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Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) thanks  members of the House Judiciary Committee who injected compassion, commonsense, and values of equal justice into today’s House Judiciary Hearing on America’s Immigration System, where the discussion often dismissed the importance of families and laborers in our society.

Now is the time for the U.S. Congress to recognize the substantial economic contributions of new Americans and create an immigration system that works.

“NIJC calls on members of the U.S. House to step forward, as have members of the U.S. Senate, and recognize that our country will benefit the most when we have an immigration system that keeps families together and allows workers of all backgrounds, skills, and education levels to contribute to our communities and economy,” said NIJC Director Mary Meg McCarthy. “Our nation deserves a sensible and humane immigration system that provides aspiring Americans the opportunity to fully join our society as citizens.”

In its written testimony submitted for the House Judiciary hearing, NIJC profiled stories of women and men who have excelled in school and contributed to their U.S. communities even as the current U.S. immigration system denies them access to permanent status. Their real life experiences, along with those of hundreds of immigrants who have benefitted from NIJC’s legal counsel, demonstrate that the best way to enforce immigration laws is to create an immigration system that works and protects the rights of all Americans.

Read NIJC’s full testimony:’s-immigration-system.