Government Shutdown Ends. Now it’s Time to Pass a Bi-Partisan Immigration Bill

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BREAKING: Government Shutdown Ends. Now it’s Time to Pass a Bi-Partisan Immigration Bill

For Immediate Release:
January 25, 2019

MEDIA CONTACT:
Danielle Bernard
dbernard@lirs.org; 410-230-2888

Baltimore—After the longest partial government shutdown in history, the President is introducing a resolution that will re-open the government for 21 days while Congress works to pass a comprehensive immigration bill.

“We are grateful that the President has taken steps to end the longest partial government shutdown in American history,” said Javier Cuebas, Director for Advocacy at LIRS (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service). “We hope that Congress gets to work quickly to pass a bi-partisan immigration bill.”

Over the past 35 days, hundreds of thousands of government workers, and millions of Americans who depend on government services, including refugees and immigrants, have been impacted by the loss in vital government services.

“LIRS, however, continues to stand in deep opposition to a border wall,” continued Cuebas. “Instead of spending billions on a symbolic gesture that fails to keep us any safer, we should invest in empowering our communities, promoting economic development, and ensuring the well-being of Americans, as well as those who have fled unimaginable circumstances in pursuit of a better life.”

We urge Congress to push back on funding for the border wall and work with their appropriations colleagues to seek a prompt solution for compassionate immigration reform.

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Founded in 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in the United States. It is nationally recognized for its leadership advocating with refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention, families fractured by migration and other vulnerable populations. Through nearly 80 years of service and advocacy, LIRS has helped over 500,000 migrants and refugees rebuild their lives in America.

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