Washington, D.C. – Church World Service expressed hope that the bipartisan immigration reform bill introduced on Tuesday by eight senators will provide much needed reform to the country’s immigration system.
In a statement released following introduction of the bill, CWS President and CEO the Rev. John McCullough said, “CWS welcomes today's introduction of a bipartisan immigration reform bill. We are hopeful that such a comprehensive piece of legislation will improve the U.S. immigration system and include many of CWS's policy priorities to help build stronger, more welcoming communities.
The bill was introduced by Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Michael Bennet (D-Co.).
“We thank Senators Schumer, Graham, McCain, Flake, Durbin, Rubio, Menendez and Bennet for their leadership in addressing this very important issue. CWS has been calling for immigration reform that creates a roadmap to citizenship, prioritizes family unity, and improves the lives of refugees,” McCullough said.
Over the next few days, CWS staff will be carefully reading the 844-page document in preparation for releasing a more detailed response to the legislative proposal.