WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to press ahead this year with immigration reform during a recent meeting with anticipated bill co-sponsors Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). And outside of Congress there is growing recognition that immigration reform is needed and is politically beneficial to both parties, who need the support of the growing Latino electorate.
Tens of thousands of people will march on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on March 21 to call on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Immigrants and their supporters will travel across the country to ask President Obama to keep his campaign promise to enact reform and to urge Congress not to play politics with an issue that affects every American—legal and undocumented. They will march for a stronger America that respects families and workers, furthers business growth, and heightens national security.
“The time has come for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to step up and support the forthcoming legislation,” said Angie Kelley, Vice President of Immigration Policy and Advocacy at American Progress.
The following CAP immigration experts will be available this week and through the weekend to provide comment and analysis.
- Angela M. Kelley, VP of Immigration Policy and Advocacy
- Vanessa Cardenas (in English or Spanish), Director of Progress 2050
- Marshall Fitz, Director of Immigration Policy
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