Progressive States Action Statement on New Senate Proposal for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 30, 2010
CONTACT: Charles Monaco, (212) 680-3116 x 115
Nathan Newman, (212) 680-3114 / (917) 854-0279



New York, NY -- Progressive States Action and State Legislators for Progressive Immigration Policy (SLPIP) released the following statement today in response to the release of the new Senate draft proposal for comprehensive immigration reform:

"Progressive States Action and State Legislators for Progressive Immigration Policy appreciate the efforts of Rep. Gutierrez (D-IL), Sen. Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Reid (D-NV), and Sen. Schumer (D-NY) for their proposals to fix our nation's broken immigration system. This commitment is particularly important given the patchwork of misguided and unconstitutional anti-immigrant bills now advancing in ten states and counting after the recent signing of Arizona's anti-immigrant law. We particularly applaud Senate leaders’ commitment to legalizing undocumented workers currently in the US, extending immediate work authorization and providing options for a path to citizenship; a renewed commitment to family-based immigration; a streamlined process for temporary workers to obtain permanent residency; and enhanced labor protections for immigrant workers."

State Legislators for Progressive Immigration Policy (SLPIP) is a group of state legislators from states around the nation who are committed to supporting policies at the state and federal level, including comprehensive immigration reform, that reflect our core values as a nation -- such as promoting basic democratic principles and recognizing the contributions of all communities.

SLPIP's full statement of principles is viewable online at:


Progressive States Action is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the work of progressive state legislators around the country and to the passage of state legislation that delivers on issues the issues that matter to working families: strong wage standards and workplace freedom, balancing work and family responsibilities, health care for all, smart growth and clean energy, tax and budget reform, clean and fair elections, and technology investments to bridge the digital divide.

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