The Nation Reacts to the New Immigration Reform Framework

PHOTO: American flags are waved at a rally for immigration reform in Phoenix, Arizona in 2010. A bipartisan group of senators announced a framework for immigration reform in Washington, DC, in January 2013.

The announcement late Sunday night that a bipartisan group of eight senators have agreed upon a framework for immigration reform sparked reactions that ranged from excitement to downright hostility.

Here's a look at how the plan played as details of the framework emerged:

The Supporters

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Reid is "fully supportive of the group's efforts," an aide told the Huffington Post.

Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois)

The vocal reform advocated released a statement praising the group's efforts.

"As the President told me in the White House on Friday, immigration reform is his number one priority," he said. "Combine that with a serious bipartisan framework in the Senate and very constructive conversations with my House colleagues in both parties and I am confident we are poised for action and not just more talk on immigration reform."

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued a statement in favor of the plan.

"We strongly support the outline for immigration reform issued by the bipartisan group of Senators," read the statement. "We know that many details will need to be worked out, but we are very encouraged by this framework for reform and look forward to helping advance comprehensive immigration legislation and build public support. The Chamber stands ready to work with all stakeholders to enact immigration reform that strengthens our competitiveness, helps us attract and retain the world's best talent and hardest workers, secures our borders, and keeps faith with America's legacy as a welcoming society."

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund issued a statement praising the plan's commitment to a path to citizenship.

"NALEO Educational Fund applauds the bipartisan efforts of U.S. Senators who today released their framework for moving comprehensive immigration reform forward," read the statement. "The principles acknowledge that our nation is struggling as a result of our broken immigration system, and aims to address this issue in a fair and humane manner that brings the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country today out of the shadows."

National Immigration Forum

Ali Noorani, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum, an immigrants' rights organization, released a statement praising the plan.

"We are pleased to see our political leaders in both parties prioritize broad, commonsense immigration reform, starting with their announcement of these principles. For these Republicans and Democrats to be leading their parties forward speaks volumes. Creating a 21st century immigration process won't be easy, but the framework the senators are proposing is a powerful and practical start to the legislative process, and it will make the peaks and valleys ahead much easier to traverse," he said. "The bipartisan support surrounding immigration reform is unlike nearly any other issue facing Congress because people who hold a Bible, wear a badge or own a business want a commonsense immigration system. And today's debate on immigration is fundamentally different from previous reform efforts for exactly the same reason."

United Farm Workers

The UFW said in a statement that they welcome the plan.

"We thank this bipartisan group of Republicans and Democrats for understanding that a roadmap to citizenship is essential to any immigration reform plan. We also endorse the proposal's commitment to strong labor protections as part of any future flow program and allowing temporary workers who have worked in this country for many years to earn green cards," said UFW Arturo S. Rodriguez in a statement.

Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK

The religious leader, and head of progressive Catholic lobby NETWORK, voiced her support for the recognition given to DREAMers in the plan during a Monday news conference.

"As a people of faith, we have great hope today," she said.

"We were grateful to see that the Senate addressed that reality for DREAMers," Campbell said, referring to the fact that many DREAMers have been in the country for years and don't know another home.

Some said the plan represents a step in the right direction, but voiced reservations, among them that LGBT families may be left out of the plan's call to keep immigrant families together.

Philip Wolgin, an immigration policy analyst with the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank, agreed that same-sex partners were left vulnerable.

"Very true, big absence RT @petejryan: One thing not in blueprint: perm residency sponsorship provision for same sex partners #immigration," he tweeted.

Asian American Justice Center

"Finally it looks as if commonsense immigration reform will become a reality," Mee Moua, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center, said on a news call on Monday. "We are pleased to see that the senate's principles reflect our beliefs."

But Moua also noted that the plan doesn't specifically include LGBT families and urged Congress and the White House to make sure they receive the same benefits as other immigrant families.

Brad Bailey

The Republican co-founder of the Texas Immigration Solution and vocal advocate of a guest-worker program supports the plan, but says the "devil is in the details," and he'll be watching carefully to see how those are worked out.

"Enacting reform requires earning the trust and confidence of the American people who want solutions, and I applaud these Senators, and especially Senator Rubio for leading," he said in a statement to ABC/Univision. " Sen. Rubio is correct. If we don't solve the immigration issue we have "de facto" amnesty — and that doesn't help anyone! While I am excited about the Senators immigration reform principles, I'd push this group to be more specific. What are the details of 'practical roadmap'? Conservatives, like the 10,000+ delegates to the Texas and National Republican Party conventions, will strongly and loudly support you if you'll honestly work out the details and have the courage to come tell us what you are for and why."

Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
  • |
  • 3
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...