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Faith Groups Welcome Focus on Citizenship in Senate Immigration Proposal

PICO National Network

January 28, 2013



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Faith Groups Welcome Focus on Citizenship in Senate Immigration Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C.—PICO National Network, the nation’s largest network of grassroots faith-based organizations, issued the following statement today:

PICO National Network and its Campaign for Citizenship welcomes the announcement that Republican and Democratic Senators are prepared to move forward with legislation that includes a roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million aspiring Americans currently residing in the United States.  

The announcement creates hope for millions of young people and their families who live in daily fear of having their families broken apart by detention and deportation.

As the Senate moves forward with crafting immigration reform legislation PICO urges Senators from both parties to keep the focus on full citizenship rights for these immigrant Americans.  America has a long tradition of including new immigrants as full members of society and citizenship is the only moral response to the current, broken immigration and the only response consistent with the American values of freedom, fairness and family. 

Over the coming months, through the Campaign for Citizenship, PICO will be organizing local campaigns in 15 states and 40 Congressional Districts to support a straightforward roadmap to citizenship for aspiring Americans.  Last week we launched the Campaign for Citizenship with meetings at the offices of 65 Members of Congress.

 We look forward to working closely with Republican and Democratic members of Congress and President Obama to realize the promise of full citizenship for all Americans.

PICO maintains strong grassroots connections across the country and is able to connect journalists with clergy, community leaders and DREAMers from dozens of congressional districts and events happening in local communities as immigration legislation moves forward. To learn more about the Campaign for Citizenship, contact one of PICO’s national leaders or to connect with community leaders locally please contact Heidi Thompson Director of Communications at PICO National Network,  hthompson@piconetwork.org, C: (202) 436-0601.

 PICO National Network is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 60 local and state federations. PICO and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more at www.piconetwork.org.