WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 29, 2013) – Statement from Cory Smith, Washington D.C. Office Director, Americans for Immigrant Justice:
“Finally, good faith bipartisan efforts bring hope of truly fixing America’s broken immigration system. Americans for Immigrant Justice welcomes President’s Obama’s proposal, particularly his direct and principled path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. We also welcome the immigration reform principles announced by a bipartisan group of eight Senators yesterday.
“Now we look to the President to work in concert with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to make this critical reform a reality through passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation. AI Justice’s perspective is informed by decades of real world experience providing services to immigrant families and immigrant workers. We will work tirelessly with Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, business, labor, law enforcement, immigrant rights organizations, and the faith-based community to ensure that any legislation embodies humane reform, including a direct path to citizenship, family reunification, protection for workers, due process, and the rule of law.
“Immigration reform is absolutely essential to America’s economy and global competitiveness in the 21st century. If we are to keep up with evolving technology and compete with emerging economies, this country needs to attract the best and brightest minds to study, work, and stay in the United States. We need to unleash the talent of immigrant youth who have grown up, excelled in college, and are American in all ways except the papers.
“We also look forward to the day when immigrant families no longer fear the dreaded early morning knock by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and losing custody of their U.S. born children. Too many immigrants have been needlessly detained and abused in detention centers. It’s time for truly sensible immigration reform.”Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) has been fighting for the American dream since its founding in 1996. One of the nation’s largest non-profit immigration law firms, AI Justice represents vulnerable immigrants at no charge. This direct service work informs its broader policy work. AI Justice influences national policy; successfully litigates or otherwise challenges patterns of abuse; and educates the public about the impact immigration laws and directives have on our communities. AI Justice is dedicated to protecting and promoting the basic human rights of immigrants. Please visit www.aijustice.org for more information.