Latina Female-led Political Movement Asks United States Senators to Pass the DREAM Act in Remembrance of Joaquin Luna
|For Immediate Release||
National Contact: 520.329.1877
|November 29, 2011||
Phoenix, AZ – As we approach the one year anniversary of the failed 2010 DREAM Act vote, the National Tequila Party Movement — a Latina female-led political movement is calling for United States Senators to pass the DREAM Act before they take their Christmas or Holiday breaks in 2011. We are asking they pass the DREAM Act in remembrance of Joaquin Luna, a young undocumented DREAM Act teen who took his life the day after Thanksgiving Day, because he felt he had no other option.
We hope the Republican and Democratic Senators who voted against the DREAM Act in 2010 will get on the right side of immigration before they are remembered like those in the south who did not vote in support of the Civil Rights Act. We will not allow the story of Joaquin Luna to go away easily. We will remember the actions of 2010 when politicians ask for our Latino vote in 2012. It is the responsibility of federal lawmakers to fix the broken immigration system. U.S. Senators get elected to do the job Americans expect of them and to fix broken systems that will benefit Americans and the American economy. It’s no wonder why mere State lawmakers are introducing unconstitutional and anti-immigrant laws — they are waiting for United States Congressmen and Senators to act and fix the situation under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution.
Lead Co-President, Shirl Mora James, also Civil Rights and Immigration lawyer states:
“Our promise to Joaquin’s memory, we as Latina/os will not support any politician who did not support Joaquin Luna. Please go and register to VOTE and help the rest of your family and friends to register to VOTE. VOTE to HONOR the memory of Joaquin Luna and to create the Hope for the rest of our Latina/o DREAMERs who need a status adjustment to fulfill their Dreams. As Latinas, as women, as grandmothers, as mothers, as aunts, as sisters, as nieces and as cousins, we stand up today and scream NO MAS!”
We have seen hate crimes towards Latinos increase due to the untruths of anti-immigrant politicians that have spread like wild fire. In fact, bloodshed has already occurred in Arizona when a man killed another over the broken immigration system and issue. Before the killing occurred, the victim was called a wetback which is a derogatory term still being used by American politicians today. Brisenia Flores, a young and innocent little girl was killed while in fetal position begging for her life in front of her mother by the minutemen and border vigilantes. Now we are seeing undocumented youth who are turning 18 who feel they have reached a dead end, and where the United States and pledging allegiance to the flag is mostly what they know because they were brought here at a very young age.
In light of the 2012 Presidential elections nearing, the National Tequila Party Movement is preparing an immigration score card of United States Republican Senators and Representatives who continue to stand on the wrong side of immigration policy. The score card will be circulated to all High Hispanic populated states and our media contacts because we are desperate to prevent more stories like Joaquin Luna.
A viewing is set for Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at Rick Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. An account has been set-up to help Joaquin Luna’s family with funeral and other expenses at:
Capital One Bank
Acct Name: Joaquin Luna Lerma
Acct #: 8230051136
About the National Tequila Party Movement:
The National Tequila Party Movement is a female-led political movement. More females vote in Presidential elections than men and the strong Latina matriarch is emerging and we want to communicate to the Latina matriarchs across the nation with regard to our message of compassion towards immigrants and legal immigration reform. The Tequila Party is currently organizing a national tour of concerts, events, dinners and rallies that will encourage a massive Latino Get Out The Vote and political participation. This movement is a non-partisan movement. We don’t care how people vote, we just want them to get on the early ballot system, become consistent primary and general election voters.