For Immediate Release: June 13, 2013
Richmond, Va.—The Alliance for Citizenship, Partnership for a New American Economy and Republicans for Immigration Reform released a new poll today showing broad support for immigration reform across political parties and other demographics.
Organizations in Virginia are responding to the poll, noting that immigration reform is a moral and economic imperative, and Congress needs to act to pass the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill currently being debated in the U.S. Senate.
Virginia Organizing Chairperson Sandra A. Cook said, “We sent Congress to Washington to get this job done. It is clear that a large majority of Virginia’s electorate supports this bill. We implore Congress to pass this bill and fix our broken immigration system.”
Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, Chair of Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO) also believes Congress should pay attention. Aranda-Yanoc said, "Our Congressional representatives were sent to Washington to work on important issues such as those considered in this poll and must act now to fix our broken immigration system.”
"This poll reflects the reality that Virginians strongly support creating a path to citizenship for immigrants in our communities,” said Marco Grimaldo, Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy CEO and President. “This includes many from Virginia's diverse faith communities, who are committed to comprehensive reform that keeps families together and provides opportunities for immigrants to succeed."
“A strong majority of Virginians have voiced their support for immigration reform in this poll, including a path to citizenship. Virginians understand that hardworking immigrants have always been a boon to our communities and want Congress to authorize those who meet certain requirements to come out of the shadows and become full participants in our state and country," said Aranda-Yanoc.
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Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization that brings people together to create a more just Virginia.