Q&A: Why a statewide convention on immigration reform

Why a Texas Convention on Immigration Reform?
Texas Convention on Immigrant Integration
"A Call for Reform" Austin, Feb. 20
When and Where
1-5 p.m.
February 20 , 2010

Travis County Expo Center
7311 Decker Lane
Austin, TX 78724


Who is Organizing the Texas Convention?
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The Texas Convention is convened and organized by the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA), a statewide coalition integrated by immigrant and human rights organizations, service providers, workers’ unions and faith-based institutions. The Border Network for Human Rights (based in El Paso) coordinates the logistics and communications of RITA, and the RITA Executive Committee, composed by RITA’s founding organizations from several cities in Texas, has the role of developing our statewide strategies and work plans.
RITA Statewide Coordinator is Adriana Cadena and she can be reached at acadena.


On February 20, more than 500 people from all over Texas and from backgrounds as varied as elected officials, community members, business owners, religious leaders and advocates will convene in Austin to express their belief that 2010 is the year for comprehensive immigration reform, and that Texas should be a part of the debate.

We want you to join us. (You can register today by clicking here.) Here are some details about the event.

What is the Texas Convention on Immigrant Integration?
The Texas Convention will be a historic moment when hundreds of Texas immigrant families, civil rights advocates, students, business representatives, unions, and local and federal elected officials will come together in the Capital of the State (Austin) to recognized the contributions of immigrants to the well-being and greatness of the state of Texas and the nation.

What is the Goal of the Texas Convention?
All participants and represented sectors at the convention will make an unequivocal call to reform our obsolete immigration system and to establish a comprehensive policy that: 1) will bring out of the shadows millions of immigrant workers; 2) integrates efficiently immigrant families to the economic, social, cultural and political fabric of our society; 3) develops and implements accountable, humane and responsible border and interior enforcement policies; 4) provides long-term solutions for immigration flows based on the needs of our economy, the dignity and rights of immigrant workers and the realities of the global migration process.

What are the Objectives of the Texas Convention?
The leadership of the US Congress and the Obama administration have expressed their commitment to start meaningful discussions to reform our current immigration system in the first half of 2010. In this context, the Texas Convention aims to unify the voices of Texans that favor comprehensive immigration reform. Furthermore, the Texas Convention aims to place Texas, the second state in the nation with the most immigrant families and the largest border state, in a leadership role in the national discussions. In Texas, we believe that a thoughtful overhaul of the immigration system is good for our economy, for our families and for our community security.
Who Can Participate in the Texas Convention?
Any organization, institution, group and individual that shares the goal and objectives of the Texas Convention is invited to participate.

How Can I Participate in the Texas Convention?
Organizations and individuals may attend the Convention free of charge. Please register here.

The agenda of the Convention will reflect the different sectors in Texas that support sensible immigration reform. If your group would like to provide testimony on the impact of the current immigration laws on families, businesses, or congregations, please contact Adriana Cadena, RITA Coordinator, at 915-577-0724 or acadena.
Who Can I Contact in my Region to Coordinate my Participation?
Austin: Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition · 512-476-2472 · info

El Paso: Border Network for Human Rights · Betty Tercero ·
915-577-0724 · btercero

Dallas: Catholic Charities of Dallas · Catarina Torres · 214-520-6590 X124 · ctorres

Forth Worth: Coalition for Immigration Reform of Dallas/Ft.Worth & North Texas · 817-922-0280 · proyectoinmigranteics

Stephenville: Welcoming Immigrants Network · Dean Reed ·
254-485-5832 · rdr17

Houston: Mi Familia Vota Civic Participation Campaign ·
Thomas Servello · 713-296-1623 · thomas

Brownsville: Movimiento del Valle por los Derechos Humanos · Maria Cordero · 956-832-4989 · mariaranchoalegre

San Juan: La Union del Pueblo Entero · Marta Sanchez ·
956-584-3636 · martas
What Materials, Symbols, etc., should I take to the Convention?
U.S. & Texas flags, photos of family members affected by immigration laws, and banners and t-shirts of organizations.

Who Should I Contact for Media Inquiries?
Louie Gilot, Communications Director for Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance, at lgilot, or (915) 577-0724.

Thank you for your time. Please join us in Austin next month for this important event.


Adriana Cadena
Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance
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