Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Reuniting Families Act Is Introduced in the Senate!

Today, Senators Menendez, Kennedy, and Gillibrand introduced the Reuniting Families Act (S. 1085), a bill which would enable US citizens and permanent residents to reunite with their foreign born family members more quickly and reduce the emotional and financial hardship placed on families separated for years or even decades.

FCNL applauds the introduction of this bill as we see families as critical to the development of healthy individuals and strong communities. It is atrocious that our current system requires siblings of US citizens to wait between 10 and 22 years to be reunited and that the children and spouses of permanent residents must wait as long as seven years to legally come to the United States. Families should be together.

The Reuniting Families Act goes a long way in righting the injustices of the current family immigration system and moves towards keeping families together.

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