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Diverse Alliance Supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform in Roll Call

April 21, 2004

Washington, DC – Today, a remarkable alliance of business, labor, religious, ethnic, and immigrant advocacy groups ran a full-page ad in Roll Call, the newspaper of Congress, signaling their support for comprehensive immigration reform. The groups represent a broad, bipartisian, multi-sector constiuecy for fixing America’s broken immigration system, even if the details of reform are yet to be worked out.

The ad text reads in part: “We congratulate President Bush for raising the issue of comprehensive immigration reform, and we are encouraged by the interest his announcement is generating among members of Congress from both sides of the political aisle.”

Finally, the ad states: “We have different views on some aspects of the President’s proposal, but we are united in our call to the leaders of both political parties to come together in a bipartisan fashion to enact balanced comprehensive immigration reform as soon as possible…We think it’s time to roll up our sleeves, get to work, and get it right.”

The ad was signed by 24 organizations representing key constituencies covering the political spectrum:

  • Business: American Health Care Association; American Hotel & Lodging Association; American Nursery & Landscape Association; International Franchise Association; National Council of Chain Restaurants; National Restaurant Association; and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

  • Labor: American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFL-CIO); Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union; Laborers’ International Union of North America; Service Employees International Union; UNITE! (Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees); United Farmworkers of America; and the United Food and Commercial Workers.

  • Religious: American Jewish Committee; Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service; and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

  • Ethnic: Hispanic Alliance for Progress; The Latino Coalition; League of United Latin American Citizens; Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and the National Council of La Raza.

  • Immigrant Advocacy: American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Immigration Forum.

The ad was paid for by the Statue of Liberty Campaign, a coalition that includes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Service Employees International Union, the National Restaurant Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition, the National Council of La Raza, and the National Immigration Forum.

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