Immigration Debate Heads to the U.S. House

The debate over comprehensive immigration reform moves now to the U.S. House of Representatives. After vigorous argument from both sides of the aisle on a path to citizenship for current immigrants, border security and other contentious issues, the Senate passed S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act on a strong bipartisan vote.

Tell your Representative you support comprehensive immigration reform.

The Senate bill is not perfect, but we must move forward with reforming our broken immigration system. The League of Women Voters was founded upon the belief that our democracy is enhanced by a diversity of voices. Immigrants have helped weave the fabric and identity of our nation. It’s time to help those living in the shadows to become a part of our great nation; we believe that comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship will strengthen our nation and society.

Tell your Representative that immigration reform must:

  • Provide a path to citizenship for undocumented persons;
  • Promote reunification of families;
  • Meet economic business and employment needs of the U.S.;
  • Improve safeguards against illegal immigration;
  • Provide due process for all persons including the right to a fair hearing.

Tell your Representative to address the crucial issue of immigration reform. Urge support for comprehensive reform that allows immigrants to fully contribute to American society by providing them with a clear pathway to citizenship.