Cedillo Reunifies Immigrant Families from Nayarit

Cedillo Reunifies Immigrant Families from Nayarit

February 8, 2017

PRESS RELEASE
Cedillo Reunifies Immigrant Families from Nayarit

Los Angeles–Councilmember Cedillo hosted the Mexican State Government of Nayarit, three non-profits and 17 Nayarit families who reunited with their Los Angeles relatives. Some family members had not seen each other for 15 to 20 years. This reunification was made possible after several years of lobbying the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Department to grant a temporary humanitarian visa for these families. The State of Nayarit selected 17 families out of 200 applicants, and paid for visa processing and full travel costs. Participants will remain in Los Angeles for two weeks then return to Mexico. Their visas will remain active for 10 years.

The Nayarit delegation arrived a few hours late due to unforeseen car troubles while traveling from the airport to City Hall. For the families waiting anxiously at the Tom Bradley Tower, a few more hours didn’t make a difference, as they had already waited what seemed to some an eternity.

“This was an emotional day for us. It is difficult to witness first-hand the consequences of having a broken immigration system in the Unites States, one that keeps families apart, in some cases for over 20 years,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “Although today is a happy day, and we get to reunify a handful of families, I am reminded of the magnitude of families affected by federal inaction. There are still 11 million people waiting for their chance to reunify with their families. We need comprehensive immigration reform. We need a solution for DACA and TPS recipients. In the absence of a long term immigration solution, these family reunifications will serve as windows of hope,” added Cedillo.

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Rampart Village, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park. For more information, please visit www.GilCedillo.com.

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