USCRI congratulates United States Senate for taking a historic step towards achieving immigration reform
Organization reaffirms commitment to serve our nation’s immigrants once again as it has done for the past 100 years.
June 28, 2013
WASHINGTON DC—The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is pleased and encouraged by yesterday’s historic vote, passing Senate bill S.744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.
The bipartisan bill originally drafted by the Gang of 8—Schumer (D-NY), McCain (R-AZ), Durbin (D-IL), Graham (R-SC), Menendez (D-NJ), Rubio (R-FL), Bennet (D-CO), and Flake (R-AZ)—was adopted with the support of 68 senators!
The bill passed by the Senate provides a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people who currently live undocumented in the United States. It also provides additional humanitarian safeguards for refugees, asylees, victims of trafficking, and unaccompanied immigrant children.
“Our network stands ready to help the undocumented achieve legal status, learn English, and integrate into mainstream American society just as we have done for all immigrant groups over the last 100 years,” said Lavinia Limón, president and chief executive officer of USCRI.
Efforts to pass immigration reform do not end here. The House of Representatives will also need to pass an immigration reform bill. USCRI will continue to stand with many organizations and individuals like you to advocate for your help as immigration reform makes its way to the House.
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) has provided leadership for more than a century to protect the rights of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide. The organization advances humane and public policy, facilitates and provides direct professional services and promotes the full participation of migrants in community life.