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ICYMI: Alaska Congressional Delegation & Alaska Federation of Natives Strongly Support Immigration Reform

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Ahead of the official introduction of immigration reform legislation in Congress, two developments from Alaska underscore the broad consensus behind passing immigration reform in 2013.  Last Friday, the state’s bi-partisan, three person congressional delegation announced that they are “united” on behalf of reform – a development that was greeted enthusiastically by the state’s influential Alaska Federation of Natives:

  • Alaska’s Congressional Delegation: Alaska’s congressional delegation, Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Congressman Don Young (R-AK) issued a “Dear Colleague” letter indicating that the Alaska delegation was “united” for immigration reform.  The letter explains, “Inspired by the words of our First Alaskans, and deeply committed to an inclusive state and nation, we join today to express our hope that the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill being drafted by our colleagues be brought to the floor of our respective bodies for consideration this session.  Like our colleagues drafting the bill, we believe this legislation should secure our border, streamline our legal immigration system and provide a clear and responsible path to citizenship for those already here.”
  • Alaska Federation of Natives: Reacting to the delegation’s announcement, the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) wrote that comprehensive immigration reform has the “strong backing of the Alaska Native community.”  AFN President Julie Kitka stated, “We are very pleased and very proud to see our delegation speaking out for equality and diversity with a strong, united voice.  Alaska Natives understand what it means to have a homeland.  We believe everyone in this great nation should share that sense of belonging, security, and hope.”

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