At the event, Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) â€“ who earlier this year hosted a Families United interfaith tour to help educate members of Congress about the effect of the current system on families around the country â€“ released a set of basic principles to help guide reform. He spoke eloquently about why this movement is so important:
â€œWe need a bill that says if you come here to hurt our communities, we will not support you; but if you are here to work hard and to make a better life for your family, you will have the opportunity to earn your citizenship. We need a law that says it is un-American for a mother to be torn from her child, and it is unacceptable to undermine our workforce by driving the most vulnerable among us further into the shadows.â€ Read Rep. Gutierrezâ€™s principles for reform.
Our broken system hurts everyone. In Nebraska, new immigrant families are a major asset to our communities, but the broken system is preventing us from moving forward together. It also continues to tear apart families unnecessarily and with awful consequences. Read just a few family stories from Nebraska constituents.
Itâ€™s time for a workable system that lives up to our nationâ€™s values â€“ for everyoneâ€™s sake.