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Hispanic Health Leadership Tells Congress Not to Criminalize Aid to Immigrants


National Alliance for Hispanic Health, encourages community to text ‘UNITY’ to 56658 to tell Congress to eliminate legislative language that would criminalize caring services to immigrants.

Washington, DC--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--May 17, 2006--The National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance), the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group, has launched an innovative mobile phone text messaging program as Congress debates immigration legislation. The campaign urges Members of Congress not to criminalize caring services to immigrants.

Elements of the “Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005” make it a felony to provide food, shelter, or other caring services to undocumented immigrants and are a part of Congress’ current debate on final immigration legislation.

According to Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the Alliance, “As it stands, this proposal is unconscionable as it directs health care professionals not to help those in need.”

The Alliance’s text messaging campaign allows members to just text the word “UNITY” to 56658 to receive a direct link to the caller’s Congressional delegation offices to call and tell them that they oppose legislative language that would criminalize caring services to immigrants. The text message can be forwarded to other mobile phones.

“I believe the outcry from all corners of the nation is being heard by Congress and that final legislation will respect contributions of immigrants to our nation and will not criminalize the vital services provided by health care professionals to all who live and work in our communities. It serves the public health of the entire nation to provide services to all those who live within our borders,” concluded Dr. Delgado.

About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health:

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the nation's oldest and largest network of Hispanic health professionals. The nation's action forum for Hispanic health, Alliance members deliver caring services to over 14 million persons every year making a daily difference in the lives of Hispanic communities. For more information, visit the Alliance's website ( or call 1-866-SU-FAMILIA (866-783-2645).

Source: Hispanic PR Wire

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