USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

USCRI Welcomes Proposed Bipartisan Framework for Immigration Reform 

January 29, 2013

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) welcomes the positive step taken by a bipartisan group of senators on comprehensive immigration reform on Monday. The proposed framework—revealed by Senators 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)—includes a pathway to citizenship for some 11 million undocumented immigrants already living in the United States. USCRI looks forward to supporting Congress and the Obama administration in making just and fair immigration reform a reality. 

USCRI has been advocating for the rights of immigrants and refugees for over a century. Through its national network, USCRI promotes the full participation of migrants in community life, advances fair and humane public policy, and provides direct professional services to immigrants and refugees. USCRI manages the nation’s first pro bono attorney network focused on representing unaccompanied immigrant children. 

It is critical that any immigration reform legislation include adequate protection and treatment of immigrant children who arrive without their parents or guardians. USCRI priority policy recommendations for immigrant children include: guaranteed access to legal counsel; family unity policies; and an emphasis on continuing care for unaccompanied immigrant children post-release. For more details, see USCRI’s policy recommendations in Immigrant Children & Immigration Reform

USCRI has been protecting refugees, serving immigrants and upholding freedom since 1911.

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