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Senador Rubio, un poco de amor para nuestras familias?

Más allá del debate político, la repuesta del Senador Rubio al mensaje del Presidente este pasado martes fue un momento histórico para nuestro país y especialmente para nuestro estado.

Senator Marco Rubio

El Sen. Rubio, hijo cubano de un barman y una trabajadora del hogar, fue el primer latino en hablarle a la nación entera después del Presidente. Ese momento fue el mejor testimonio de lo que sucede cuando los nuevos americanos reciben una oportunidad equitativa de pertenecer a este país, de mantener sus familias unidas y de labrar su camino a la ciudadanía. Fue un momento especialmente importante pues estaba respondiendo a un Presidente quien es también hijo de un inmigrante africano. Una imagen poderosa de la Nueva America.

Ojalá todas las familias inmigrantes pudieran tener la misma oportunidad. La historia de Rubio sería muy diferente si sus padres hubieran sido deportados, como le sucedes a muchas familias actualmente. Mientras celebras el día del Amor y la Amistad, envíale un mensaje al Sen. Rubio y a tus congresistas, pidiéndoles que demuestran su amor por nuestras familias apoyando un nuevo y mejor sistema de inmigración que funcione para todos, y no solo para algunos.

Hoy en día, miles de familias de la Florida siguen en las sombras necesitando la misma oportunidad, sufriendo la mano dura de las detenciones y deportaciones más costosas de nuestra historia, mientras esperan por décadas para poder reunirse con sus familias. Todas las familias deberían tener la misma oportunidad de labrar su camino hacia el sueño americano, así como lo hizo la familia Rubio.

Envíale un mensaje al Sen. Rubio y a tus congresistas, y pídeles que DIGAN QUE SI a un camino a la ciudadanía que sea real e incluyente para TODAS las familias; pídeles que le DIGAN QUE SI a la Florida. Comparte la historia de tu familia en tu mensaje.

Es hora de que nuestros congresistas escuchen nuestras historias:

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Will Senator Rubio show us some love?

After all political spin subsided on Sen. Marco Rubio’s response to the State of the Union Address, we may have missed a noteworthy moment for our nation and our state.

Senator Marco RubioThe moment Senator Rubio, the Cuban son of a bartender and a domestic worker, with sweat rolling down his temple and water quenching his thirst, became the first Latino to address the nation, he became living testimony of what is possible when New Americans are given a chance to fully belong, keep their families together, and have equal opportunity to citizenship. This was particularly poignant as he responded to our nation’s President, the son of a Kenyan immigrant. A snapshot of the New America.

If only all new or aspiring Americans could have the same opportunity. Rubio’s story may have turned out differently if his parents had faced deportation as so many families do today. As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, send a message to Sen. Rubio and your Member of Congress asking them to show our families some love by supporting a new and better immigration system that works equally for all, and not just for some.

Today, there are thousands of Floridian families waiting in the shadows for the same opportunity, suffering at the hands of the most expensive immigration enforcement in our history while waiting in line for decades to be reunited with their families. All families should have the same opportunity to climb the ladder of the American Dream from the bottom-up, just like the Rubio family did.

Send your message to Sen. Rubio and your Member of Congress, and ask them to SAY YES to a real and inclusive roadmap to citizenship for ALL families, ask them to SAY YES to Florida. Share your family story as new or old immigrants.

It’s time for them to hear our stories:

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Undocumented lawyer-to-be invited to State of the Union address by Rep. Kathy Castor

State of the Union audience

Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor invited Florida’s own Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio to President Obama’s State of the Union on Tuesday, February 12. Jose Manuel traveled from central Florida to D.C. today to attend the address as Rep. Castor’s special guest. “I think this is the first time I’ve ever heard of it happening,” Jose Manuel said in a telephone call. “This is an historical moment because I don’t know of any other time when undocumented immigrants have been allowed at the State of the Union address.”

US Rep Kathy Castor invites Godinez Sampiero to SOTU Feb 2013

Source: http://castor.house.gov/

Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio made history when he graduated from Florida State University Law School and passed the Florida Bar exam, then solicited admittance to the Florida Bar as an undocumented immigrant. The Florida Bar is now referring the question to the Florida Supreme Court.

Rep. Castor announced her invitation publicly Monday, February 11 at a press event outside the offices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Tampa, Fla. She posed for photos with Jose Manuel and took questions from reporters.  Following the event, Rep. Castor wrote on her Facebook page:

“I am honored to have as my guest for tomorrow’s State of the Union Address, Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio. He graduated valedictorian of his class at Armwood High School and went on to attend Florida State Law School. His story is representative of so many young people in my district and across the nation who deserve Comprehensive Immigration Reform that will permanently create a pathway to citizenship. I will continue to fight to make their dream a reality.”

Rep. Castor is in her fourth term of serving the Tampa Bay area in the U.S. House of Representatives. “I think it is great,” Jose Manuel said about the representative’s endorsement of immigration reform. “We need more people to ‘Say Yes’: we need 216 in the House, 60 in the Senate, and one president to ‘Say Yes.’”

Read the full press release from Rep. Castor’s office here.