ICIRR Welcomes Senator Sanders’ Sensible Immigration Reform Plan

November 25, 2015

ICIRR Welcomes Senator Sanders’ Sensible Immigration Reform Plan

 (CHICAGO, November 25, 2015) Yesterday Senator Bernie Sanders released an extensive immigration reform proposal, “A Fair and Humane Immigration Policy," joining other presidential candidates in presenting detailed proposals for comprehensive immigration reform. The following is the statement of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

 We commend Senator Sanders for his commitment to sensible immigration reform for our entire nation and specifically for millions of undocumented immigrants and their families. In stark contrast to the impractical and regressive proposals of several other presidential candidates, Senator Sanders’ proposed platform reflects compassion and common sense. His proposal would dismantle cruel deportation and detention programs and offer stability for millions of longtime US residents. This platform would also reinforce the underlying values of the United States as a nation of immigrants. Sanders joins former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley in issuing serious, detailed proposals for genuine immigration reform, and we urge other candidates to provide similar platforms.

 ICIRR is committed to keeping immigrant families together, and we encourage all eligible and registered voters to make our voices heard at the polls. We must hold elected officials accountable for policies and statements that directly affect our communities. The coming 2016 elections are an opportunity to ensure that policy makers hear immigrant voices, recognize the contributions of immigrant families, and embrace the comprehensive immigration reform that will move our country forward.

 The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. For more information, visit www.icirr.org.