Wednesday, January 20, 2010 The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) welcomes Luis Gutierrez’ recent proposal for a new immigration policy, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP).  This bill, introduced in December of 2009 offers a new, more humane approach to the immigration policy of the United States.

In particular, AFSC recognizes the bill’s efforts to protect the labor rights of immigrant workers, develop a clear path to permanent residence, prioritize family reunification and respect the civil and human rights of immigrants.

As immigration policy change moves forward, we hope the criminalization, militarization and enforcement components that have been dividing families and communities will become policies of the past.

We urge Congress to follow Representative Gutierrez’ lead to pass comprehensive immigration policy change in 2010, embracing the principles set forth in this bill.  AFSC will support these efforts, consulting with affected groups, hosting forums and dialogues, and organizing in our communities.

For more information contact Christian Ramírez, AFSC Project Voice at cramirez@afsc.org (619)233-4114