|Diverse Coalition Introduces Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation|
|Tuesday, December 15 2009 15:23|
We at Border Action Network applaud CIR-A.S.A.P.’s progressive vision and workable solution
On Tuesday, December 15th, a coalition that reflects the diversity of America took the first steps toward passing comprehensive immigration reform in 2010. Representatives of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Asian and Pacific Americans Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and Congressional Progressive Caucus joined Congressman Luis Gutierrez, to introduce the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security Act and Prosperity” (CIR-A.S.A.P.) in the House of Representatives. The bill is a sign of progress and momentum for action on real, common sense immigration reform in this Congress. The legislation will protect workers, keep families together, and promote our national security while ensuring that we stay true to our values as a nation of immigrants.
The bill outlines a progressive vision for immigration reform that is desperately needed. Arizonans and people all over the country know that our immigration system is broken, that it tears families apart, and has turned the border into a zone where hundreds of men, women and children have died year after year. It’s time to pass common sense reform that restores fairness to our labor markets, recognizes the contributions of immigrant workers and families and helps get the economy back on track.
“We can’t afford more delay – it’s time to fix our broken immigration system and heal our borders. Today was a big step in the right direction” remarked Jennifer Allen, our Executive Director. “We can never forget that the immigration reform debate is about real people. Every day our immigration system remains broken is another day that someone loses their life on the border, when bad-actor employers exploit immigrants in and children are separated from their parents. Arizonans need reform that is just, humane, and finally puts our state on the road to economic recovery.”
To read a great summary of the bill by UC Davis Immigration Professor Bill Hing, click here.
|Last Updated on Friday, January 15 2010 13:46|