Fair Immigration Reform Movement Encouraged by House Democrats Introducing a Path to Citizenship

More Work Must be Done to Keep Families Together

The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) applauded House Democrats for introducing an immigration reform bill today that is based on bipartisan policy and includes a path to citizenship, but said their bill must go further than the Senate’s version to ensure a path to citizenship is available to the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

“Ultimately, a House bill must put our families first and eliminate all wasteful and unnecessary enforcement measures that will destroy our communities,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “Any House bill must set forth a reasonable time to gain citizenship, maintain diversity visas and retain sibling categories. This bill fails those criteria and falls short of reflecting our nation’s values.”

“However, the action by House Democrats has filled a void of leadership and challenged GOP leadership on their lack of responsible action to finish critical work on immigration reform with a path to citizenship,” Matos added. “It’s beyond time for Speaker Boehner to bring real immigration reform for a vote. Since the Senate passed its bill in late June, over 100,000 families have been torn apart through deportations, separating families and causing serious harm in our communities. The House of Representatives must act now.”

“Congress has the best opportunity in decades to address the moral crisis created by our outdated immigration laws. The solution is citizenship and House Democrats took an important step toward that solution with the introduction of a bill with bipartisan support for a path to citizenship. Now it’s time for the GOP to step up and get immigration reform done and done right,” Matos said.

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