Last week, the House Republican leadership released a set of principles for updating our country’s immigration laws. We were encouraged to see the release of these principles as an indication that this year’s legislative agenda will include immigration reform, which unfortunately stalled in the House after the Senate passed a historic bipartisan bill last year.
This inaction – in the face of daily calls, numerous meetings, civil disobedience, fasting on the National Mall, and broad consensus from the public to update our outdated immigration laws – led to the needless separation of thousands of families and to 11 million aspiring Americans unable to fully contribute to their communities and economy.
While this is a welcome step forward, it is only a first step. We need something more than principles – we need detailed legislation that sets a timeline for action and outlines how we will update our immigration laws, keep families together, make our economy stronger, and help us move forward.
A clear roadmap to citizenship should be a core component of any common-sense immigration legislation because it would reflect who we are as a nation by allowing aspiring Americans, who are already a crucial part of our communities, to become full participants in American society.
Nebraska’s U.S. House members are an important part of this debate. You can take action by calling or e-mailing your congressman today to let him know that Nebraska families, businesses, and communities are counting on him to modernize our immigration laws, create a clear and attainable process for citizenship, preserve families, and lead to stronger Nebraska communities. It’s time for action.
District 1 – Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (202) 225-4806 or (402) 438-1598
District 2 – Rep. Lee Terry (202) 225-4155 or (402) 397-9944
District 3 – Rep. Adrian Smith (202) 225-6435 or (308) 384-3900