Representative Luis Gutierrez: "Comprehensive Immigration Reform, A.S.A.P."
Originally posted on the Reform Immigration FOR America blog.
In anticipation of the big day today, Representative Luis Gutierrez is takin' it to the blogosphere to discuss introducing the "CIR ASAP act".
Representative Gutierrez, who traveled the country this past year on the United Families tour, knows first-hand how our currently broken immigration system is harming families and communities. In his piece at the Huffington Post, he drives home the urgency of the need for reform and explains why this issue is at the crux of who we are as a nation.
In twenty-four cities across the country, we heard from families who were being ripped apart by the current system. We've heard stories from a father dying from cancer whose wife faced deportation. We've heard from American citizen children who are faced with choosing between their parents and a college education.
This is a crisis. It's a crisis of human and civil rights, it's a crisis of our economy and our workforce, and it's a crisis of national security. This is why we cannot wait any longer. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity (CIR ASAP) Act of 2009 is a solution that we, as a nation of immigrants, can be proud of.
Perhaps most importantly, Representative Gutierrez noted that after tomorrow, there are no more excuses for inaction on the urgent issue.
We've waited a long time for this -- a workable solution to our immigration crisis.
Our bill will be presented before Congress heads home for the holidays so that there is no excuse for inaction in the New Year.
And he reiterated that President Obama should make good on his campaign promise to support comprehensive immigration reform
During the campaign, Barack Obama made a commitment to push for real, comprehensive immigration reform. As President, he's reaffirmed that promise to the nation and to me personally.
You can read the full version of Representative Gutierrez's post here.
One thing is clear: this is a decisive moment in the movement for immigration reform. Today, Representative Luis Gutierrez will sound the call to action. It will be up to us to respond.
I hope you're ready!