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Sen. Cornyn’s Proposed Change to Immigration Bill Betrays his Party’s Commitment to Path to Citizenship

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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Fair Immigration Reform Movement Blasts Proposed Changes in the Bill

(WASHINGTON)—The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) today blasted Sen. John Cornyn for a proposal that essentially holds a path to citizenship for immigrants hostage to even more wasteful and unnecessary enforcement and triggers.

“Sen. Cornyn’s list of demands is a shameless attempt to prohibit immigrants from becoming citizens since it throws hurdles and obstacles into the path to citizenship,” said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. “This proposal alters the fundamental terms of the bill and would betray the agreement reached by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” and the Senate Judiciary Committee which passed a tough bill that already requires border measures be met before immigrants can access the path to citizenship.  At 13 years in length, the current path to citizenship is already too onerous and contingent on increased border enforcement.”

Spending on immigration enforcement, including at the southern border, amounts to more than all other law enforcement agencies combined. It’s time to shift resources to family unity and strengthening the economy through immigration reform, rather than further spending on arbitrary border measures to secure a border that is more secure than it has ever been.

Cornyn’s proposal would prohibit any undocumented immigrant ever convicted of a series of misdemeanors from receiving Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status.

“Republicans have for too long put immigrants convicted of misdemeanors into the same category of immigrants convicted of serious felonies in an effort to deport as many immigrants as possible,” Matos added. “Each immigrant’s case must be looked at individually, as law and justice requires in the United States.”

“The immigrant community unequivocally and unanimously rejects Cornyn’s proposals to undermine this already tough and compromised immigration bill.”

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