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Friday, January 31, 2014

Causa Oregon Responds to House Republicans’ Standards on Immigration Reform

January 31, 2014

Salem, Ore.  -- Causa, Oregon’s statewide immigrant rights organization, welcomes the news that House Republicans have released their principles for moving forward on fixing our nation’s broken immigration system.

Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Causa Oregon had this to say:

“Although we applaud House Republicans for finally issuing something regarding immigration many months after a bipartisan immigration bill was passed in the U.S. Senate, their proposals fall far short of what is needed to make serious change to the broken system.  And, while this signifies an important first step in advancing reform in the U.S. House, there is still plenty of work to be done: the principles are heavy on enforcement and border security, and lack provisions that protect immigrant families and create a path to citizenship.

With 1,100 immigrants deported on a daily basis and millions of families remaining in the shadows, vulnerable, afraid, living an un-American life of abuse, disdain, and broken dreams, Americans need more than tough words and failed enforcement-only policies.  We need policies that protect the sanctity of the family and further the American Dream.

Causa and our allies around Oregon will continue to work with members of Congress and the White House to ensure that any immigration reform that moves forward embodies American values of fairness and humanity, keeps families together and has a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million aspiring Americans that are working and raising their families in the United States.

Last week during a Town Hall meeting, Oregon Congressman Greg Walden (OR-R) said he would be willing to meet with Causa and other community leaders in Central Oregon to discuss the recent Republican standards on immigration reform.  Causa is hopeful that Congressman Walden will be a voice of the people in the U.S. House and speak to the importance of immigration policies that keep families together and promotes a path to citizenship.”



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