More than 50 Nebraska Organizations Urge House Action for Common-Sense Immigration Laws

Organizations Send Letter to Nebraska Delegation Urging House Action

NE_Appleseed_Icons_Congress-128Today a diverse group of more than 50 Nebraska organizations representing thousands of Nebraskans again called upon Congress to enact common-sense immigration laws.  In a letter sent to the Nebraska Congressional delegation and released to the press, the groups reminded our Congressmen of the strong support for immigration reform in our state.

Letter sent to Congressman Fortenberry, Congressman Smith, and Congressman Terry:

June 25, 2014

Dear Congressman,

We write as more than 50 diverse Nebraska institutions from a wide range of perspectives with a shared purpose: to urge you to take action to fix our nation’s outdated immigration laws. With the August recess on the horizon and now a year since the passage of the bipartisan Senate immigration bill, we urge you to use this window of time to pass House immigration legislation that upholds our nation’s values and moves us forward.

We write to remind you of the strong support that exists in Nebraska for common-sense immigration laws. Our organizations represent thousands of Nebraskans, and together over the past year and a half, we have worked with thousands more in dozens of events across the state calling for action: business and community roundtables, faith vigils, Keep Families Together events, press conferences, meetings with your offices, and a beautiful Families’ March for Dignity and Respect drawing more than 2,000 people in a sea of Cornhusker red.

In April, our state legislature passed a bipartisan resolution (LR399) supporting common-sense immigration policy, again calling on House members to update our antiquated system by passing HR15 or similar legislation.

The cost of inaction is both tragic and unnecessary. Failing to fix our outdated immigration laws hurts Nebraska’s communities,families, economy, and future. It is in our state’s and our country’s long-term interest to have meaningful, effective reform and a clear process for citizenship. When there isn’t a clear, fair, and common-sense front door, we all pay the price. When there is no line to get in because our laws are out of date, our state and country suffer. For decades now our nation has failed to address this issue, and every day of delay causes real harm. Every day, more than 400 U.S. citizen children are separated from a parent because of detention or deportation. Every day, hardworking people and small businesses in Nebraska waste resources trying to navigate an antiquated, unworkable system.

You have our strong support for movement forward on this important issue for Nebraska’s future, and we are counting on your leadership.


ACLU – Nebraska

Anti-Defamation League – Plains States Region

Black Men United

Brown Immigration Law, LLP

Campbell’s Nurseries and Garden Center

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha

Center for People in Need

Center for Rural Affairs

Central Nebraska Human Trafficking & Immigration Outreach

Centro Hispano Comunitario (Columbus)

College of Saint Mary

Creighton Center for Service and Justice

DREAMers Project Coalition

El Centro de las Americas (Lincoln)

Fair Housing Center of Nebraska and Iowa

Great Plains United Methodist Peace with Justice Ministries

Great Plains Conference United Methodist Women

Heartland Workers Center

Inclusive Communities

Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska

Iowa/Nebraska Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association

Justice For Our Neighbors – Nebraska

Latino American Commission of Nebraska

Latino Center of the Midlands

League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha

League of Women Voters of Lincoln and Lancaster County

Malcolm X Memorial Foundation

Mulhall’s Nursery, Omaha

NAACP – Lincoln

National Association of Social Workers – Nebraska Chapter

National Council of Jewish Women – Omaha Section

Nebraska State AFL-CIO

Nebraska Appleseed

Nebraska Catholic Conference

Nebraska Cattlemen

Nebraska Restaurant Association

Nebraska Retail Federation

Nebraska State Dairy Association

Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition

Nebraskans for Peace

Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance

Omaha Together One Community

One World Community Health Centers

Peck Law Firm

Sisters of Mercy, West Midwest Community

Southern Sudan Community Association (SSCA Omaha)

St. Mary’s Immigration Program (Grand Island)

Unity in Action (South Sioux City)

Voices for Children in Nebraska

YWCA Adams County

YWCA Grand Island

YWCA Lincoln

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