CBDIO Sends Signatures to President Obama Requesting Immigration Reform

Fresno, California. June 10, 2009.
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Barack H. Obama
President of the United States of America
White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D. C. 20500

Honorable President:

On behalf of the staff of the Binational Center for the Development of Oaxacan Indigenous Communities (CBDIO), we respectfully send you this letter. Our mission is to implement programs that drive economic, social and cultural development in the Mexican indigenous communities living in California, United States, as well as in the ones that remain in our hometowns.

Considering your wise decision of seeking a solution to the problems caused by the lack of an efficient immigration policy, CBDIO organized a campaign to collect signatures to send you a petition, specifically as indigenous peoples to intervene as the President of the United States, to pass of a comprehensive, just and humane immigration initiative, based on family values, that could allow a legalization for all workers currently living without legal documents in the United States.

We started collecting these signatures since your historic Presidential Inauguration, on January 20 to May 1, 2009. These signatures which we are sending you attached to this letter, represent a petition from 1,415 people and their families, to reach an agreement to pass an Immigration Reform this year.

Some political messages from your administration regarding Immigration Reform give us hope that during your term we will have a change in the legislation that will allow 12 million people without documents, to keep working and living in this country without any fear or anguish.

We are paying close attention to your initiatives on the issue and we expect you to take into account this modest missive.

We, the indigenous communities who work with CBDIO, also want to wish you success as the US Federal Executive.

Sincerely,

Rufino Domínguez-Santos
Executive Director

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