Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham met today with immigrant families to listen to their views and answer questions about efforts to reform the country's immigration system.
"While I strongly believe there is an urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform, we can't lose sight of how decisions in Congress affect families in our communities," said Rep. Lujan Grisham, who participated in a plática, or dialogue, with immigrant families at the Barelas office of El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos. "I want to make sure everyone in our community has a voice in this important debate."
Rep. Lujan Grisham heard from immigration leaders, including young immigrants who would benefit from passage of the DREAM Act, about how detention and deportation policies are tearing Albuquerque families apart.
Yuridia Loera, a youth leader, shared her story with the Congresswoman, "It's not enough to organize for myself or other DREAMERS, we are here to ensure that any immigration reform legislation includes our communities, our families our parents, who are really the original dreamers."
Rep. Lujan Grisham, a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, was elected by her colleagues to serve on the leadership team. She was elected whip for the Caucus, which means she will track the votes of the Caucus members on key issues, including immigration reform.
Rep. Lujan Grisham joined the leadership team in a meeting earlier this year with President Obama at the White House to discuss immigration reform.