Friday, October 28, 2005

Immigrant, Minority Leaders Join Minuteman Rally in Sacramento Oct. 29; Warn of Consequences of Continued Massive Immigration

To: Metro and Assignment desks

Contact: Yeh Ling-Ling of Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America, 510-835-5017 or 510-915-4982; Web: http://www.diversityalliance.org

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 28 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Immigration Reform and Control Act ("IRCA") passed in 1986 has granted amnesty to 3 million illegal aliens. Last December, the illegal immigrant population in the U.S. was estimated to be 18 million to 20 million by Bear Sterns' economist Robert Justich.

"The U.S. is overwhelmed by Katrina, energy and other national problems. It is not wise to add millions of people to this country yearly who consume energy and need jobs, health care, education and other social services. The U.S. should first improve life for natives and legal immigrants of diverse backgrounds already here," says Yeh Ling-Ling, an immigrant and executive director of Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America (DASA), a national non-profit organization whose leaders and supporters are racially and politically diverse. It urges national leaders to support Rep. Tom Tancredo's bills, the Right Act of 2005 and the Real Guest Act.

Mexican-American Angie Morfin-Vargas, co-founder of Latino Americans for Immigration Reform whose son was killed by a Mexican illegal alien, demands that the U.S. stop illegal aliens from killing and displacing Americans: "President Bush and Congress should send a strong and unequivocal message that no amnesty will be granted to existing and future illegal aliens, in addition to enforcing existing immigration laws. Congress should also adopt new legislation making it illegal to grant any benefits whatsoever to illegal immigrants, including amnesty and automatic citizenship to children born here of illegal alien parents. Few illegal immigrants would want to stay in the U.S., or even come here, if they could not survive economically in the U.S. and if their families would receive no benefits whatsoever."

"Amnestied aliens once naturalized and their U.S.-born posterity could become U.S. voters. Americans should not allow Mexico to use legal and illegal migration to control American policies and reconquer the American Southwest," remarks J.C. Hernandez, a third-generation Texan of Mexican descent and a Vietnam vet who is the founder and president of the Houston-based Americans for Zero Immigration.

Dr. Frank L. Morris, Sr., former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, wants all the low-skilled reconstruction work saved for American citizens from New Orleans. "The Katrina tragedy is a reminder that America has often neglected its own poor and instead rolled out its welcome mats for foreign nationals, even illegal, who are competing against our native poor for jobs and other resources."

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