|Reaction to Obama's plans to begin addressing immigration reform this year|
|Advocacy - Border & Immigration Reform|
|Thursday, April 09 2009 15:48|
White House Confirms Immigration Reform This Year
Arizona communities mobilizing to make that promise a reality
Washington, DC - Today's front page of the New York Times states that President Barack Obama is working out their strategy to push for comprehensive immigration reform legislation, including a legalization component for undocumented immigrants. The following is a statement by Jennifer Allen, Executive Director of Border Action Network.
"We applaud the White House for expressing its commitment to reform immigration this year. This is more evidence that the President is going to make-good on his campaign promise to push for immigration reform in his first year in office. "
"President Obama is pushing to solve tough problems, and it will be up to Congress to take on the challenge to reform immigration. The President's leadership is invaluable to reform immigration for all Americans."
"Every day in Arizona we see the urgent need for real solutions that work. We know that building walls and treating people badly in the hope that they will leave this country simply doesn't work."
"Reforming immigration will reduce the strain on the U.S.-Mexico border, ensure that workers are here legally, keep families united and protect due-process and other fundamental U.S. values. Reforming our immigration system will put all workers on a level playing field, lift wages for workers, restore tax fairness, and eliminate the unfair practices of employers who take advantage of obsolete laws."
"The need for reform for immigrant and non-immigrant workers and honest employers is even more important because the economy is hurting. Five percent of the workforce is outside the system, uncovered by labor and wage laws. American workers cannot assert their rights while so many have none. We need reform now."
"During this congressional recess, over 200 visits are scheduled with Members of Congress across the country in support of comprehensive immigration reform. In Arizona, community members are visiting Congressional offices, organizing marches, hosting community forums and sending letters, faxes and phone calls to the White House and Congressional offices to support the President and make it clear to Congress and the country that we need reform this year."
|Last Updated on Friday, July 24 2009 14:47|