Members of Congress Join Faith Groups to Push for Immigration Reform
Posted on Tue, Oct 08, 2013 at 16:59 pm
This morning HIAS joined partners from the Interfaith Immigration Coalition in calling on Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together and offers a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. In a press conference with faith leaders and Members of Congress from both parties, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) said that, “the efforts of the faith-based community have been instrumental in keeping immigration reform in the forefront of the national debate.” He urged supporters, “Don't allow Congress to lose its focus on immigration.” Longtime champion of the immigrant rights movement and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Border Enforcement, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), reflected on her previous career as an immigration attorney, declaring that “we need a fair and humane system that reflects our values, keeps our country safe, and lets immigrants aspire to become Americans so our culture and economy prosper.” Later in the day, faith leaders and other participants joined tens of thousands of activists for the “Camino Americano” rally and concert on the National Mall. Learn more.