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In meetings across Central Texas, Hispanics are meeting…talking in groups about things that concern them most. Among the many topics, Immigration Reform seems to be at the top of the list.

People are searching for answers- “What can we do about Immigration reform?” asked Gloria Garcia, activist and Republican in Navarro County.  Gloria is the President of the LULAC Chapter in Corsicana,TX, and is looking for information to give Hispanics and provide solutions for her community.

Truth is, Immigration reform is a topic most representatives aren’t too excited to talk about. With the budget and energy crisis we’re facing, figuring out how to navigate the existing Immigration laws and enhance them are low priority for many.  For some reason, making a strong stand on Border Security and Immigration enforcement is unpopular.  Perhaps because it seems like a career ending venture?  Essentially, it’s not the “hill” they want to “die” on.

Fortunately, there is a “go-to” guy in all this chaos. We have a Representative who Chairs the House Judiciary Committee, Lamar Smith. Representative Smith’s district stretches from Travis County (Austin) to Bexar County (San Antonio) and West to Real County.  This District is in the heart of the fastest growing Hispanic population in the state, which gives him a unique perspective and real-time knowledge of the scenario on the ground.

If anything of significance is going to happen regarding Immigration reform, it will happen in his committee.  The Committee on the Judiciary has jurisdiction over a wide range of legislative and oversight issues which include constitutional amendments, litigation reform, patent and trademark law, federal criminal law, federal civil rights law, antiterrorism, immigration and naturalization, and antitrust.

Yesterday (July 5, 2011), a post was made on the Judiciary Committee website, Smith and Aderholt to Administration: Stop Administrative Amnesty In it, Smith and Aderholt wrote a letter to Secretary Janet Napolitano, stating “…We urge you in the strongest terms to ensure that the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) halt any current or planned administrative actions that will result in mass legalization of illegal immigrants and that imply immigration law should not be fully enforced.”

If we want to resolve Immigration issues, we must work with our Representatives to do it. They must know they have the support from the Hispanic community, and we agree on the solutions. The Obama Administration is doing all they can to circumvent Congress.

We will try to contact Representative Smith and talk about Immigration…stay tuned!

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