The Dream Action Coalition commends the progress of the “Gang of 8” and will launch a grassroots and online effort to take on Senators John Cornyn (R-Tex) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) so they don’t stand in the way of debate.
While we commend the progress, Dream Action Coalition is also ensure to improve vital provisions:
- 1) DREAMers should have immediate path to Legal Permanent status then three years for citizenship rather than provisional status for five years
- 2) those previously deported should have a guaranteed and quick process to apply for return and reunify with their families in the U.S.
- 3) legislation should provide practical waivers for those who have not committed violent or aggravated felonies
- 4) family unity should continue to be an integral component under the new immigration system
The Senate is making headway with key provisions, however, we will continue to press to ensure that the legislation is fair, practical, and serves our communities and economy without having to wait for border security to be defined and implemented.
Careful evaluation is critical, but there is an urgency: Americans are expecting Congress to reform our system, which everyone on both sides of the aisle agrees is “broken.” Senator Sessions, immigration’s staunchest opponent, should not stand in the way of modernizing our system, and Senator Cornyn should not followed his lead.
The Dream Action Coalition will work to ensure the American people are not fooled by Sen. Session’s disguised effort to delay and ultimately kill immigration reform.
Lines are currently being drawn within the Republican Party on immigration between those who would reform the GOP’s image with Latinos and those who would stay the “self-deportation” course.
We hope that more reasonable voices and Senator Cornyn follow their Latino constituencies, and ignore the extreme positions of their other, less in touch colleagues.