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FIRM Says Proposal to Keep Families United While Processing Immigration Paperwork Must be Implemented

On Thursday, May 31, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) will call on the Obama Administration to strengthen and implement a proposed change in federal regulations that matters dearly to the families of immigrants. The rule change would allow spouses and children of U.S. citizens to stay together in the United States while they wait for decisions on their waivers toward a path to citizenship. The comment period on the proposal ends on Friday, June 1st.

Under current law, undocumented immigrants have to leave the United States and apply for a waiver to lessen the 3-year and 10-year bar they face before they can re-enter the country. Often, the process to obtain a waiver can take months or even years, meaning families have to endure prolonged separations and are exposed to significant hardship.

We are issuing a “storybook” that shows why the family unity waiver must be implemented. The book contains stories of the hardships undocumented immigrants and their families are facing as they work toward a path to citizenship.  You can find the storybook at:

http://fairimmigration.org/share/family-unity-waiver-a-grassroots-toolkit-on-changes-to-the-3-and-10-year-bar/

Here are the details of the telephone news conference:

DATE: Thursday, May 31, 2012

TIME: 12:00 p.m. ET

SPEAKERS:

**Javier Valdes, Co-Executive Director, Make the Road NY

**Angelica Salas, Executive Director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

**Wendy Cervantes, Vice President, Immigration and Child Rights Policy, First Focus

**Alysa Medina, telling her personal story

**Rosalia Borjas, telling her personal story

Special Guest: Honorable U.S. Representative Judy Chu

CALL-IN information:

Dial-in number: (866) 861-4870

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