Immigrant right activists protest House GOP leader in SoCal

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

July 15, 2013

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif – House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte is in Southern California and immigrant rights advocates are calling on him to hold a vote on a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

Shortly after the House reconvened last week, the Virginia congressman was among the GOP leaders that said they would rather work on immigration reform through a step-by-step common sense approach, rather than a sweeping overhaul like the U.S. Senate had passed last month.

“We’re saying that there are 11 million and more undocumented people in this nation whom he has detrimentally affected, whose lives he has hurt,” said Charlene Gomez of the Coalition for Humane Immigration Reform Los Angeles, the group that hosted the protest.

While there were no Filipinos among some dozens of protestors, immigrant rights groups said the reasons why there is low Asian participation are because of fear and sometime shame over their lack of immigration status.

A handful of members from the Korean Resource Center, including undocumented youth made sure the Asian-American voice was heard.

“I wish that more AAPI (Asian American Pacific Island) groups were out here. It’s important for us to be out here because it’s a critical moment in immigration,” explained Korean dreamer Kevin Lee.

Goodlatte is in Southern California for a conference to promote the investors’ visa.

The Republican lawmaker said that he’s had a history in immigrant friendly legislation. He reportedly has tried to push for a bill that would give undocumented youth a pathway to citizenship.

But immigration rights leaders believe he needs to take a bigger role.

For more information, you may contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com.

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  • noz
    15 July 2013 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    the well informed blacks are protesting against illegal alien legalizations for reason of protecting jobs availability. the staggering high unemployment among blacks certainly have alarmed the black community. it remain to be seen if this protest of blacks will swift fast nationwide.

    • jr(catholic against rightwingextremism)
      17 July 2013 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      @noz… in what planet have you just come from and what news article have you just read to make an offtopic comment? lol

      • noz
        17 July 2013 at 4:36 pm - Reply

        LISTEN UP IDIOT, HAVE PROVEN YOURSELF TIME AND TIME AGAIN, YOU ARE A HOPELESS IDIOT, FOR KNOWING NOTHING. LET ME REPEAT AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, AGAIN, GO READ THE TOPIC ABOVE, OBJECTIVE WRITINGS ARE EXPECTED. YOU CANNOT COMPREHEND, YOUR STUPIDITY IS ALWAYS YOUR ANSWER?. I, AND THE REST ON THE RIGHT PLACE DON’T NEED YOUR MORONIC LEFT BULL CRAP.

        • jr(catholic against rightwingextremism)
          17 July 2013 at 4:46 pm - Reply

          no one will comprehend will comprehend anything you’ve written, not in a million years because you are stupid and only stupid person just like you can only write stupid, rubbish, garbage stuff. i will again let your post speaks for itself —————- S T U P I D I TY by a stupid rightwingextremist nutbag!

          • noz
            17 July 2013 at 8:21 pm -

            NO ONE?, WHAT?, WILL COMPREHEND, WILL COMPREHEND, WHAT A LAUGHABLE CRIMINAL PLAGIARIST. ALL AROUND YOU, FROM HERE TO THE EDGE OF THE GLOBE ARE UNCONTROLLABLY LAUGHING AT YOU, M O R O N. THE ONLY ONE WITH WORTHLESS HARDENED BRAIN IS YOU, IF IT GET SOFTENED LIKE A SPONGE WILL BE SUCKING YOUR OWN BODY FLUID WASTE, EITHER WAY YOU ARE WITHOUT A PURPOSE IN THIS THREAD. THEREFORE WHATEVER YOU SAY ARE REJECTS. WHY?, EDUCATION WILL NEVER EVER BE AVAILABLE TO YOU IN YOUR BLACK HOLE PITS, SLIMY, SLUMS HOOD. YOU WILL REMAIN UNEDUCATED, UNTIL HELL FREEZES OVER, ALWAYS AN UNINTELLIGENT BULLSHITTER. COMPRENDE??????????.

          • jr(catholic against rightwingextremism)
            17 July 2013 at 11:13 pm -

            your post, your post, your post, your post, lacks, lacks, lacks factual, factual and and and and and and and and and and intellectual content content content…. get it, get it get it idiot idiot idiot right winger right winger! parang sira ang plaka!

          • noz
            18 July 2013 at 4:00 pm -

            ALL YOUR SUCKER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS FROM DETROIT ARE ALL MOVING OUT OF DETROIT FINDING STATES, WHERE DWINDLING NUMBERS OF CAPITALISTS ARE STILL IN BUSINESS. YOU, THE BOASTFUL, ANTI CAPITALIST, BIG TIME SUCKER LIVING OFF ON OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, TOGETHER WITH THE LIKE OF YOU FROM DETROIT ARE DESPERATELY LOOKING FOR ANOTHER CITY TO SUCK INTO THE HARD EARNED DOLLARS OF CITIZENS AND LEGAL RESIDENTS. THE CAPITALISTS ARE ALL HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, AT YOU AND AT YOUR SUCKER COMPADRES/COMADRES. THE CAPITALISTS HOPING YOU ALL WILL NOT FIND THEM. ALLYOU OUT THERE ANTI CAPITALISTS ARE LAUGHABLE……….

  • jorge buesa
    15 July 2013 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    Hey noz wait the whites and the american filipinos get on the band wagon, with the blacks ? Boy oh Boy than you can see what going happen to all 11 millions of illegal in america ! The whites is waiting to see what happens.

    • jr(catholic against rightwingextremism)
      17 July 2013 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      Lol…. oh dear jorge… you make me laugh….. lol….. lol…..

      • jorge buesa
        18 July 2013 at 1:23 pm - Reply

        Jr why i make you laugh, your the one has been saying alot. I said it right wait and see when the whites get on the band wagon ! Than you going see how they talk and your going be a nothing when you open your mouth. I grew up with the whites and they take no shit.

        • jr(catholic against rightwingextremism)
          18 July 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

          lol……..lol………..lol…………..lol

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