Wednesday, October 2, 2013
5:25 PM CAUSA Communications Department No comments
Causa Applauds Democrats’ Introduction of Immigration Reform Proposal in the House
Every provision has bipartisan support – it’s time for the House to take a vote and fix our dysfunctional immigration system
Washington, DC – Causa Oregon applauds the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives for introducing a bill today based on bipartisan policy to address our broken immigration system and offering undocumented Americans an earned path to citizenship. Cosponsors of H.R.15, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act", include Reps. Joe Garcia (D-FL), Jared Polis (D-CO), Joaquín Castro (D-TX), and Suzan DelBene (D-WA).
Although not perfect, the introduction of a serious, comprehensive bill in the House, especially in the midst of a government shutdown, is a great step forward on the road to reform, showing leadership from Democrats and building pressure on Republicans to take action in the weeks ahead.
“As with any compromise, HR15 is not a perfect bill," said Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Causa Oregon. “However, we will continue to engage in this process with our allies to ensure that a solution is reached that guarantees accountability, effective enforcement and an earned path to citizenship for aspiring Americans."
The House bill introduced today is based on policy that has been voted on by Republicans and Democrats in both chambers of Congress. Causa Oregon joins with the growing movement nationwide in calling on Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans to either bring a vote on this bill or craft a bill that constructively deals with 11 million immigrants who call America home and fixes our dysfunctional immigration system.
Today’s announcement comes just days before the October 5th National Day for Dignity and Respect when Latino, immigrant, faith, labor, and civil rights groups will take part in over 160 rallies and marches across the country to tell Congress to quit playing politics with the lives of immigrant families. In Oregon, actions will take place on Saturday, October 5th in Portland, Medford, and Hermiston. More details can be found at www.causaoregon.org/oct5
A rally will be held on Saturday, October 5th in Director Park in downtown Portland at 3pm. The action is sponsored by 14 organizations and we expect hundreds to attend to urge Congress to pass an Immigration Reform bill with a path to citizenship. (See the flyer below)
Additionally, immigrants and their supporters will rally in Washington, DC on October 8th, bringing the message to lawmakers that the status quo is unacceptable and the immigration reform movement will not stop until an inclusive path to citizenship is achieved for all 11 million aspiring Americans.
Causa, Oregon's Statewide Immigrant Rights Organization is the largest Latina and 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