Immigration reform discussed thoroughly in public forum in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR – On Tuesday, August 30, St. John’s Catholic Center offered a meeting location to a public forum on immigration reform. Participating panelists, Paul Greenberg, Sheila Gomez and Pat Houlihan from Catholic Charities, Matthew Mayers, ACORN's legislative director, Alan Hughes, President of the AFL-CIO, Dr. Andre Guerrero, and Dr. Cesar Compadre discussed the most urgent points.



Panelists accorded that the United States immigration system is broken. People are dying on the border. Too many people are working here undocumented.

Employers lose valuable workers to immigration raids. Workers‚ pay and benefits are threatened by a large pool of undocumented workers who live under the threat of deportation if they stand up for their rights.

Families wait for decades to bring their loved ones to this country.



Federal law enforcement officials spend millions chasing down busboys, janitors and factory workers instead of looking for terrorists and protecting our country.



Panelists agreed that the McCain-Kennedy, “Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act” is a good step towards comprehensive immigration reform.



Features of the bill include: Earned legalization for undocumented immigrants with a path towards permanent residency and citizenship; Family reunification; A temporary worker program that can lead to permanent status and a path to citizenship; and Protection for immigrant workers.



The Arkansas Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform sponsored the forum.



Publishers note: Por more information, contact your U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln, (501) 375-2993 and Mark Pryor (501) 324-6336 and ask them to co-sponsor the McCain-Kennedy “Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act.”

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