A coalition of immigrant rights activists, including the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the AFL-CIO and AFSCME, submitted a letter to Congress and President Obama asking that lifelines and public services that meet basic human needs be included in commonsense immigration reform.
“All Americans—whether U.S.-born or aspiring citizens—should have equal access to affordable health care,” said Marielena Hincapié, NILC's executive director. “Those on the road to citizenship should be afforded the same rights—and responsibilities—as their fellow Americans, and no less. Immigration reform that fully integrates the 11 million citizens-in-waiting will strengthen our families and communities.”
The coalition calls for an immigration reform package that will:
- Help lift families out of poverty and promote economic security for all low-income families. This investment in human capital will make for a stronger, more secure nation.
- Reaffirm our nation’s long-standing tradition of providing a core safety net for citizens and immigrants residing in the United States, which will reinforce efforts to achieve national progress in health and nutrition.
- Ensure access to key programs and public services that meet basic human needs, including health services and insurance, education, nutrition assistance and working family tax credits.
- Invest in robust efforts to integrate immigrants into their communities.
- Ensure that all individuals have access to and pay their fair share for quality, affordable health care and receive medical care when they need it.