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Drum Major Institute: CIR ASAP "Makes the Grade," Let’s Not Pass the Buck

A new analysis by the Drum Major Institute (DMI) found that the Comprehensive Immigration Reform ASAP bill introduced by Congressmen Solomon Ortiz and Luis Gutierrez late last year would “make the grade” for strengthening and expanding America’s middle class. DMI states the case succinctly:

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act sets the standard for an immigration policy, which will boost our nation’s economy and strengthen and expand its middle class.

The Institute administered a two-part “middle class test,” which the bill passed with flying colors.

Immigration bill in Congress sparks new debate in R.I.

Illinois Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez tapped into deep-seated frustrations in Rhode Island and across the country when he introduced comprehensive federal immigration-reform legislation last week. No matter the fate of his bill, Gutierrez has garnered praise from immigrant advocates nationwide for bringing the issue back to the table in this congressional session.

CAP Releases New Principles on Immigration Reform

The Center For American Progress just released new guidelines today, which would present a strong foundation for a real immigration overhaul. Before laying out their core principles for Immigration Reform (view pdf), however, authors Marshall Fitz and Angela Kelley outline why this kind of reform is so urgent: Our broken immigration system undermines core national … Continue reading »

Weekly Diaspora: CIR ASAP the First Step to Reform

On Tuesday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR-ASAP). Rep. Gutierrez said that the bill represents “the final push for comprehensive immigration reform,” as Khalil Abdullah reports for New America Media. Seth Hoy at AlterNet breaks down some of the bill’s key points, which include a border security provisions, family unification, a legalization component, and improved detention conditions.

Yes We Can End this Crisis: Real Immigration Reform, A.S.A.P

Yesterday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), a key congressional champion for sensible immigration policy, introduced real immigration reform legislation in the House of Representatives. It’s called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity” (CIR ASAP).

This is the long-awaited legislative kick-off to repair our nation’s broken immigration system, which is in crisis.

Already, the bill has nearly 90 U.S. House sponsors, including members of the Congressional Hispanic, Black, Asian Pacific American, and Progressive Caucuses.

New Immigration Bill Is Introduced in House

The bill, introduced by Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, Democrat of Illinois, was seen as the opening volley in what Democrats and Republicans expect to be a hard-fought battle. President Obama has pledged to take up the issue early next year; efforts to overhaul the laws during George W. Bush’s presidency failed despite the backing of Mr. Bush and some Republicans.