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Coalition Responds to President's Immigration Reform Proposal

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage,  Main Phone: 212-627-2227 x235,  E-mail: tyaku@thenyic.org
New York City  (Tuesday, January 29, 2013)

Coalition Responds to President's Immigration Reform Proposal

 Pledges to Mobilize Families and Communities to Strengthen Reforms

(New York, NY)– In a major policy speech in Nevada today, President Obama unveiled his plan for immigration reform and pledged to send a bill to Congress in the absence of legislative action. The President in his speech recognized the bipartisan effort in the Senate but proposed further reforms in a fact sheet released by the White House.
 
The following is a statement from Ms. Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition:
 
“We welcome the President’s remarks today calling for commonsense immigration reform, including, importantly, a path to citizenship, reduced wait times for families to reunite, and an immigration system better aligned to the workforce needs of our economy.  We are encouraged by several of the positive reforms the President outlined in his proposal, which, in some cases, are more far-reaching than the Senate framework. 
 
While we are pleased by the commitment to reform expressed by the President and the bipartisan group of Senators, there is more work to be done to improve the current proposals and to change the tenor of the debate. And we pledge to vigorously engage in the debate by mobilizing our families and communities to strengthen these proposals to include an unobstructed, direct path to citizenship, strong family reunification, and meaningful accountability and oversight mechanisms for border and interior enforcement.”
 
The New York Immigration Coalition coordinates a newly-formed statewide coalition, New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform, comprised of immigrant families and workers, labor groups, community organizations, clergy and civic leaders.  To read the campaign principles, click HERE.
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The New York Immigration Coalition is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

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