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On The Introduction of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation in the Senate

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage ,  Main Phone: 212-627-2227 x235, 
(Thursday, September 30, 2010)

On The Introduction of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation in the Senate

Statement by Ms. Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition:

New York: “Yesterday, Senator Menendez introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill, and we thank him for his ongoing leadership. The bill contains a broad range of common-sense measures that will address the immigration crisis in our nation, respecting families; protecting workers, both immigrant and native-born; restoring due process; and promoting our nation's economic recovery and growth in the process. We look forward to seeing our senators from New York support this effort.

We can continue on the path we’ve been on, perpetuate the dysfunctions of our immigration system, and trot immigrants out as red meat when it seems politically expedient to do so; or we can move forward with measures that uphold our highest values. For every day we allow Washington, DC, gridlock to continue, millions suffer.

Moving forward on comprehensive immigration reform is also, and importantly, a practical matter: as Mayor Bloomberg said in his testimony today to the House Immigration Subcommittee, our nation’s economy demands comprehensive immigration reform.

The New York Immigration Coalition, along with a growing universe of business, faith, labor, and immigrant community groups across the nation, will work to sustain this legislative push, and to counter the ugly and divisive strategies at play during this angry election season. The introduction of this bill, action from the President and Congress, and the message immigrant voters will send in November, will move our nation forward."

The New York Immigration Coalition is an umbrella organization for 200 groups that work with New York State’s four million immigrants and is the state coordinator for the national Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign.

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