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Immigration Reform: The Building Blocks are in Place

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Today, amidst speculations that the White House is distancing itself from earlier committments to comprehensive immigration reform this year, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) reiterated that reform is, in fact, possible this year.

And on Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Judiciary subcommittee that handles immigration, went one step further, saying that “all the fundamental building blocks are in place to pass comprehensive reform this session, and even possibly later this year.”

Tomorrow, President Obama will meet with key members of Congress to begin discussion about immigration reform. Leaders like Schumer, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and immigration subcommittee ranking member John Cornyn (R-Texas) will hopefully be pressing the commander in chief to ACT on his committment to reform, rather than continue to give the issue lip-service.

As Frank Sherry states in today’s piece at the Huffington Post:

Ultimately, the question we face is this: are we going to allow hardliners who want nothing less than the expulsion of millions of immigrant families already living in our communities to dominate the debate? Or are we going to live up to our tradition as both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws and write a new chapter in the American story of how including “them” makes for a stronger “us?”

Immigration reform will not be easy, and yet, this is the kind of big issue that led you to proclaim the fierce urgency of now and run for President.

This is your kind of fight, Mr. President. History is calling

Tomorrow, we will see if the President and members of Congress are ready to rise to the occasion.

ACTION: Call the White House for Immigration Reform

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Last week, amidst our planning for the big meeting at the White House this week, we got word that the meeting was being delayed for a second time. While this is a disappointment, we are still confident that the momentum is in our favor. Another delay will not negate the power behind the majority of the American public that is ready to see reform happen this year.

From Paco Fabian at America’s Voice:

Here’s the thing. President Obama has consistently pledged to move forward on immigration reform this year, and the expectation is clear that he will do just that. The time is ripe, with an overwhelming majority of voters supporting real reform  an overwhelming majority of voters supporting real reform, a new national campaign to garner support in Congress, and both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi putting comprehensive immigration reform on the front-burner last week.

In the mean time, we have to hold the administration accountable. It is up to US to keep the pressure on and let President Obama and Congress know that the time is NOW (despite their delays) and that we won’t take no for an answer.

So what can you do? CALL THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY!

Call  5:00pm EST to tell Obama to pass immigration reform this year.

For Spanish: 1-866-967-6018

For English: 1-866-961-2143

When you are connected to the White House, please tell the operator that you would like President Obama to keep his promise and help pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship THIS YEAR.

Another delay doesn’t have to mean a set-back in the push for immigration reform this year, but we want to show the administration that we are serious and we WILL hold them accountable.