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    Justice for Immigrants group urges action

    By Noreen Bowden | May 28, 2007

    The Justice for Immigrants campaign, a coalition of Catholic groups in the US, is urging continued action on comprehensive immigration reform. In their latest action alert, they are urging US residents to contact their senators with the following message:

    I support an immigration reform bill which 1) has a workable and realistic path to permanent residence for the undocumented; 2) creates a meaningful path to citizenship for those in the temporary worker program; and 3) preserves family unity in the U.S. immigration system.

    I ask you to support changes to the legislation which would:

    1. Preserve family reunification as the cornerstone of the U.S. immigration system by maintaining categories for certain family members;
    2. Create a meaningful “bridge” to permanent status for temporary workers by giving them access to permanent residency visas (“green” cards);
    3. Remove the requirement that immigrants eligible under the “Z” visa legalization program must return to their country of origin to apply for permanent residency;
    4. Permit immediate relatives (spouses and minor children) to join the “Z” visa holder in the United States upon eligibility;
    5. Establish deadlines not dependent on “triggers” by when the temporary worker program and the permanent residency portion of the “Z” visa program must be implemented.


    Justice for Immigrants is asking for its members to take this action from May 25 to June 2, when Senators are in their district offices.

    The group has not taken a stance on the current bill making its way through the Senate but say they are working to ensure that the most humane solution possible is achieved.


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