EVENT: Immigration Reform in 2010, How we will make it happen.

Tomorrow, Jan. 21st at 12pm, there will be an event at the Center for American Progress about how to make immigration reform a reality in 2010. Featuring a roundtable discussion on the policy and politics of immigration reform, the event will also be live-streamed for those of you who aren’t in DC. The line-up of confirmed attendees and panelists is impressive and I hope that folks can tune into what is sure to be an interesting discussion.

More details below:

How We Will Make It Happen

For years, politicians have left the problems of a badly broken immigration system to fester and grow. In 2006 and again in 2008, voters sent a clear message to Washington: if you don’t lead, you lose.

During his candidacy and his first year in office, President Obama repeatedly promised to overhaul immigration early in his first term. The fastest growing new voting demographic, Latino voters—who flipped four states from red to blue in 2008—fully expect President Obama to keep that promise and work with Congressional leaders to advance immigration reform this year.

Opinion polls consistently show strong support for comprehensive reform among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike, because it is a practical solution that generates revenue, protects workers and honest employers, and restores fairness to a system in crisis.

Please join CAPAF’s Internet Advocacy Roundtable, Netroots Nation, and America’s Voice for a lively panel discussion about the policy and politics of immigration reform led by Nico Pitney, National Editor ofThe Huffington Post . The event will be kick off with remarks by Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL), who recently introduced comprehensive immigration reform legislation, H.R. 4321, into the U.S. House of Representatives.

Opening remarks by:

Faiz Shakir, Editor-in-Chief, Think Progress

Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL), U.S. Member of Congress

Featured panelists:

Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga (Kos), Founder and Editor, Daily Kos; Columnist, The Hill. Author, Crashing the Gate: Grassroots, Netroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics and Taking On the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era

María Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

Andrea Nill, Immigration Blogger and Researcher, Think Progress

Moderated by:

Nico Pitney, National Editor, The Huffington Post

Space is extremely limited. RSVP required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed.

Center for American Progress Action Fund 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20005 Map & Directions

Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center


To RSVP to this event, please email Suzi Emmerling at semmerling@americanprogress.org

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