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State Legislators Announce Resolutions in 16 States in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

04/09/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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State Legislators Announce Resolutions in 16 States in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Legislator members of PSN's National Immigration Working Group push Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform including a path to citizenship


New York, NY – Three years after Arizona passed the anti-immigrant SB1070, and as Congress is set to take on immigration reform, a growing number of resolutions being introduced in state legislatures is providing further evidence of just how far the debate on immigration in the states has shifted from just a few years ago.

Today, a leading national group of pro-immigrant state legislators announced that state lawmakers from a total of 16 states have either introduced or plan to introduce resolutions or memorials to Congress in support of comprehensive immigration reform.

"The fact that so many state lawmakers are now standing up in support of comprehensive immigration reform should send a message to Congress: Americans support comprehensive reform that has a path to citizenship for all 11 million aspiring citizens currently living in the shadows that is as inclusive and accessible as possible," said State Senator Angela Giron (Colorado), Chair of the National Immigration Working Group. "Just three years after SB1070, we are now seeing a groundswell of support from the states for immigration reform with a path to citizenship that is bipartisan in nature."

Today, state lawmakers in Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, and North Dakota announced they plan to introduce resolutions in the coming days and weeks, bringing the number of states that have seen resolutions introduced up to at least 16 states (and 19 resolutions) nationwide.

Resolutions in support of comprehensive immigration reform have already been introduced in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas, and have already passed at least one chamber in New Jersey, New Mexico, and Nevada. Resolutions in New Jersey (AR 142 and SR 95) and New Mexico (SJM 52) garnered bipartisan support, and just last week, Nevada's state Senate approved a resolution (SJR 15) unanimously.

The Nevada resolution, like many other states', includes language specifically calling for comprehensive immigration reform to "include a realistic pathway to citizenship for all hardworking and taxpaying aspiring citizens who live in this country and meet reasonable requirements," while calling on Nevada's federal elected officials to "create an immigration process that strengthens our nation’s economy and allows aspiring citizens to continue making contributions to our communities, our State and our nation."

"I'm proud to join other legislators across the nation to announce Nevada's resolution, which recently passed the full Senate with a unanimous bipartisan vote. Our state understands the vital need for Congress to act on immigration reform and to act now," said State Senator Tick Segerblom (Nevada). "Congress needs to listen to what's going on out here in the states. The American people are ready for this."

“We need comprehensive immigration reform that is effective, meets our economic and social needs, and honors American values. We need reform that establishes a direct path to citizenship and that gives our youth a future by including the DREAM Act,” said State Senator Gustavo Rivera (New York), also a member of the National Immigration Working Group, in a statement. “I am proud to support any and all efforts to push for a comprehensive bill that will deliver the change needed to support our communities and our nation.”

See below for a list of states that have seen resolutions introduced or announced:

Introduced:
Arizona: SR 10001
Florida: S 816
Georgia: HR 912
Hawaii: HCR 67
Oklahoma: HR 1014
Oregon: HJM 11
Texas: HCR 44 and SCR 15

Passed at least one chamber:
New Jersey: AR 142 and SR 95
New Mexico: HM 30 and SJM 52
Nevada: SJR 15

Announced:
Colorado (Sen. Giron)
Illinois (Rep. Berrios)
Missouri (Rep. Gina Mitten)
New York
North Carolina (Rep. Glazier)
North Dakota (Sen. Mathern)

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The National Immigration Working Group is composed of 124 state legislator members from 41 states from across the country committed to supporting pro-immigrant policies at the state and federal level including comprehensive immigration reform. For more information, visit progressivestates.org/policy/immigration

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