Press Release - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds President’s Stand for Immigration Reform with Roadmap to Citizenship
For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Simpson, 202.466.2061, firstname.lastname@example.org
January 29, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after President Obama’s speech calling for timely comprehensive immigration reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States:
“We applaud the President for his firm stand to quickly enact immigration reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship for our country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants. Following yesterday’s release of a bipartisan blueprint for reform, today’s speech puts this issue on the front burner where it belongs.
The speech aptly reminded us that this issue is not only about policy; it’s about people who share a longing to achieve the American Dream and contribute to our society. And by invoking the stories of America’s immigrant roots, President Obama appealed to our nation’s greatest strengths: our commitment to democratic values, our diversity, and our ingenuity.
It has been six years since Congress last considered comprehensive immigration legislation. Our nation’s immigrants, our economy, and the American people have waited long enough. The President’s call for a fair process to earn citizenship is a sensible approach for bringing the growing underclass of undocumented immigrants out of the shadows of society.
We look forward to working with Congress on enacting legislation this year that provides firm and fair enforcement, restores due process, keeps families intact, and protects the rights of both native-born and immigrant workers.”
Wade Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.