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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Responds to Republican Principles for Immigration Reform

For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Simpson, 202.466.2061, simpson@civilrights.org
January 31, 2014

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the statement below in response to Speaker Boehner’s principles for immigration reform legislation:

“We are glad to see Speaker Boehner and his Republican colleagues in the House have drafted these principles for immigration reform. While we need far more details, in the form of an actual bill, what we see in the principles is a vast improvement over the policy of ‘self-deportation’ that some have urged in recent years.

The importance of passing immigration reform legislation cannot be overstated. Reform has to include realistic enforcement that does not drive immigrants even more into hiding, civil and human rights protections, fixes to reunite families and clear out visa backlogs, and most of all, a path to citizenship for hard-working immigrants who are fruitfully contributing to this country.

We would point out that there is already a bill, H.R. 15, which is consistent with the new principles. But it has been left dormant for months. Speaker Boehner could easily expedite this process, make good on his intentions, and spare many thousands of immigrants from being deported in the meantime by bringing that bill to the floor.

We are confident that H.R. 15 has more than enough votes in the Republican caucus to pass.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is 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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