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May 22, 2007

Contact: Tatiana Guerra

NHCSL Statement on Immigration Debates on Capitol Hill

Washington, DC – Today, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (NY), president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), issued the following statement regarding the Senate debate about immigration.

“While the proposed bill in the Senate is a positive first step with many agreeable provisions, there is still much work to be done to ensure that immigrants and their families are treated humanely and fairly. I am particularly concerned about how the bill treats family reunification. Whatever solutions we reach to address concerns about immigration, we must be careful not to disenfranchise families. Sacrificing your loved ones for citizenship, which this bill would demand, is too high of a price to pay for citizenship.”

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