Friday, December 17, 2010

Resolution opposing Texas Anti- Immigration Law


                                                                                                          RESOLUTION NO. _______

A RESOLUTION OF _________________ (ORGANIZATION NAME) CONDEMNING THE NUMEROUS ANTI-HISPANIC, ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE 2011 TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION

WHEREAS, the Rio Grande Valley, located on the border between the United States and Mexico, has long maintained shared heritage, tradition, and friendship as well as close economic and familial ties with Mexico; and

WHEREAS, __________ (Organization Name) opposes any law which brings the potential or likelihood of violating the civil and human rights of individuals by expanding racial profiling and which brings the increased probability of separating families by increasing arrests, deportation, and detention of individuals; and

WHEREAS, considering our state’s current fiscal and budgetary crisis we believe that these types of bills will have a negative impact on our state business relationship with our partners to the South; and

WHEREAS, this type of legislation has already shown a very negative financial and business impact in Arizona, causing $141 million in lost lodging revenue; and,

WHEREAS, ___________ (Organization Name) believes any such law to be out of step with the rules of basic civility, humanity and the human rights of all individuals; and

WHEREAS, ___________ (Organization Name) supports the just treatment with dignity of all those who enter the United States; and

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT ___________ (Organization Name) is opposed to the numerous anti-Hispanic, anti-immigrant bills that have recently been introduced in the Texas Legislature.

PASSED AND APPROVED on this ___ day of _______ 2010.


                                                                                    ______________________
                                                                                    (Organization Name)


                                                                                    ______________________________
                                                                                    (Organization Director)


ATTEST:

______________________________________
(Organization Secretary)

Sample Parish Resolution to State Opposition to Anti-Immigrant Legislation

A RESOLUTION OF                                                                                CATHOLIC CHURCH CONDEMNING THE NUMEROUS ANTI-HISPANIC, ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE 2011 TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION
WHEREAS, On January 23, 1999, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pope John Paul II presented his apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in America, and the bishops of Mexico and the United States, seeking to awaken faith communities to the mysterious presence of the crucified and risen Lord in the person of the migrant and to renew in them the values of the Kingdom of God that he proclaimed,
WHEREAS , the Rio Grande Valley, located on the border between the United States and Mexico, has long maintained shared heritage, tradition, and friendship as well as close economic and familial ties with Mexico; and
 WHEREAS,                                                                             Catholic Church opposes any law which brings the potential or likelihood of violating the civil and human rights of individuals by expanding racial profiling and which brings the increased probability of separating families by increasing arrests, deportation, and detention of individuals; and
 WHEREAS, considering our state’s current fiscal and budgetary crisis we believe that these types of bills will have a negative impact on our state business relationship with our partners to the South; carrying dire consequences in particular for the Rio Grande Valley’s economy; and
WHEREAS,  our community believes any such law to be out of step with the rules of basic civility, humanity and the human rights of all individuals; and
 WHEREAS, the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops have continually argued for the  just treatment with dignity of all those who enter the United States; and
 NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT                                                            Catholic Church is opposed to the numerous anti-Hispanic, anti-immigrant bills that have recently been introduced in the Texas Legislature.

PASSED AND APPROVED on this ___ day of _______ 2010.


                                                                                    ______________________
                                                                                    (Organization Name)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Resources for Immigration Legislation

The Texas Catholic Conference has published a list of the proposed legislation on immigration, with a policy paper attached to each: 
http://www.txcatholic.org/index.php/public-policy/current-legislation-bill-reports/immigration

Anti Immigration Legislation Filed in Texas, 2010:

Economic benefits of a just, comprehensive immigration reform:
Ten myths around immigration and immigrants:
A set of resources, also listed here:

Perryman’s work-- An Analysis of the Economic Impact of Undocumented Workers on Business Activity in the US with Estimated Effects by State and by Industry
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0By-S7ktkhYqwNTYzOWZhYjQtYzI0NS00ZWY1LWEyZDAtYjlmMzA4NWZkMjRi&hl=en


ARIZONA’S PUNISHMENT DOESN’T FIT THE CRIME: More flaws in the Arizona laws:
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0By-S7ktkhYqwOThjNjZhOWQtMmY0My00NzNmLWI4ODMtZTdiNjlkYmJhZWQ3&hl=en

Texas Comptroller’s Excellent Study of the benefits to Texas of immigrants: