Friday, February 22, 2013

Will Senator Schumer let an undocumented Latino worker speak to Congress?

Below is an email from Claudia Reyes, a member of, who created a petition on, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.

Dear New York MoveOn member,

Last week, my 66-year-old mother was jailed. She had attended a Senate hearing on immigration reform organized by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), where not a single Latino undocumented worker was given an opportunity to testify.

As Director of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano took the microphone, my mother stood up and called for an end to the deportations that tear apart our families. I am so proud of her bravery. But for this, my mother was detained for more than eight hours.

Is this really what it takes for the voices of those most impacted by immigration reform to be heard?

Please sign my petition on and tell Senator Schumer: We want a Latino undocumented worker to testify at the next immigration hearing.

Senator Schumer is responsible for pushing immigration reform through a Democrat-controlled Senate that is supposed to be on our side. He cares a lot about his image right now. That's why I created a petition on, which says:

To Senator Chuck Schumer:

Hearing undocumented Latinos testify about how immigration reform affects them is crucial. Latinos are disproportionately represented both in the numbers of people seeking citizenship through immigration reform and in the numbers impacted by deportation, detention, and family separation.

We ask that you invite a Latino undocumented immigrant to the next hearing. The nation needs to hear from day laborers, domestic workers, farm workers, and the many more working-class undocumented Latinos who are most significantly impacted by immigration reform.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thank you for your support.

–Claudia Reyes

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