Human Rights Group: ‘The Clock is Ticking, President Obama’

Human Rights Group: ‘The Clock is Ticking, President Obama’



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PHOENIX, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A human rights organization is stepping forward with a message for President Obama during the first 100 days of his presidency:

The Clock is ticking.

On January 20, Respect Respeto activated the Keep the Promise Clock, counting the days until President Obama institutes the much needed immigration reform policies promised to the Hispanic community throughout his campaign.

Found on the organization’s Web site, http://www.respectrespeto.org, the clock will keep track of every minute after President Obama’s inauguration until the country passes the immigration reform legislation so desperately needed.

“The Hispanic vote was significant to President Obama’s victory,” said Lydia Guzman, Executive Director of Respect Respeto. “Immigration reform needs to be a priority in President Obama’s first 100 days.”

During his campaign, President Obama supported measures to fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy by increasing the numbers of legal immigrants in order to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers can’t fill. Further he supported a system that allows undocumented immigrants the opportunity to come out of the shadows and into a legal status.

Since a large part of the economy is composed of labor, President Obama should include immigration reform as a part of his stimulus proposals. Thousands of workers will be needed to help rebuild the nation’s infrastructure and comprehensive immigration reform will allow for a workforce to fill those needs.

With the significant gain of seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate made by the Democratic Party in the 2008 elections, President Obama will be able to address immigration reform within his first 100 days. In addition, Senator John McCain will continue to be an ally in the Senate and assist the President in his efforts to craft and pass comprehensive immigration reform.

“The President needs to know that we do not consider these idle promises,” said Guzman. “There is no excuse for him to fail to deliver the change we need. He has the votes in Congress to get immigration reform passed. The Keep the Promise Clock will hold him and the Democratic Party to their promises.”

To keep track of the Clock and how you can add your support, please visit http://www.respectrespeto.org.

SOURCE Respect Respeto

Human Rights Group: ‘The Clock is Ticking, President Obama’