Congressional Representative Luis Gutierrez speaks at a press conference on December 15 as he introduces an immigration reform bill, dubbed “CIR ASAP”. More here on the event, the bill and on how you can do your part to support immigration reform.
“The legislation upholds our values as a nation of immigrants and embraces the vitality and diversity that are the fabric of a vibrant and strong society. It truly could not have come soon enough for America’s workers — both immigrant and native born.”
Latoya Peterson writes: “Alongside the Health Care bill, another major piece of legislation working its way through the United States Congress is The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity (CIR ASAP) Act of 2009. Designed to rectify a litany of concerns facing those currently immigrating or tangled somewhere along the way in our legal system.” [Read the rest here.]
via Reuters: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged on Friday to promote a more open U.S. immigration policy during his third term, much as he made a campaign against illegal guns a hallmark of his second term.
Alex DiBranco writes for Change.org’s Immigrant Rights blog: “Reports of the economic benefits of comprehensive immigration just keep on coming. In the latest, the Drum Major Institute has released an analysis of Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s CIR ASAP bill that comes to the cheering conclusion that its passage will be a win for the middle class.” Read more here.
A new report, “Raising the Floor for American Workers: The Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” by Dr. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, finds that comprehensive immigration reform that includes a legalization program for unauthorized immigrants and enables a future flow of legal workers would result in a large economic benefit—a cumulative $1.5 trillion in added U.S. gross domestic product over 10 years. In stark contrast, a deportation-only policy would result in a loss of $2.6 trillion in GDP over 10 years. [Read more here.]
Rep. Solomon Ortiz talks to the Houston Chronicle about the House of Representative’s immigration reform bill. Read the article here.
David Gibson writes for Politics Daily: “You don’t fix a bridge during rush hour,” said Jen Smyers of Church World Service. “You fix it now, so when there is an uptick in immigration we’re ready.”
Frank Sharry, the founder and Executive Director of America’s Voice, talks about the two sides of the immigration debate and what Comprehensive Immigration Reform means.
One side believes in “attrition through enforcement,” while the Catholic Church and others believe the current system is out of date. Many immigrants would line up to apply for legal papers, he says, if there was a line for them to get into. “Our system does not allow for enough slots … for those who are coming here to work.”
Pastor Ian Danley of Phoenix, Arizona talks about why he’s marching in DC on March 21: For me, immigration reform is a faith issue, not a political one. I look to scripture for guidance and insight — and the scripture says to protect the stranger and the immigrant amongst us. So I’m coming to Washington, DC to tell politicians that there are moral imperatives in this issue. We are not allowed to continue to take advantage of hard work and labor, while disrespecting the lives and families of undocumented people. [Read the rest here.]
via Sojourners’ Prayer of the Day