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Press Release: NETWORK Responds to New Immigration Proposals

FOR RELEASE: January 29, 2013                                                                       

CONTACT:  Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224,

Washington DC:  NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice lobby, today issued the following statement about current congressional and administration recommendations for immigration reform:

NETWORK applauds President Obama’s statement today about the urgent need for commonsense immigration reform. We also welcome yesterday’s release of the congressional “Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform” as a valuable step in the right direction.

Sister Simone Campbell, NETWORK’s Executive Director, stated, “We applaud this bipartisan effort to finally address our shattered immigration system. Seeing the president and Congress fundamentally in agreement on this critical issue is a breath of fresh air for a nation desperately hungry for evidence that our political parties can work together for the good of all. Democracy means bringing together diverse viewpoints for positive change, and this seems to be happening. We agree with the president that our nation is calling out for action and that the time is now.”

At NETWORK, we have long championed a clear pathway to citizenship for immigrants. The congressional framework makes that possible, and we look forward to ironing out the details so that the path is not strewn with insurmountable obstacles.

Another NETWORK priority, family reunification, is also part of this proposal. This issue, like so many aspects of immigration reform, links directly to Catholic Social Teaching. Our faith teaches us that upholding the dignity and worth of each person is fundamental, and that we need to alleviate human suffering. As the president said, we are not just talking about policies here; this is about people. Separating families creates tremendous pain, and it is immoral.

We are pleased that the congressional proposal acknowledge