CWS applauds Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill

Global humanitarian agency Church World Service (CWS) applauds Senator Robert Menendez (D‐NJ) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D‐VT) for their introduction of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010.

Global humanitarian agency Church World Service (CWS) applauds Senator Robert Menendez (D‐NJ) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D‐VT) for their introduction of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010.

“This legislation offers concrete policy solutions to fix our broken immigration system,” said Erol Kekic, Director of the CWS Immigration and Refugee Program.  “We urge all Senators to cosponsor this bill and support its enactment.”

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 would reduce waiting times for separated families to be reunited, protect both U.S.-born and immigrant workers, provide a pathway by which undocumented immigrants could earn their legal status and eventual citizenship, admit refugees as lawful permanent residents, improve immigration detention conditions, and increase the quality of border enforcement by working with local border communities.

CWS’s work for immigration reform is informed by the daily experiences of local congregations of its 36 member denominations and communions, and of its 34 refugee resettlement affiliate offices in 21 states.  

“Our member communions and local offices around the country see firsthand  how our current immigration system tears families apart, exploits workers, and keeps communities in fear.  We need Congress to show the moral courage necessary to enact immigration reform this year.  The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 is a tangible piece of legislation we can work to enact to improve the lives of our immigrant brothers and sisters.

“This new legislation is a welcome contrast to controversial immigration proposals in Arizona and elsewhere,” he said. “This legislation offers true solutions that will put our immigration system back on track and benefit the United States as a whole.”

“Immigration reform isn’t just the moral thing to do – it’s the practical thing to do and what’s best for the United States,” Kekic continued.  “A recent report by the Center for American Progress shows that providing a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants and reforming the visa system would increase the Gross Domestic Product by $1.5 trillion over 10 years, including increases in tax revenue, investment, wage growth, and job creation.

“We applaud the leadership exhibited by Senators Menendez and Leahy in introducing this bill, and we urge all members of the Senate to cosponsor this legislation and help enact it as soon as possible.”

Media Contact:
Lesley Crosson, 212-870-2676, lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526, jdragin@gis.net


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