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February 2013 eNewsletter

In this issue: We discuss the impact immigration reform can make, the need for welcoming communities for immigrants and people of color.

While immigration reform has dominated Capitol Hill the last few weeks, the real effects will be felt a lot closer to home.

This month our very own Nancy Haque shares the journey of her own family. Comprehensive immigration reform could mean that families, like Nancy’s, wouldn't have to wait decades to reunite.

Communities in our region are not waiting to for federal reform to improve the lives of immigrants. Our VOTE group, Rural Organizing Project, shares how they are helping to build Welcoming Communities one town at a time. 

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Kelley Weigel
Executive Director


Nancy reflects on immigration reform and her family's journey towards citizenship. It took them 30 years to reunite! This reform could mean that 11 million undocumented immigrant can be freed from fear and lack of opportunity. 

Join Nancy take action now by calling our elected officials. Politicians don’t become champions of an issue without the people putting pressure on them. The time for immigration reform is now! Read more...

Welcoming Communities is an effort to build and create a safer cultural environment for immigrants in rural Oregon. 

Amanda Aguilar Shank of Rural Organizing Project is a guest blogger this week and shares success stories of the Welcoming Communities program. Learn more about ROP's Borderless Stories exhibit which documents the stories of immigrants in rural Oregon. 

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