Long Islanders Unite to Call for the Passage of Immigration Reform

Long Islanders support immigration reform.

Ahead of the Senate’s historic vote on Thursday on comprehensive immigration reform, Long Island Wins along with allies, community leaders and immigrants gathered in Brentwood for a press conference calling on our elected officials to pass immigration reform.

“History is happening now,” said Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director of Long Island Wins. “Today’s Senate vote is an important step in moving millions of immigrants into a responsible system. That’s good news for Long Island and good news for America.”

votemaryann1“It’s amazing that after a 15 year struggle, we’re finally seeing the Senate pass comprehensive immigration reform,” said Patrick Young, program director at CARECEN and Long Island Wins contributor. “This bill will put 100,000 immigrants here on Long Island on the path to citizenship.”

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill by Thursday afternoon. It’s largely expected that the bill will pass the Senate before moving to the conservative-leaning House of Representatives, where it will face a tough task ahead.

It’s likely that the House will try to make immigration reform much more conservative and much more difficult, possibly affecting the earned path to citizenship for our nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Long Island Wins and our allies will be working hard to make sure the final bill is the best it can be.

“This bill has to be just and fair and it has to be commonsense,” Slutsky said.