From a release of the Council of the City of New York:
IMMIGRATION REFORM RESOLUTION
The Council will vote on a resolution urging Congress to end federal raids to deport undocumented immigrants. The resolution also advocates for immigration policies that protect the fundamental civil liberties of immigrants and integrates immigrants fully into American society. In New York City, there are an estimated 625,000 undocumented immigrants.
The Council’s resolution supports policy changes that would:
§ Provide a path to citizenship for immigrants currently in the United States;
§ Protect the rights of all workers;
§ Support family unification;
§ Restore fundamental due process and civil rights; and
§ Promote full civic participation and integration of immigrants.
“Since the opening of Ellis Island a century ago, New York City has been a gateway to hope and freedom for generations of immigrants,” said Speaker Quinn. “The City’s past achievements and future success rely upon the hard work of immigrants. Misguided immigration policies have a terrible impact on families and communities. I join my colleagues in urging Congress to make real immigration reform a priority and to restore the principles that made America the ‘land of opportunity’ for millions.”
“Federal legislation is the first step in comprehensive immigration reform,” said Immigration Committee Chair Kendall Stewart. “I applaud the members of the Senate and the House for putting partisan politics aside and focusing on an issue that affects millions of people across our country.”
“Our Nation’s immigration system is profoundly out of sync with the needs of immigrant families in the US. These families are subject to excessive and repeated injustice,” said Council member Melissa Mark Viverito. “The current federal debate over what comprehensive immigration reform looks like is a good start, but still falls far short of reforms needed to protect the fundamental civil liberties of immigrants in the United States.”
“We applaud the City Council for passing this resolution, which sends a strong signal to Congress and President Bush that New York City has a lot riding on their getting immigration reform right. As the Senate nears a vote on an immigration bill, New Yorkers have made it clear that we need a fair and realistic solution that legalizes the undocumented, preserves the unity of immigrant families, and protects the rights of all workers,” said New York Immigration Coalition Executive Director Chung-Wha Hong.