SEIU: Debate over Immigration Bill Stresses Need for Roadmap to Citizenship

Former and current Attorneys General echo bipartisan call for commonsense immigration reform

WASHINGTON, DC–(ENEWSPF)–April 23, 2013.  After the second of many Senate Judiciary Committee hearings that have been scheduled to debate immigration reform, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina released the following statement:

“Today we heard from immigration reform supporters, ranging from National Council of Farmer Cooperatives to the Champion Forest Baptist Church, underscoring the many valuable reasons and motivations to tackle our country’s immigration system with a commonsense solution. The magnitude of bipartisan support heard from the experts and Senators reflects the public’s readiness to pass immigration reform worthy of what Senator Dick Durbin described as ‘America’s story.’

“This is the consensus that continues to grow as demonstrated by 76 former state attorneys general who submitted a signed letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the National Association of Attorneys General’s letter to Congress. Like many on today’s panel, these bipartisan sets of attorneys general understand the need to improve our laws and pave a roadmap to citizenship for the millions of aspiring citizens who are eager to fully contribute to our nation and economy.

“As the debate moves forward in the coming days, we will be sure to hear more from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and others who ignore the American mandate for commonsense immigration reform and would rather maintain arguments for ‘self-deportation’ or obstruct fixing our immigration system once and for all. They are extremists and out of step with the American public.

“The opportunity is ripe to address the problems that have stemmed from our broken system. While there is still more to do, the immigration bill that now stands in the Senate is the right step forward. The American public will be vigilant and willing to work to pass a bill that fulfills our national values.”