3/18: President Obama Reiterates Promise for Immigration Reform (MIRA)
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PRESS STATEMENTFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, March 18th, 2009
Contact:Eva A. Millona(508) 615-7684 cellCarly Burton(617) 350-5480 x208Press Statement: President Obama Reiterates Promise for Immigration Reform
Boston, MA- Earlier today, President Obama met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss the issue of immigration reform. During the meeting, President Obama reiterated his support for comprehensive immigration reform and announced that he will make a public statement in May that will lay out his plans for just and humane reform.
Below is a statement from Eva A. Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.
"We are pleased that the President met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to reiterate his commitment to immigration reform and that he will be laying out his plan for such reform in early May. Creating a just and humane immigration system in this country is long overdue. For too long, families have been torn apart, workers have been forced to live in the shadows and the country has been suffering because of our broken system.
We need a comprehensive approach that gives the hard working men and women already here an earned path to citizenship, keeps families together and provides legal avenues for future workers to seek out opportunities here and join our struggle to strengthen our economy. Especially in this time of economic crisis, we need to work together to push for immigration reform. Legalization would bring more workers into the tax system and increase tax revenue. It would enable these workers to receive the protections all workers deserve, and give immigrants the opportunity to contribute more freely to our economy through purchasing power. A workable immigration reform would contribute significantly to the long-term economic growth and stability of our country.
America is a country founded on the values of inclusiveness, shared responsibility, shared sacrifice, and hard work. Our policies, including our immigration policy, must reflect our values. We look forward to working with the President to pursue just and humane immigration reform."MIRA works to advocate for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees. In partnership with its members, MIRA advances this mission through education, training, leadership development, organizing, policy analysis and advocacy.=================================================================
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