I’ll give you 3 guesses and 2 don’t count…Why did the RNC Chair Reince Priebus signal delays on immigration this month after telling the media he was interested in “Hispanic” outreach? #LipService
On November 8, 2013, Politico wrote about Priebus having a “gut” feeling that the House will indeed pass an immigration overhaul in the next 14 months.
We have the votes now that will fix the broken immigration system that would only enhance our national and economic security. According to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, we have the legal comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) votes with 190 cosponsors on H.R.15 and 28 Republicans vowing support. The problem is with the Republican House Majority Leader Speaker John Boehner who gets paid $223,000 per year and wants to reduce his work load and decrease Congressional working days for 2013. We do not believe it is acceptable for him to decrease Congressional working days in 2013 in light of Americans having to endure the government shutdown debacle, partisanship, infighting with regard to the Affordable Care Act, Syria, Iran, budget talks and etc. In a normal company or business setting, people like Boehner would have already been fired for slacking off. We have watched the GOP-led House of Representative polls sink, and we believe they do not deserve to go on extended vacation breaks considering Americans pay over $75 million budget per year in order to fund 435 House of Representatives.
Mexican Americans who make up almost 70% of the entire Latin population pie have a special message for the RNC Chair Reince Preibus:
The GOP can do things the easy way or the hard way. Either they pass immigration reform in 2013, or pay the political consequences in 2014. If they wait until 2014, we are afraid their hostility on immigration will remain fresh in our Mexican American / Latino minds for the remainder of the 2014 election year.
We have the votes now, and it would be better for the RNC Chair to signal fixing the broken immigration system to his colleagues before they go on Christmas or Holiday vacation this year.
It is clear immigration is not a priority for the Republican Party, therefore, we invite the RNC Chair to attend the Joaquin Luna Jr., Memorial Walk in Texas so he can witness firsthand how the broken immigration system directly affects Mexican American and Latinos across the Nation and why urgency is needed. Joaquin Luna Jr. was a DREAM Act student who shot himself the day after Thanksgiving Day approximately 2 years ago because he felt he had no hope, and we want Republicans to remember Joaquin Luna this Thanksgiving Day. It has been 2 years since that fateful day and there is no reason why we cannot fix our immigration system in our Homeland considering we seem to be the first to want to issues in other parts of the world.
Here is a letter from Nina Hinojosa, surviving member of his family directed to the Republicans in the House of Representatives:
Nov. 7, 2013
Letter to Republican Representatives
It’s going on two years this month, that my brother Joaquín Luna, Jr. took his own life due to him having no hope of becoming a Civil Engineer like he always hoped he could be in this country. So, he chose to be with our Lord Jesús Cristo where in heaven you don’t need to have any sorts of documents to be accepted, just your faith.
It’s so hard to accept that the people we voted for to represent our country is so narrow minded, so cold-hearted that you all can’t put yourselves in our shoes and see the world as it really is and accept change. Because, these people who undocumented human beings (like you) are suffering. Take your blind folds off and see the potential all this kids have and see how much they have to bring to the table.
Stop the suffering, and stop the discrimination and give us a chance to prove ourselves. Give us the benefit of the doubt, so we can prove how much (together) we can make this a better place.
You have it in your power to make a humanbeing like my brother Joaquín Luna, Jr. have hope in their Dreams to become a reality and prove to everyone that we are more than undocumented.
Don’t spread more pain and don’t have another child lose hope. Don’t have another mother bury her son, a sister loose her baby brother (which I helped raise) and to this day I can’t stop shedding tears for him. And may you reading this feel my pain and open your hearts and have faith.
May you rest in peace little brother, Joaquín Luna, Jr.