Community Meeting on Immigration Reform in the U.S.

Bonnie Mott - Costa Banderas Democrats Abroad
March 31, 2013

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Join the Costa Banderas Democrats Abroad in Puerto Vallarta on Thursday, April 11. Everyone is welcome to attend. The time is NOW to inform ourselves and ACT to get the U.S. Congress to pass meaningful Immigration Reform in the United States.

The United States Congress and President Obama are urging Immigration reform in the U.S.

Obama has already outlined his position and goals. The House of Representatives and the Senate have committees studying the issue. There seems to be general agreement that reform is critical.

But each side is mandating certain "necessary" components and it is questionable whether any relevant reform will pass. In fact, the Senate's "Gang of Eight" left D.C. for a two week break March 22 with a deal on immigration reform in limbo, stalled by a fight between Big Labor and Big Business

Democrats Abroad in Puerto Vallarta are holding a community meeting to help people understand the issues involved and what steps may be necessary to get meaningful legislation passed. Everyone is invited to attend.

The meeting will be held at the International Friendship Club located at Edificio Parian del Puente #13, Calle Libertad Corner Miramar, Colonia El Centro, Puerto Vallarta. It begins at 7:30 pm with a panel presentation followed up by discussion and audience participation.

Moderator: Marie O’Connor, Vice President Democrats Abroad. An overview of current US immigration policy and the number of undocumented people estimated to be in the U.S.

Historical perspective. Dan Grippo, noted local historian. Emphasis on the cycles and changes in US policy. ("Yes, you are welcome/No, you are not.")

Mexican perspective. Luis Melgoza, a citizen from both Mexican and the US. His experience working for the Mexican Embassy when living in the US plus observations on reform.

Proposals before Congress. John Wilson-Bugbee, Democrats Abroad board member heading up a special task force on immigration issues in the U.S. Who are the key players? What appear to be the major stumbling blocks?

The panel will be followed by general discussion and it is open to anyone who would like to come.

Note: This has nothing to do with Mexico immigration changes in visa status.

For more information, email Bonnie Mott at

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