“The introduction of this historic bill which includes a real path to citizenship is a monumental achievement for our movement and a great starting point”, said Francisco Lopez, Executive Director of Causa Oregon. “While we applaud the "Gang of 8" for their hard work in negotiating, drafting and introducing this crucial legislation, we believe the bill, as it’s currently drafted, damages the family-based immigration system. We will join with our allies nationally and in Congress to fight to restore the American principle of family unity.”
Lopez added, “We will continue to be vigilant in raising important concerns around the following issues, among others, and to address these concerns with proposed amendments to the legislation.”
- The unreasonable exclusion of categories of undocumented immigrants from earning legal status.
- Unrealistic hurdles or contingencies that will prevent legalized immigrants from obtaining permanent residence and citizenship in a reasonable time frame.
- Restrictions on family-based sponsorship.
- Heavy-handed border and interior enforcement.
A pdf copy of the 844 page Senate Bill can be downloaded here: http://www.schumer.senate.gov/forms/immigration.pdf
About Causa Oregon
Causa, Oregon's Statewide Immigrant Rights Organization is the largest Latinaand Latino civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit www.causaoregon.org