Advocacy in the Gulf South region generally occurs at the state and local levels. This may involve testifying before legislative bodies, research on pending legislative or administrative issues, and collaborative action with others. Some examples:
August 29, 2013: Katrina Homeowners speak out for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
On August 29, 2013, the Jesuit Social Research Institute held a press conference to mark the eighth anniversary of Katrina Hurricane and call for reform of the U.S. immigration system by highlighting the role immigrant laborers played in rebuilding New Orleans. Area homeowners, assisted by immigrant workers in rebuilding after Katrina, shared their experiences and spoke about why they believe our country needs compassionate and common-sense immigration reform.
These testimonies come at a time where the U.S. Senate bi-partisan bill for comprehensive immigration reform and the debate on immigration shifts to the House of Representatives. The Senate bill, passed in June, includes measures which would further strengthen the border, revamp our out-dated and inefficient visa processing system, protect the rights of American workers, and create a road map for earned citizenship for over 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in the U.S.