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June 15, 2011

En Español

Rep. Gutierrez in Seattle to Call on Obama to take Executive Action

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL), a national leader in the Hispanic community, is coming to Seattle to spotlight the toll that almost 400,000 deportations annually are taking on American children and families. Congressman Gutierrez’ Campaign for American Children and Families tour has packed events in over 20 cities along the way and comes to Town Hall in Seattle on Sunday, June 26.

Gutierrez is one of an increasing number of Congressional Democrats challenging President Obama’s record deportations and problematic enforcement programs like "Secure Communities" in which eight Washington State counties recently signed up. OneAmerica is planning the event with support from 12 local co-sponsors and will be gathering petition signatures asking President Obama that he use the power of his office to spare certain immigrants – those with deep roots in the United States and without a criminal history – from deportation.

The event will also feature Washington State families and individuals facing deportation and DREAM Act students who would have been eligible for legalization had the bill passed the Senate in 2010 telling their personal stories. Rep. Gutierrez, Rep. Jim McDermott, and faith leaders will join over 800 residents from across Washington at the event, including Mount Vernon, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Yakima.

WHAT:  Public meeting with Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (En Español)
WHEN:  1:30-2:30pm, Sunday, June 26
WHERE:  Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle 
WHO:  Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Families and Testimonies, Rep. Jim McDermott
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Interviews with Rep. Gutierrez available immediately following the event 

Media

To arrange interviews with Congressman Gutierrez by phone before the event or in person immediately after the event, contact Charlie McAteer, OneAmerica Communications Director, 206-452-8402, charlie@weareoneamerica.org

About OneAmerica

OneAmerica, formerly Hate Free Zone, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice by building power within immigrant communities.

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