This week, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Immigration Taskforce, sent a letter signed by leaders of the CPC and the entire Immigration Taskforce to President Obama outlining the CPC's principles for immigration reform and urging passage of comprehensive immigration reform this year.
"Immigration reform is central to the CPC's mission and has long been a top priority for our members," said the letter. "Therefore, we urge you to consider the following principles and look forward to working with you to ensure that they are part of any comprehensive reform. While we are encouraged by the leadership you and the Senate have demonstrated in striving to achieve a principled and workable solution to our broken immigration system, Congress must act quickly. Immigration reform must not become a victim of electoral politics. "
The CPC consists of more than 80 members and is the largest caucus within the Democratic Caucus. The CPC's immigration principles include:
* Allowing immigrants currently in the United States a pathway to seek earned legal status; and citizenship;
* Protecting workers;
* Improving temporary worker programs to better meet the needs of employers and workers;
* Promoting family reunification by alleviating backlogs and waiting periods;
* Eliminating discrimination against same-sex partners and their families;
* Expanding alternatives to detention and creating enforceable detention standards;
* Guaranteeing humane enforcement of immigration law that respects the needs of vulnerable populations, including children and seniors;
* Ensuring immigrant access to higher education;
* Instituting due process reforms; and
* Ending racial profiling abuses through strict statistical reporting.