Mexican-American Jose Penalosa Criticizes Rep. Ed Pastor on taking a back seat to immigration at Immigration Ground Zeroby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Jan. 17, 2013, under Legal Immigration Reform, Mexican-American / Chicano political activism
I’ve said it before and will say it again … we are seeing very nice Chicano leadership come from California and Texas via the Castro brothers, but Arizona Chicano politicians seem to be lagging and lacking in a state where SB 1070 originated from. We are seeing superstar leadership from a freshman Texas Democratic Congressman via Joaquin Castro has already laid out policies he plans to take to Washington, calling for “comprehensive immigration reform” to address the presence of an estimated 15 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
Arizona Family reported:
The Mexican-American community does not want immigration reform to be on the back-burner because they believe politicians in Washington D.C. should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. One notable Arizona immigration lawyer, activist and leader, Jose Penalosa, stands in criticism of Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor for taking a back seat to legal immigration reform at “Immigration Ground Zero.” Rising superstar via Joaquin Castro ought to get more support from his Mexican-American counterparts — particularly from Arizona.
Jose Penalosa (Immigration and DREAM Act activist and leader) states:
A friend of the immigrant community? Not! An advocate for his community where “ground zero” of the immigration debate is located? Not! No wonder why the Congress’ approval rating is so low. Yet, he still wins elections because the establishment supports him to the detriment of the public. Who’s gonna hold Congressman Pastor accountable for CIR?
If you live in the Phoenix area, and if you are interested in finding out why Pastor might be taking a back seat to immigration, please call his office at (202) 225-4065 or (602) 256-0551. Tell Ed Pastor to publicly support Joaquin Castro’s immigration reform plan today. We are happy to see new Mexican-American leadership take the bull by the horns — even if it is from Texas, and if the Arizona delegation does not have a plan in place … then they ought to support Castro’s plan so we can stop the bleeding on issues that come from the likes of SB 1070.