A Call for Endorsements: Fair and Just Immigration Reform!

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As the Senate Judiciary Committee continues the “mark up” process on S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, we ask you to join our Open Letter in which we urge the Committee to adhere to principles of human rights, fairness and justice.

We are asking for both individual and organizational endorsements of our Open Letter for Fair and Just Immigration Reform. The letter will be sent to Judiciary Committee members prior to the next scheduled mark-up day, May 20.

To read and endorse the letter as an individual, click here.

To read and endorse the letter on behalf of an organization, click here.

Deadline for signatures: Midnight (Pacific Time), Saturday, May 18.

The letter describes our disappointment in the bill and calls for changes in a number of key areas, reflecting long-held principles and positions in immigration policy. While we are also supporting a number of amendments that would improve certain parts of the legislation, we are very concerned and disagree with the continued emphasis on border security, the shift from family to skills-based immigration, and the overly long and tedious “path” to citizenship, among other issues.

As the legislation progresses in the Senate, as well as with what may emerge in the House of Representatives, we will continue to push for meaningful and positive policies and programs that are reflected in the Open Letter. 

In addition to urging that Congress pass fair and just immigration reform, we will press the Obama Administration to suspend immigration detentions and deportations, to provide relief to immigrant communities, encourage their participation in this period of potential change, and to clear the way for them to benefit from positive changes that reform may bring.

For more information, updates and tools for immigration, be sure to visit our website section on Immigration Policy Reform.

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Thanks for your support!

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