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Press Release - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Immigration Bill

For Immediate Release
Contact: Shin Inouye, 202.869.0398, inouye@civilrights.org
June 27, 2013

WASHINGTON -- Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate voted to pass a long-awaited bipartisan immigration reform bill:

“The Senate’s passage today of a bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill is an important step toward fixing a system that is inhumane, unjust, and unworkable. For far too long, our immigration system has forced too many immigrants into the shadows outside the protection of our laws. We applaud the work of the Senate bipartisan Gang of 8 in marshaling this bill through a difficult, but serious and thoughtful process.

To be sure, the Senate bill is not perfect. We are pleased that it includes an absolutely vital roadmap to citizenship, but we are extremely concerned about last-minute enforcement provisions that unnecessarily militarize our borders are too expensive and raise significant concerns for people who live near or often cross the borders.

Our nation deserves fair and humane immigration policies that adhere to our values, including providing fair enforcement, respecting federal civil rights and liberties, keeping families intact, and protecting the rights of both native-born and immigrant workers. We expect the House to take seriously the task at hand to ensure that the best possible legislation is enacted to fix our immigration system. We intend to use every resource in our arsenal to improve this bill before it becomes law.”

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.

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