America deserves a common sense immigration process, one that includes a roadmap for new Americans who aspire to be citizens.
America is a nation of values, founded on an idea – that all men and women are created equal. That families should stick together, that we should look out for each other, that hard work should be rewarded. In the freedom to be what you want, do what you want and say what you want.
Our country’s strength is grounded in our ability to work together as fellow Americans. As Americans, we all do our part to contribute and we’re all better off for having hardworking new immigrants as contributing members of our community – customers in our stores, paying payroll taxes, giving to local churches and charities.
But the current patchwork of immigration policies and programs doesn’t make any sense. It’s mismanaged and broken and it breaks up families. There’s a maze of regulations with no line to become a fully participating American.
That’s why we need to create a commonsense immigration process that recognizes the hardships and contributions of people moving here, keeps families together and creates a roadmap to citizenship for new Americans who aspire to be citizens. For aspiring citizens, the essential right of citizenship should be reachable by taking a test of our history and government, paying an appropriate fee and pledging allegiance to our country.
America works best when we all do our part and work together as one nation, indivisible and strong. When each of us does our part in exchange for the blessings of liberty, committed to the country we love. We can do this. This is what America is all about.
200 Activists Rallied at State Capitol on Saturday
ICAN and a statewide coalition of organizations had over 200 people rally for Immigration Reform on Saturday July 27. Read more …….
Immigration reform supporters rally at Tom Latham office
July 1, 2013 – Volunteers with Organizing for Action, American Friends Service Committee, Iowa Citizen Action Network and the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church rally for immigration reform Monday at Congressman Tom Latham’s office in Des Moines. Read More…
About 180 people gathered in the domed sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church in Des Moines Thursday June 27, 2013 to celebrate the Senate’s vote for immigration reform and to urge the U.S. House follow suit.
ICAN and a statewide coalition of organizations had over 400 people marching for Immigration Reform on Saturday. The event consisted of a pre-rally in the Latino business corridor in downtown Des Moines, then a march through downtown Des Moines to Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel, and a closing rally.
ICAN Joins Immigration Network Reform Now
ICAN has been one of the leaders of the peace and justice work in Iowa and have added our support to a newly formed network for immigration reform. The Network for Immigration Reform Now is building a campaign for humane immigration reform legislation to be passed this summer. This work is at a critical juncture. Advocates fear if it is not passed this summer it will be years before this opportunity comes again.
Network for Immigration Reform Now is planning a series of events to advance the passage of immigration reform during this Congressional session.
Walk for Immigration Now June 15
The first event is a Walk for Immigration Reform Now to take place on Saturday, June 15; 1 pm – 3 pm. This walk through the Latino business corridor in Des Moines to the Hispanic Education Resources will highlight the gifts the Latino communities have brought to Iowa.
Other events building toward a late July rally include: an interfaith prayer service and lobby activities.
We hope to make this a broad based and visible campaign. On behalf of the network, ICAN invites you to be part of this effort.
For additional information contact
Kathleen McQuillen, IA Program Coordinator
American Friends Service Committee
515-274-4851, ext: 22
Joe Enriquez Henry, State Director
League of United Latin American Citizens USA
As the Senate continues debate on the immigration bill, for the first time in years we have the chance to create lasting change in our immigration system, to keep families together, and put 11 million aspiring Americans on a roadmap to citizenship.
It’s up to us to continue the nationwide call for commonsense immigration reform.
Call your Senators at 888–891-3271
You can use the script below and report back on your call in the comments:
Hello, my name is ________ from ________and I am calling in support of commonsense immigration reform with a roadmap to citizenship.
As the Senate debates, please support reform that provides a clear, direct roadmap to citizenship for the hardworking immigrants contributing to our nation.
The time is now to make sure our immigration system reflects our values of opportunity and equality and that immigrants who have met stringent requirements should be given a chance to earn their citizenship in a timely manner.
Thank you for your time and for representing my concerns.
Additionally, you can sign on for reform here: