This last year FVIR did much work behind the scenes to act as a bridge between Republicans and Democrats on needed immigration reform. We kept this policy issue front and center, organizing panel discussions and meeting with local Representatives and Senators. A delegation of FVIR members met with the Chief of Staff of Representative Allen West, Representative Ted Deutch, the legislative assistant in Washington D.C. of Representative Tom Rooney and the Regional Director of Senator Marco Rubio. We also wrote a letter to the bi-partisan deficit committee urging them to tackle immigration reform as a way to reduce the deficit.
Two of our Co-Chairs, Attorneys Gary Walk Aileen Josephs, also met key legislative aides of Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio on immigration policy, as part of the Florida delegation to the American Jewish Committee Global Forum in Washington. At the meeting, the entire delegation advocated for the DREAM Act in its current form. Videos of these meetings are posted on the FVIR Facebook page. We suggest that all of you become friends on Facebook of FVIR. At the meeting, Senator Rubio’s aide asked Ms. Josephs to submit a white paper for an alternative Dream Act, which she has done.
Members of FVIR also met with the Palm Beach County Economic Council and shared our concern for sensible immigration reform, and described our efforts as bridge builders between both political parties. Currently, many FVIR members are doing outreach on Deferrred Action for DREAMERs and circulating resources for them.
After the election, FVIR will continue its important work of urging both parties to work together and seek compromise to give our nation an immigration system that makes us globally competitive for the 21st century, promotes legal migration, creates legal mechanisms to bring in our country needed workers with fair and workable temporary worker programs and deals in a sensible and humane manner with the undocumented population already in the United States.
Below please find an invitation from the Palm Beach County AJC to a luncheon on September 12 with Richard Foltin, the AJC Director of National and Legislative Affairs, speaking on national and world public policy iissues. We look forward to seeing you there and to restart our work after the November 2012 elections.
Pastor Monica Delgado, Co-Chair, FVIR
Gary Walk, Esq., Co-Chair, FVIR
Aileen Josephs, Esq., Co-Chair, FVIR
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American Jewish Committee
AJC and Palm Beach Synagogue Present
A Vital Update on National and World Affairs
with Richard Foltin
AJC Director of National and Legislative Affairs
Wednesday, September 12 - 12:00 Noon - 1:00 pm
Palm Beach Synagogue
102 N County Road, Palm Beach
Light lunch will be served
Courtesy of Forty Seventh Street Pizza
(Holy Natural, Heavenly Kosher and Hand-Made on Earth)
$10 per person
To RSVP please call 561-994-7286 by September 7th,
with your credit card payment