HELP, time’s running out! That was the message Univision News sent during a report about a “big” (anything but) group of protesters and activists marching in Washington DC, to urge Congress not to leave for their Thanksgiving break without first approving the immigration by reconciliation gambit, this time using a White House visit by Mexican president Andres Manuel Obrador as an excuse.
Watch as Washington DC correspondent Edwin Pitti interviews immigration right$ activist and lawyer Juan Jose Gutierrez at the National Mall during Tuesday’s ¡Despierta América! regarding the urgency of passing a budget bill that includes the biggest amnesty for undocumented immigrants in history:
SATCHA PRETTO: And at this hour, pro-immigrant activists are fighting a real battle to legalize almost 7 million undocumented people.
KARLA MARTÍNEZ: They are traveling to Washington, D.C. not just to support Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, but to petition that he ask his counterpart Joe Biden for an immigration reform during the so-called summit of the “Three Amigos” scheduled for this Thursday.
EDWIN PITTI: Juan José, thank you for being with us here at Despierta América, to tell us what you want to ask the president of Mexico.
JUAN JOSÉ GUTIÉRREZ, ACTIVIST: That he defend the millions of undocumented Mexicans, and during his conversations with President Joseph Biden, he invite him to finish the immigration reform that is now in play as part of the reconciliation process that the Congress is about to approve as the final part of its economic budget.
PITTI: The demand comes not just from activists here in Washington, but from all across the country. Next week, Karla and Satcha, the members of Congress are on Thanksgiving break so that’s why it’s so important for them to take action as soon as possible.
Like we’ve pondered before at MRC Latino, what’s a network to do when it desperately needs comprehensive immigration reform in order to ensure its long-term survival but the pesky filibuster remains in place despite Democrat control of Congress? Answer: Push hard for Plan B, albeit through the most unlikely statesman in the Univision playbook, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel Obrador, a politician that the network shuns at every possible chance.
In the words of Univision frequent contributor, socialist Gutiérrez, he just wants AMLO to “defend the millions of undocumented Mexicans during his conversations with President Joseph Biden, and he invited him to finish the immigration reform that is now in play as part of the reconciliation process that the Congress is about to approve as the final part of its economic budget.”
Hurry up, Pitti added: “Next week, Karla and Satcha, the members of Congress are on Thanksgiving break so that’s why it’s so important for them to take action as soon as possible.”
Expect a deluge of similar reports in the coming days calling for the approval of the budget reconciliation bill as a matter of life or death for the Spanish-speaking media.
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