By Laura Vazquez, Senior Immigration Legislative Analyst, NCLR
A colleague recently came back to NCLR from maternity leave and asked me what is happening with immigration reform. “When I left there was momentum, and now the news reports say it’s dead,” she told me. I smiled warily. I’m used to explaining to people that the effort to pass immigration reform legislation is not dead. I have had to do it often, as reporters seem to love writing the obituary on immigration reform.
The accurate story is that advocates and leaders of immigration reform are building on the momentum created over the August recess and continuing to pressure leadership in the House of Representatives to have a vote on immigration reform this fall. This week there was a clear message sent by Latinos in Congress from both sides of the aisle that the time is now for a vote on immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Continue reading →
This week in immigration reform, NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee as it held its first hearing on the Gang of Eight’s bipartisan bill; NCLR Affiliate Erie Neighborhood House hosts Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D- Ill.) as the two partner up to promote immigration reform; NCLR’s Miami office, South Florida Affiliates and partners, and Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) come together at a community roundtable on immigration reform; NCLR Affiliates continue visiting their members of Congress, while NCLR Field offices debrief Affiliates on the bill and execute citizenship workshops; and a new survey finds that two-thirds of polled Republicans support the Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill.
Janet Murguía at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing: We Need Reform This Year
NCLR Affiliates in Action
Republicans, American Public Overwhelmingly Support the Senate Gang of Eight’s Immigration Reform Bill
Yesterday in Miami, the NCLR Action Fund hosted a “Comprehensive Immigration Reform Community Roundtable” which featured special guest Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.)
Fifteen different community organizations, including two Affiliates, Centro Campesino and Hispanic Unity, joined NCLR at Florida International University to talk about the impact immigration reform will have on the state. Below is a slide show from the event. Don’t forget to “Like” the NCLR Action Fund facebook page to keep up with the latest news and information.
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