I agree with the U.S. Catholic bishops that now is the time to pass just and compassionate immigration reform. I ask that in the 113th Congress you support immigration reform that:
* Provides a path to citizenship for undocumented persons in the country;
* Preserves family unity as a corner-stone of our national immigration system;
* Provides legal paths for low-skilled immigrant workers to come and work in the United States;
* Restores due process protections to our immigration enforcement policies;
* Addresses the root causes (puch factors) of migration, such as persecution and economic disparity.
I look forward to monitoring your public position on this vital issue to our nation.
Our nation can no longer wait.
Let me take these points one at a time. Immigration reform should:
* Provide a path to citizenship for those illegally in the country now, so long as they get in line behind those who have been working for citizenship legally.
* Where families have illegally migrated and had children who are legal citizens, parents should not be deported but given direction and put in line for legal status, again, behind those who have been legally participating in the immigration process.
* The United States already has a legal path for low-skilled immigrant workers to come and work in this country, thank you.
* Make sure due process is in place for those who have been legally seeking citizenship and those who are here illegally should not be given preference over them.
* Whereas the U.S. Catholic bishops have asked for you to address "root causes (push factors) of migration, such as persecution and economic disparity," I do not see how you could possibly affect said "root causes" as they are out of your per view.
I do look forward to watching this process unfold with reason and even compassion - but I do not want to see those who have been here illegally take precedence over those who have been working (often for years, if not decades) to immigrate legally. If we're going to speed things up, start with those who are here legally first, THEN look at the illegal aliens (and let's stop calling them "undocumented" - they are here in violation of our laws - they are "illegals").
So, I cannot sign the card as it is written, I hope other share my sentiment and will pass THIS sentiment on to our representatives.