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|Contact: Liz Vasquez
Outreach & Communications
The National Latino Children's Institute (NLCI) commends President Obama for upholding his campaign promise to support comprehensive immigration reform. The President's support of the bipartisan framework put forth by eight U. S. Senators signifies that finally, immigration reform will be realized in the near future. To see a bipartisan consensus forming to address the issues of a broken and outdated system of laws that do not protect people, gives hope to a nation weary of the constant fighting.
Yesterday the President proposed a framework consisting of four principles, similar to what was proposed by the Senators. This is a place to begin the immigration reform debate. The principles include: "continuing to strengthen border security; cracking down on employers hiring undocumented workers; a legal way to earn citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already here; and streamlining legal immigration," all are necessary facets to improve the immigration process in this country.
In his speech, the President asked Americans to "...Remember that this is not just a debate about policy. It's about people. It's about men and women and young people who want nothing more than the chance to earn their way into the American story." NLCI wants to ensure that legislators not forget to protect the rights of the children and safeguard the integrity of the family units by guaranteeing that families remain intact.
This is a country that values family and fairness, so as the debate on immigration reform heats up, legislators and the country need to keep these values visible to ensure the creation of a comprehensive, humane and sensible immigration reform that does not separate children from their families. The next few weeks will be critical in this deliberation. Crafting such a compromise with all its complexities and differing opinions will be difficult but this is a necessary step for an effective immigration reform policy and for the future success and economic growth of this country. NLCI and its network of Latino serving community based organizations look forward to supporting the President and Congress in a bipartisan effort to create a policy that works for all immigrants.
Founded in 1997 in Texas NLCI was formed in response to the projected growth within the Latino community and the dismal economic and socio economic indicators of the children. For sixteen years, NLCI has worked to be the voice for Latino children and youth across the country. NLCI's mission is to focus the nation's attention on the contributions and challenges of young Latinos by advocating for their success and well-being through partnerships and programs. The organization carries out its mission by partnering with NLCI's La Promesa Network, as well as local, regional and national organizations working to improve the lives of Latino children. Our history and expertise in working with the Latino community makes NLCI ideally suited to create and implement strategies that eliminate barriers to building healthy communities for young Latinos by incorporating the principles of the National Latino Children's Agenda. NLCI delivers a message of hope and unity to the nation's Latino children and youth while also serving as their voice. For more information on NLCI go to www.nlci.org.