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Immigration is perhaps the only policy issue in the nation that currently has both bipartisan support and political momentum. Immigration reform is a popular issue in Congress these days, with the real possibility of bipartisan action. This week the New York Times published an op-ed entitled “Immigration Spring” on the series of breakthroughs occurring that have added momentum toward a historic overhaul of the nation’s immigration system this year.
Immigration has stymied policymakers for decades but the coalition of communities and organizations supporting reform this year is unprecedented. A comprehensive Senate bill is expected within weeks, followed by a framework and legislation from the House. This week Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy said that taking up the immigration bill is “urgent.”
There will also be a series of grassroots actions around immigration in April. On April 10 a group of labor and faith-based groups will hold a Rally for Citizenship on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building beginning at 3:30 p.m.
On April 17, hundreds of evangelicals will gather in Washington for the Evangelical Day of Prayer and Action on Immigration Reform to raise an evangelical voice proclaiming a biblical vision for immigration reform.
Bread for the World is also increasing its work on immigration issues this year with a focus on inclusion of policies in immigration reform that reduce hunger and poverty at home and overseas. This includes raising-up the importance of generating good jobs abroad that can reduce the need for people to leave their homes in search of a better life and immigrating to the United States without authorization.
In the United States, immigrant legalization will allow more unauthorized immigrants to pursue their educational and career aspirations, thereby contributing more to the U.S. economy and allowing them and their families to move out of poverty. Resources on Bread’s unique immigration perspective can now be found online in English and in Spanish.
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