Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, an Illinois Democrat, is leading a congressional delegation on a November 21 visit to Alabama, the latest state of the Union to have imposed harsh and draconian immigration laws, with the summer passage of state law HB 56.
According to Gutiérrez's office, Gutiérrez will be joined by the following members of Congress: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, Terri A. Sewell of Alabama, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Charlie Gonzalez of Texas, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Secretary of the Congressional Black Caucus Yvette D. Clarke of New York; Rep. Al Green of Texas; Immigration Subcommittee Ranking Democrat Zoe Lofgren of California; Rep. Joe Baca of California, Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, and Rep. Grace Napolitano of California.
A preliminary schedule of the November 21 Alabama visit was released by Gutiérrez's office:
ALABAMA CONGRESSIONAL VISIT – NOV. 21
Preliminary Schedule for November 21, 2011, all events are in Birmingham and all times local (CT):
Press Conference for Members of the Congressional Delegation
Location: Birmingham City Council Chambers – Birmingham City Hall, 710 20th Street North
Ad Hoc Hearing: The impact of HB56 on families, businesses, agriculture, law enforcement and civil society.
Location: Birmingham City Council Chambers
Members of the Congressional Delegation will participate in the launch of the "One Family One Alabama Campaign to Repeal HB56"
Hosted by the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ)
Location: Historic 16th Street Baptist Church (1530 Sixth Ave. North)