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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Causa Oregon responds to Immigration Reform Bill introduced by Senate Gang of 8

Salem, Ore. -- This morning, in an historic step toward humane policy reform, the Senate “Gang of 8” introduced their immigration reform bill that represents a first step in ensuring that the 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in America today can earn legal status and the privilege of citizenship. The political, economic, and moral imperative for legalization has never been clearer.

“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.
"Members of Congress must get to work on this legislation immediately.  Every day there is delay, 1,100 families are torn apart and impacted in fundamentally immoral and degrading ways because of our nation's broken immigration system. Causa and our allies both in Oregon and Nationwide pledge to work with all Members of Congress to ensure that this legislation is a compassionate, comprehensive immigration bill that keeps families together."

A pdf copy of the 844 page Senate Bill can be downloaded here:


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


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