Senator Chuck Schumer (NY) and Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) wrote an op-ed together yesterday, which provides broad outlines of their bipartisan immigration reform bill in the Senate. The bill proposes reforms including stringent border and workplace enforcement measures, the creation of a national biometric ID card for both U.S. citizens and immigrants, and a legalization program for undocumented immigrants already in the United States.
The White House responded to the op-ed with a statement from President Obama, saying, "I pledge to do everything in my power to forge a bipartisan consensus this year on this important issue so we can continue to move forward on comprehensive immigration reform." Senator Reid also issued a statement saying he is committed to bringing this bill to the floor when it is ready.
While draft language on the Senate bill has not yet been released, at FCNL we support the CIR ASAP bill, which was introduced in the House in December 2009. This bill protects family unity, provides a workable legalization program, and protects immigrants' civil and human rights. To urge your representative to support this bill, send a letter today.
Meanwhile, many thousands of immigration advocates have started the trek to Washington, DC, to rally on Sunday afternoon. Individuals whose loved ones have been deported, who have been denied fair wages, whose children cannot attend college because they lack papers, will all converge on the National Mall to say that the time for immigration reform is now.
Don't miss it! We hope you can join us and tens of thousands of supporters this weekend. Si se puede!