For Immediate Release: June 28, 2013
Contact: Patrick Carolan
Executive Director, Franciscan Action Network
WASHINGTON, DC— Franciscan Action Network (FAN) applauds the bipartisan vote on the Senate immigration bill, S. 744. Although the bill is far more stringent on border security than FAN and other advocates had worked for, it retains an earned path to citizenship for several million immigrants, the DREAM Act, some favorable family provisions and protections for workers, refugees and asylum seekers. FAN commends the hard work of the bi-partisan Gang of 8 to produce a final Senate bill and thanks the 68 Senators who voted for it, especially those who took a significant risk in voting Aye.
“Despite our disappointment with the addition of the Corker-Hoeven amendment,” said Sister Marie Lucey, OSF, FAN’s Director of Advocacy, “there is enough in the approved bill to keep hope alive for millions of aspiring Americans who live here, work here, raise their families here, and contribute to our society. As our nation celebrates Independence Day next week, may we remember that our country was built by the labor of immigrants, that we proclaim in our Pledge of Allegiance, ‘liberty and justice for all,’ and that Lady Liberty in New York Harbor holds the torch of freedom to welcome those who come here ‘yearning to be free.’”
FAN will continue to work with partners in the faith, immigrant and labor communities to move immigration reform forward in the House. There must be an earned, achievable path to citizenship, fidelity to our country’s tradition of family unity, and protection for workers, refugees and asylum seekers.
Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is a collective Franciscan voice seeking to transform U.S. public policy related to peacemaking, care for creation, poverty, and human rights.