Voto Latino Statement Regarding House Leadership’s Standards for Immigration Reform
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, January 31, 2014, 04:01 PM EST
The opportunity to discuss the set of standards is welcomed as we continue the fight for an earned path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented. Today, Voto Latino released the following statement by President and CEO María Teresa Kumar regarding a set of immigration reform standards by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives.
“Today, the House Republican leadership took a first step to finally reforming our nation’s broken immigration system. We recognize that this is merely a first step and encourage the House Republican caucus to formalize their standards by introducing a substantive immigration reform bill. Voto Latino welcomes the opportunity to discuss the Republican standards for reform. However, we are concerned that these guidelines only include a provision to legalize the 11 million undocumented without offering a pathway to citizenship. This is not a principle we can support.
“We continue to fight for immigration reform that includes an immediate path to legal status and an achievable and realistic path to citizenship for the 11 million. A recent FOX News poll shows a strong majority of Americans (68 percent) support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. What we will never support is the creation of a permanent second class of Americans who don’t have a voice in shaping their country’s future -- Americans without the right to vote or the means to petition their government.”
About Voto Latino
Voto Latino is a national civic engagement organization that celebrates 10 years in 2014 of galvanizing Latino Millennials and their family members and friends into the political process to effect positive change. United by the belief that Latino issues are American issues and American issues are Latino issues, Voto Latino has influenced millions of Latino Millennials through its digital and traditional media campaigns, through the tireless work of its artist coalition, and the organization’s leadership initiatives. To learn more about Voto Latino, visit www.VotoLatino.org. Also engage Voto Latino on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VotoLatino, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VotoLatino and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/VotoLatino.