Progress Update: A Critical Time for Reform

Posted by on June 23, 2014.

We’re entering a critical period for reform in the coming weeks, and it’s more important than ever that your elected representatives hear from you on why the time for reform is now.

Just last week, House Republicans elected Representative Kevin McCarthy (CA - 23) the new Majority Leader, and also voted in Representative Steve Scalise from Louisiana’s 1st district to serve as Majority Whip.

Both of these representatives have indicated their support for fixing our fundamentally broken system multiple times; as members of House GOP Leadership, the pressure is on for them - along with Speaker Boehner - to take action and bring reform legislation to a vote as soon as possible, so that we can boost our economy and do right by the millions of American families living in fear of separation.

Poll after poll shows that 3 in 4 Americans of all political beliefs - as well as the majority of Republican primary voters - recognizes that our current system is fundamentally broken, and wants to see it fixed. Respected, influential conservatives like Rupert Murdoch and Sheldon Adelson have recently added their voices to the calls for smart, humane immigration reform - because it’s the right thing to do. In fact, Rupert Murdoch - himself an American citizen who came to this country as an immigrant - might have put it best when he said:

If we are serious about advancing our economic future and about creating job growth here in America, then we must realize that it is suicidal to suggest closing our doors to the world's entrepreneurs, or worse, to continue with large-scale deportations…

All the more reason, then, to recognize that the facts are on the side of reform, and democratic societies don't advance when our elected officials act like seat-warmers.

Every single day, our economy loses $38 million dollars; we have an immigration system that is outdated and broken; and there are 11 million undocumented immigrants who lack a pathway to getting with the law and coming out of the shadows - while millions of American families fear separation.

It takes less than a minute to contact your member of Congress to let him or her know that the time is now, and that they must take action on reform legislation.

Let’s make sure Congress knows that we expect them to act on reform.

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