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NETWORK’s Response to Senate Vote for Immigration Reform

FOR RELEASE: June 27, 2013                                                                    

CONTACT:  Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Washington DC:  NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice lobby, today issued the following statement about today’s Senate vote on the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act”:

NETWORK has a long history of pressing for comprehensive immigration reform, and we thank the U.S. Senate for passing its bipartisan bill (S.744) this afternoon.

While we do not support “border surge” provisions or the elimination of certain sibling and adult-married-child visas, we applaud the fact that the bill will deliver justice to millions of immigrants who have suffered so long, including those separated from their loved ones. For this we are most grateful. 

We are relieved and pleased that our elected officials are finally taking concrete steps to create a pathway to citizenship for our immigrant brothers and sisters. Workplace protections, clearing backlogs that separated families, steps to make deportations more difficult, measures to deal with racial profiling, and clarifications about the Border Patrol use of force are among the other welcome provisions.

Today’s vote showed a solid majority for the bipartisan bill, which we hope will be replicated in the House of Representatives. Much work remains in the House, and we intend to be there every step of the way as Congress finally moves our nation toward justice for all.

NETWORK calls for commonsense immigration reform that:

  • Ensures family unity
  • Protects the rights of immigrant workers
  • Acknowledges that our borders are already secure, with only minor changes needed
  • Speeds up processing of already-approved immigrants
  • Enhances the present diversity visa program
  • Provides a clear and direct pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people who are undocumented in the U.S.

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