Move on immigration reform

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

After years of advocacy from the faith community, it appears Democrats and Republicans are ready to move forward on immigration reform.

President Obama has called on Congress to pass immigration reform, and House Republicans presented their Standards on Immigration Reform, which outline their priorities for addressing the broken immigration system.

During the State of the Union address, President Obama spoke about the benefits of reform:

“When people come here to fulfill their dreams … they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone. ... So let’s get immigration reform done this year.”

Likewise, the GOP plans to address all aspects of the outdated immigration system in 2014. Its standards include fixes to our legal immigration system, improvements in border security and internal enforcement, and opportunities for undocumented immigrants – including those who were brought here as children – to get right with the law and come out of the shadows.

As a regional organizer with Bread for the World and a man of faith, I am encouraged by these signs.

Bread and the other members of the Evangelical Immigration Table will continue to push for compassionate, biblically based reform in the months ahead.

Like food security, poverty and human trafficking, immigration reform is a moral issue that
Christians have and will continue to rally around.

Now that these standards have been released, I pray that Congressman Hultgren will join with other members of his party to ensure that immigration reform has its day in 2014.

Zach Schmidt

Island Lake

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