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Given the most recent developments, are we getting any closer to immigration reform?
Ivone Guillen, Immigration Campaigns and Communications Associate, Sojourners:
The reactions to the release of the Republican Standards for Immigration Reform have varied greatly. Some groups have embraced the standards believing it’s a serious sign of progress on behalf of the Republicans, while others are encouraging the House GOP to keep working to flesh out the details—including addressing citizenship. While the media might be quick to write off immigration reform happening in the next few months, what remains clear is that both parties are interested in tackling this issue and advocates, especially the faith community, need to keep the pressure for legislative action this year. Families are suffering and our communities are facing the unintended consequences of congressional inaction.
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