Today Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) joined the growing chorus of voices calling for comprehensive immigration reform. In a telephonic briefing with New York & national advocates, including FIRM partner NYIC, Crowley stressed the urgency of the issue, saying:
“This is a moral imperative – the time is now.”
The Representative recently delivered a letter to President Obama that was signed by 110 of his fellow House of Representative democrats, telling the Commander in Chief:
We need [your]leadership to move immigration reform forward and we stand ready to support comprehensive reform that balances our nation’s security needs with a realistic and humane solution for the estimated 12 million undocumented people already living in the United States.
This is a significant step, given the President’s repeated appeals that he needs support to help move the legislation through Congress. That support is coming steadily now, from Crowley and his peers, from communities of faith and even from law enforcement agencies nationwide.
Ali Noorani, director of the National Immigration Forum summarizes this growing support:
“The demand for reform is growing and the political muscle behind it is getting stronger. Across the country, communities are energized and increasingly engaged in immigration reform advocacy efforts. Diverse constituencies including labor, business, faith and civil rights and immigrant rights groups understand the fierce urgency of revamping our immigration system so it restores the rule of law, upholds our nation’s values, treats immigrants with dignity, and responds to our nation’s economic and labor needs.”
Thank you to Representative Crowley and his peers who have the courage to stand up for what is right and demand action on comprehensive immigration reform. We need more courageous lawmakers to do the same.