Monday, May 13, 2013

Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Our current immigration system is broken, and there has never been a better -- and more necessary -- time to fix it.  Families suffer from decades-long backlogs in the visa system, workers are left without basic protections, and children are left desolate and destitute as parents are deported.  Please join in advocating for immigration reform legislation that keeps families together and provides a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S.  Please join in opposing amendments that separate or degrade families, employ harsh enforcement policies, or unnecessarily increase border security, which is already at its highest level in history.  We are a nation descended mostly from immigrants, some of whom came seeking new opportunities and some of whom came with no choice.  But the history and legacy of our nation not only suggests that we would welcome a new generation of immigrants, but also positively demands that we do so with humanity, compassion, and open hearts.

Send a message to your Senators now!  Call on them to pass compassionate and just comprehensive, immigration reform.

Tomorrow the Senate Judiciary Committee will continue to consider amendments to the bipartisan immigration bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744).  This legislation is the result of long negotiations by a bipartisan “Gang of 8” Senators and it represents important progress toward a just immigration system.  We are encouraged by many of the key provisions in the Senate’s bill.  Last Thursday, the Committee considered amendments specifically on the bill's border provisions.  Tomorrow, amendments to Title IV, on worker provisions and worker visas, will be under consideration.  The Office of Public Witness will regularly update our blog with information about Senate Judiciary committee mark-ups (meetings of the committee where amendments are considered), along with guidance about the proposed amendments.  Stay tuned to our blog for more information as the process moves forward.

And don’t forget to email your Senators today!