businesses, our healthcare system, and our everyday lives. The time is now for Congress to come up with a plan that allows undocumented immigrants an opportunity to become taxpaying citizens.
A press conference and pro-migrant rally will take place immediately following the hearing outside of City Hall.
Obviously, these are friendly faces who support immigration reform. I’m not sure if I will be able to attend, but one question I would ask is about Border Militarization. I have yet to hear a good response from a Democrat as to why it is necessary, or why I should support militarization of my native South Texas.
My friend Roberto Lovato at Presente.org gives us all a path to not supporting a border surge.
Of all our senses, the one that can most alter U.S. immigration history–and U.S. history itself–is our sense of smell. If we could, for example, magically bring the smell in the freezers of the Pima County Medical Examiner’s office to politicians, advocates and voters on either side of the immigration debate, the current bi-partisan push for a “border surge” would die faster than a cricket stung by a scorpion in the extremely arid stretch of desert known as the “Devil’s Highway.”