Washington, DC—NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, today praised the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security for including the faith community’s perspective on immigration reform at a hearing titled “Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Faith-Based Perspectives.” The hearing highlights the voices of faith leaders who see the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform in their communities every day.
“The Latino community is comprised of many people of faith who understand the urgency to fix our broken immigration system,” said Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO. Faith leaders across the country have witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of Congress’ failure to reform our immigration system. They are organizing prayer vigils, visiting members of Congress, and speaking out for a system that will live up to America’s best values and not its worst instincts.”
NCLR commends the Senate subcommittee members for holding this hearing and elevating the voices of faith communities who are playing a critical role in ensuring that there is forward movement toward comprehensive immigration reform. NCLR looks forward to continuing to work with the faith community and other partners toward a solution that reflects basic American values of fairness, justice, and solving difficult problems. “Our immigration system has been neglected for more than two decades and it is time for congressional leaders and the administration to heed the call from communities of faith to map out a plan for achieving comprehensive immigration reform,” concluded Murguía.