Erie House Salutes Comprehensive Immigration Reform


April 19, 2013 | Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL -- Friday, April 19, 2013, Erie Neighborhood House applauds Wednesday's historic first steps in bipartisan immigration reform. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act introduced into legislation by the "Gang of 8" this week signifies the collective breath of 11 million undocumented individuals across the United States of America. This will be the largest and most comprehensive immigration reform in nearly 25 years.

The United States government is planning an ambitious overhaul to its immigration laws that could potentially provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants residing in this country. The bill will reform the process for work-visa rules, keep families together and attract high-skilled talent to the world's largest economy.

"The Senate's immigration bill is a historic first step to truly integrating the contributions of the immigrant community," said Celena Roldan, executive director of Erie Neighborhood House, "as well as truly including them in our city, state, and country. Erie House commends our champions such as Senator Durbin and Congressman Gutierrez for their leadership in making the dream of an immigration bill a reality."

The bill has the potential to change millions of lives and strengthen the voice of the disenfranchised. Erie encourages law makers to work constructively and swiftly to ensure an achievable solution that affirms the dignity and capacity of all persons in a just and inclusive society.

"We recognize that while this is the fruition of years of work and struggles, our work on a fully comprehensive immigration bill has just begun. Erie House will work with our partners to advocate against the parts of the bill that do not support immigration contributions, build the economy, or keep families united."

For our part, Erie will continue to promote social change by forging creative solutions.

Erie Neighborhood House (ENH) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that reaches 18,000 people annually, empowering them to build better lives while strengthening their communities. ENH offers Chicago’s Latinx and diverse low-income residents a range of community-based education programs. With forward-thinking leadership, ENH is committed to continuing its legacy of cost effective, award-winning programming. For more information, please visit

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