WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "This bipartisan bill is a sign of hope," said Kim Anderson, President of American Families United, endorsing H.R. 1036 as it was introduced Tuesday. American Families United is the only national organization specifically representing the rights of US citizens in the immigration reform battle. The proposed American Families United Act, sponsored by Congressman Beto O'Rourke (D-Tx), Steve Pearce (R-NM), and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) recognizes the rights of US citizens who sponsor their spouses for legal immigration.
"Americans are divided over immigration reform. We all know the system is broken and must be comprehensively fixed, but we can't seem to agree on exactly how to do it," Anderson said. "Yet this legislation, sponsored by both Republicans and Democrats, indicates at least one bedrock American value which must be a cornerstone for any immigration reform: no American immigration system can be worth anything if it divides US citizens from their husbands and wives."
"These US Representatives recognize that US citizens are the neglected constituency in immigration reform, facing a family choice between being outlawed or exiled," Anderson pointed out. "The Census counts 4.1 million Americans who are married to foreign-born spouses. Our best estimate is that at least 300,000 of those have had some problem, have been caught by the fish hooks and bear traps that litter our immigration laws. Technical, even trivial violations – like missing a hearing – can have catastrophic consequences. The bureaucracy uses traffic court rules to impose life sentences."
"We applaud the leadership shown by Congressmen O'Rourke, Pearce and Swalwell," Anderson said. "American Families United looks forward to working with both Republicans and Democrats in Congress to protect the immigration law rights of US citizens."
Read an introduction of H.R. 1036 from Rep. O'Rourke ="https://medium.com/@RepBetoORourke/american-families-united-46f44be842ad#.c74h43qxf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here.
Sample stories of AFU members are attached, all US citizens. (Edgar Falcon of Texas, Nick Martin of Alabama, and Margot Bruemmer, currently exiled in Mexico.) https://americanfamiliesunited.wildapricot.org/uscitizenstories
For more details, visit AmericanFamiliesUnited.Org. Follow us on Twitter at @GoAFU. An AFU petition went live yesterday, with more than 300 signatures in the first few hours: https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-what-about-american-citizen-rights-in-immigration-reform
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SOURCE American Families United