New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg released the following statement:
“New York City’s greatest strength has always been its diversity, and the contributions made by New York’s immigrant communities have driven America’s economic engine for generations. Today, however, our immigration laws are broken, hurting our economy and many immigrant families.
A comprehensive solution is urgently needed, and I applaud Congressman Luis Gutierrez and his colleagues for moving the debate forward by introducing the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009.
I also want to thank the New York Congressional delegation for their efforts on this issue, especially Congress members Nydia Velazquez, Yvette Clarke, Joseph Crowley, José Serrano, Anthony Weiner, and Gregory Meeks. I look forward to working with them, and all members of Congress, in the months ahead to pass a comprehensive reform bill that will strengthen our economy, improve our security and honor our history.”
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Jesuit Refugee Service/USA welcomes the introduction of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP) as a first step in providing a solution to fix our broken immigration system. Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the bill, with 87 co-sponsors including members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Black Caucus, Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Progressive Caucus.
Father Kenneth Gavin, S.J., National Director of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, highlighted the importance of this initial movement towards comprehensive immigration reform: “Although the issue of immigration is a flash point topic for many people in our country, the underlying truth is that it is about people seeking a decent and honest way of life.” Migrants do not leave their homes and families and move to a new country seeking a hand out, they move seeking the opportunity to make for themselves a better way of life and a way to provide for their families. JRS/USA believes Congress must develop policies that reflect the reality of our times.
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