I’m excited to share that last night, Republican leaders of the House of Representatives released principles for immigration reform. We welcome this announcement of the desire for the House to take up immigration reform and find long-term solutions for our broken immigration system.
The Republican principles do call for DREAMers, or undocumented migrants who were brought to the United States as children, who meet certain standards to be able to achieve legal status and eventual citizenship. The principles also provide for the ability of undocumented migrants to live in the United States “legally and without fear” once they meet rigorous standards.
The principles stop short, however, on components LIRS believes in strongly such as providing full citizenship and integration for all undocumented migrants. LIRS is also concerned about the principles’ emphasis on a greater availability of employment-based visas over the availability of visas for family members.
For decades, Lutherans have borne witness to how our broken immigration system hurts communities and families. LIRS champions reform legislation that upholds the dignity of every person and that maximizes the blessings and contributions of newcomers to our nation, communities and families. We encourage the House of Representatives to be balanced as well as bold at a time when leadership is needed for long-term solutions.
Be sure to visit the LIRS Action Center or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be connected directly to your Representative in the House and urge him or her to enact immigration reform that acknowledges the dignity of every person and the blessings and contributions of newcomers to our nation, communities and families.
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