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Quotes From Arizona Law Makers on Federal Law Suit

The Az Daily Sun has a great compilation of Arizona politico's reaction to the federal law suit against SB1070.

The full article can be read here, and the quotes are below

Following are Arizona reactions the Federal Law Suit:

"This lawsuit is a sideshow, distracting us from the real task at hand. A court battle between the federal government and Arizona will not move us closer to securing the border or fixing America's broken immigration system. The legal fights and boycotts are drawing focus and attention away from what has to be a policy driven, substantive debate."

-- U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick D

"It's just so outrageous. it's just an absolute insult to the rule of law."

-- Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, the legislation's chief sponsor

"The American people must wonder whether the Obama administration is really committed to securing the border when it sues a state that is simply trying to protect its people by enforcing immigration law. The Obama administration has not done everything it can do to protect the people of Arizona from the violence and crime illegal immigration brings to our state. Until it does, the federal government should not be suing Arizona on the grounds that immigration enforcement is solely a federal responsibility."

-- Sens. John McCain (R) and Jon Kyl (R)

"Federal lawyers arguing with state lawyers will do nothing to strengthen border security or to fix our broken immigration laws. The supreme irony of the lawsuit is its premise that SB1070 intrudes on the federal government's responsibility to enforce immigration laws. Had the federal government taken that responsibility seriously in the past, neither today's lawsuit nor the state law that prompted it would be necessary."

-- U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D)

"The lawsuit is prudent and necessary. Prudent because you have to defend the constitutional prerogatives of all of us, including the federal government. And necessary because you have to test this law. And even the most ardent supporter, whether it's Jan Brewer or Russell Pearce, I hope after they took an oath of office to defend the constitution, would want to make sure they're defending and implementing the law that passes constitutional muster."

-- U.S. Rep Raul Grijalva (D)

"As a direct result of failed and inconsistent federal enforcement, Arizona is under attack from violent Mexican drug and immigrant smuggling cartels. Now, Arizona is under attack in federal court from President Obama and his Department of Justice."

-- Gov. Jan Brewer (R)

"Rather than challenging the Arizona law, the Obama administration's time would be much better spent working with Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform that would address the nation's underlying immigration problems. Arizona's new law will likely spawn a patchwork of new immigration laws around the country. This isn't an optimal approach. However, the response cannot be a patchwork of federal challenges. It needs to be comprehensive immigration reform.

-- U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake (R)

"What we need are solutions, not lawsuits. Until we get real solutions, more states will turn to band aid remedies to address this very important issue. It is disappointing to see the federal government choosing to intervene in a state statute instead of working with Arizona to create sustainable solutions to the illegal immigration issue that our state and country so desperately need."

-- Attorney General Terry Goddard (D)

"The administration's lawsuit is a cannon shot across the bow of other states that may be tempted to follow Arizona's misguided approach,"

-- Lucas Guttentag, attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union

"Arizona's demagogue leaders have scapegoated immigrants, subordinated Latinos' civil rights, and fallen down a slippery slope. They have received a free pass for too long in part because they have engaged in persecution of a class of people they have tried to dehumanize and deem 'illegal.'"

-- Pablo Alvarado, director of National Day Labor Organizing Network

"The Obama administration has demonstrated that it will, following in the footsteps of its strongest predecessors, take action to preserve our longstanding constitutional plan, which has fostered our development into the great nation that we have long been. Gov. Jan Brewer cannot be permitted to pervert federal policy priorities and obstruct national progress all in the name of political pandering."

-- Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

"I welcome the filing of the federal lawsuit which is designed to get a quick answer from the court on this issue. No one can deny that Arizona has borne a particular burden caused by the slowness of federal authorities, including Congress, to address this issue. Nevertheless, I believe the quickest way to get the preemption issue resolved is by the federal lawsuit."

-- Pinal County Attorney James Walsh

"We are already seeing and hearing immigrant and Latino families who are afraid to call on law enforcement. This fear frays the relationship between law enforcement and communities and makes their jobs more difficult."

-- Jennifer Allen, executive director, Border Action Network

"The concerted scapegoating of immigrants by some Arizona Republicans has poisoned our political environment, endangered our community, moved our nation further away from needed immigration reform, and above all, it has imperiled the civil rights of all Arizonans. Thankfully, the courts will have the last word."

-- Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox

"The federal government has failed to protect the people of Arizona from illegal aliens, so the state government, quite sensibly, moved to fill the void. This lawsuit should fail because it is based on the absurd assertion that Arizona should be punished for enforcing federal immigration laws which our current president and current attorney general have no interest in enforcing."

-- Former congressman and current U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth

"Instead of sending a sufficient number of National Guard troops and financial resources to secure the border, President Obama is sending lawyers."

-- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Buz Mills.

DOJ Sues Arizona over SB1070 News Roundup

The Department of Justice has officially filed suit against Arizona's SB1070 immigration law yesterday. I have compiled much of the reaction to the federal lawsuit here. Peruse at your leisure.

AP - Bob Christie - Feds vs. State Again in Suit Against Arizona Law - Link

The federal lawsuit against Arizona's tough new immigration law focuses heavily on a question that has been in the spotlight repeatedly the past decade and dates to the Founding Fathers: The right of the government to keep states from enacting laws that usurp federal authority.

The lawsuit filed in Phoenix federal court on Tuesday sidestepped concerns about the potential for racial profiling and civil rights violations most often raised by immigration advocates. Experts said those are weaker arguments that don't belong in a legal challenge brought by the White House to get the measure struck down.

USA Today - Editorial - Our View on Immigration: Suing Arizona Hurts Chances For Immigration Overhaul - Link

The irony in the Justice Department's lawsuit to block Arizona's obnoxious new immigration law is that neither the suit nor the law would be necessary if Washington had done its job enforcing federal immigration laws in the first place.

New York Times - Justice Dept. Sues Arizona Over Its Immigration Law - Link

CNN-John King - Immigration Law Heats Up - Link <


New York Times - Arizona Law Causes Split For Governors Sharing Border - Link

For nearly 30 years, the governors of the states that line both sides of the United States-Mexico border have gathered to celebrate border bonhomie. They issue proclamations and pledges to work together, air grievances and concerns behind closed doors and pose for the cameras in symbolic showings of cooperation.

......Ms. Brewer happens by rotation to be the chairwoman and host of this year’s conference, scheduled for September at a resort in Phoenix. But after all six Mexican border governors wrote to her to say they intended to boycott the gathering to protest the new law, Ms. Brewer sent a letter of her own last week to the governors on both sides of the border saying she was canceling the whole conference.....

.....The Mexican governors had written that they would not step foot in Arizona because they considered the law, which Ms. Brewer signed in April and continues to promote, to be “based on ethnic and cultural prejudice contrary to fundamental rights.”

Washington Post - Chris Cillizza - The Fix - Immigration Emerging as a 2010 Issue - Link

Democratic strategists see the Arizona law as a key moment in the ongoing battle to win the loyalty of Hispanic voters. They believe that it will have a similar chilling effect for Republicans with Latinos as the passage of California's Proposition 187 did in the 1990s.

Republicans, on the other hand, believe that Democrats are badly out of step with the American people on the immigration issue. They cite the Obama administration's aggressive approach to fighting the Arizona law is yet more evidence of that out-of-touchness.

In that vein, nearly two dozen House Republicans sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday describing the legal challenge as the "height of irresponsibility and arrogance."

Arizona Republic - EJ Montini - Federal Lawsuit Against SB1070 Will Resolve Nothing - Link

So far, the only people benefitting from the hoopla over the law are the political candidates who are stumbling over themselves in order to look tough on immigration and border security. Already members of Arizona's delegation are rushing out statements, most of which condemn the very institution -- Congress -- where they work. And we're supposed to reelect them?

Many of these people have been in office for some time, decades even, and have done… nothing.

So, what we have are people who have done nothing arguing over lawsuits that do nothing concerning a law that, so far, has done… nothing.

Welcome to America.

KGUN 9 News - David Rush - Gov. Brewer Reacts to Federal Lawsuit Over SB1070 - Link

Governor Jan Brewer called the federal government's lawsuit over Arizona's new immigration law, "wrong." In a statement released today, the Governor said, "it is wrong that our own federal government is suing the people of Arizona for helping to enforce federal immigration law."

Brewer called Arizona's immigration law "reasonable" and "constitutional" and mirrors the same federal law that has been on the books for decades. "Arizona's law is designed to complement, not supplant, enforcement of federal immigration laws," said Brewer.

The Governor did applaud the Obama administration for not pursuing claims SB1070 will result in racial profiling. "I am pleased that President Obama and the Department of Justice did not pursue the baseless claims of illegal racial profiling in the lawsuit," Brewer said.

Simon Rosenberg in Politics Daily and MSNBC's First Read on Immigration

NDN President Simon Rosenberg has been all over the news today talking about the President's speech on immigration reform.

His comments in both Politics Daily and MSNBC's First read stand out in particular. Both are below with links to the full stories.

From Chuck Todd over at First Read:

WWJMD? On the other hand, reform could end up being a win-win for everyone -- including the Obama White House (which would be looking to fulfill a campaign promise and mobilize Latino voters) and the Republican Party (which would want to make sure it wasn't digging its own demographic grave). "It's a win-win situation," Democratic strategist

Simon Rosenberg argues to First Read. "At some point, the Republican Party is going to have to abandon their anti-immigration views or they are going to be a minority party."

Yet the key to all of this might very well be John McCain. If he wins his primary and re-election, does he once again become an important player on immigration reform? Or does he stand on the sidelines? What will John McCain do?

From Alex Wagner at Politics Daily:

Though reform has enjoyed bipartisan support in previous years, the two principal GOP shepherds on the issue, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- are nowhere to be seen. The issue has been particularly tricky for Republicans wanting to appear tough on national security, but likewise in need of Latino support (a group for whom immigration is a particularly hot-button issue). Support for tough, controversial measures like Brewer's hurts conservative candidates among this key voting bloc; the result is that many Republicans simply refuse to play ball.

Republicans "have paid a tremendous price" for their inaction, says Simon Rosenberg, president of NDN, a center-left Democratic think tank. "There is no way, politically, that they can sustain their current position."

President Obama's Speech on Immigration Reform

Below is a portion of President Obama's speech, the presidents full speech can be read here, with video of the speech below his remarks. Would be interested in hearing what people thought. I encourage people to leave comments. Enjoy.


American University School of International Service / Washington, D.C.


Now, if the majority of Americans are skeptical of a blanket amnesty, they are also skeptical that it is possible to round up and deport 11 million people.  They know it’s not possible.  Such an effort would be logistically impossible and wildly expensive.  Moreover, it would tear at the very fabric of this nation -– because immigrants who are here illegally are now intricately woven into that fabric.  Many have children who are American citizens.  Some are children themselves, brought here by their parents at a very young age, growing up as American kids, only to discover their illegal status when they apply for college or a job.  Migrant workers -– mostly here illegally -– have been the labor force of our farmers and agricultural producers for generations.  So even if it was possible, a program of mass deportations would disrupt our economy and communities in ways that most Americans would find intolerable.

Today, we have more boots on the ground near the Southwest border than at any time in our history.  Let me repeat that:  We have more boots on the ground on the Southwest border than at any time in our history.  We doubled the personnel assigned to Border Enforcement Security Task Forces.  We tripled the number of intelligence analysts along the border.  For the first time, we’ve begun screening 100 percent of southbound rail shipments.  And as a result, we’re seizing more illegal guns, cash and drugs than in years past.  Contrary to some of the reports that you see, crime along the border is down.  And statistics collected by Customs and Border Protection reflect a significant reduction in the number of people trying to cross the border illegally.

So the bottom line is this:  The southern border is more secure today than at any time in the past 20 years.  That doesn’t mean we don’t have more work to do.  We have to do that work, but it’s important that we acknowledge the facts.  Even as we are committed to doing what’s necessary to secure our borders, even without passage of the new law, there are those who argue that we should not move forward with any other elements of reform until we have fully sealed our borders.  But our borders are just too vast for us to be able to solve the problem only with fences and border patrols.  It won’t work.  Our borders will not be secure as long as our limited resources are devoted to not only stopping gangs and potential terrorists, but also the hundreds of thousands who attempt to cross each year simply to find work. 

That’s why businesses must be held accountable if they break the law by deliberately hiring and exploiting undocumented workers.  We’ve already begun to step up enforcement against the worst workplace offenders.  And we’re implementing and improving a system to give employers a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.  But we need to do more.  We cannot continue just to look the other way as a significant portion of our economy operates outside the law.  It breeds abuse and bad practices.  It punishes employers who act responsibly and undercuts American workers.  And ultimately, if the demand for undocumented workers falls, the incentive for people to come here illegally will decline as well.   

Finally, we have to demand responsibility from people living here illegally.  They must be required to admit that they broke the law.  They should be required to register, pay their taxes, pay a fine, and learn English.  They must get right with the law before they can get in line and earn their citizenship -- not just because it is fair, not just because it will make clear to those who might wish to come to America they must do so inside the bounds of the law, but because this is how we demonstrate that being -- what being an American means.  Being a citizen of this country comes not only with rights but also with certain fundamental responsibilities.  We can create a pathway for legal status that is fair, reflective of our values, and works.

     Now, stopping illegal immigration must go hand in hand with reforming our creaky system of legal immigration.  We’ve begun to do that, by eliminating a backlog in background checks that at one point stretched back almost a year.  That’s just for the background check.  People can now track the status of their immigration applications by email or text message.  We’ve improved accountability and safety in the detention system.  And we’ve stemmed the increases in naturalization fees.  But here, too, we need to do more.  We should make it easier for the best and the brightest to come to start businesses and develop products and create jobs. 

Our laws should respect families following the rules -– instead of splitting them apart.  We need to provide farms a legal way to hire the workers they rely on, and a path for those workers to earn legal status.  And we should stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents by denying them the chance to stay here and earn an education and contribute their talents to build the country where they’ve grown up.  The DREAM Act would do this, and that’s why I supported this bill as a state legislator and as a U.S. senator -- and why I continue to support it as president.


Asst. Secretary Valenzuela Spoke to NDN About New Era of Parternship & Respect for US-Latin America

Monday afternoon NDN had the privilege to host Arturo Valenzuela, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. He spoke about a new era of partnership and respect between the US and the Americas.

NDN’s Latin American Policy Initiative Chairman, Nelson Cunningham, opened by reminding us that Latin America is a key neighbor which is frequently ignored by Americans. According to Assistant Secretary Valenzuela, in 2010 the Department of State has visited many countries in this region.

The Assistant Secretary noted that on his trips with Secretary Hilary Clinton to Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica and Guatemala he observed that many citizens of those nations were willing to engage with the US.  In his trip to Barbados, he was told by the participating nations of the region’s basin security initiative that they were "glad the US was back with the Caribbean."  These examples demonstrate a friendly desire to communicate lays the foundation for  new era of Latin American foreign policy.

Asisistant Secretary Valenzuela and his team recognized that there is no single formula for a region so diverse and that challenges still lie ahead. That same day marked the anniversary of the government overthrow in Honduras and he expressed how lots must be done by Latin American countries themselves in order to work with the US as partners.

The audience asked a variety of questions which included topics such as Cuba’s embargo, Colombia’s recent presidential elections, Panama’s Free Trade Agreement, Bolivia-US relations, Venezuela’s economic influence, and more.

Valenzuela summarized the Administration's vision for the upcoming years in his blog post for Americas Quarterly:

We are interested in thinking outside the box and working with partners everywhere in the Americas to make our common home safer, more democratic, greener, and more full of opportunities for all of its citizens.

We at NDN look forward to continuing to contribute to this the vital partnership between the U.S. and Latin America.

NDN Backgrounder - Fixing Our Broken Immigration System

With President Obama set to give a major speech on comprehensive immigration reform, we'd like to present some key analysis and narrative on fixing our broken immigration system.

The pieces below represent important components of NDN's thinking and advocacy on immigration reform.

New Polling Data Shows Comprehensive Immigration Reform has Broad Support by Kristian Ramos 6/18/2010

Analysis and commentary on recent polling data on SB1070 and CIR. While polling shows support for the Arizona law, a deeper examination shows even more broad support for passing CIR.

New Policy Institute: The Impact of Immigration and Immigration Reform on the Wages of American Workers by Robert Shapiro 5/26/2010

An economic report written by NPI Fellow and Former Under Secretary of Commerce Dr. Robert J. Shapiro, presents an accurate portrait of America's immigrant population, dispels certain misconceptions about American Immigration and offers economic analysis regarding the impact of immigration, and proposed immigration reforms on wages and the economy.

The Economics of Immigration Are Not What you Think by Robert Shapiro 5/26/2010

NPI Fellow Robert Shapiro highlights some of the important facts featured in his economic report on immigrants and the wages of American Workers. An important primer for the economic realities of immigration reform.

Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan and Chairman Alan Bersin: A Conversation on a "21st Century Border" by Kristian Ramos 5/24/2010

NDN/NPI was proud to host Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan and Chairman of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Alan Bersin to discuss the first joint U.S.-Mexico vision for a "21st Century Border."

Transcript of US-Mexico Event with Saruhkan and Bersin

Immigration Reform Enters a New Phase by Simon Rosenberg, 4/30/10

With the passage of SB1070, the immigration debate has entered a new phase  NDN President Simon Rosenberg weighs in on this new dynamic by noting that federal lawmakers and the Obama Administration can no longer argue that reform can wait.  

NDN Statement on New Immigration Framework by Simon Rosenberg 4/29/2010

With the Republican party refusing to come to the table to work with Democrats on cir, Senate Majority Leader Reid joined Senators Charles Schumer and Robert Menendez to present a Democrats only immigration framework. NDN's statement on the notes that this middle of the road policy proposal provides an excellent opportunity for Republicans to join the immigration debate.

New Politics Insitute: Hispanic Rising 2010  by Andres Ramirez and Kristian Ramos 4/27/2010

This New Policy Institute Report examines the rapidly increasing Hispanic population in the United States and how it affects the politics and policy of our time.  The rapid increase in the Hispanic population in the U.S. is one of the most tangible demographic trends of the 21st century. This report delves deeply into the population and polling numbers to present a clear picture of the Hispanic populations growing economic and political power.


High Court Takes on (the other) AZ Immigration Law

Jerry Markon of the Washington Post has written a story on the Supreme Court's decision to review an Arizona Law which creates punitive sanctions against employers who hire immigrants.   The full story can be read here. Excerpts are below:

The Arizona law that the court will review during its term starting in October imposes sanctions on employers who hire illegal immigrants. It is not the new Arizona law that President Obama and other members of his administration have recently criticized. That measure empowers police to question anyone who authorities have a "reasonable suspicion" is an illegal immigrant.

With the Justice Department preparing a lawsuit against Arizona over the new law, the court's decision to review the earlier measure -- the Legal Arizona Workers Act -- signals a willingness to get involved in one of the nation's most politically divisive issues. The Obama administration had urged the court to review and set aside the Legal Arizona Workers Act, saying federal immigration law should preempt state efforts.

U.S. officials have said that in its suit against Arizona's law empowering police to question illegal immigrants, the Justice Department is considering a similar "preemption" argument.

The Legal Arizona Workers Act is designed to stop workers from knowingly hiring undocumented immigrants. Naturally this has led local businesses to file lawsuits to stop the enforcement of the law.

Ronald J. Hanson of the Arizona Republic has compiled basic facts about the program here. Excerpts are below for your viewing pleasure.

.....all business owners in Arizona risk losing their state and local licenses if they knowingly or intentionally - the law makes a distinction between "knowingly" and "intentionally" - hire undocumented workers after that date. Licenses can be suspended for 10 days or longer for a first offense and revoked altogether for a second offense.

Employers are required to check the legal status of their new hires using E-Verify, a free online federal program that checks names and identification documents to ensure that new employees are eligible to work.

The law also sharpens the punishment for identity theft, a crime frequently associated with illegal workers.

It is now aggravated identity theft, a felony, to possess the identity information of someone else to seek work or to have such information for three or more people without their consent.

Under the law, it doesn't matter whether the information is for an actual person or a bogus identity.

We will be following the Supreme Court's movements on this closely, check back here for developments.

The Business Roundtable and The Business Council Enter the Immigration Fray

The Business Roundtable and The Business Council recently released policy recommendations requested by Peter Orzag, Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget Affairs.

Immigration reform was included in this list and their recommendations are worth recounting.

There were four areas that they focused on, excerpts on each of these policy recommendations are below.

Spousal Employment:

The ability of the spouse of a foreign professional to work in this country is often a key factor in whether that foreign professional will join the American workforce, or remain in it. Our immigration system has recognized this key point in some professional visa categories. Thus, for example, U.S. immigration law allows the spouses of L visa holders – executives, managers, and specialists who transfer into the U.S. operations of multinational corporations – to work. Yet this opportunity is denied to spouses of other key professional visa holders, such as H‐1B “specialty occupation” professionals.

Narrowing Policy Through Individual Visa Adjudications:

Agency adjudications have become increasingly strict in many key professional visa areas. DHS, for example, has made it very difficult to qualify for an L‐1 visa as a professional with “specialized knowledge.” Cases of the type that have been approved for years are now being denied, and companies are being asked in individual cases to provide evidence to fulfill standards that are essentially impossible to meet.

Proposed H1B and L1 Enforcement Legislation:

The so‐called “REPAIR” concept draft for comprehensive immigration reform released last April suggests that the bill language will include additional enforcement measures for H‐1B and L‐1 visas. Although this draft did not contain actual bill language, the proposals suggested in REPAIR go beyond enforcement, such as arbitrary caps on the number of nonimmigrant visas an employer can sponsor, and prohibitions on employment of specialized professionals as third‐party consultants. These and other restrictions are likely to have serious and unintended consequences for the U.S. economy, including higher costs of doing business in the U.S., the movement of existing and/or planned investment and high‐paying, high‐skilled jobs out of the U.S., and the risk of retaliatory action by foreign governments against U.S.‐based companies.

Immigration Caps and Conditions for Skilled Workers:

Companies in need of highly skilled workers rely upon the H‐1B visa program, a critical tool for hiring foreign nationals, especially those with advanced degrees from U.S. universities. Many years, the annual cap for these visas is hit the very first day the visas are available, limiting the ability of companies to attract the talent needed to remain competitive. Likewise, there has been a backlog of employment based (EB) green cards. Backlogs extending over years necessitate the costly and time consuming filing of visa extensions, while the inflexibility of the card limits the ability of employees to change positions within a company. Current policy drives skilled workers to America's competitors and, indeed, may force U.S. employers to take projects abroad to where the workers with the necessary skills reside. Reform would promote domestic job creation and America's global competitiveness.

The Business Roundtable: is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with nearly $6 trillion in annual revenues and more than 12 million employees.

The Business Council: is a similar consortium of businesses that have a history of advising presidents and congress on economic and business matters.


HOY--Secretario de Estado Adjunto, Arturo Valenzuela, hablará sobre relaciones América Latina-EEUU

Es nuestro placer recordarles que el Secretario de Estado Adjunto para Asuntos del Hemisferio Occidental, dará un discurso en NDN HOY-- ¡por favor RSVP si todavía no lo ha hecho!  Luego de viajar más de 16,000 millas para visitar América Latina en sólo una semana junto a la Secretaria de Estado, Hillary Clinton, el experto en la región vendrá a exponer su análisis de politica exterior latinoamericana.

Para todos aquellos interesados en aprender un poco más sobre cómo su viaje a Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Brasil, Costa Rica y Guatemala sirvió como un paso adelante para las relaciones con el país vecino estadounidense, esta es su oportunidad para hacer preguntas.

El Secretario de Estado Adjunto también hablará sobre cómo las redes sociales deben ser utilizadas como instrumentos de diplomacia pública para contar la historia de las Américas al resto del mundo y de la importancia de involucrar a la diáspora latinoamericana y caribeña para continuar con los esfuerzos diplomáticos en la región.

Por favor recuerden confirmar su asistencia aquí antes de que comience el evento a las 2 PM.  Luego de su discurso, el Secretario de Estado Adjunto contestará preguntas de la audiencia tanto aquí presente en NDN como de aquellos observándonos en línea.

¡Esperamos verlos esta tarde!



TODAY Assistant Sec. Valenzuela to Speak on US-Latin American Relations

The Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, will be speaking at NDN TODAY--RSVP here, if you haven't yet! After traveling with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for more than 16,0000 miles to visit the Latin American region in just a week, Asistant Secretary Valenzuela will be at NDN to provide his expert analysis on Latin American foreign policy. 

For those interested in learning more about how his trip to Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica and Guatemala served as a step forward for US-Latin American relations, this is your chance to ask questions.

Assistant Secretary Valenzuela will also talk about how social media should be utilized as a tool of public diplomacy to continually tell the story of Americans to the rest of the world and will touch on the importance of engaging the Latin American and Caribbean diaspora to help further our diplomacy goals in the region. 

 Please remember to RSVP before the event starts at 2 PM.  After his remarks the Assistant Secretary will take questions from the audience at NDN and on-line.  We look forward to seeing and hearing from you this afternoon!

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