Immigration reform bill to be introduced Tuesday

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said today he will introduce the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009, to the U.S. House of Representatives. Gutierrez will be joined by members of many different faiths and backgrounds, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Black Caucus, Asian Pacific American Caucus and Progressive Caucus.

“We have waited patiently for a workable solution to our immigration crisis to be taken up by this Congress and our President,” said Rep. Gutierrez.

Luis Gutierrez

Luis Gutierrez

“The time for waiting is over. This bill will be presented before Congress recesses for the holidays so that there is no excuse for inaction in the New Year. It is the product of months of collaboration with civil rights advocates, labor organizations, and members of Congress. It is an answer to too many years of pain — mothers separated from their children, workers exploited and undermined security at the border— all caused at the hands of a broken immigration system. This bill says ‘enough,’ and presents a solution to our broken system that we as a nation of immigrants can be proud of.”

Rep. Gutierrez has scheduled a press conference in the Rayburn House Office Building at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to introduce the legislation.

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